The Veterans Network
The Largest Networking Community For Veterans

Firstly, we would like to thank you for choosing Veteran's Network, we appreciate your time and support.
Let us tell you about the history of Veteran's Network and how it came to be.

In October 2016 Jamie R Kennedy founded 'Soldier to Civi' to share his personal experience of the transition from soldier to civilian. Every week since and to this day, Jamie continues to publish a blog sharing the stories of fellow veterans and their transition from soldier to civilian, hence the original name Soldier to Civi.

Within a matter of months, Soldier to Civi developed a highly devoted team and branched out to Facebook in order to create a private networking group for veterans called 'Soldier to Civi - The Veteran's Network'.

The Soldier to Civi team didn't realise it at the time but this private networking group of two thousand plus veterans on Facebook soon became the foundations of 'Veteran's Network'.

Veterans Network was officially launched by Soldier to Civi on the 9th September 2017 to provide a stable online platform for Veterans and service personnel to network, research, and share advice. It was recently decided to change the name from 'Soldier to Civi' to 'Veteran's Network' in order to clarify that we intend to provide support for all service personnel from the Army, Royal Navy, and Royal Air Force.

Our goal is for Veterans Network to be the first point of contact for any Veteran seeking help or advice throughout and after leaving Her Majesty's Armed Forces. We also aim to be the leading voice for Veterans by addressing all topics of interest affecting the Veteran community. 

We are currently supporting Veteran established businesses with our free business directory. We aim to advertise this throughout the United Kingdom so that local people can find a Veteran-owned business for any job they need completing.

Welcome to The Veteran's Network, where Veterans support Veterans. 

Our Vision
It is our vision to provide a stable online platform for all veterans to network within the United Kingdom. Our vision will prevent veterans from feeling unsupported, withdrawn and isolated from society. When certain issues affect the Veteran community, we will be the leading voice for the Veteran community to address such issues and topics of interest. 


It is our mission to provide a stable and reliable support network for veterans.

Core Values

We take great pride in adhering to a set of core values which are promoted within our network. These are the following:

  • Empathy – We recognise and share the feelings of other veterans.
  • Integrity – We prioritise the veteran's needs while maintaining the honest morals of our mission.
  • Non-Judgemental – We listen to veterans with an open mind, avoiding a negative view and opinion.
  • Loyalty – We will be faithful and consistent with our support for veterans
  • Pride – We are proud to have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces and we recognise the qualities that veterans possess.
  • Courage – We recognise the courage required by veterans to seek support from others.
  • Transparency – We understand the importance of maintaining an honest relationship with veterans to avoid a breakdown in team cohesion.

Jamie Kennedy
Founder & Co-Director
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I served with the 1st Battalion of the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment from 2006 to 2012, operating on deployments in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

I originally founded Soldier To Civi because I wanted to share my experience of the transition from soldier to civilian with other veterans. I publish a blog every Saturday sharing the experience of veterans and their transition to civilian life.

Since October 2016, Soldier to Civi has grown, adapted and developed rapidly including the recent improvement to 'Veteran's Network'. This was due to the kind support from the general public and other fellow veterans.

"Research, Network & Invest"

Will Farmer
Co-Founder & Co-Director
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I served in the British Army for just under Six years with the 1st Battalion Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, deploying on a variety of operational tours during my career including Iraq and Afghanistan. My last deployment was on operation 'Olympics' before starting my new life as a civilian in December 2012.

I now work for North Air at Gatwick Airport supplying and delivering fuel to various airlines, but it wasn't an easy transition for me. I didn't use my resettlement time to my advantage when leaving the forces, in fact, I did what most veterans probably do and made the most of my free time thinking about how my life could be better after leaving the Army.

After a couple of months of looking for employment, I realised I was on my own and that most of the advice I had received prior to leaving was basically useless.

I first contacted Jamie about joining the Soldier to Civi team in January 2017 because I wanted to help and educate other veterans before they make the transition to civilian life and to prevent them from making the same mistakes I made.

I'm proud to be a part of the team at Veteran's Network and very much looking forward to seeing where it takes us in the future.

"No one is more qualified to advise a veteran than a veteran".

Brian Wood MC
Veterans Network Ambassador
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Brian Wood MC is a former Colour Sergeant of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (PWRR).

Brian Wood was awarded the Military Cross, for gallantry in combat, by Her Majesty The Queen II, following the tenacious leadership and bravery which he displayed during a brutal and fierce combat situation historically known as The Battle of Danny Boy.

In Iraq, On the 14th of May 2004, under extremely hot conditions, Brian Wood found himself in command of one of the most violent and bloody situations in contemporary warfare. He and his men were ambushed while attending to the aid of a friendly call-sign who were also ambushed moments before. He took the initiative, making that split-second decision to lead his men into a wall of enemy fire in the first bayonet charge by British soldiers in twenty-five years.

When Brian reached his last bound position which was on top of a heavily fortified and dug-in enemy location, he had a sudden realisation that the enemy was, in fact, real people and actual human life in which he would have to destroy in order to preserve the life of his comrades.

At least twenty-eight insurgents were killed and nine taken POW during this intense close quarter battle and due to the courageous actions of Brian and the men he stood beside, fortunately, they sustained no friendly casualties.

Brian Wood served a total of sixteen years in the British Armed Forces, leading soldiers through combat situations in hostile environments including the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Now having left the Armed Forces, Brian regularly performs public speaking to exclusive audiences throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. Brian has also delivered live television interviews at both ITV Studios, London and BBC MediaCity, Manchester, and much more.

"It's a great honour to be the Veterans Network ambassador. I feel privileged to support such a dedicated team whose main effort is to provide reliable support for all Veterans" - Brian Wood MC