Supporting the Armed Forces

A career in the Armed Forces can significantly affect your daily life as well as the lives of your family members. As a result, we recognise that the Armed Forces community is in need of considerable support. In 2011, we signed the Hertfordshire Community Covenant to demonstrate our commitment to providing our Armed Forces affiliated residents with guidance and support when it is required.  

Dacorum Armed Forces Day  

Armed Forces Day (AFD) is an opportunity for us to show our gratitude and appreciation to the men and women who make up the armed forces community, from current serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets. Each year on AFD, we provide a range of exciting activities and entertainment in Gadebridge Park, Hemel Hempstead. To find out more, please visit our events page.

Housing support

  • We provide places to live for members of the Armed Forces community that want to settle locally. As long as an application for housing is made within five years of discharge, past and present Armed Forces personnel with no prior connection to the borough will qualify for our Active Register. If an application is made after five years, our housing panel will assess the case. This also applies to spouses and civil partners leaving service family accommodation following the death of their spouse or partner.
  • Additional priority on the register will also be given to Armed Forces personnel and their families if they have urgent housing need. If this is the case, they will receive additional points.

Further information can be found in our File type PDF Housing Allocations Policy (PDF 1MB).

Hertfordshire Heroes 

The Hertfordshire Community Covenant is a commitment from public and private organisations to support the active and retired Armed Forces community living and working in Hertfordshire. This includes raising the profile of the Armed Forces in Hertfordshire and celebrating and honouring their commitment and sacrifices.

Veterans and their families in need of information and support should contact Veterans' Gateway.

Bronze award

We've received the bronze award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. To earn the award, we signed the Armed Forces Covenant, which commits us to align our values to demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community. We also promote being armed forces-friendly and being open to employing reservists, armed forces veterans, cadet instructors and military spouses/partners.



Local organisations

The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion is an Armed Forces charity with branches all over the country that meet to provide support and care to servicemen and women and to honour the bravery of the forces. There is a branch in Hemel Hempstead and one for Berkhamsted, Tring and District.


For young people looking for fun and adventure with a military theme, there are two Army Cadet Force detachments in Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted.


The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund works in partnership with charity Relate to provide access to free relationship support and counselling.


Armed Forces charity SSAFA offers practical, emotional and financial support for serving personnel, veterans and their families. Also eligible for assistance are reservists and anyone who has completed national service.

All SSAFA caseworkers are trained volunteers who visit families in their homes. If you are in need of assistance, you can contact the Dacorum Division, which is one of five SSAFA divisions in Hertfordshire.

The SSAFA is also always looking for new volunteers (you do not have to have served in the Armed Forces to volunteer). Contact the Hertfordshire branch of the SSAFA

Useful links

Support services

  • Combat Stress and PTSD Resolution are charities that provide support to those in the Armed Forces community suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression or anxiety.

Armed Forces discounts

  • The Hertfordshire Heroes website has a list of discounts available to the Armed Forces community.
  • Rewards For Forces has a selection of online and in-store discounts for members of the Armed Forces and their partners. Registration is free of charge.
  • The Defence Discount Service is the official Ministry of Defence discount service. It offers a membership card that Armed Forces personnel can use online or take into selected high street shops/restaurants to get a discount.

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