DAYTON, OH – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today urged the designation of the Central Branch, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers/Dayton Veterans Administration Home, also known as the Dayton Soldiers’ Home, as a National Historic Landmark.
“At the Dayton Soldiers Home, Ohio’s hospitality, support, and leadership in caring for veterans spans nearly two centuries,” Brown said. “From Civil War veterans to today’s returning service members, our men and women in uniform have relied on this facility to heal from the wounds of war. That’s why I am urging the National Park Service to designate the Dayton Soldiers’ Home as a National Historic Landmark to ensure that this facility receives the national recognition it has earned.”
Brown, a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, is the author of several legislative initiatives that would strengthen our nation's commitment to veterans by improving education reimbursements, enhance access to VA health care, and expand employment protection for former service members. Brown has also worked to reduce VA benefits disparities for Ohio veterans and cut down on the VA claims backlog. Earlier this month, President Obama signed into law the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, which will help servicemembers transitioning to civilian life receive the job training skills they need to find a job.
The full letter to National Register of Historic Places Chief J. Paul Loether is provided below.
Mr. J. Paul Loether
National Register of Historic Places, and
National Historic Landmarks Program
National Park Service
1849 C Street, N.W. (2280)
Washington, DC 20240
Dear Mr. Loether:
I write to support the designation of the Central Branch, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers/Dayton Veterans Administration Home (“Dayton Soldiers’ Home”) as a National Historic Landmark.
When the Dayton Soldiers Home opened in 1867, veterans and visitors found an atmosphere like no other. In addition to traditional military components – such as barracks and an infirmary - the compound boasted a nature conservatory, greenhouse and grotto, multiple lakes, aquatic gardens, and even an animal menagerie. The Dayton Soldier’s Home epitomized how our forefathers chose to honor and care for our country’s servicemembers: by treating the “whole man” and giving Civil War veterans the opportunity to heal from the physical and emotional wounds of war.
Designation of the site as a National Historic Landmark will recognize its national significance in the evolution of America’s support for our veterans. There is no facility that better represents the full historical range of federal care offered to veterans from the Civil War era to modern times. National Historic Landmark status will help our nation better understand and appreciate Dayton’s role in our nation’s long-standing support for the men and women who served in the armed forces.
This facility is part of a critical era in the histories of Dayton, our nation’s servicemembers and veterans, and our nation. I hope the National Park System Advisory Board will give the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers nomination its full consideration.