Lincoln's Cottage

During Lincoln's time, most Soldiers' Home; residents were foreign born, mainly Irish or German. Far from their families these- immigrant veterans of the War of 1812 or Mexican War needed institutional care.. The influx of Civil War veterans reversed the ethnic mix ;and swelled the population, By 1890, more than 1,000 mostly native born men were living here.
The .20th century brought many changes to the Soldiers' Home, which was renamed I he Soldiers' and Airmen's Home in I'M?. The first women were admitted in I he mid 1950, and racial segregation officially ended in 1963. Renamed again in 2001, the Armed Forces Retirement Home continues to offer a retirement community to veterans who have served 20 years on active duty or were disabled while on active duly or due to wartime service. As of 2007, nearly 1,100 veterans were living; here. Much of the funding has always come from I he soldiers themselves, through monthly active duly payroll deductions of enlisted men and women.

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President Lincoln's Cottage in Washington DC.

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