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.

Have you had at least one day's paid service in the UK Armed Forces?

Come along to Hemel Hempstead Jobcentre on 15 November to find out about all the support that is available to you.

Whether your service was recently or years ago, come along between 1.30pm and 3.30pm and talk to people who can help and who care. No appointment is needed, just turn up for some refreshments and a chat.

For further information, please email

75th anniversary of VE Day 2020

On 8 May 1945 the Second World War finally ended in Europe. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day, a three-day international and national celebration (Friday 8 May to Sunday 10 May 2020) will be held. It will be a chance to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people from all walks of life who saw us through this dark period.

There will be a host of activities over the weekend. To find out more about what's going on, visit the VE Day 75 website.

Planning your own event or street party for VE Day?

Planning an event or street party can be a great way to bring communities together and celebrate  culture and heritage.

The VE Day 75 website has tips and ideas, and you can also register your event.

If you're considering hosting a street party in your local area, the Government has produced a useful step-by-step guide.

If you want to close your street for your party, you'll need to apply to Hertfordshire County Council at least six weeks prior to the event.

Dacorum Armed Forces Day 2020

Save the date: Armed Forces Day 2020 will be held on Saturday 27 June.

Dacorum Armed Forces Day 2019

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.

First World War Centenary 2018

The community of Dacorum marked the centenary of the end of the First World War with a range of commemorative events. Find out more on our news page.

Housing support

  • 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 File type PDF Housing Allocations Policy (PDF 1MB).

Hertfordshire Heroes

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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 refer to the veterans gateway,

Bronze award

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.



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 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 Dacorum, Watford and Three Rivers

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

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:

Telephone: 01923 606220 Email:

Useful links

Support services

  • 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

  • Arriva, Centrebus, Metroline and Uno buses all offer discounted services within Hertfordshire as part of the Proud to Support scheme. Further details can be found on the Hertfordshire Heroes website.
  • 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.