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Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Health, Military & Veterans Organizations, Nursing Facilities, Seniors, Single Parent Agencies, Veterans, Youth Development

Mission: The VFW National Home for Children helps military and veteran families find stability and positive change during times of crisis.

Target demographics: military families, veteran families, VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members and their descendants

Geographic areas served: nationwide

Programs: Families who need a fresh start can live in the safe and peaceful environment of the VFW National Home for Children campus community for up to four years and benefit from numerous community supports, including professional case management services, on-site licensed child care, life skills training, tutoring and other educational services, as well as recreational and community service opportunities. Recognizing that the effects of war can last for generations, the National Home's campus community is open to families of active-duty military personnel, veterans, and descendants of members of the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary. The National Home's Military and Veteran Family Helpline [800-313-4200] is the first step on the path to help for military and veteran families. This free service offers information, creates connections and gives hope to struggling families across the country. It can also serve as the first step to living at the National Home.

Community Stories

281 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home For Children is an amazing resource for veterans and military families to regain their strength for life and thrive. They are blessed with a professional compassionate support staff to help in the process to succeed. The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States established this facility to continue to serve our nation's finest heroes.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

National Home is one of the places I’ve been where you feel nothing but love! I am so proud to be able to represent by being a member of the VFW Auxiliary. You can be sure that our HEROES and their families at our VFW National home are loved!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This VFW National Home for Children is awesome place that helps veterans and their families in a time of need. Not only do they supply housing, they help the parents get more training for better jobs. It is a small village of its own to help the families. There’s many activities for the children to learn and play. I wished all families could have the experience that is given at the VFW National Home for Children!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We belong to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary in Des Moines, IA. Along with our Auxiliary, my husband and I have supported the National Home for Children for forty plus years. It is an awesome place similar to a small community with individual homes for veterans' families to live in. (We compare it to Boys Town in Omaha, NE. which is similar but not necessary to the families.) The Home has helped many veterans' families over the years to get back on their feet. They offer training, schooling and daycare if needed.

John M J.

Donor

Rating: 5

Have been visiting the campus three or more times a year for the past ten years. I am a life member.GREAT Staff.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a member of the Veterans of ForeignWars {VFW}. Military Order of Cooties{MOC}, and a Life Member of VFW National Home for Children. The help the Home provides to children of our veterans is amazing . Both at Eaton Rapids,MI & through Website and 800 numbers nationally..

ReneeFulk

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a Life Member of the VFW Auxiliary and a Life Member of the VFW National Home for Children. I also serve as a member of the Board of Trustees. I represent the states of California, Idaho, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. My volunteer work as a member of the board is to promote the work of the organization. I am not much of a salesperson; however, promoting the mission, staff and accomplishments of this organization is simple for me. I have seen first hand the work they do to help Military and Veteran families get their lives on track to help them with a better future.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home for Children provides an outstanding environment for Veteran families and an opportunity to get their lives on track. The more I am involved with this amazing organization, the more I appreciate the services they provide to these families. I am serving my 1st of 6 years on the Board of Trustees and I am so thankful I am able to show my support in this way; it is an honor to serve.

Gaylene R.

Donor

Rating: 5

Since becoming a Life Member I have learned and seen so much how the VFW National Home has helped many families across the United States.
They have a helpline to address the needs of the active military,veterans,and their families.
Its a great charity and deserves the recognition for all the positive influences they have made on these young peoples lives.

Sarah D.12

Client Served

Rating: 5

After my youngest daughter was born 3 months early, my family was thrown into financial and emotional crisis. Through the help of the VFW National Home our family has found stability and we are thriving. Our children owe their future to this organization and the wonderful people that donate. We are forever grateful. I highly recommend that anyone in need seek help here.

Kate O.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the VFW National Home for Children. They are top notch in helping our veterans and their families reach their goals for a better family lifestyle. I am proud to be the VFW Auxiliary program chairman for New Hampshire promoting the awesome National Home and the work they do!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home for Children has been offering support to our veterans and their families for over 90 years. The support provided helps our veterans who are suffering from the effects of war....they work along side the families to ensure the right care/support is available to all who live at the Home. I have witnessed first hand the happiness in the eyes of the children. Every child deserves a happy family!

Robert Bruce P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Robert Bruce Pashia I moved to the VFW National Home in 1971 Dyer the death of my parents. There were 5 children in my family. The National Home allowed my brothers and sisters to grow up together. I graduated in 1979. I entered the military and spent 11 years in the Army. I recently joined the VFW as a member and that was the proudest moment in my life. The National Home opened my life to so many possibilities that otherwise would not have been there. I can never repay the National Home for what they gave me. This is a great organization and I am proud to be affiliated with it. Thank you

Donor

Rating: 5

Over the last 20 + years I have seen the children from the National Home come to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Conventions. They were having fun and entertaining the convention goers and no matter the age from very young to teens they were involved. The National Home provides so many opportunities to the children, helping them explore where their talents, skills and interests are and go from there. I have met young adults who had lived at the home as children and heard their stories of the support and love that the staff at the Home gave them and helped them through some tough times. The VFW National Home for Children offer a Case Manager so the family can set goals and then help them figure out how to accomplish these goals. It offers Counseling to help families get through and for the parent that is the Veteran counseling to help deal with their time in the service. The Home saves lives and saves families. It fosters this environment of love and hope yet offers structure to family lives so they can move forward and achieve goals they didn't know how to attain prior to living at the Home.

