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October 18, 2006 3:00 AM

For military retirees, life is in D.C., hearts are in Gulfport

The setting is bucolic. The drive up the hill past brownstones leads to a gated entrance that opens to green lawns with tall oaks, residence halls, imposing historic buildings, a quaint red-brick chapel and even a nine-hole golf course. Astonishingly, the campus of the 272-acre Armed Forces Retirement Home is in the middle of Washington, in the northwest quadrant of the city, just four miles from the Capitol. But to many of the 258 residents who were evacuated from the much more modest 44-acre Armed Forces Retirement Home facility in Gulfport, Miss., after Hurricane Katrina a year ago, the larger, better-appointed Washington location isnt the same at all.

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