Walla Walla Veterans Home

The Walla Walla Veterans Home is co-located on the campus of the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center and opened in 2016.  This 80 bed nursing care facility was designed using a small house model and provides care in 8 individual homes.  All residents enjoy a private room with a private bathroom. Each house has an open kitchen, dining and living area much like any traditional home does, providing opportunities for residents to be involved in activities. One 10-bed house is secured and provides a home-like environment to address the needs of veterans requiring nursing home level Memory Care.

Veterans Home Admissions Information:

Click here to download the admissions application and contact Lonna Leno, Admissions Coordinator at 509-394-6806 or lonnal@dva.wa.gov for additional information.

Memory Care is provided in the Kirkman House, which opened on October 24, 2018. 


All Washington State Veterans Homes are Medicare and Medicaid certified facilities. To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Served at any time, in any branch of the United States Armed Forces;
  • Received an honorable discharge;
  • Reside in Washington State;
  • Be the spouse of a resident or widow of an eligible veteran;
  • Or be a Gold Star Parent who lost a child while serving in the armed forces.

Memory Care qualifications/requirements

Kirkman House

  • Diagnosis of Dementia
  • Active Elopement or Wander risk
  • Meet skilled nursing level of care

Veterans rated 70%-100% Service Connected Disabled, or whose service connected disability is the reason nursing care is needed, may have their nursing home care paid by the Federal VA.  We also accept Medicare, Medicaid, 3rd Party Insurance and Private Pay.  

For additional information on the cost of care in a State Veterans Home, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Serving our Veterans

Our State Veterans Homes are Medicaid and Medicare Certified and provide 24-hour nursing care, medical care and pharmacy services.  We provide a number of supportive programs and services such as:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Services
  • Volunteer Programs - Find out more
  • Hospice
  • Nutritious Meals
  • Community Involvement
  • Religious Programs
  • Transportation
  • Laundry
  • Beauty & Barber Shops

The Walla Walla Veterans Home also has a 10-bed house dedicated to nursing home level Memory Care.

Veterans Home Employment Information:

Employment visit careers.wa.gov or contact recruiters@dva.wa.gov

All positions will be posted at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/?keywords=wdva

Volunteers needed!

More Information

Art at the WWVH

Frequently Asked Questions  (includes information on cost and payer sources)

Don't be a victim of Pension Poaching (pdf)


Project Background and History:

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs is building a new skilled nursing facility on the campus of the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center in Walla Walla.

  • Primary focus is 10 counties nearest Walla Walla where about 50,000 veterans live.  Of these, 20,000 are age 65 or older.

  • Design and construction will meet guidelines established by the US Department of Veterans Affairs State Home Construction Grant Program.

  • 65% of cost is paid by US DVA (approximately $22 million)

  • 35% of cost is paid by WA State (approximately $12 million)

This project is unique because the State Veterans Home will be built on the grounds of the Federal VA Medical Center.  It also has the support of the City of Walla Walla, the Walla Walla Veterans Task Force and the local veterans community.

The new Home will serve 80 veterans and in some cases their spouses or widows and create 100 permanent jobs in Walla Walla.

Ongoing operating costs are projected at $6.8 million for fiscal year 2016; however, the facility will operate without ongoing General Fund State Appropriation.  Operating costs will be generated through Medicaid, VA Per Diem, Medicare and local contributions.

Bringing the services of a State Veterans Home to veterans in Walla Walla has been the number 1 priority of your Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.  Please feel free to email if you have any specific questions as we move forward.

Get a birds-eye view of the construction site with time-lapse photos.