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Puller Veterans Care Center, Vint Hill, Fauquier County (Opening Late 2019)

The new Puller Veterans Care Center will be 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 120-bed facility will feature all private rooms that will be organized into households and neighborhoods that surround a central community center.

Admission Criteria

  • 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

Amenities

  • Private rooms with private baths—all are handicap accessible and include a roll-in shower
  • Barber/beauty shop
  • Pharmacy
  • Activity rooms
  • Lounges
  • Library
  • 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.

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