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
Unfortunately, we are unable to host a big event in Gadebridge Park again this year, due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, there are still a series of events planned. Find out more.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Dacorum Armed Forces Day Event 2020 was cancelled. However, we still marked the occasion with a number of activities. Find out more.
The third annual Armed Forces Day event - which brings the community together in commemoration of our service personnel - was held in Gadebridge Park, Hemel Hempstead, on Saturday 29 June. Find out more on our news page.
Freedom parade and flypast 2019
Crowds lined Gadebridge Park and the Old Town in Hemel Hempstead on Sunday 30 June 2019 to welcome RAF Halton, who were marching to exercise their right to the Freedom of the Borough. The event culminated in a spectacular flypast by a Lancaster bomber. Find out more on our news page.
- We are committed to providing 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, the case will be assessed by the housing panel. 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 Housing Allocations Policy (PDF 1MB).
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 the commitment and sacrifices they have made.
As a first point of contact for information, please visit the Veterans' Gateway website.
We've been given a bronze award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme for our pledge to provide support to the Armed Forces community. As signatories of the Hertfordshire Community Covenant, we've promised to ensure that serving personnel, as well as service families, veterans, cadets and reservists, do not face disadvantage and are treated respectfully.
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 that meets every third Tuesday of the month and one for Berkhamsted and Tring that meets every second Tuesday of the month.
For young people looking for fun and adventure with a military theme, there are two Army Cadet Force detachments in Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted.
Relate is a registered charity that provides relationship support in the UK. The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund has selected it to provide relationship support for RAF personnel, their partners and families.
Armed Forces and veterans' breakfast clubs
The Watford and Hemel Military Veterans Breakfast Club is a group of current and previous service members that meet every second Sunday of the month to socialise over breakfast. After leaving the Armed Forces, service personnel can feel very isolated due to the considerable difference between civilian life and the life that they have grown used to. The club aims to unite these people and provide them with support, as well as the opportunity to mix with like-minded people.
Anyone with a link to the Armed Forces is welcome to join - this includes the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy and the British Army. For more information, please email Emlyn Parry at email@example.com.
The Hemel Hempstead Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club meets at the Full House, Hemel Hempstead, at 9.30am on every third Sunday of the month. For more information, visit the Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Clubs website.
Founded in 1883, 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). Please get in touch using the contact details below:
- Combat Stress and PTSD Resolution are both charities committed to providing 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.