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History

Vinson Hall Retirement Community is an active, vibrant community that embodies warmth, security and the spirit of home and family. Not only does it provide a broad range of state of the art amenities, activities, and
services for its residents, VHRC is also instrumental in bringing together many of the nation’s experts on aging and healthcare to showcase innovative practices and new technology that improve the lives of seniors.

Vinson Hall Retirement Community began as a labor of love conceived by the Navy Officers’ Wives’ Club of Washington, D.C., in 1959. The notion of creating a home which was “secure, companionable, and dignified”- a home where companionship and socializing would flourish— for Navy widows quickly captured the attention of senior sea service leaders, as well as Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard wives’ clubs worldwide. Two years later, Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation was formed to support this endeavor. On June 23, 1969, Vinson Hall opened its doors and provided a community fostering dignity, security, and friendship to sea service widows regardless of financial status.

Over the years the community expanded, offering an assisted living and skilled nursing residence at Arleigh Burke Pavilion which opened in 1991; The Sylvestery, a memory support assisted living residence opened in 2003; the Independent Living Building opened in 2014; and Arleigh Burke’s short-term rehabilitation which opened in 2015. 

Wounded Warrior Transitional Housing at Vinson Hall welcomed its first wounded warrior in September of 2013. This program offers an inter-generational aspect to the community by providing transitional housing for wounded, ill, and injured service members undergoing a thorough evaluation process. Vinson Hall is a safe and secure living environment provides easy accessibility to both Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and our nation’s capitol. As the program became operational, a second apartment was dedicated to the program in January 2014.