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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 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.

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 27, 2010

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March 27, 2010

I joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Veterans Organization in 1965 at post 3822 in Panama Canal Zone. There was a collection taken of your loose change at each Membership Meeting and at the end of each month the Quartermaster would bundle the months money and send it to our VFW National Home. I was the Virginia VFW National Home for Children Chairman for 6 years and made 4 trips to the home located on a section of land outside Eaton Rapids, Michigan. The children of our National Home need us to support them financially and physically as some of them do not have biologic mothers and fathers still living so we are their mothers and fathers. The staff of our national Home for Children do a fantastic job of taking of the children through their expertise and loving care. WJ Leonard post 7327 Virginia

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

Contributing financially on a regular monthly basis and visiting the National Home for the annual life member meeting and getting to see and associate with the staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very professional and totally friendly

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do more construction and have room for more children who are on a waiting list

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 26, 2010

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March 26, 2010

Aloha from Hawaii, I have been a volunteer for the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veteran of Foreign Wars for nearly 20 yrs. and throughout those years I have been involved as Auxiliary Chairman for National Home for Children as well as just volunteering in fundraising for this purpose. Our Children and Families are special to us. We collect UPC Codes from Campbell Soup Labels as well as Prego Labels to help towards their education. We donated monetary gift for their 85th Birthday to help purchase a Mini Bus along with a Birthday Card. We donated to the Children's Christmas funds so they would have something to enjoy at Christmas time. Hawaii and Alaska also sponsors a home there and make sure that the maintenance cost is solid, by contributing to the finance of these homes. When I first saw these children and families at my very first National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah few years ago, I knew then, that all our efforts all worthwhile!! I am now our Department President for our Ladies Auxiliary and I continue to encourage our Ladies to contribute to this worthy cause and they have been doing a great job even in this most difficult times..I am so Proud of them and "We Believe" in what we are doing and continue to do. Paula Kalanikau, LAVFW Dept. Pres. Hawaii

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

The most I have enjoyed in this Organization is seeing the Happiness in the Children and Families faces.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Awesome!!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Probably take care of more children and families that are still needing help especially with all the new troops and young families that needs help. More housing too.

Ways to make it better...

I had known more about it before however, no regrets as I have felt we have been making a difference.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

IN this time of the tough economy I'd say finances.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Never Give Up!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 25, 2010

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March 25, 2010

The children of our soldiers; our future defenders, heroes and OUR FUTURE! Need I say more? God bless them and their parents, Gerald McNutt VFW Post 10887 Broken Arrow, OK

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I am proud to be an American and proud to support those and their families that keep our country safe. I know that EVERY MINUTE of EVERY DAY there is a soldier somewhere putting their life on the line to keep us safe and free. They are all heroes to me!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 25, 2010

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March 25, 2010

I have been the Chairman of the VFW National Home for Chilren for the Lake Texoma Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7873 in Pottsboro, TX for the past 5 years. Although I have never visited the National Home in person, I feel like I know what it is, and what is does by visiting the very informative web site they have. Even though a small Auxiliary, we are proud to contribute to the National Home financially, as well as collecting and mailing UPC codes from Campbell Products to the National Home. (Those UPC codes are redeemed by Campbells under their labels for education program.) We let the children know we care about each of them by sending a birthday card to the children celebrating birthdays that month. What continues to inspire me is the fact that the VFW National Home receive NO federal funding, but is supported solely by contributions from private individuals and organizations. I am proud to be a Life Member of this organization

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

learning about it. The VFW National Home for Children makes a difference in children's lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 24, 2010

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March 24, 2010

I've been a Life Member of the Home for 7 years now. I have not had the opportunity to make the trip to Eaton Rapids to visist the Campus, but I get regular updates of the activities and successes and find it to be one of the best non-profits I could possibly support. At our VFW Post in Korea, I make it an annual event to collect money to support the Home's Christmas parties. Everyone they help is missing a mother or father due to their service to this country and I find that anything I can do to help the staff and faculty to put together a celebration at a time when the children and widows/widowers should be missing their lost parent/spouse the most, is well worth replaving tears shed with the smiles and gigles heard that time of year around the campus.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its Campus to be able to support more needy widows and children of our deceased War Veterans and ensure they have a support mechanism to help get them off to the best start possible in a new life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 4, 2013

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1 previous review
March 23, 2010

I became a Life Member of the VFW National Home May of 1968 and have visited the Campus twice, both experiences were exciting and very informative. The work done for our veterans children is outstandi... more

June 4, 2013

I have been associated with the VFW National Home for Children since 1965 and continue to support it with monetary donations. I have visited the home on several occasions and am very impressed in the way it operates and with Patrice Green and the other employess guideance it is a wonderful place for the children and families of our veterans to reside. The children attend school and are not only educated throughout their time living there, but also are involved in many worth projects that teach them the tools they will need to succeed in life. May God continue to bless our veterans and their families for their service to our country.

bcroyston@aol.com

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

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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?

2013

March 23, 2010

I became a Life Member of the VFW National Home May of 1968 and have visited the Campus twice, both experiences were exciting and very informative. The work done for our veterans children is outstanding, educational and given with lots of love from all employees. I encourage all members and non members to visit the Home web site to learn what a wonderful life these families are given at our Home. In June of 2009 I was given the opportunity of representing the National Organization at the graduation ceremonies and was very impressed with senior class and their goals to further their education. They each spoke of their time spent at the Home and what it meant to them to remain living there as they attended college. I have supported our Home for Children for 42 years and will continue to do all I can to assist in any way I can. Betty Royston, Past Dept. President Dept. of Texas 90/91

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

Having seen our graduates further their life by entering military and giving back to the men and women who made this home for children of deceased or disabled veterans available to them. Some have become teachers, doctors, lawyers and many other careers.

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

At the present time I would like to see more about the home in the media, letting all know about the good work being done by our organization for the families of our veterans.

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

Their ability to find the most loving, caring and understanding staff to operate our Home. Patrice Green and her staff are doing a fantastic job.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, knowledgeable, loving and enjoy their jobs.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Continue to support and raise the children of our veterans who have made the supreme sacrifice for each of us and it is our responsibility to their families are taken care of.

Ways to make it better...

We were able to accomadate all the veterans children who have lost a parent and need a home

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding for additional homes and education for the children.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am extremely proud of the VFW National Home for Children and the care given by the dedicated staff led by Patrice Green.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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