AFRH Gulfport, MS Home (Old Soldiers Home)
Welcome to the Armed Forces Retirement Home AFRH Gulfport MS for Veterans
Where the sun shines off the water and there is always plenty to do.
With Prime Real Estate sitting right on the Mississippi Sound, our Veterans Retirement Home in Gulfport MS Home is the perfect place for those veterans that want to be down south where the sun shines just a little bit more.
From Lincolns Cottage to a nine-hole golf course, and a deer heard you’ll never have a dull moment.
There is always so much to do around this area that will keep you active and moving. From ship excursions to the Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum to Fishbone Gallery and the Galleria of Fine Arts. You can pretty much find whatever your heart desires here in Gulfport, Mississippi. Oh and let’s not forget the casinos.
History of AFRH Gulfport MS Home
Love History? Then you’ll be very interested to find out how this Gulfport home came to be.
But first…we must travel back to Philadelphia where it all began!
It was back in 1811, the US Navy urged Congress to pass legislation to create a Home in Philadelphia “for destitute Navy sailors and Marines”. An interim Naval Hospital opened in the former country mansion of the renowned Pemberton family in Philadelphia. This Hospital offered state-of-the-art care to our former seamen.
At last, the permanent Naval Asylum opened in 1834. Pictured above is the main building, Biddle Hall, which provided old sailors a safe haven. Inmates at the Naval Home were expected to work to earn their keep. So, many had light duty jobs in machine shops. With permission, many would ship off on leave for months at a time.
For 142 years this facility served America’s former sailors. In 1976 the Naval Home relocated to Gulfport, MS on about 40 acres of prime waterfront land sitting on the Mississippi Sound. This stretch of land is the former site of the Gulf Coast Military Academy for boys. The resort towns of Gulfport and Biloxi are nearby featuring casinos, hotels, and scenic shorelines.
The AFRH Gulfport MS home after Hurricane Katrina
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed the AFRH Gulfport MS building, and the Residents were transferred to the Washington community. Plans for a new building were soon approved with the support of the US Congress. By October 2010 a modern new complex opened to hundreds of joyous Residents. Local officials and school children from Gulfport were on hand to welcome our Residents home.
The new Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport MS is a multi-tower complex with five levels of care and full amenities under one roof. It was built to mitigate the effects of a Category 5 hurricane. Plus, it features the latest in green technology and supports the philosophy of Aging in Place.
Today the AFRH Gulfport MS Residents are still putting their stamp on this home with military memorabilia and beautification projects.
General Services & Major Amenities
Each of the Armed Forces Retirement Homes offers top-notch Services and Amenities that are sure to knock your socks off. Below is a list of those amenities for our Gulfport, MS Home.
Medical, Dental & Vision
Social Areas & Cantina
24 / 7 Security
Campus PX / BX
Can you see yourself calling Gulfport, MS your Home?
Come join us along the Southern Coast of Mississippi and enjoy the beautiful sunsets, all the activities your heart desires and top-notch medical care.