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Air Force Enlisted Village Sets Up Hurricane Michael Emergency Relief Center at Gates Welcome Building in Shalimar

Shalimar, Florida (October 18, 2018) – The Air Force Enlisted Village’s Bob Gates Welcome Center located at 92 Sunset Lane, Shalimar, is serving as a drop off point for supplies to be transported to Tyndall AFB/Panama City area for victims of Hurricane Michael. Drop off Center Location, Dates, Times, Items being Collected The Bob Gates […]

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Hurricane Michael Updates

10-11-2018  9:25 AM CST Everyone is safe, and we are operating as normal. Thank you for keeping us in your prayers and thoughts during Hurricane Michael. Thank you again to all of the volunteers who helped with storm prep and to those who are here today to take window coverings down. Our thoughts and prayers […]

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Website Maintenance Sept. 28 – Oct. 6

The Air Force Enlisted Village website (www.afev.us) will undergo maintenance from September 28, 2018 through October 6, 2018. We appreciate your patience during this time while we integrate a new user experience for you. If you experience any difficulties with making a donation, purchasing an engraved brick paver, or subscribing to our online community, please […]

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AAFES Hosts Give and Get Back to Support Military Relief Funds Aug 1

It’s Time to Give & Get Back Again! Exchange Shoppers Can Support Military Relief Funds Beginning Aug. 1   Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers can help support Soldiers, Airmen and military families in need and receive coupons for future Exchange purchases with their donation. From Aug. 1 to Aug. 5, the Exchange is […]

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A One of a Kind Community with a Kind and Caring Mission

Air Force Enlisted Village: A One of a Kind Community, a Kind and Caring Mission   For fifty years, the Air Force Enlisted Village’s nonprofit mission has been to provide a safe, secure home for surviving spouses of retired enlisted U.S. Air Force members who are over the age of 55. Housing is provided in […]

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Rosie the Riveter Garden Dedicated at Bob Hope Village for Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Air Force Enlisted Village and Hurlburt Spouses Club Celebrate National Military Spouse Appreciation Day at Bob Hope Village The Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV) celebrated Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 11, 2018) with a dedication ceremony for a National Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden at Bob Hope Village. The heart shaped garden features four […]

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Fitness Wing Construction News

The Latest on the Fitness Wing Construction at the Community Center from Bear General Contractors WHO IS BEAR? Bear General Contractors Pensacola, FL We are a commercial construction company that builds everything from warehouses to doctor’s offices to coffee shops. We specialize in brand new construction, renovations, interior build-outs, additions, and metal buildings. We’ve been […]

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Exchange Give and Get Back Campaign Starts May 15 to Help Air Force and Army Relief Funds

Exchange Shoppers Can ‘Give and Get Back’ Starting May 15 to Help Army, Air Force Relief Funds   The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is making it easy for shoppers to help Soldiers, Airmen and military families in need during the first of three “Give and Get Back” donation periods. From May 15 through […]

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Ms. Jean’s Cheese Cheese Fondue Recipe

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 […]

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Spring into Wellness Walk

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 […]

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Non-Traditional Military Spouse Shares Her Story

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 […]

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She is Why the Air Force Enlisted Village Exists

  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 […]

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Blue Star Memorial By-Way Unveiling at Bob Hope Village, March 21, 10:00 AM

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 […]

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Ms. Janie’s Banana Pudding Recipe

Banana Pudding a Hit at Hawthorn House Block Party One of the most anticipate activities at Hawthorn House is their 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 […]

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It Started with a Dream

It Started with a Dream Residents, staff, friends and military leaders gather to celebrate the Air Force Enlisted Village’s 50th anniversary.   By KELLY HUMPHREY   HURLBURT FIELD (Feb. 9, 2018) – Inez Owens stood in the middle of the Soundside Club and smiled. Dressed in a glistening, gold, floor-length gown, the Bob Hope Village resident […]

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Meet Joy

Flying Solo: The Experience was New to Me Thanks to you, military widows can live at Bob Hope Village and not worry about being lonely Meet Joy. If you had a chance to have tea with her, you’d be absolutely charmed. She is a lively and lovely lady known around Bob Hope Village for her […]

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50th Anniversary Ball Red Carptet Photos

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Here’s Why Your Gift Matters – Meet Lila

