South Carolina Department of Mental Health

Veterans’ Victory House - Background

Pavilions of the Veterans’ Victory House, Walterboro, South Carolina
Dedicated November 11, 2006

The Veterans’ Victory House consists of five pavilions, each named in honor of a South Carolinian who has made great personal sacrifice furthering the cause of freedom around the world.

  1. Boatswain's Mate First Class James Elliot Williams Pavilion – Medal of Honor recipient, U.S. Navy, Vietnam, deceased.
  2. Lance Corporal Rodney J. Williams Pavilion – U.S. Marine Corps, Beirut, deceased.
  3. Captain John H. Truluck Pavilion – U.S. Air Force, World War II, Ace, living.
  4. Staff Sergeant Eugene A. Lyons Pavilion – U.S. Army, World War II, deceased.
  5. Master Sergeant Francis S. Currey Pavilion – Medal of Honor recipient, U.S. Army, World War II, living.


  • It is estimated that South Carolina is currently home to 400,000 veterans;

  • The nursing home has 220 beds;

  • The project cost about $28 million dollars to build: federal government: $18.5 million, State of South Carolina: $3.5 million, Colleton County: $3.5 million, SCDMH: $3 million;

  • Advantage Veterans Services of Walterboro operates the nursing home for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH);

  • The first administrator of Veterans’ Victory House was LeeAnne Newton;

  • JHS Architecture: Integrated Design, Inc.of Columbia is the prime architect for the project. HKS, Inc. of Richmond, Virginia, was retained by JHS as consulting design architect;

  • The nursing home will employ 310 care givers with a payroll of about $13.5 million per year;

  • The nursing home is located on 20 acres of land and contains 135,970 square feet.