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The Armed Forces Retirement Home

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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Congressional Research Service

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Since the late 1700s, Congress has established numerous federal programs to provide housing, housing assistance, and health care support to certain wounded, ill, or injured servicemembers, military retirees, and other veterans. Some of those programs included the establishment of military asylums for temporarily or permanently disabled servicemembers. Most military asylums have since closed or been transferred to the Department of Veterans Affairs VA or state agencies that separately or jointly administer a variety of residential social support programs. Congress also later established the Armed Forces Retirement Home AFRH as the only federal military retirement community. In so doing, AFRH absorbed two previously existing military asylums, later converted to Department of Defense-affiliated retirement homes. AFRH now provides residential care to military retirees and certain other veterans.

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  • Administration and Management

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[A, Approved For Public Release]