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Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children
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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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.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Former National Home Chairman.

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