Brookdale Stories

Brookdale is home to more than 100,000 residents and employs roughly 80,000 associates. This is a collection of their unique and inspiring stories.

Brookdale Salutes our Veterans: Veteran Fulfills Wish of a Lifetime to Fly P-51 Mustang

Brookdale Senior Living July 04, 2017

When Charlie Grace joined the Army Air Corps in 1944, all the recruits had dreams of flying the lighting fast P-51 Mustang, himself included. Despite enjoying a 28 year military career, he never got the chance to pilot the aircraft, and it has always... Read more

Brookdale Salutes Our Vets: World War II Nurse Who Survived Plane Crash

Brookdale Senior Living June 21, 2017

In 1944, nursing degree fresh in hand, 21-year-old Ruth Heckinger volunteered for the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. Two months later, she was in India and flying the “Burma Hump,” helping evacuate wounded American soldiers from China during what would be th... Read more

Everything You Should Know about the American Flag for Flag Day

Brookdale Senior Living June 14, 2017

Few sights are as stirring to patriotic American hearts as the sight of Old Glory flying proudly against a blue sky. This year on Flag Day, June 14, millions of Americans across the country will display the American flag and honor all it represents. ... Read more

Brookdale Salutes Our Vets: 97-Year-Old Resident Served as Women Airforce Service Pilot in WWII

In 2009, the House of Representatives awarded Jane Tedeschi the Congressional Gold Medal, one of the nation’s highest civilian honors. At the time she was one of about 300 surviving Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) who received the commendation. ... Read more

Best Ways to Honor Veterans During Military Appreciation Month

Memorial Day and Veterans Day aren’t the only occasions during the year when we remember the people who serve our country in the Armed Forces. May is Military Appreciation Month. What a wonderful way to start the summer, by honoring the men and women... Read more

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