Local support

Armed forces community

Devon has a proud military and supporting heritage and has one of the highest concentration of military bases in the country – the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Army all have a significant presence across the whole county.



The health systems in Devon are well-placed to support the armed forces community, striving to meet the Armed Forces Covenant requirements.


  • Members of the armed forces community should enjoy the same standard of, and access to, healthcare as received by any other UK citizen in the area where they live
  • Personnel injured on operations should be treated in conditions which recognise the specific needs of Service personnel
  • Family members should retain their relative position on any NHS waiting list, if moved around the UK due to the Service person being posted
  • Veterans should receive priority treatment, subject to the clinical needs of others, in respect of NHS secondary healthcare relating to a condition resulting from their service in the armed forces
  • Veterans should be able to access mental health professionals who have an understanding of the armed forces culture.

This is reflected in the NHS Constitution, which states:

‘The NHS will ensure that in line with the Armed Forces Covenant, those in the Armed Forces, reservists, their families and veterans are not disadvantaged in accessing health services in the area they reside’.

The local health systems have all signed-up to the Covenant and work with local authorities plan and deliver the right services required for patients.

Open the boxes below to read more about the support for the armed forces community in Devon

Who is considered a veteran?

What services are available?

Accessing healthcare

Mental Health support

Finding support locally and nationally