Assistant Director of Veterans Programs, Brian Condon meet with the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) in Washington, DC in regard to huge rent increases scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2018.

Assistant Director of Veterans Programs, Brian Condon meet with the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) in Washington, DC in regard to huge rent increases scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2018. Shipmates in attendance thought the increase was a result of poor management and the cost to fix it should not be put on them.

They entered the Home with the belief that they would stay there for the remainder of their life time. They are not against an increase but the sudden and substantial increase starting October 1, 2018 is viewed as excessive.

After the member meeting, ADVP Brian Condon attended a meeting with senior officials of the Washington DC AFRH to discuss the pending implementation of significant fee increases for its residents. Major General Stephen Rippe USA (Ret.), the new AFRH Chief Executive Officer stated that he had been given his marching orders to close the $22 million gap in the annual budget. Rippe said Congress wants to cut costs and has an eye on the approximately $60,000 a day it spends on the AFRH. The fee increase is estimated to grow revenue by $7 million a year. Other proposed sources of revenue are estimated to produce approximately $1 million a year and a possible increase in the amount active duty contributes (from $.50 to $1) would raise another $7 million. Rippe said he already has the support of the top Senior Enlisted to increase the active duty contribution.

This increase will not close the full $22 million funding gap. Rippe and his staff said as of right now there would be no phase in of the fee increase. All Shipmates at the AFRH (Gulf Port and Washington, DC) want to encourage everyone to go to tell Congress to provide additional funding.

For more information, contact Sandra at the Veterans Service Office at 602 Strong Ave. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or call 325-365-3612.