Kathy Ford M.

Donor

Rating: 5

When I rejoined the VFW Auxiliary in 2012 I started hearing about the VFW National Home For Children and had no idea what it was. So I started listening and asking questions about it. I was amazed when I heard how long it had been around and all of the amazing things they had done for children of veterans and now more recently what they do for veterans and their families. I said how does everyone not know about this wonderful place. I was so excited when the VFW and auxiliary of Iowa decided to do a bus trip up to the National Home. It changed my life forever... When I toured the whole site and then the Iowa home that we sponsor I was just amazed.. The highlight was attending the Halloween party for the kids and having the opportunity to speak with the parents and kids. I will never forget that day and all of the people who live on site and then all of the people who are there to help in any way possible to make sure these families are safe and have the opportunity to get established and back on their feet to make a better life for themselves and their family. Please take the time to learn about the VFW National Home for Children and the help they provide for veterans and their families. I promise you, you will be forever changed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

VFW 8th District Christmas parties are the best!! Michigan Days are also great!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of talking with several Auxiliary sisters that have had the privilege of visiting the VFW National Home. That have brought back pictures that show the amazing setup they have for the families that are fortunate enough to be able to stay there. It is nice to know that there is a place where families can go that have no where else to go to recover. They are surrounded by people in similar circumstances and I believe that is a comfort to them. The staff there do an incredible job assisting the families with their transition. Thank God for their support of these military families.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It is a wonderful thing that families have a place to find peace and to help them through probably the roughest time in their lives. VFW National Home provides a place for them to work through their loss with others that are feeling the same feelings they are. The facility is beautiful and tranquil and gives families the opportunity to get their lives on track without any pressure. They can stay as long as they feel the need. It is supported by donations and they do a great job with the monies that they receive.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I believe they ask for too much money! We are always being asked to donate and if you look at the financial reports, it doesn't appear that they need any money at all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are Ohio Pt 5 , James Hardin is Chairman of the National VFW CHILDREN'S HOME for Easter Treat in April. We take care of 100 eas5er baskets for all children at this home. We enjoy filling baskets, having dinner with them, Easter egg hunt on the grounds, ice cream parlor. All children of all ages enjoy.
Grand of Ohio Moc-Moca members enjoy it all.
See you all April 2020
Mary Ann Hardin

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am an Iraq OIF veteran. I am apart of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign wars. I serve to help veterans get the help they need. I am the National For Home Children Chairman for the post side on Department level. The National Home is amazing and I am proud to be a Lifetime member and helping families get the love and care they much deserve.

Debbie38

Donor

Rating: 5

I just returned home from a wonderful visit from the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids Michigan. What a jewel in a world that sometimes seems not to care. The compassion, education and knowledge that the staff show the families here is outstanding. Watching and hearing the stories of past and current families who have utilized this facility over the past 94 years gives you a warm feeling. I wish everyone could tour this facility and experience the love and life lessons that are taught to the families that need these services and then go out into the world and become successful!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AS a member of the Ladies Auxiliary and a Life member of the VFW National Children's Home it gives me great pleasure to support such a wonderful part of the VFW. The housing, caring and support that our Military children , spouses and entire families recieve from the Home are unmatch anywhere in the US. As a non-profit they rely only on the donations of others which in itself makes their accomplishments outstanding. Seeing how happy and well nurtured the children are gives you a very warm and happy feeling.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home for Children does a wonderful job helping families in need. They give people the support they need to turn their lives around.

1 Len T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I had a chance to visit the National Home and we were very impressed with the facility. We had a chance to visit with the administrator who gave us a very detailed description to the operation and how each family was taken in, cared for and their follow on after their stay. We had a chance to tour the grounds and I have to say, the money generated for the home through VFW funds is well spent to house and care for the families that stay there. It is impressive the way it is well maintained. I would highly recommend taking a ride there and see it for yourself. My thanks to the staff and administrators for a job well done.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Life Member of the VFW National Home for Children for approximately 40 years. I have worked with them in varying capacities and I see them as a wonderful asset to the surrounding community as well as to the military and their family members. The staff members that handle the 800 helpline are awesome and have great compassion for ALL callers.

