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November 2, 2011

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November 2, 2011

My parents chose this charity to support throughout their lives. My father was a WWII and Korean vet and served as a civilian during Vietnam. As lifetime members of the VFW with many options, the Children's Home was their top choice for the good it does the families of veterans. I choose to continue to offer support just as they continue to provide a much needed service for our brave military families. Job well done, keep up the good work.

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Likely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 2, 2011

I am a Life Member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Life Member of the VFW National Home for Children.
I have been "in love" with National Home since my first visit there in 1992. I served as National Home Chairman for my auxiliary for several years.
As a member of the Women's Auxiliary to
the Military Order of the Cootie, I have enjoyed many Cootie Christmas Parties with "Our Kids" and spent time visiting with many of the families.
It is important to know that the National Home does not receive any money from the federal government or the State of Michigan.
For many years, the Home was funded solely by donations from VFW Posts, Ladies Auxiliary units, Military Order of the Cootie Pup Tents and Women's Auxiliary to Military Order of the Cootie groups.
In the past several years, we have been fortunate to receive donations from individuals, corporations and other groups.
The children and families that live at our Home, with the exception of the children of deployed troops, are the children and grandchildren of members of the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary -- as is stated in the eligibility requirements.
Many families are on a three year program to learn: financial responsibility, parenting skills and home management skills.
Our Veteran Families have a safety net while undergoing physical therapy and job training.
I am honored to be able to help with the goals of "Honoring The Dead, By Helping The Living."

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've watched many of the kids grow and prosper while living at the Home.

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Years ago, in the the eraly 2000s, there was discussion of also making accomodations available for senior veterans & spouses. The campus is 629 acres and there is plenty of space -- the plan was put on the back burner when the financial picture took a down turn -- I'd like to see this brought back under discussion.

November 2, 2011

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November 2, 2011

After our son, PV2 Joseph R. Blake, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2006, we sought a charity to donate to that assisted military families, especially children. We contacted and visited the campus several times before we decided to provide a matching grant to help establish a permanent endowment fund called the Amy Ross Fund. We were impressed with the professionalism of the staff and the quality of the programs on campus. We reviewed the financial reports and forms 990 before making our final decision, and are very glad for the decision we made. This is an organization that is meeting a multitude of needs, not only for veterans' families but for active military families, as well.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Observing the work first hand through multiple visits to the campus.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to expand the campus to permit assistance to more veterans' and military families in need.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Support of veterans and active military families in need.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

In memory of our son, PV2 Joseph R. Blake.

What would you tell others about this organization?

It is effective, professional and provides a much needed service to veterans' and active military families.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 2, 2011

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November 2, 2011

I heard about the National Home for Children in Eaton Rapids, MI, my home state, and dicided that I would love to contribute to a charity that helps children and military familys.... I got so confused by all the VFW charitys calling me.... this is where I choose to help.

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Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Likely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Helping children has always been my primary focus when I make my contributions...

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I do contribute something every year since I found them.

What would you tell others about this organization?

I have told them that I believe it is worthy, and hopefully they are one of the minority charities that does not suck up all the contributions in abuse and administration.....

November 2, 2011

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November 2, 2011

I am honored to serve as the Department of Arizona Veterans and Family Support Chair for the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Part of that Chairmanship includes the VFW National Home. Through this Chairmanship I have learned of the wonderful opportunity for our Veterans their families and those children who may not have any one else to care for them. Through my life membership with the National Home and my Chairmanship I have become very aquainted with the programs offered at the National Home through correspondence, webinars and simple investigation. They offer an opportunity to feel safe and heal, they encourage community and more importantly they inspire us the public to be more compassionate about how we treat each other. These are life changing opportunities for all of us. I will continue to support this worthwhile organization and challenge those who think differently to go visit. You will be welcomed with open arms I am sure.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My personal experience is limited to the acquiring of information about the VFW National Home and sharing that information with other members of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ask that they expand their community to other states

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 1, 2011

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November 1, 2011

I lived at the VFW National Home for a short while. My father who was a WWII and Korean War Veteran died dued to injuries from a car accident. He was my last surviving parent. I was taken in by the home. I was better cared for then most parents are able to care for their own children these days. Every single person who worked there that I came across cared for us and not just because it was their job. They were invested in us. My house parents were priceless.

I know my dear father rested in peace to know that by serving his country and being a member of the VFW with fellow military members that his family was NOT forgotten when a tragedy occured and his family needed help.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I lived at the home.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Unless it has changed none.

