This is not the official Web Site of the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH)!

However, it is the official site of
Armed Forces Enlisted Lands & Retirement Home. (AFELRH)

There are links to the official Retirement Home site throughout this web site, please report any broken links by using the contact form.

Enlisted Veterans Retirement Home

The Veterans Retirement Home provides eligible veterans with supportive care and shared
camaraderie. Just like you experienced in your service days.

Back then you invested in the Veterans Retirement Home via small payroll deductions. Now it’s time for you to get back what you earned from Uncle Sam: an affordable, comfortable, and secure retirement.

To live at the AFRH, you must

  1. Be able to live independently upon admission. This means you must be able to care for your personal needs
  2. Attend the dining facility for meals
  3. Keep all medical appointments
  4. Not have a felony conviction
  5. Be free of drug, alcohol, and psychiatric problems.

If advanced care is needed later, three levels of skilled nursing are available for a little more per month.

Specifically, you must be eligible for admission according to the law established the AFRH below.

  • Married couples are welcome, but both must be eligible in their own right. If you need help, call us
    at (228.897.4429).
  • Persons are eligible to become Residents of AFRH who served as members of the Armed Forces, at
    least one-half of whose service was not active commissioned service (other than as a warrant officer
    or limited-‐ duty officer), are eligible to become Residents of the Retirement Home
  • Are 60 years of age or over, and were discharged or released from service in the Armed Forces under
    honorable conditions after 20 or more years of active service
  • Persons who are determined under rules prescribed by the Chief Operating Officer to be incapable of
    earning a livelihood because of a service-connected disability incurred in the line of duty in the
    Armed Forces
  • Served in a war theater during a time of war declared by Congress or were eligible for hostile fire
    special pay was discharged or released from service in the Armed Forces under honorable conditions; and are determined under rules prescribed by the Chief Operating Officer to be incapable of earning a livelihood because of injuries, disease, or disability served in a women’s component of the Armed Forces before June 12, 1948; and are determined under rules prescribed by the Chief Operating Officer to be eligible for admission because of compelling personal circumstances

To apply for acceptance as a resident of a facility of the Retirement Home, a person eligible to be a resident submits to the administrator of that facility an application in such form and containing the information required by the Chief Operating Officer.

The Chief Operating Officer has established a system of priorities for the acceptance of residents so that the most deserving applicants will be accepted whenever the number of eligible applicants is greater than the Retirement Home can
accommodate.

The AFRH conducts the following analysis when making “Incapable of Earning a Livelihood” determinations for prospective residents:

  • Review of all income to include lottery winnings and inheritance.
  • Review of applicant’s monthly bills.
  • A determination is made pursuant to 24 USC Chapter 10, using the applicant’s income at the time of
    application.
  • If the applicant’s income is higher than the current per capita income for the state in which he/she
    resides, the “Incapable of Earning a Livelihood” criterion will not be met, and the applicant must qualify under another category.
  • Married couples are welcome, but both must be eligible in their own right.
  • Persons ineligible to be Residents:
    a person who has been convicted of a felony or is not free of drug, alcohol, or psychiatric problems
    shall be ineligible to become a resident of the Retirement Home

Not to be used
24 U.S.C. § 412 – U.S. Code – Unannotated Title 24. Hospitals and Asylums
§ 412. Residents of Retirement Home
(a)  Persons eligible to be residents
Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, the following persons who served as members of the Armed Forces,
at least one-half of whose service was not active commissioned service (other than as a warrant officer or limited-duty
officer), are eligible to become residents of the Retirement Home:
(1)  Persons who–
(A)  are 60 years of age or over; and
(B)  were discharged or released from service in the Armed Forces under honorable conditions after 20 or more years of
active service.
(2)  Persons who are determined under rules prescribed by the Chief Operating Officer to be incapable of earning a
livelihood because of a service-connected disability incurred in the line of duty in the Armed Forces.
(3)  Persons who–
(A)  served in a war theater during a time of war declared by Congress or were eligible for hostile fire special pay
under section 310 of Title 37 ;
(B)  were discharged or released from service in the Armed Forces under honorable conditions; and
(C)  are determined under rules prescribed by the Chief Operating Officer to be incapable of earning a livelihood
because of injuries, disease, or disability.
(4)  Persons who–
(A)  served in a women's component of the Armed Forces before June 12, 1948; and
(B)  are determined under rules prescribed by the Chief Operating Officer to be eligible for admission because of
compelling personal circumstances.
(b)  Persons ineligible to be residents
A person described in subsection (a) of this section who has been convicted of a felony or is not free of drug, alcohol, or
psychiatric problems shall be ineligible to become a resident of the Retirement Home.
(c)  Acceptance
To apply for acceptance as a resident of a facility of the Retirement Home, a person eligible to be a resident shall submit
to the Administrator of that facility an application in such form and containing such information as the Chief Operating
Officer may require.
(d)  Priorities for acceptance
The Chief Operating Officer shall establish a system of priorities for the acceptance of residents so that the most
deserving applicants will be accepted whenever the number of eligible applicants is greater than the Retirement Home