Veterans Home

Director, Mike Lyons
512 Water Street
Barboursville, WV 25504
Phone: (304) 736-1027
Fax: (304) 736-1093

The West Virginia Veterans Home is a 125-bed facility on a 23-acre plot overlooking beautiful downtown Barboursville, West Virginia. The Veterans Home, authorized in 1975 by the West Virginia State Legislature and was open to residents in 1981, serves as a convenient and comfortable home for veterans discharged under honorable conditions who need safe and affordable housing. It is considered one of the finest Veterans Homes in the United States, with a one-of-a-kind reputation.

The Veterans Home has two residential programs that work in parallel. 

Domiciliary Program

Through the Domiciliary Program, the facility houses veterans who are seeking long-term housing. Veterans enrolled in this program receive all services offered by the Veterans Home. As prescribed by federal law, costs associated with this program are partly paid for by the assessment of a monthly maintenance fee of 50 percent of the veteran’s monthly income. 

Project-214 Program

The Project-214 Program seeks to aid veterans who are experiencing homelessness. Veterans enrolled in this program will receive the facility's services for 60 days at no cost to the veteran. Veterans enrolled in this program are considered to have a temporary residence, which will allow the veteran to work with the federal VA Homeless Services.

The West Virginia Veterans Home has a nursing department that is staffed at all hours to ensure the health and well-being of residents. Services offered include first aid, preventive care, and medication assistance. Facility staff provide regular transportation to the nearby Veterans Affairs Medical Center, through which all advanced medical care is provided.

A well-equipped cafeteria provides three nutritious meals every day. Dietary Specialists are available to advise residents and help them reach nutritional goals, manage weight, and address vitamin deficiencies. If a resident is scheduled to be away during a meal, cafeteria staff can provide a packed lunch to ensure no resident goes without a meal.

The West Virginia Veterans Home has strong ties to the community. Many residents perform volunteer work with nearby service and community organizations. Many also attend school or work to regain independence. Several prior residents have moved on to successful careers and stable home lives.

The facility employs recreation staff who plan events to encourage participation and self-improvement. A well-provisioned library and computer lab facilitate learning, and several lounges throughout the facility encourage social interaction.

There is a security presence around the clock. The Veterans Home is a closed facility. Residents and guests are required to sign in and out. Weapons and illicit materials are not allowed.


The home is not a treatment facility and cannot accommodate veterans in need of daily care or skilled assistance.

Rooms available for occupancy accommodate two, three, or four persons. Every effort is made to ensure compatibility between occupants. Female veterans are most welcome, and unique lodging accommodations are provided as they become available.
A person’s income is not a factor in gaining admission, although residents must contribute one-half of their monthly income as their maintenance contribution. The home is very liberal in its rules and regulations. Residents may leave on a pass for up to three days by simply signing a daily log sheet. All residents are authorized up to 30 days of leave per year. Visitation to the home is encouraged, and visitors may enjoy a meal with the residents at a nominal fee.
Emphasis is placed on maintaining a warm, attractive, and comfortable “home” for the West Virginia veteran who needs a place to live. We, the residents and staff, wish to invite each of you to visit our facility. You will be proud, as we are, that such a home exists.
Assistance with residency applications can be obtained through any of the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance Benefits Offices, or you may contact the Veterans Home directly.

Basic eligibility requirements are as follows:

Must have been discharged from active duty with an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions.
Must be ambulatory and independent in all activities of daily living. The Veterans Home will accept veterans who suffer from disabilities that prevent gainful employment as long as they do not require skilled nursing care or hospitalization.
Must have served on active duty or performed active service in a reserve component of the armed forces for at least 12 consecutive months (unless medically discharged for a service-connected injury before 12 months). If enlisted since September 7, 1980, you must have served at least 24 consecutive months on active duty or the entire period you were called to active duty (unless medically discharged for a service-connected injury before 24 months).
Must be eligible for care at federal VA Medical Centers.
Due to the health and welfare of residents of the Barboursville Veterans Home, specific pre-admission medical tests must be completed before admission.