  Here’s Why Your Gift Matters – Meet Lila Thank you for making Lila and all our residents feel cherished Your gift provides so much more than just a home for widows of retired enlisted Air Force members. Your gift provides basic essentials that may be taken for granted as one ages: a safe home, […]

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Physical Fitness is a Way of Life for Bob Hope Village Resident

  Physical Fitness is a Way of Life for Bob Hope Village Resident Because of you, residents will have a health and wellness program to allow for successful aging   Ingrid moved to Bob Hope Village last August and she literally took off running by registering to run AFEV’s annual CMSAF James C. Binnicker Memorial […]

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AFEV Celebrates 50th Anniversary

  AFEV Celebrates 50th Anniversary throughout 2018 Thank you for your support that gives military widows a worry-free home Over fifty years ago, a survey by military organizations found that over 50,000 widows of retired military members were living in poverty. US Air Force members found this news to be a travesty and decided to […]

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Air Force Enlisted Village Leads the Charge for #EmeraldCoastGivesBack 2017

The Emerald Coast Joins the Global “Giving Tuesday” Movement with Community-Wide Campaign “Emerald Coast Gives Back” Air Force Enlisted Leads the Charge with Local #GivingTuesday Campaign Last year, 27 local nonprofits participated in the first #EmeraldCoastGivesBack campaign and over $12K was raised by and for local nonprofit organizations. This year’s goal is set at $25K. […]

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Bob Hope Village to Host Annual Candlelight Vigil Dec 6

Bob Hope Village to Host Candlelight Vigil Dec 6 to Remember Residents and Loved Ones Who Have Passed On   The Air Force Enlisted Village will host a candlelight vigil on Wednesday, December 6 at 6:00 P.M. at our Garden of Hope located at Bob Hope Village, 92 Sunset Lane, Shalimar. The Angel of Hope […]

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Heroes for Hope: “Why I Give Monthly” by Cari Mansfield

I wasn’t a career military spouse – I became one shortly before my husband retired from active duty as an E9. But in the brief time I lived on base, I quickly realized the sacrifices military families make to enable their active-duty member to be ready to do his or her job. One particular incident […]

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The Joy of Meeting New People Propels Bob Hope Village Resident to Volunteer of the Year

The Joy of Meeting New People Propels Bob Hope Village Resident to Volunteer of the Year Because of you, residents have volunteer opportunities and social activities that give purpose Residents volunteer in many different capacities at Bob Hope Village and are key to making the community run well. Each year, resident volunteers are recognized for […]

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Hawthorn House Residents Welcome a Very Special and Unique Guest

Hawthorn House Residents Welcome a Very Special and Unique Guest Thank you for giving residents interesting and entertaining activities Activities at Hawthorn House are what you’d typically find at assisted living communities—bingo, crafts, games. But every now and then, the Hawthorn House activities coordinators like to add something a little different onto the activities calendar. […]

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Air Force Surviving Spouse Comes Full Circle at Hawthorn House

Air Force Surviving Spouse Comes Full Circle at Hawthorn House Thank you, you keep hope alive for surviving spouses Hawthorn House resident Helen, and her husband Walt, were active supporters of Bob Hope Village. Walt sang on stage when Bob Hope would visit Fort Walton Beach and perform shows to raise money for a community […]

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Bob Hope Village Rummage Sale Set for October 14

  Unique Gifts and Treasures Await at the Bob Hope Village Rummage Sale   Join us for the annual Rummage Sale at Bob Hope Village. You never know what kind of treasures you will find at the sale. The sale is open to the public on Saturday, October 14th from 8:00 am until noon inside […]

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Thank You to Hurricane Irma Relief Donors and Volunteers

Thank You to Hurricane Irma Relief Donors and Volunteers (September 20, 2017 – Shalimar, Florida) Thank you to everyone who donated supplies and boxes and/or volunteered their time at the Hurricane Irma Relief Center at Bob Hope Village. All items have been given to Mission Love Seeds, Inc. is Destin, Florida for delivery and distribution to Floridians […]

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Bob Hope Village Sets Up Hurricane Irma Relief Center at Gates Welcome Building

  Bob Hope Village Sets Up Hurricane Irma Relief Center at Gates Welcome Building Thank you in advance for supporting our donation drive for Hurricane Irma relief.   Update: As of September 15, 2017, we are in need of packing boxes for a shipment of supplies leaving Monday evening and another on Wednesday. Thank you […]

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Update: Irma Evacuees at Bob Hope Village On Hold