August 27, 2011

Here's the real truth: They may help a lot of people, but they have been maintaining a facade. Most residents have loose connections to the VFW; the military families are virtually nonexistant. For more information, contact the VFW National Home Post, Attn: Post Adjutant, PO Box 36, Onondaga, MI 49264.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

our post. We happen to be the National Home Post and have a lot of insight.

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Drop the facade. Not many residents are from outside of Eaton Rapids, let alone out-of-state. It is really a home for Michigan single mothers (as if they don't already have a lot of state aid).

March 31, 2010

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March 31, 2010

AS CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE VFW NATIONAL HOME FOR CHILDREN AT LAVFW POST #4149, IN MIDLAND, TEXAS, I AM SO PROUD TO HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY OF HELPING OUR MILITARY IN A MOST SATISFYING WAY. ALTHOUGH I'VE NEVER VISITED THE NATIONAL HOME, THE CHILDREN AT THE NATIONAL HOME SEEM LIKE MY EXTENDED 'FAMILY OF GRANDCHILDREN'. WHEN OUR LADIES AUXILIARY GROUP, ALONG WITH OUR JUNIOR GIRLS GROUP, GOT TOGETHER IN DECEMBER TO MAKE SCARVES FOR ALL THE CHILDREN AT THE NATIONAL HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, IT MADE ME FEEL LIKE WE WERE MAKING THEM FOR MY GRANDCHILDREN! ALL I COULD THINK ABOUT WAS THE SMILES ON ALL THE CHILDRENS FACES WHEN THEY SAW THEM. I REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NATIONAL HOME FOR CHILDREN, AS I CAN PICTURE MY OWN DAUGHTER & GRANDDAUGHTER IN THE SAME SITUATION AS MANY OF THESE CHILDREN ARE RIGHT NOW. DADDY IS DEPLOYED, MOM & DAUGHTER ARE FAR AWAY FROM FAMILY. FORTUNATELY, ALL IS WELL WITH THEM. BUT, IT COULD VERY WELL HAVE BEEN A DIFFERENT SITUATION.. & IT DOES MY HEART GOOD TO KNOW THERE IS A VFW NATIONAL HOME FOR CHILDREN THEY COULD HAVE TURNED TO HAD THE NEED BEEN THERE. DOING ALL WE CAN DO TO HELP SUPPORT THE NATIONAL HOME, AS WELL AS SPREADING THE WORD THAT IT EXISTS, IS A VERY IMPORTANT PROJECT OF OUR LADIES AUXILIARY, AS WELL AS OUR POST. EVEN OUR NEW JUNIOR GIRLS AUXILIARY HAS JUMPED RIGHT IN & PUT THE NATIONAL HOME FOR CHILDREN AS ONE OF IT'S FIRST PROJECTS BY MAKING ACTIVITY BOOKS FOR THE CHILDREN. IN CLOSING, I WANT TO SAY, THE VFW NATIONAL CHILDRENS HOME, IS THE MOST AMAZING PROJECT I'VE EVER BEEN INVOLVED IN. IT FILLS A MUCH NEEDED GAP IN THE LIVES OF OUR MILITARY, & I AM PROUD TO BE A PART OF THAT.

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KNOWING BIG THINGS CAN HAPPEN WHEN ALL THE LITTLE PARTS COME TOGETHER. THE NEW BUS ACQUIRED FOR THE NATIONAL HOME FOR CHILDREN IS JUST AN EXAMPLE OF THIS. OUR LADIES AUXILIARY IS PROUD TO BE ONE OF THOSE SMALL, BUT IMPORTANT, PARTS.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 31, 2010

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March 31, 2010

I have served as VFW National Home chairman at my Ladies Auxiliary for several years. We have collected Campbell labels, now UPC codes to send to the National Home. 1.5 million UPCs will help the Home to aquire a seven passenger mini-van. In the pat few years they have aquired 3 mini-vans and are now working for #4. I have visited the Home many times -- it is an amazing site. Thirty-six single family homes and two new duplexes. The Home receives NO Federal or State money, but is funded solely by donations from VFW Posts & Ladies Auxiliaries, Departments (states) and Military Order of the Cootie, MOC Women's Auxiliary, private citizens and corporations.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Hearing the feedback from people who lived there for several years and how it impacted their lives. I especially like the fact that recently returning veterans and their families can find a "safety net" at the Home while they are rehabing or transition

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 30, 2010

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March 30, 2010

The VFW National Home is an amazing opportunity for our families of veterans. We have volunteered at the home with our family as well as holding a toy drive for their store for Christmas Gifts. The home is a welcoming and safe environment for children to thrive at being adults that will ultimately grow to be productive citizens.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the caring staff and opportunity for children and families to live together in a home environment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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