The charity's confession that "deep pockets of need" exist in areas such as health and housing has been sparked by the results of a welfare survey due to be published tomorrow. An overview of the report says there is "a broader and deeper picture of need among the ex-service community in the UK than we have had available before.
"Some of the statistics revealed in the report, particularly those concerning unmet and future needs within the ex-service community, are of great importance to us. It's perhaps uncomfortable to realise that we, and the 180 other charities delivering services to the serving and ex-service community, are just skimming the surface of need."
The legion will now compare the plight of the ex-service population with its peer groups using government-collected data.
The report says the charity, now in the midst of its annual Poppy Appeal, will work with other ex-service charities to analyse the findings and find ways to meet unmet need.
The research is the first in a series of reports to be published by the legion on the ex-service community and involved more than 6,000 adults.