Application Process

The Michael J. Fitzmaurice Veterans Home provides an exceptional living environment, along with outstanding medical services, in a long-term care and independent living setting for eligible South Dakota veterans and their spouses, widows, and widowers.

To be eligible for admission, the applicant must be any veteran as defined by SDCL 33A-2-1; who has an honorable discharge, who has maintained a residence in the state of South Dakota at any time in the five years preceding the date of the application, and who has no income in excess of one thousand dollars per year above the maximum income limitation for pension benefits as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs; shall be eligible for admission to the SD Veterans Home (SDCL 33A-4-25). Residency may not be established by residence in a healthcare facility. (SDCL 28-13-14) Spouses as defined and listed below, will be admitted to the SD Veterans Home as long as the census of the non-veterans does not exceed 25 percent of the nursing care or RLS population. Exceptions will be reviewed by the Superintendent on a case by case basis.

1. Spouse: the spouse of any veteran eligible for admission to the SD Veterans Home may be admitted with the veteran if they have been married and living together for at least one year before application for admission. Or, a spouse may be admitted, if the veteran is otherwise eligible for admission but living separately in a healthcare facility, if the spouse has been married to the veteran for at least one year. (SDCL 33A-4-26)

2. Surviving Spouse: the widow or widower of a veteran who must have been eligible for admission to the SD Veterans Home. Surviving spouse and veteran must have been married at least one year prior to date of the death of veteran. Surviving spouse must not have remarried, must have attained the age of 60 years and must have been a South Dakota resident for the period of one year preceding the date of application. (SDCL 33A-4-27)

For more information, please contact our Admissions Specialist Lisa Woeppel at 605-745-5127 (Ext. 1500115) or email her at:

To make application, contact your local
County or Tribal Veterans Service Officer to assist you. Also, you can click here to download the application forms.
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