  Update: Irma Evacuees at Bob Hope Village On Hold Thank you to everyone for your speedy support   Shalimar, Florida (September 8, 2017, 10:55 AM CST) – The uncertain path of Hurricane Irma has caused the planned evacuations to Bob Hope Village to be put on hold. More to follow as the situation develops. […]

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Support Needed for Older Adult Evacuees Temporarily Housed at Bob Hope Village and Hawthorn House

Support Needed for Older Adult Evacuees Temporarily Housed at Bob Hope Village and Hawthorn House   You can help at www.afev.us/give (Please follow up your gift with an email to info@afev.us to note that your gift is for Hurricane Irma evacuees.) Shalimar, Florida (September 7, 2017) – Residents and staff members from assisted living facilities […]

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Earn the New “Extra Mile Award” at the 3rd Annual CMSAF Binnicker 9K

Extra Mile Awards, 5K, and Digital Timing New Features of the 3rd annual CMSAF James C. Binnicker Memorial 9K Run   The 3rd Annual CMSAF James C. Binnicker Memorial 9K/5K/Fun Run will take place Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. Runners can register for the 9K, 5K, or a 1 mile fun run HERE. During the registration process, runners […]

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Air Force Enlisted Village Earns 4-Star Charity Navigator Rating

  Air Force Enlisted Village Earns 4-Star  Charity Navigator Rating   Air Force Enlisted Village’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of charities.   Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star […]

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Give and Get Back at AAFES Sept. 14-18 2017

AAFES (The Exchange) to Host Air Force Assistance Fund/Army Emergency Relief Donation Drive   AAFES (The Exchange) is embarking on a partnership with Army Emergency Relief and Air Force Assistance Fund agencies to collect donations that benefit America’s military service members and their families. The Air Force Enlisted Village is an affiliate of the Air […]

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AFEV Named Finest on the Emerald Coast

Air Force Enlisted Village Named Finest on the Emerald Coast in Three Categories   The Air Force Enlisted Village won first place in three categories of the Northwest Florida Daily News’ 2017 Finest on the Emerald Coast contest. Daily News readers were invited to vote for their favorite businesses throughout the Emerald Coast by submitting […]

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Her Story: Welcome Home

Her Story: Welcome Home Mrs. Jefferson has lived here for many years and wanted to share what life is like at Bob Hope Village and Hawthorn House—and how supporters like you have given her a safe, loving home. “I decided when I was very young that I wanted to marry an Air Force man. When […]

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Congressman Matt Gaetz Tours Hawthorn House

Congressman Matt Gaetz Visits Bob Hope Village and Hawthorn House Residents for #OpenGaetzDay Congressman Matt Gaetz, 1st District of Florida, visited the Air Force Enlisted Village’s Hawthorn House today as part of his #OpenGaetzDay. Upon his arrival, the congressman was greeted by AFEV President and CEO Brooke McLean, AFEV Chairman of the Board of Directors […]

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HarborWalk Village to Honor Three Bob Hope Village Residents at Red White and Blue Ceremony

HarborWalk Village to Honor Three Bob Hope Village Residents at Red White and Blue Ceremony June 8   Join HarborWalk Village this Thursday June 8th at 7pm as they honor Lady Korean war vets from Bob Hope Village at their 2017 Red, White, Blue Celebration. Joanne Blackwell, Charlene Howard, and Joyce West will be recognized […]

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Give and Get Back at Your Exchange June 14-18

Exchanges to Host Air Force Assistance Fund/Army Emergency Relief Donation Drive   The Exchange is embarking on a partnership with Army Emergency Relief and Air Force Assistance Fund agencies to collect donations that benefit America’s military service members and their families. The Air Force Enlisted Village is an affiliate of the Air Force Assistance Fund […]

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Smoke on the Coast

  Join the Air Force Enlisted Village at the Smoke on the Coast BBQ and Firework Festival at Destin Commons Your “Coins for a Cause” make it possible for Destin Commons to give back to local charities. Thank you!   Celebrate Independence Day with a bang at Destin Commons on July 3rd, from 5 to […]

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Results from the 14th Annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic

Results from the 14th Annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic presented by The Jay Odom Group Thank you to our sponsors, donors, golfers, volunteers, and to everyone who helped make this event a success! Over $40,000 was raised for the Air Force Enlisted Village to provide a safe, secure home for surviving spouses of […]

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Tampa Trap Shoot Fundraiser

The MacDill Top III Association will be hosting the inaugural Air Force Enlisted Village Trap Shoot Fundraiser on May 20th at the Silver Dollar Shooters Club, 17202 Target Way, Odessa. Tickets are just $50 per person for skeet and ammo and available HERE. For more information, call 325-280-9749.

