WASHINGTON – The Army Distaff Foundation Board of Directors has voted in favor of revising the admissions criteria for prospective residents of Knollwood Military Life Plan community to now include high-level federal workers with a civil service grade of GS-14 or equivalent and above. As the premier military life plan community for those 60 years of age and better in Washington, D.C., Knollwood is a life plan community dedicated to serving those who have served the U.S. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Army Distaff Foundation, Knollwood is home to military officers from all branches of the Uniformed Services and their families, and senior civil servants in select federal government agencies.

GEN. John M. Keane, USA (Ret.), Chairman of the Board of the Army Distaff Foundation, shared why the Board revised the admissions criteria.

“The Board of Directors believes it is important for Knollwood to be inclusive of those who have honorably served our nation, whether as a commissioned officer of the Uniformed Services, the U.S. Public Health Service, NOAA, and now, senior federal civil servants with a civil service grade of GS-14 (or equivalent) and above, in the defense and intelligence agencies.”

Knollwood offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Long Term Care – Skilled Nursing and Memory Support in the Health Service Center (HSC) and Special Care Center (SCC). Home to 300 active residents aged 60 and better, the serene campus is in Northwest Washington, D.C., just minutes from Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda and all the historical, cultural and dining amenities offered in our nation’s capital city.

“The new criteria allows us to now welcome high ranking officials who have served within the Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, the Merchant Marine, and the federal intelligence services, including, but not limited, to the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Also included in the new criteria are prospective residents who have served in the Foreign Service at the level of Class 1, 2 or 3,” added MG Timothy P. McHale, USA (Ret.), President and CEO, Army Distaff Foundation and Knollwood.

In addition, post September 11, 2001 service members with severe war-related injuries who receive Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) are now eligible.