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Eligibility

To become a Company Veteran and retain your colleague discount card, you must retire and leave the Company with at least 25 years of continuous service.

Membership for eligible colleagues is automatic.

The links on the left tell you more about the benefits of joining the Veterans Association.

Benefits

If you have retired and left Sainsbury’s with at least 25 years continuous service you will be eligible for a host of benefits that include:

  • An invitation to attend a free bi-annual reunion held in the spring
  • Free copy of Veteran News, issued every three months
  • Services of a visitor (where required)
  • Opportunity to join a Local Association (where available)
  • Honorary membership of the Sainsbury's Social Association
  • Annual JSV Diary upon request
  • Donation upon bereavement
  • In the event of a bereavement, all veteran benefits will pass to a surviving spouse/civil partner.
  • Discount card (10% only)

 

Discount card

We answer some common questions about using your discount card in retirement:

Can I keep my colleague discount card in retirement?

Yes, if you have a minimum of 25 years' continuous group service and you are leaving the Company due to retirement.

If I am eligible for my colleague discount card, will I receive a new card?

Yes, a new veterans discount card will automatically be sent to your home address. However, as a veteran, the only additional signatory on your card is your spouse/civil partner. No other family member can use your card.

What if I have not completed 25 years' continuous service?

Then you are not eligible to retain your card in retirement. The card will automatically become invalid and should be handed in to your HR Manager/Line Manager when you retire.

What happens if I am house bound through ill health and I do not have a spouse/civil partner who can do my shopping?

You can then apply via the Veterans Support Office for a 'house bound authorisation to shop card', asking for permission for a relative or carer to shop on your behalf. Discounts must only be claimed against your personal shopping.

What if there is no Sainsbury's store within my area and I cannot use my colleague discount card?

In this case, you can surrender your card in exchange for gift vouchers, which will be issued at Christmas. You need to return your colleague discount card by the end of October to the Veterans Support Office, Holborn.

As a spouse of a colleague who died in service, do I retain the colleague discount card?

Yes, if the colleague had completed 25 years' continuous group service at the time of their death.

If I retire due to ‘ill health retirement’ do I become a veteran and retain my colleague discount card?

Yes, if on retirement you have completed 25 years' continuous group service.

If I leave due to ‘medical dismissal' do I become a veteran and retain my colleague discount card?

Yes, if on retirement you have completed 25 years' continuous group service.

If I leave under 'voluntary/compromised severance' do I become a veteran and retain my colleague discount card?

Yes, if at the time you leave you have completed 25 years' continuous group service.

As a veteran, will my spouse qualify for the veterans benefits when I pass away?

Yes, the surviving spouse/civil partner becomes the veteran and retains the benefits.

Do veterans receive the percentage uplift at peak trading times of the year, as current colleagues currently do?

No veterans do not receive any uplift, they will only receive 10% year-round, as the uplift is a benefit to current colleagues at these peak trading times.

If your card is not used in line with Company guidelines we reserve the right to invalidate your card.