Armed Forces Retirement Home

Regular Army: Retired

Benefit Fact Sheet

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Summary:

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 AFRH currently has two campuses in Gulfport, MS (AFRH-G) and Washington, DC (AFRH-W).

 

Eligibility:

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

  • 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 and 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 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, 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, 2016 are as follows:

  • Independent Living: 40 % of total current income (not to exceed $1,425 / month)
  • Independent Living Plus: 45 % of total current income (not to exceed $1,570 / month)
  • Assisted Living: 60 % of total current income (not to exceed $2,550 / month)
  • Long Term Care: 80 % of total current income (not to exceed $4,650/ month)

Note: Fees are computed annually and adjusted for inflation each January. The AFRH Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) is based on military retirement pay COLA. Fees are computed using the most recently filed tax forms.

Total income for computing the monthly fee (includes taxable & non-taxable income from all sources like):

  • Defense Finance and Accounting Service
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Social Security Administration
  • All Pension Payments
  • Survivor Benefit Payments
  • Annuities / IRA distributions & interest
  • Rental Income
  • Other taxable income

Exclusions from the computation of monthly income:

  • Income received by a Resident for Services under the provisions of 24 USC, Section 421

Deductions allowed for computing monthly income:

  • Allowable medical & dental insurance premiums paid depending on the Resident's status:
    • Retirees under age 65-TRICARE Prime and dental insurance premiums;
    • Retirees over 65 or others eligible for TRICARE for Life-Medicare Part B and dental insurance premiums
    • Non-retiree Residents-Medicare Part B & D, supplemental medical insurance and dental insurance premiums
  • Court-ordered Child / Spousal support / alimony

Additional Information:

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

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

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

Document Review Date: 26 April 2016