South Carolina Department of Mental Health
2414 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29202
News Release


November 6, 2006
Contact:    John Hutto

Office of Public and Legislative Affairs
Phone: (803) 898-8581

Pager:  (803) 929-8668


New Nursing Home for S. C. Veterans to be Dedicated

Columbia, SC: South Carolina’s newest nursing home for veterans will be dedicated Saturday, November 11, 2006, at 11:30 a.m. in Walterboro, SC. The Veterans’ Victory House: Home of the Greatest Generations is a 220-bed state-of-the-art facility operated by Advantage Veterans Services of Walterboro for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH). SCDMH also oversees the Richard Michael Campbell Nursing Home, a 220 bed-facility for veterans in Anderson, SC, and operates the E. Roy Stone, Jr., Pavilion, a 90-bed facility for veterans in Columbia, SC, part of Tucker Nursing Care Center.

The ceremony, which will occur on the observance of Veterans’ Day, follows Walterboro’s first annual Veterans’ Day Parade. United States Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina will deliver the keynote address.

The Veterans’ Victory House is comprised of five pavilions, each named in honor of a South Carolinian who made great personal sacrifices furthering the cause of freedom around the world. They are Boatswain's Mate First Class James Elliott Williams, Medal of Honor recipient, U.S. Navy, Vietnam, deceased; Lance Corporal Rodney J. Williams, U.S. Marine Corps, Beirut, Lebanon, deceased; Captain John H. Truluck, U.S. Air Force, World War II ace, living; Staff Sergeant Eugene A. Lyons, U.S. Army, World War II, deceased; and Master Sergeant Francis S. Currey, Medal of Honor recipient, U.S. Army, World War II, living.

Built at a cost of $28 million, Veterans’ Victory House will employ 310 staff. Located at 2461 Sidneys Road, Walterboro, the nursing home is 135,970 square feet and occupies 20 acres. The public is invited to attend this event.

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health provides services through a network of seventeen mental health centers, Harris Psychiatric Hospital in Anderson, SC, the Columbia Behavioral Healthcare System in Columbia, SC, and three nursing centers, including two for veterans.