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 support 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 that benefits from the Air Force Assistance Fund campaign. The campaign takes place 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.
Air Force Enlisted Village Recognized with Best in Aging Services Award by LeadingAge Florida The Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV), was recognized by LeadingAge Florida at its 56th Annual Convention and Exposition last month. AFEV received the Excellence in Collaboration Award for exceptional response and relief efforts following Hurricane Michael and delivering more than $460,000 […]
Army & Air Force Exchange Service Partners with Air Force Assistance Fund and Army Emergency Relief for Give and Get Back Campaign
For the third consecutive year, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is partnering with Army Emergency Relief (AER) and the Air Force Assistance Fund (AFAF) to help service members and military families in need through the Give and Get Back campaign. The Air Force Enlisted Village, along with the Air Force Aid Society, Air […]
Over $50,000 was raised for the Air Force Enlisted Village to provide a safe, secure home for surviving spouses of retired enlisted US Air Force personnel during the 16th Annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic. Bob Hope Village resident Betty Pascher teed off to celebrate the opening of the golf classic on day 1. […]
You make it possible for widows of U.S. Airmen to have a home in their time of need When Esther’s late husband Gene retired from the Air Force after 26 years of service, they decided to make his last duty station, Tyndall AFB, their home. The couple had been traveling all around the United States […]
Thank you for caring for Ruby and all our residents Your gift to the Air Force Enlisted Village truly changes lives and helps widows like Ruby. Ruby lives at Hawthorn House and she wants you to know that you are making a difference in her life. “Thank you for caring for all of us here […]