Armed Forces Retirement Home Law and Legal Definition

The armed forces retirement home is a federal establishment providing residences and related services for certain retired and former members of the armed forces. It is governed under the direct authority, control, and administration of the Secretary of Defense. It operates two retirement homes for American military veterans:

1.The historic Soldiers Home in northeast Washington, D.C. and;

2. A home in Gulfport, Mississippi.

The purpose of armed forces retirement home is to provide a secure and honorable place for retirement for homeless and disabled war veterans. It is also known as the U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen's Home, the U.S. Soldiers' Home, and the U.S. Military Asylum.

According to 24 USCS § 412, persons eligible to be residents under armed forces retirement home are:

1.Persons who have served as members of the armed forces, and are:

a.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 incapable of earning a livelihood because of a service-connected disability incurred in the line of duty in the armed forces;

3. Persons who served in a war theater during a time of war declared by Congress or were eligible for hostile fire special pay;

4.Persons who were discharged or released from service in the armed forces under honorable conditions.****