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50+ Years Serving America's Military Family

The Army Distaff Foundation was founded in 1959 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. By 1962, thousands of Army wives worldwide had raised the necessary funds to open Army Distaff Hall as a residence for Army widows to provide necessary services that military benefits did not then cover. In 1989, the residential campus was named Knollwood, and admission eligibility was extended to retired military officers of all services, and to their female relatives. Since its inception, Knollwood has expanded to include four levels of care: independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing care, and the Special Care Center for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

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