11466 Honor Lane
(State Highway 155)
Tyler, TX 75708
Managed by Touchstone
The Watkins-Logan Texas State Veterans Home in Tyler was dedicated in November 2011 and opened early 2012. It provides a unique setting with first-class long term care for up to 100 residents, including up to 20 Alzheimer's residents in a separate, secured unit. Created and operated exclusively for Texas veterans, their spouses and Gold Star parents, the Watkins-Logan home offers a one-of-a-kind family-style setting.
Unlike previous Texas State Veterans Homes, this one serves as a community with 10 cottages and one common building. This design approach draws residents into social connection by mixing the best communal aspects of a home while still maintaining privacy and independence for residents.
The certified, secured Alzheimer's unit provides specialized care in beautiful surroundings. The Alzheimer's unit includes cozy visiting areas, a special activity area and a private dining room. A pleasant outdoor, secured courtyard surrounds the Alzheimer's unit for the comfort and convenience of the residents.
An open kitchen, dining room and large table are at the heart of each of the 10 cottages. Family-style meals will be served at the table and residents can enjoy each other’s company afterward in a large living room with a fireplace. This hearth, or communal heart of the home, is what sets this Texas State Veterans Home apart from any other long-term care facility in Texas.
A total of 10 private rooms, each with its own bathroom, will flank the hearth. Each cottage will be set up as a “non-lift” facility, where overhead tracks with slings in each resident’s room will provide safe transport of non-ambulatory residents from bed to bath.
History of the Home
This new home honors two local heroes — two Medal of Honor recipients — in naming it after Travis Earl Watkins and James Marion Logan.
Watkins, a master sergeant, served in the U.S. Army, Company H, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for action near Yongsan, Korea in 1950. He was awarded the Bronze Star during World War II for action during the Guadalcanal campaign. His home of record and burial is Gladewater, TX.
Logan, a technical sergeant, served in the Army, 36th Infantry Division. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on September 9, 1943 in the vicinity of Salerno, Italy. In addition to receiving the Distinguished Service Cross he was the first living recipient to receive the Texas Medal of Honor. Logan lived in Kilgore prior to his death in 1999 and is buried at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.
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