I have always had the utmost respect for veterans and what they have done for us and our country. So when I recently moved to the area and saw that the VFW National Home for Children was located there, I knew I wanted to give back and volunteer. I was met with nothing but kindness and gratitude. I volunteer about 2-3 times a week and look forward to coming to this beautiful, serene, and calming campus every time. The staff do a wonderful job for the veterans who need a little assistance and I'm incredibly grateful to be a part of it, no matter how small my part may seem.
I have been involved with the National Home for the last seven years, helping to host the Department of Missouri bus trip to the Fall Festival. I have always found the Staff to be passionately committed to the health, education and well-being of the residents. The Administration looks for any possible way to stretch resources, such as collecting enough labels to get seven vans for Home use. That's over seven million labels!!! Dedication personified.
I've been giving a monthly gift to this organization for several years. I feel my donations are being used wisely and appreciate that it is a organization that has longevity and my gifts are beneficial to many veteran families.
During a recent visit to the home I met a young couple with their very small child. We stopped to visit for a bit. The young man was just back from deployment in Afghanistan. He and his family were residents of the home during his treatment for PTSD at a local VA facility. The home gave them a place to live during his treatment time, otherwise they would not have had a place to live. They were grateful for all the help given by the folks at the National Home. He and his wife thanked us many times for all the help and and explained what a blessing it was to have the services of the National Home available to them.
Ed McCray, Commander, VFW District 1, Dept. of Ohio
I am a member of the VFW Auxiliary to Post 2434 (Biloxi, MS). My friend and I are proud to support this great organization which helps veterans and their families during difficult times. It is so much more than the name implies, for example, on the VFW National Childrens' Home campus are many houses supported by individual states by the VFW and Auxiliary members. Mississippi has a home there. My friend and I also tell all our friends, both VFW and VFW Auxiliary members, and relatives and encourage them to donate to this organization/facility by having them sign up as lifetime members for as little as $35. I consider myself as a volunteer although I live in Mississippi and the Home is in Michigan.
It is a privilege to rank the VFW National Home for Children. It is one of the very few organizations which I whole-heartedly support. Being a veteran myself, I am proud of the many ways the National Home for Children helps and supports our veterans and their families when they need help. I encourage all my friends and fellow veterans to support this Home which is more than just for children.
I have lived at the National Home for 3 years now with my 3 children. I am in the single family program. I qualified because my grandfather was a WW11 veteran. The home has provided a safe haven for my children and myself. Before I came to the National Home I was hopeless. With the help of the support staff I got back on my feet. My children have a safe neighborhood to play at, and go on many trips. They also have access to a computer lab with tutoring available. I ask my youngest what his favorite thing is about living there and he replies; "There's lots of kids to play with, I and I feel safe" Because of the National Home for Children my children have a since of community and pride!
I lived at this wonderful place for 3 years starting in 2004. The help they gave to me and my daughter was life-changing.
What an incredible place! I was so glad to volunteer at a place that helps veterans and their families. The program makes sense and really seems to help families get 'back on their feet.' The staff were very kind and helpful. I would definitely recommend donating your time and/or funds to help this worthwhile cause. -Julie S, USAF Veteran, Dubuque, Iowa