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104 Years Young and Unstoppable, Mary Gilmore Celebrates Birthday with Air Force Family

104 Years Young and Unstoppable, Mary Gilmore Celebrates Birthday with Air Force Family at Hawthorn House   A resident of the Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV) for the past 40 years, Mary Gilmore celebrated her 104th birthday on Saturday, March 25, 2017. A birthday party was held at Hawthorn House, AFEV’s assisted living and memory […]

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Swing into Action: Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic

Another new year is upon us and it will soon be time for the Air Force Enlisted Village’s major local fundraising event, the Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic, which will be held May 19th and 20th, 2017 at the Eglin Golf Course in Niceville.  This year marks the 14th anniversary of this event and […]

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Join Heroes for Hope

Join Heroes for Hope Make your gift a monthly gift Caring for and providing a safe, secure home for retired military surviving spouses as they age is the cornerstone of the Air Force Enlisted Village mission. There is always work to be done, and we need your help more than ever. You can provide stable […]

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Staying Fit is Important for All Residents

Staying Fit Is Important for All Residents Because of you, residents have a home, camaraderie, and access to fitness activities so they can live a healthy life Staying fit and healthy is important but having fun while participating in fitness activities is necessary for participation. Residents have more options for fun fitness programs and exercise […]

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On the Activities Schedule: Games for Brain Fitness

Brain Games are Frequently on the Activities Schedule Thank you for making fun, specialized activities and services happen for our residents Proper nutrition and physical activity are important for a healthy body and a healthy mind. And, exercising our brains is just as important as exercising our bodies. It’s not surprising that Hawthorn House includes […]

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Independence is the Greatest Gift I Can Give Myself and My Children

Independence is the Greatest Gift I Can Give Myself and My Children Thank you, you make it possible for surviving spouses to live happily and assuredly in a caring community Rosetta met Albert, a US Air Force chemical mixer, on a blind date. They married, had three children, and traveled the world with them where […]

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Hawthorn House Residents Participate in Southern Belle Pageant during National Assisted Living Week

Activities that empower residents happen because of you “Keeping Connected” was the theme for the 2016 National Assisted Living Week which takes place every September. Hawthorn House residents enjoyed a week of special activities designed around the “Keeping Connected” theme. “Residents enjoyed the technology related activities this year,” Hawthorn House Activities Director, Theresa Alexander, said. […]

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You Change Lives and We Thank You

You Change Lives and We Thank You Your kindness gives hope to our Air Force surviving spouses at Bob Hope Village and Hawthorn House where staff treat residents with the respect reserved for their own moms  Low pay and frequent military moves leave some surviving spouses of our retired enlisted airmen without careers, home equities, […]

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AFEV Selected as Charity to Receive Proceeds from New Childrens Book

Air Force Enlisted Village Selected as One of Four Charities to Receive Proceeds From New Children’s Christmas Book “Four a.m. December 25”   Around the world, the gifts of Christmas arrive in beautiful and unexpected ways in the wee hours of the morning. But closer to home, one little girl knows that the gift she wants […]

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Air Force Enlisted Village Joins the Global Giving Tuesday Movement and Announces Emerald Coast Gives Back

Air Force Enlisted Village Joins the Global Giving Tuesday Movement and Announces Emerald Coast Gives Back   The Air Force Enlisted Village is participating in a new local Giving Tuesday movement, the Emerald Coast Gives Back. Emerald Coast Gives Back will kick off this year on November 29, 2016 as a 24-hour day of giving […]

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She Found the Happiest Years of Her Life at Bob Hope Village

Like most military spouses, Bob Hope Village resident Dolores says she always tried to make the best of everything and find happiness wherever her husband’s 26-year Air Force career took her and their sons. “It was hard moving every three years,” Dolores said. “Nothing fit in the next house, but I always made a home […]

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October’s Recipe of the Month

Pumpkin, Not Just for Pie Everywhere you look is pumpkin spice this or pumpkin spice that. Welcome to October. It’s no surprise our recipe for October features pumpkin. Pumpkin is a good source of fiber to keep you feeling fuller longer. Pumpkin is also a good source of Vitamin A which can boost your vision. […]

