The people of the United States have a tradition that those who served our county in the armed forces, especially in time of war, shall receive consideration and care when they are in need.  While the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers fulfill the needs of acutely ill or injured Veterans, a different type of facility is needed for aging and chronically disabled Veterans.  The Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board is extending this special kind of care through a partnership with the VA.  Mississippi has State Veterans Homes in Collins, Jackson, Kosciusko and Oxford.  These facilities were built specifically to serve men and women Veterans who live in Mississippi.  They offer trained specialists in a variety of healthcare disciplines, the latest in medical technology and equipment, full support services, and access to nearby amenities.

I discovered over the past year and a half in this job that most Veterans and families are not aware that they may be eligible for residency and care at these Mississippi State Veterans Homes (Oxford being the closest for Pontotoc Veterans).  The State Veterans Homes provide a full range of care and choices for our Veterans.  Honor and respect provide the foundation for the administration and staff at each facility.

The mission of the Mississippi State Veterans Home is to enhance the lives of our American men and women that gave their all to secure the defense of our country and freedoms.  The staff is dedicated to providing comprehensive services that optimize the Veterans quality of life.  The obligation and duty of the devoted staff is first-class service through practicing the best medical and intensive care available.

Each Mississippi State Veterans Home employs a Medical Director, physician, licensed nursing staff, pharmacy service, rehabilitation services, psychiatric services, restorative services, and occupational therapy. 

Some of the other services that the homes offer include: Personal Banking and Finance Management, Laundry Services, Maintenance and Transportation.  They also provide a number of amenities: 24 Hour Staff, Cable, Computer Access, Dining Room, Library, Pool Tables, Quiet Room and Social Activities Room.  The activities department also offers a number of activities, including: Arts & Crafts, Family Events, Planned Leisure & Social Events and Recreation Activities.

To be eligible Veterans must meet the following requirements: (1)  Were active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and have been discharged under honorable conditions (applicant must supply Form DD 214 - Military Discharge, or equivalent report of Separation from Service) (2) Be or have been a Mississippi resident; however, if no Mississippi resident is waiting for admission, a non-resident may be admitted to the home (3) Have had a medical examination by a personal or VA physician within 30 days of admission and, as a result, demonstrate that he/she: does not have a communicable disease; does not require medical or hospital care for which the Veterans Home is not equipped or staffed to provide; does not have traits which may prove dangerous to the physical well being of other residents, employees or the Veteran.  Spouses of Veterans and Veterans widows are also eligible and must meet generally the same eligibility criteria as the Veteran.  Spouses and widows may be admitted if space is available.

Applications for admission may be obtained from me as your County Veteran Service Officer, or at any of the State Veterans Homes, or from the State Veterans Affairs Board website at  Depending on the approval date for admission the Veteran may go on a waiting list, but normally it is only for a short period of time. 

A portion of the cost of care at Mississippi State Veterans Homes is covered by the VA with the remaining cost paid by the Veteran or by his/her family: from available funding sources, such as military or civilian retirement; VA compensation or non-service connected pension; or Social Security benefits.  Indigent Veterans may qualify for financial assistance.  Veterans who are rated 70% or higher disabled through the VA for service connected disabilities stay free, other Veterans pay $50.00 daily.  The daily charge for an eligible spouse or widow is considerably higher at $159.55 per day.

For specific questions in regard to the Oxford Veterans Home you may contact me or the Veteran Service Officer at the home, Melody Hamilton 662-236-1218.  The Mississippi State Veterans Home in our area is located at 120 Veterans Drive, Oxford, Mississippi 38655.

I can assure you, that from my perspective, the Mississippi State Veterans Homes do an excellent job in caring for our Veterans.  I have personally visited the home in Oxford on multiple occasions and can report to you that the administration/staff are very helpful and friendly, the general appearance of the facility is immaculate, as well as the care provided to our Veterans is “top-notch.”  I highly recommended the Mississippi State Veterans Homes for your consideration when you as the Veteran, or family of a Veteran, require this as an option.

Please don’t hesitate to call me at 489-3907, email at or just stop by the Veteran Service Office, in the Pontotoc County Courthouse for any questions you may have in regard to Veteran or family benefits and services.

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