A One-of-a-Kind Community, a Kind and Caring Mission
The Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV) is a nonprofit organization whose core mission is to provide a safe, secure home for surviving spouses of retired enlisted U.S. Airmen. Located along the beautiful Emerald Coast of northwest Florida in Shalimar near Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field, apartments are available at Bob Hope Village, our independent living community, and at Hawthorn House, our assisted living and memory care residence located on the Bob Hope Village campus.
- Surviving spouses of retired enlisted members of all U.S. military branches
- Married couples with one or both being a retired enlisted U.S. airman
- Married couples with one or both being a retired enlisted U.S. military member
- Mothers of active duty and retired enlisted U.S. airmen
- In the event of the death of the active duty enlisted U.S. Air Force sponsor, surviving spouses under the age of 55 may be admitted for a maximum of one year to meet emergency needs
Although the Air Force Enlisted Village has expanded to provide a home for members of our military family, surviving spouses of retired enlisted U.S. Airmen continue to be the focus of our nonprofit mission. The retired enlisted U.S. Air Force surviving spouse with the greatest need is given priority to move to Bob Hope Village or Hawthorn House.
Low pay and frequent military moves leave some spouses without careers, home equities, retirement plans or significant assets. Air Force surviving spouses requiring financial assistance live at Bob Hope Village or Hawthorn House among peers sharing memories of military life without the stigma normally associated with subsidized housing. At Bob Hope Village and Hawthorn House, all staff treat our beloved residents with the respect they would reserve for their own moms.
The Air Force Enlisted Village is one of four official charities of the U.S. Air Force and is an affiliate of the Air Force Assistance Fund campaign that takes place February through May each year at all U.S. Air Force installations. The Air Force Enlisted Village is also recognized by the Air Force Sergeants Association as a worth charity.
Monthly Resident Recipe One of the most anticipate activities at Hawthorn House is the monthly block parties. One resident is selected to host the block party and everyone is invited. As the host, the resident gets to select a recipe that will be served and help prepare it in the therapy kitchen. Often, residents select […]
Air Force Enlisted Village Residents and Staff Kicked Off a New Wellness Program with a Walk Around Bob Hope Village Campus on the First Day of Spring The Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV) kicked off a new wellness program, Health Optimization Program for Everyone (HOPE), with a walk around the Bob Hope Village campus. About […]
Non-Traditional Military Spouse Shares Her Story Because of you, surviving spouses of retired enlisted Air Force, Air Force Reserves, and Air National Guard members have a safe home Bertha met Rene in 1942 while they both were working at a state medical facility near Griffiss AFB, NY. Shortly after, Rene was drafted into the Army […]
For fifty years, the Air Force Enlisted Village’s sole mission, through the compassionate support of people like you, has been to provide a home for surviving spouses of U.S. military heroes. Every resident has a deeply touching story about how they got here, but *Theresa’s path to AFEV is uniquely moving, and she wanted […]
Blue Star Memorial By-Way Unveiling at Bob Hope Village, March 21, 10:00 AM Airmen of the Past, Present and Future will be represented The Air Force Enlisted Village welcomes the Garnier Beach Garden Club for the unveiling of a Blue Star Memorial By-Way sign located at Bob Hope Village on Wednesday, March 21 at […]