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Take Our Aging Myths Quiz

Take our Aging Myths Quiz   Aging Myths: Think Getting Older Means Sitting in a Rocking Chair All Day? Think again! Today’s older adults are having fun and defying aging myths on a daily basis. No one likes to think about getting older but the reality is we all are. How we age depends on […]

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AFEV’s 2016-2017 Calendar

We Found Some Mistakes in our 2016-2017 Calendar and We’re Working to Fix Them Our 2017 calendar “Keep’em Flying” mailed last week with errors to include wrong captions identifying four beautiful air plane images from the National Museum of the USAF. January’s and April’s captions have been transposed, as well as June’s and July’s. Please […]

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From the Garden: A Bob Hope Village Resident’s Eggplant Recipe

Healthy living at Bob Hope Village includes the opportunity to plant your own garden. Many residents have taken advantage of the gardening plots and have started their own vegetable gardens. A recent visit found one resident with an early bounty of eggplants. When asked what she would do with them Margit replied, “I’m making eggplant Parmesan for […]

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Become a Volunteer for the Air Force Enlisted Village

Volunteer opportunities are plentiful year round at Bob Hope Village and Hawthorn House, but the Fall season is the start of the holiday seasons which means plenty of activities, parties, and special events will be planned for residents. This means AFEV will be in need of volunteers for all of the activities and events, not […]

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Hawthorn House to Observe Assisted Living Week Sept. 11-17

“Keeping Connected” is the theme for 2016 National Assisted Living Week which takes place September 11-17, 2016. Hawthorn House residents look forward to the event each year which includes a week of special activities designed around the special theme. “We’re planning a week of technology related activities for residents and their families this year,” Hawthorn […]

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Quiche Lorraine: A Favorite Recipe from the Hawthorn House Kitchen

Bacon, Swiss cheese and onions combined with eggs form this timeless classic. Our dining services director at Hawthorn House says residents love when Quiche Lorraine is served because it’s light yet filling and makes a perfect dinner in the summer months. Serve with seasonal vegetables and salad greens dressed in a tangy vinagerette. Quiche Lorraine […]

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Cheer on 9K runners with a Course Sign

The 2nd annual CMSAF James C. Binnicker Memorial 9K Run will be held on August 27, 2016. Our runners will start at Bob Hope Village, wind through Poquito Bayou, and end at the Bob Hope Village Commons. Bob Hope Village residents will be out to cheer on runners. You can help cheer on the runners […]

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Benevolence Fund Gives Eligible Residents in Need a Helping Hand

Benevolence Fund Gives Eligible Residents in Need a Helping Hand Thank you for caring for our Air Force surviving spouses who may need financial help One never knows what to expect in our retirement years, however we all do our best to ensure an affordable, happy, and healthy life. Surviving spouses of retired airmen may not have retirement funds or assets due to not […]

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Therapy Pet Visits Provide Comfort and Friendship for Residents

Because of you, residents have an enjoyable activities each day that sometimes include furry friends Activities are more than fun, they keep our residents’ minds sharp and they provide a resource for socializing. Weekly activities may include card games, board games, crafts, bingo, or fitness classes. One of the most anticipated activities each week is […]

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2nd Annual 9K Set for Aug. 27 at Bob Hope Village

On Your Mark, Get Set, Run! We are excited to announce the 2nd annual CMSAF James C. Binnicker Memorial 9K Run will be held on August 27, 2016. Runners will start at Bob Hope Village, wind through Poquito Bayou, and end at the Bob Hope Village Commons. Bob Hope Village residents will be out to […]

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Transportation is Essential to Residents’ Safety and Independence

Thank you for providing necessities for residents such as transportation   As residents age, the decision to give up driving can be a difficult one since many folks identify driving with independence. Safety is usually the deciding factor. The Air Force Enlisted Village is happy to make transportation available for residents. Our resident services staff […]

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Bob Hope Village was the Community this Surviving Spouse Needed

Bob Hope Village was the Community this Surviving Spouse Needed Because of you, surviving spouses of retired enlisted airmen live in a community with their peers where they can share memories of military life By Millie Hizer Rogene and Charlie actually met twice before they became an item, although they didn’t realize it until they […]

