The retirement home is becoming more and more affordable for retired service members who are leaving the military, and the state is offering an additional opportunity for those who may be in need.
The U. S. Department of Defense is announcing that it is expanding its facility in South Carolina to accommodate military veterans who are retiring from the military.
The facility, which is part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Military Retirement System, will be expanded to accommodate up to 400 military retirees and their dependents, including their spouses and children, in 2019.
The service members and their families are expected to have to be housed in an additional room, according to a statement from the department.
In addition, the facility will be equipped to accommodate a special needs housing unit, which includes a wheelchair accessible entrance, as well as a special-needs dining room and kitchen.
The military retirement home will be a 10,000-square-foot facility.
The facility is located in the South Carolina city of Charleston, which hosts more than 300,000 military retirees.
The service members are also eligible for a $15,000 grant to help them purchase homes in their hometowns.
They can apply through the department’s website.
The military retirement homes are available to military veterans and their spouses, as of October 31, 2019, and veterans in the military reserve who are eligible for disability payments.
Veterans who have already left the military will be able to apply for a waiver of military retirement benefits.
The department said it has received nearly 20,000 applications for military retirement residences.
In 2018, the department announced it was opening a $5.4 million home in South Bend, Indiana, that is dedicated to veterans.
The retirement home also will be available to active duty service members, reservists, and National Guard members who have completed a qualifying period of military service.
It will be open to veterans and dependents between the ages of 20 and 55.