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Knollwood Military Retirement Residence

Knollwood Military Retirement Residence opened its doors in 1962 as the first military retirement community in the United States. Today, it serves exclusively for retired officers, their spouses or widows, and certain family members, with the mission to provide affordable, secure retirement housing and healthcare to members of the American military family. The Army Distaff Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, has managed this unique military retirement community for more than 50 years, offering a continuum of care to best fulfill the physical and emotional needs of each resident.

Knollwood Military Retirement Residence sits atop 16 exquisitely green acres bordering Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC. The location combines the best of both worlds — the peaceful solitude of a country estate with the amenities and energy of our nation’s capital. As residents say, “Life at Knollwood is easy.”

At Knollwood, our community residents have the opportunity to live with others who have experienced the unique life of the military family. Old friendships are renewed, and new friends are discovered. It is a community in which one instantly feels “at home.”

Knollwood continues to carry out this vision … today and into the future.