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.
Through AFEV, you’re literally changing lives. Stacie, who lost her loving husband, Elmer, a master sergeant with 20 years of service in the Air Force, is proof of that. Stacie suffers from dystonia, a movement disorder in which a person’s muscles contract uncontrollably. After Elmer died, Stacie didn’t know how she’d go on or where […]
The Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV) was recognized by the Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) with the 2018 Americanism Award. AFSA’s Americanism Award is presented annually to deserving individuals or organizations for the development of programs, ceremonies or other initiatives that further patriotism in America. The award was announced at AFSA’s 2019 International Convention and […]
Bob Hope Village Community Center Renovation Complete with Focus on Fitness, Wellness, and Conveniences for Residents Ribbon Cutting and Grand Reopening Set for October 16 The Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV) will celebrate the reopening of the Bob Hope Village community center, also known as The Commons, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, October […]