Armed Forces Retirement Home

Regular Army: Retired

Benefit Fact Sheet

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Summary:

The Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) is a retirement community for enlisted and Warrant Officer military retirees and Veterans with locations in Washington, D.C. and Gulfport, Mississippi. The Home is an independent federal agency funded by a permanent Trust Fund.

Eligibility:

Retired Soldiers are eligible to become residents of AFRH who served as members of the Armed Forces, at least one-half of their service was not commissioned service (other than as a warrant officer or limited-duty officer), are eligible to become residents of the Retirement Home:

  • Soldiers who 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.
  • Soldiers 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.
  • Soldiers who served in a war theater during a time of war declared by Congress or were eligible for hostile fire special pay were 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.
  • Female Soldiers who 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.

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.

Married couples are welcome, but both must be eligible in their own right.

At the time of admission applicants must be able to live independently. For example, they must be able to take care of their own personal needs, attend a central dining facility for meals and keep all medical appointments. If increased health care is needed after being admitted, assisted living and long term care are available at both campuses.

AFRH Prioritization Plan when maximum capacity has been achieved: 24 USC, Title 10, Section 4l2(d) mandates that the AFRH COO shall establish a system of priorities for the acceptance of Residents so that the most deserving approved applicant will be accepted whenever the number of eligible approved applicants is greater than the AFRH can accommodate. When the AFRH (to include Washington and new Gulfport facility) reaches capacity, the following admission prioritization for approved applicants schedule shall engage:

  • Priority 1 - Medal of Honor Recipient
  • Priority 2 - Prisoner of War
  • Priority 3 - Retirees with 20 years (or greater) of active service who are 100% service-connected disabled.
  • Priority 4 - Veterans who are 100% service connected disabled with 10 years (or greater) of active service
  • Priority 5 - After Priorities I and 2 have been satisfied, applicants will be admitted following the original date of approval of their application into the AFRH.

Benefit Highlights:

Basics: The Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) provides an affordable home for America's heroes. The facility provides a continuum of care including outpatient dental and medical services, hospital and long term nursing care, three meals a day and private rooms Extensive recreational facilities - including a state of the art gym, a nine-hole golf course, artists' studios, swimming pool and a wood working shop. The Home guarantees its retired enlisted and Warrant Officer men and women a caring and secure home. There are two campuses - one located in Gulfport, Mississippi and one in Washington, D.C. - which provide services and amenities such as a bank, a barber and a beauty shop, bowling areas, movie theater, a computer room and library. For the retired Soldiers that meet the eligibility requirements, there are no initiation or registration fees, and the monthly user fees are affordable.

Resident Benefits: Resident fees cover the Soldier's room, three meals a day, 24-hour security, religious services and onsite recreational activities (e.g., bowling, golf, hobby shops, entertainment, etc.). Also, Soldiers will receive basic dental care plus access to licensed specialists in optometry, podiatry, mental health, internal medicine and diabetic care.

What's Not Included: Clothing, toiletries, dry cleaning, haircuts and other personal items are at the Soldier's own expense.

Resident Fees: Soldier's monthly fee is a percentage of his or her total income, not to exceed a pre-set maximum. On an annual basis, resident fees are recomputed and "maximum monthly fees" are adjusted for inflation.

Resident Fees for Armed Forces Retirement Home as of January 1, 2015 are as follows:

  1. Independent living residents, 35 percent of total current income, but not to exceed $1,348 each month.

  2. Assisted living residents, 40 percent of total current income, but not to exceed $2,019 each month.

  3. Long-term care residents, 65 percent of total current income, but not to exceed $3,364 each month.

Total income for computing the monthly fee is:

  • All taxable and non-taxable income as reported on your US Tax Return.

  • Tax exempt income includes benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, disability retired pay, pensions, annuities and IRA distributions and tax exempt interest.

  • Resident fees are computed on annual basis and adjusted for inflation.

Exclusions. Excluded from the computation of monthly income:

  • Income received by a Resident under the provisions of 24 USC, section 421, Payment of Residents for Services.

  • Interest and dividends reinvested into non-accessible accounts.

  • Capital Gains and Losses.

Deductions. In computing monthly income, there is allowed as a deduction the current amount paid by Resident for:

  • Medicare Part B, Supplemental Health Insurance (only for those not qualified for Tricare for Life), Medicare Part D (for non-Tricare for Life Residents who obtain coverage), or - TRICARE enrollment fee.

  • Court-ordered Child/Spousal support/alimony.

Additional Information:

For additional information about the Armed Forces Retirement Home, please visit: 
https://www.afrh.gov/afrh/

For information on income required for the applications, please visit the following sites: 

Documents pertaining to military retired (retainer) pay:
Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Cleveland Center

For VA Compensation or Pension / Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office Social Security benefits:  Refer to the nearest Social Security Office

For Civil Service Retirement Office of Personnel Management

Contact information at each AFRH campus:

Gulfport, MS Campus
1800 Beach Drive
Gulfport, MS 39507
Tel: 800-422-9988

Washington, DC Campus
3700 N. Capitol St. NW
Washington, DC 20011-8400
Tel: 800-422-9988
Fax: 202-541-7519

Visit AFRH at https://www.afrh.gov/afrh/ or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AFRH.gov

Document Review Date: 3 April 2015