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How to Display the Flag

Learn basic flag etiquette to honor “Old Glory” The American flag symbolizes love, pride and freedom. It’s a reminder of America’s greatness. Often referred to as “Old Glory,” the flag represents all people of America. When displaying the flag, it is proper etiquette to fly the flag from sunrise to sunset on all days weather […]

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Behind the Brick: Robert and Ardith Johnson

Behind the Brick: Robert Ardith Johnson For Ardith, the Garden of Hope is a special place to count her blessings by Millie Hizer   For Ardith Johnson, the Garden of Hope is a place that reminds her of the many blessings she has had during her ninety years on Earth. Ardith, a resident of Bob […]

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Benevolent Fund Provides Peace of Mind

Benevolent Fund Provides Peace of Mind Because of you, AFEV’s Benevolent Fund offer residents a precious gift Memory support is an increasing need by residents as they age in place, however it is much more costly than independent living. Many memory support residents are in need of financial assistance simply because of the greater cost […]

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Yes, You Make a Difference in the Lives of Our Air Force Family

Yes, You Make a Difference in the Lives of Our Air Force Family Thank You for Sharing Our Belief that Retired Enlisted Surviving Spouses Deserve a Safe, Secure Home Low pay and frequent military moves leave some spouses without careers, home equities, retirement plans or significant assets. The Air Force Enlisted Village believes our surviving […]

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Independence is Important for Wellbeing

Thank you for keeping the goal of independence alive for so many residents As one ages, the fear of losing independence can become a big worry. Living in a safe and secure environment like Bob Hope Village gives residents comfort. Staff is available to provide support and all residents receive a mobile medical alert pendant […]

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Behind the Brick: Jack and Scott Caldwel

Behind the Brick: Jack and Scott Caldwell Two Acts of Kindness Give a Bob Hope Village Resident’s Love Ones a Special Place in the Garden of Hope When Vesta visits the Garden of Hope, she has two bricks to visit: one for her son Scott and one for her husband Jack. While the bricks honor her […]

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Living Life to the Fullest with Social Activities

Both Bob Hope Village and Hawthorn House maintain robust activities programs which would not be possible without the generosity of donors. While life at both places would not be complete without regular bingo games, activities vary to suit all needs. Residents continue to be interested in technology so a touch screen computer is now available […]

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Independent Living vs. Assisted Living

What’s the difference between Assisted Living and Independent Living? By Millie Hizer During the past twenty years, retirement options for senior citizens have greatly expanded. From independent living communities to assisted living facilities, retirees are able to choose the lifestyle that best fits their needs. However, the differences between independent living and assisted living can […]

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Bob Hope Village: A Positive Environment for Surviving Spouses

Bob Hope Village: A Positive Environment for Surviving Spouses June says, “Thank you for making this wonderful community possible.” By Millie Hizer When June  met her husband Earl at a USO Dance at Scott Field, Missouri in 1950, she didn’t immediately fall for his charms. “It’s so funny but I liked his buddy when I […]

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Memory Care a Crucial Component to our Community

Hawthorn House opened in 2005 and gave Bob Hope Village residents and all surviving spouses of retired enlisted airmen an option for assisted living without leaving their Air Force family here at our community. Our memory care wing again became an option for residents to stay with their Air Force family when diagnosed by their […]

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Enter to Win AFEV’s Facebook Contest

Enter to Win a Signed Copy of the Book You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse by Jen McDonald at the Air Force Enlisted Village Facebook Page   The Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV) has partnered with Jen McDonald, author of the new book You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for […]

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Results from the 13th Annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic

Just over $37,500 was raised to support the Air Force Enlisted Village’s mission of providing a safe, secure home for surviving spouses of retired enlisted airmen at the 13th Annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic that was held May 13-14, 2016 at the Eglin Golf Course. Mary Gilmore, an AFEV resident for 40 years […]

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13th Annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic Set for May 13 & 14 at Eglin Golf Course

13th Annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic Set for May 13 & 14 at Eglin Golf Course Proceeds Benefit the Air Force Enlisted Village The Air Force Enlisted Village’s major local fundraising event, the 13th Annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic, will be held May 13-14, 2016 at the Eglin Golf Course in Niceville. […]

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Military Backgrounds Bond Surviving Spouses at Bob Hope Village

