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Once A Soldier , Always a Soldier

The Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) is an independent Agency in the Executive branch of the US Government. The AFRH provides residences and related services for certain retired and former members of the US Armed Forces (24 US Code 10, Subchapter 411). The Chief Operating Officer (COO) is the head of the Agency and its communities and is subject to the authority, direction and control of the Secretary of Defense.

The origins of the AFRH go back to the 19th century. The US Navy first established the US Naval Asylum in 1831, and then the US Army established the US Soldiers’ Home in 1851. Ever since, thousands of former US military service members have enjoyed a safe and secure retirement here. In 1991, the two distinct Homes merged as one: the AFRH.

Together we have evolved into the premier retirement community for America’s military veterans. We offer modern facilities, dynamic activities, healthy meals, wellness programs, advanced care, and much more. The AFRH currently has two communities in Gulfport, MS (AFRH-G) and Washington, DC (AFRH-W).

We take great pride in serving residents at AFRH. Each day, I am amazed by the remarkable individuals who live, work, and thrive here. Together, we are building a better retirement home for America’s veterans and a better workplace for our nation’s Federal workers. Below is the strategic platform of this fine organization. It was drafted in 2003, and we continually refine it as we learn. Enjoy.


To get the word out to ALL Qualified Enlisted Veterans that they have a retirement home where THEY have a safe haven for the rest of their lives

In August 2006 my Dad had to say “See you again” to his best friend, his wife, the mother of his children, grandmother to his grandchildren, and his world.

Doing what my Dad does best, ALWAYS thinking of others first, he divided out all the material possessions to us 6 kids and headed north for a Veterans Retirement Home.

Even though any one of us 6 kids would have taken Dad in, he never wanted to be a burden on us.

He always says that he is in a Retirement Home not for him but for us kids.

Because my Dad served in the United States Air Force for 20 years, was over 60 and is an enlisted veteran he was able to qualify and move into the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington D.C.

He lived there for about 2 years where he got involved and started to see the political landscape with all its peaks and valleys.

After moving to the Gulfport, MS home he quickly became very well known, loved by many, liked by some and probably ticked a few people off. Lol


A retirement community committed to excellence, fostering independence, vitality and wellness for veterans, making it a vibrant place in which to live, work and thrive

Guiding Principles

“Person-centered Care” is defined as the careful manner in which Resident needs are considered while developing responsive plans of care and delivering meaningful services.

We expect our workforce to achieve what we promise to Residents, staff and service partners. To ensure success, we measure progress and provide feedback to our customers.

We will strongly uphold the mission of AFRH. We are honest and ethical and deliver on our commitments. We recognize that good ethical decisions require individual responsibility enriched by collaborative efforts.

Success depends on our devotion to an unwavering vision and mission. Working together in different locations, under various managers and leaders, we maintain a distinct focus to serve our Residents. We collaborate and respond in a unified and single voice.

We strive to hire and retain the most qualified people. We maximize their success through training and development as well as maintaining and promoting open communication.

We honor the rich history of the US Armed Forces – from our Veterans to our victories. As such, our campus reflects that military heritage with memorabilia and tributes.

We continually work to improve each process, service and its delivery, while striving for excellence in all we do. We expect excellence and reward it.

Person-Centered Care

“Person-centered Care” is defined as the careful manner in which Resident needs are considered while we develop proactive plans of care and deliver meaningful services. This concept recognizes that AFRH Residents are active participants in charting and guiding their own lives. In order for Person-centered Care to be effective, all caregivers must identify and understand each Resident’s individual needs, listen carefully to the Resident’s expressed needs, and offer smart choices for consideration.

Resolution and negotiation between the staff and Residents will yield realistic actions taken within the scope of AFRH resources and capabilities. Ultimately the goal is to deliver highly personalized results. Our core person-centered “values” include: choice, dignity, respect, self-determination and purposeful living within the support structure of a caring environment.

Person-centered Care does not imply all Resident desires are to be met without regard to available resources or the organization’s ability to successfully meet their needs.