Donor

Rating: 5

How can you not love an organization that cares for veterans families. This might be one of the most important non-profit organizations in the USA. I wish I could do more for them. As a Life Member of this wonderful place, I plea with anyone and everyone who would listen to pledge money and/or time to help this group out. God Bless the USA, God Bless the Defenders of Freedom, and God Bless those who care for the defenders children.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have seen firsthand all they do for our veterans families. Giving the parents the chance to get better schooling for a better start. They have goals that have to be met for both children and parents.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The VFW Home of Children does thing for our Veteran and their families that the government should be doing. They do these thing with out any government support. Their support come from individual donation. These families that live there are getting the lives back together again. They have classes on education, work skills and finance. they can stay
for up to 4 years at no cost.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter of the VFW National Home for Children for years as they provide support to orphans and kids whose care plan fell apart during deployments.

Unlike foster care, kids are allowed to visit Home from college so they continue to have a support network.

In the past few years families are eligible for support, this means a Veteran that wants to go back to school can live in a residence with his family and have help to keep his family together while attending school.

Take a look at the VFW National Home for Children homepage for a closer look at https://www.vfwnationalhome.org/

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As one of the Vietnam veterans who left home in late 1967, returning a year later, with little support from the American community as a whole, I take pleasure in supporting a non-profit that takes care of our own and their families. No other organization goes anywhere near the level of support that is provided by the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children.
In times of need, whole families are provided for, from all of their daily needs to extra programs to enrich their lives in many other ways. All veterans (families), including non-combatants, are eligible for the programs and support provided by the National Home. I will always be a supporter of this great organization and the members of my VFW Post-6365, Locust, NC share my feelings in this regard.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Roberta Price Willet

Donor

Rating: 5

My mother, Wanda Lasley Price, was raised by the VFW home from the time she was 5 until she graduated from high school. VFW Home raised women to be independent just as they did the boys. Because of their attitude, my mother married because she wanted to, had 3 daughters because she wanted to, worked at a Federal Government job and expanded her position as high as she could before retiring. I personally feel, she was the beginning of what women finally discovered they could be.

She always spoke of the home as a nurturing place. She had 4 sisters there with her, 3 older, 1 younger, not always living in the same house. At 5, she lost so much but, with the support of the home, gain the help she needed to become a success in life.

She had 3 daughters of her own, many grandchildren, great grandchildren and lived until 94. The man she loved, they were married for 60 years, was devoted to her and she to him.

I will always give credit to the VFW Home for the character, organization and support my mother always gave. She was a wonderful person and mother.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would like to tell everyone how great this Organization is. They help by providing a home for a surviving spouse & children, education, love, support, day care,chapel, community center, guest lodge and so much more. Please take a few minutes to get to see all the great things they do for a family in need.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great place! That helps Veterans and their families.....

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work for the VFW Department of South Carolina and we get several requests for assistance each week. The National Home is at the top of my list for referrals. They have a great staff and so many contacts across the country, I know our callers will get the assistance they need. I am also proud of the work they do with the family's residing at the National Home. I have visited them and was so impressed with all the programs and facility's they have. I can't say enough about all the do for our Veterans and families.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a member of VFW Post 2148 in Waco, Texas. On a recent trip to Ohio for a family reunion I looked to see how close we would be to the National Home hoping that we could view the campus. We were only 82 m iles away and we decided to go on a day trip to visit the home. I am so glad we did...I have heard about the home ever since I've been a member of the VFW and we have special prayer for them at every post meeting, but I had never talked to anyone who had visited the home. The visit exceeded my best expectations. I was thinking "institutional setting", but nothing could be farther from the truth. The site is in a beautiful area near Eaton Rapids and very well maintained. The staff we met were very personable and helpful to us as we toured the facility. We were so impressed that when we returned home we both became Life Members of the Home. If you have an opportunity go and visit. If not become a donor. If you watch testimonials of people who have been helped you will realize your donations would be supporting a very worthwhile cause.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children has provided a tremendous service to our Nation and its veterans for decades. When I visited last spring, I was truly amazed at the professionalism, care, education along with a variety of other services that the staff provides to military and veteran families that truly need it. In so many cases, they bring in families that have no options and no place to go. The outstanding staff at the National Home work with the families to get them back on track in an extremely safe and supportive environment. Words simply do not do justice to the impact this fine institution has on families.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After visiting this facility I came away thinking everyone needs to know of the wonderful facility that directly helps service men and women families. All citizens need to go for a tour and listen to the employees to experience first hand the works that National Home for Children does daily for those in dire need. Families have gotten back on their feet, they have met those who share similar life experiences and I would venture to guess they have made lifelong friends during their stay at National Home for Children.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited the VFW National Home for Children on a couple of different occasions. The work they do is fantastic. It pays tribute to those that have served, are serving, and those that will serve in the future.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a Vietnam War veteran, Army Nurse, and when I joined the VFW, in 2011, I learned about this wonderful charity. I'm a "Life Member" of the VFW's National Home for Children and follow their progress through mailings, e-mails, and word-of-mouth reports from other veterans, who have visited the "Home", in person. A few years ago, I even met a man, who had come to live at the VFW Home for Children, in 1926. He became a WWII veteran and has had a deep appreciation for the "Home", all his life. This is a very worthy cause and deserving of all the support they can get, from veterans as well as the general public. I urge all my friends to visit their website: www.vfwnationalhome.org.