Military Backgrounds Bond Surviving Spouses at Bob Hope Village “We all have had many of the same experiences, and I think that’s what bonds us.” by Amelia Hizer In Peg ’s poem “A Military Wife,” she describes her life as a military wife as being “equally mingled with joy and strife.” In truth, is someone […]

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Happy Holidays from the Air Force Enlisted Village

This holiday season, we’d like to thank you and all of our donors, volunteers, supporters, and friends who have been an important part of our family here at the Air Force Enlisted Village. Because of you, we have been able to provide a safe, secure home to military widows living independently at Bob Hope Village […]

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Bob Hope Village to Host Candlelight Vigil Dec 6 to Remember Residents and Loved Ones

The Air Force Enlisted Village will host a candlelight vigil on Sunday, December 6 at 6:00 P.M. at our Garden of Hope located at Bob Hope Village, 92 Sunset Lane, Shalimar, between the Dolores Hope All Faiths Chapel and the Bob Gates Welcome Center. The Angel of Hope Candlelight Vigil remembers residents and loved ones […]

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Air Force Enlisted Village Celebrates 10 Years of Assisted Living at Hawthorn House

by Alisha Mims   In 2005, the missing link in the continuum of care at the Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV) was completed. Hawthorn House, AFEV’s 64-apartment assisted living facility, provides a home for residents who need a bit of extra help with day-to-day tasks, but who still wish to live independently. In 2011, the […]

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Bob Hope Village to Host Veterans Day Ceremony

  Guest Speaker is CMSgt Bruce W. Dixon, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 24th Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field Bob Hope Village will host their annual Veterans Day ceremony on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 beginning at 9:00 AM at the Bob Hope Village Commons ballroom, 30 Holly Ave., Shalimar. Guest speaker […]

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Free Memory Screenings and Health Fair at Hawthorn House on November 4

Hawthorn House will host a health fair with free memory screenings on Wednesday, November 4 from 10 AM to 3 PM. To schedule a free memory screening, please call (850) 609-2550. Hawthorn House is located at 1200 Hawthorn House Drive, Shalimar, FL on the Bob Hope Village campus. Memory screenings are an important tool in […]

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Behind the Brick: Corporal Clifford Adam Spohn III

Behind the Brick: Corporal Clifford Adam Spohn III Adam was known for his smile, the mischief in his eyes, and his enthusiasm. He loved adventure and serving in the military. Most of all, he loved his wife and his family. by Amelia Hizer April 9, 2007 was a heartbreaking day for those close to Corporal […]

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Bob Hope Village Became a New Kind of Home for Me

Bob Hope Village Became a New Kind of Home for Me “I had my memories and my courage which were all that I needed to start over.” by Amelia Hizer Every great love story features some sort of adventure, and the story of Melvin and Marjorie is no different. For the first sixteen years of their […]

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Air Force Enlisted Village Earns 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

Shalimar, Florida (September 21, 2015) – The Air Force Enlisted Village’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating, the highest possible, from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Since 2002, using objective, data driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations […]

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CMSAF James C. Binnicker Memorial 9K Set for August 29 at Bob Hope Village

From left to right: 1st Lt Gregory P. Boyajian, Ch Capt John M. Richardson, MSgt John K. Shackleford, and A1C Timothy W. Burd.   Eglin and Hurlburt Airmen Plan CMSAF James C. Binnicker Memorial 9K by Amelia Hizer   The inaugural CMSAF Binnicker Memorial 9K Run will be held on August 29 at 7:00 a.m. at Bob Hope […]

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Bob Hope Village 5 Ribbon Cutting Set for July 31

The Air Force Enlisted Village will celebrate the Grand Opening of Bob Hope Village 5 with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, July 31, 2015 beginning at 9:00 AM. Special guest speakers for the event include Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody and The Honorable Don Gaetz, Florida Senate. Tours of […]

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Air Force Enlisted Village Announces New President and CEO

The Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV) has announced the selection of Brooke McLean as its new president and CEO. McLean will fill the vacancy created after the passing of James Binnicker in March. “We are extremely fortunate to have the talents, knowledge, experience and professionalism that Brooke brings to the Air Force Enlisted Village,” said […]

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12th Annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic Results plus Save the Date for 2016

The 12th Annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic was held May 15-16, 2015 at the Eglin Golf Course in Niceville and the event raised $45,721 for the Air Force Enlisted Village. One hundred thirty two golfers played the Eagle course both days and were flighted after day 1 of play. The top three teams […]

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