Ensuring that veterans care center residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our highest priority. We are working proactively to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by implementing the following procedures, effective Friday, March 13, and until further notice, at the Virginia Veterans Care Center (VVCC) in Roanoke and the Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center (SBVCC):
- The care centers are closed to visitors. Exceptions will be approved in end-of-life circumstances, but must receive prior approval;
- All events sponsored by outside groups are cancelled until further notice; and
- With the exception of visits to medical care facilities, all resident trips outside the facility are suspended until further notice.
We understand that staying connected with family members is incredibly important and we will help you keep connected to them by telephone and email. Please make certain we have your most current emergency contact information available. We want to ensure we, and your loved one, are able to communicate with you as needed.
Please do not hesitate to contact VVCC at 540-982-2869 or SBVCC at 804-371-8000 if you have any questions.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to protect the health and safety of our veterans.
Puller Veterans Care Center, Vint Hill, Fauquier County (Opening 2022)
The new Puller Veterans Care Center is being built on the former Vint Hill Farms Station in Fauquier County, which previously served as a United States Army and National Security Agency facility. The site played a critical role in eavesdropping on enemy communications during World War II, when it intercepted a message that helped lead to the D-Day invasion of Normandy. The new care center will deliver top-quality care to Virginia veterans in a home-like setting. The 128-bed facility will feature all private rooms that will be organized into households and neighborhoods that surround a central community center.
- Honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces
- Virginia residency at the time of admission or entry into active duty from Virginia
- Meets medical requirements for nursing home care
- DVS will begin accepting applications for admission in late 2021
- Private rooms with private baths—all are handicap accessible and include a roll-in shower
- Barber/beauty shop
- Activity rooms
- Game room
About the Puller Family Legacy
General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller was born in West Point, Virginia and served with distinction in Central America, WWII and the Korean War before retiring in 1955. He is one of only two people to receive five Navy Crosses and is one of the most decorated Marines in history. He retired to Saluda, Virginia and passed away in 1971.
Lt. Lewis B. Puller, Jr. served in Vietnam in 1968, where he was wounded when he tripped a booby trapped howitzer round, losing his right leg at the hip, left leg below the knee, left hand and several fingers on his right hand. Because he was out in front of his platoon, he saved most of them by taking the hit. He was awarded a purple heart and several other military honors. He graduated from William & Mary Law School and ran for Congress in 1978. He died in Alexandria, Virginia in 1994, shortly after winning the Pulitzer Prize for his autobiography.
Lt. Puller met his wife, Toddy, while she was a school teacher in Woodbridge, Virginia, after graduating from Mary Washington College. In 1991, she won a seat in the House of Delegates. In 1999, she won a seat in the Senate of Virginia. She carried the legislation to create Virginia Veteran and Family Support, the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program, and last year’s legislation to build the two new care centers. There is not a part of the Department of Veterans Services unaffected by her legislative efforts, which were always propelled by the memory of her husband and father-in-law. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.