Justice Named to National Post

MONTGOMERY, AlaThe National Association of State Veterans Homes (NASVH) has named Kim Justice, the executive director of State Veterans Homes for the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs, for a national post.

Justice, selected as president of the association, will serve as the chairman of the NASVH’s executive committee, which meets monthly. She will preside over the winter and summer conferences and will regularly meet with the federal VA officials concerning policy matters and with Congress regarding legislation that affects veterans homes.

She recently represented NASVH for Veterans Day in Washington, DC. She attended the Veterans Day breakfast at the White House and participated in the National Veterans Day program at Arlington National Cemetery in which she and her vice president Sharon Mattia of Maryland presented a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

With 152 veterans homes in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, the VA is one of the largest long-term care providers in the United States. The homes are for veterans disabled by age, disease, or otherwise who by reason of such disability are incapable of earning a living. State homes include facilities for domiciliary, nursing home care, and/or adult day health care.

“Kim is a true professional who stands head and shoulders above other long-term care experts. I know of no one more qualified to assume this position,” said Clyde Marsh, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs. “She is very deserving of the position for the professional service she provides to veterans residing at Alabama’s state veterans homes.”

Founded in 1952, NASVH’s primary mission is to promote and enhance the quality of care and lives of veterans and their families in state veteran’s homes through education, networking, and advocacy. NASVH represents the nation’s 25 million veterans by working closely with Congress, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and state governments to ensure former members of the uniformed services have access to quality and affordable healthcare. The association also serves as a clearinghouse for techniques and expertise in the care of veterans and the management of state operated veterans’ homes.

Justice came to the state VA in 1998 as the department’s representative at the Bill Nichols Veterans Home in Alexander City after graduating from Auburn University with a degree in Health Services Administration. She was promoted to Veterans’ Homes coordinator in August 2005 and executive director in 2012. She is responsible for all operations of Alabama’s four state veterans’ homes—the Bill Nichols Veterans Home, the William F. Green State Veterans Home in Bay Minette, the Colonel Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home in Pell City, and the Floyd E. "Tut" Fann State Veterans Home in Huntsville. The homes provide long-term care services for more than 700 Veterans. More information about Alabama’s homes are located at http://www.va.alabama.gov/veteranshome.aspx.

Justice resides in Auburn with her husband Greg and daughters Katie and Caroline.