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Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children
March 23, 2010

What a great experience I had during my short seven year stay at the VFW National Home. My two brothers were also there, though not in the same cottage but just across the street. At a very young age I or should I say we all learned teamwork. From making our beds to preparing food, to working on the grounds or in the garden or barns we all were being taught principles of life. Myself I was lucky to represent the home at the 1951 convention in New York City along with three other kids. I remember all of the things that were made available to us kids from the swimming pool to the baseball and football fields. Even the hills where we used our sleds and ski's and kites that we received from the great Christmas Party that the Cooties provided. No kid missed a holiday or the chance for a education thanks to the generous members of the VFW throughout the United States. Today when I mention to people that I was in the VFW Home people look at me and say they pity me for having to live in a orphanage. When I explain and I have even taken some people to the home and showed them how we raised they couldn't get over how beautiful the grounds are. I take my hat off to every member for allowing me the chance to live a great life.

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

I went to the past two Alumni Days and the staff and volunteers couldn't do enough for us attending. From the lunch to the pictures to the tours they went out of their way to make sure all of our wants and needs were taken care of.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & Assisted the VFW with their Goodfellow efforts in Redford.