Supporting armed forces
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly.
We have signed our own Covenant with the armed forces showing commitment to supporting serving, reservist, ex-armed forces personnel, veterans and their dependents.
We have pledged to ensure that our armed forces community will not be disadvantaged in accessing our services as a result of their service in the military.
We fully support the Armed Forces Act 2021 and the new legislation which focuses on local and regional service provision, covering those aspects of public housing, education and healthcare that are most likely to affect serving and former members of the armed forces and their families.
The legislation will introduce a new duty on relevant public bodies, when exercising certain aspects of their public functions, to have ‘due regard’ to the three principles of the Armed Forces Covenant. These are:
- Recognising the unique obligations of, and sacrifices made by, the armed forces.
- That it is desirable to remove disadvantages arising for service people from membership, or former membership, of the armed forces.
- That special provision for service people may be justified by the effect on such people of membership, or former membership, of the armed forces.
The 2021 Census contains information on UK Armed Forces veterans living in Kent (PDF, 226.5 KB).
Find out what the covenant means for you and what support is available.
Organisations and charities
Information for public bodies, charities and schools to support armed forces families.
Upcoming events celebrating and commemorating the service of men and women in our armed forces.