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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 descendents

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

247 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

It warms my heart to see organizations like this giving back to those that defend our freedom and fall on hard times and just need a break from it all to get back on their feet again.

Donor

Rating: 5

Not until I joined the VFW did I know what the VFW National Home for Children was about. After which it was not a hard decision to become a Life Member of the National Home. I am looking forward taken a trip up to Eaton Rapids, MI. to visit.
There are many nonprofits but the Nat'l Home for Children really struck a chord with me for what they do. I am very honored to be a Life Member of the National Home for Children.

Donor

Rating: 5

The premier home for childen of passed-on, disabled and abandon children of veterans there is no better. In fact NY, where I live, sponsors two homes due to the fragility of the children and single parents who reside here.

Donor

Rating: 5

The VFW's National Home for Children over the years has been God-sent for so many Active duty military, VFW members and disabled Veterans in need for there children to have a safe and caring place to leave children until they can be re-united. It have been very fulfilling to raise funds in support for this children's home which is truly a national treasure.
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VFW Post 3396

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mktdevteam 03/28/2017

Thank you for your support!

Samee S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As the Department President of Illinois, we support two homes on the campus. The "National Home" is like nothing you have ever seen. It is not a clinical setting rather a home setting. It is a wonderful community for families of veterans and veterans with their families. National Home provides everything for the family. The home they live in, utilities, rehabilitation, schooling of the children, activities, and counselling if needed or warranted due to their veteran injury. They provide transportation for the Children who may need or want off campus activities. In essence the "world" is provided to these families, they provide hope, love, and a sense of belonging at a time which could be very traumatic and uncertain for the family. There is so much they are involved in! They have child care facilities for the parents, playground equipment, gymnasium, crafts, and an area designated for fun and even includes popcorn and ice cream!

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mktdevteam 03/28/2017

Your support is appreciated very much, Samee. Thank you for your review!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit organization has help many families who lost a family member. The National Home for Children saved 2 children in my home town who would of living on the street. I support them 110%.

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mktdevteam 03/28/2017

Thank you for your review, Sandra.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a very important organization for our nation's veterans and their families.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a life member of the VFW National Home for Children. People have no idea some of the trails our military families have. A young single Mom gets deployed, but has no one to care for her child until she contacts the National Home. When someone comes home from the war zone and finds they lost their home and heir children are emotional lost, the national home will be there to help pick up their lives again and the soldier to get back into civil life.
There are unless stories that the VFW National Home for Children has helped. I donate throughout the year when ever I can.

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mktdevteam 03/28/2017

Thank you for your support!

Donor

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home for Children does an outstanding job taking care of our veterans and families. They provide a home for a military family that is going through rough times either caused by loss of a loved one, disability due to a deployment. They help the family get back on their feet.

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mktdevteam 03/28/2017

Thank you for your review!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a member from Missouri and had the chance to visit and let me tell you what they do there for the families is right on. The Missouri house had a mother of two living in it and she was on her last year but was ready to take on the world after all of her training she received because of the home.

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mktdevteam 03/28/2017

We are so glad that you had a chance to visit us and experience the National Home's impact. Thank you for your support!

Donor

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home for Children provides a haven for military families that have suffered the most devastating loss imaginable. The staff there is so supportive and caring. They give the families a reason to carry on and the tools to help them.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a VFW Life Member since November 2011. I have read up on what the VFW National Home does and it is a great asset to families that need assistance and have become a life member of the National Home also. I think there is no better service to families that need a place to stay. I know the National Home relies strictly on donations and I make donation every year now.

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mktdevteam 03/28/2017

Thank you so much for your support!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand all the great works of this non-profit. Many mothers and children came from very tough times and were able to get an education, learn positive life-skills, heal, and grow into positive and responsible adults and children.

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mktdevteam 03/28/2017

Thank you for your review.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have visited the National Home and toured the property. They provide unmatched services & support to Veterans and their families who experience difficulties as a result of the Service member's service to our country.

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mktdevteam 03/28/2017

Thank you so much for visiting and supporting the VFW National Home for Children!

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Rating: 5

With an unemployment rate over 3 times the national average for Military Spouses, the effect of the death, or illness, of the Service Member "breadwinner" is not only an extremely difficult emotional loss to the Family, but a potentially devastating financial one as well that can lead to Military Families being thrust into poverty. With high costs for childcare, the risk of homelessness is a real and scary possibility. Thanks to the VFW National Home For Children (NHFC), not only the Children of the Service Member, and Veterans, but also the Spouse have a safe and loving place to go and call home. The community of support is unparalleled. The VFW NFHC gives a hand up, not a handout by offering job and skill training opportunities to help the families attain gainful employment which leads to independent living when they are able to progress to the point where they are able to move out, support themselves, and even buy their own home! Though I have fortunately not needed the service, my wife and I do talk about worst-case scenarios, and it is comforting to know that should something happen to me, my Wife and newborn daughter will have a place they can go and be well taken care of until they are able to regain their independence. Programs like this one are amazing. Knowing that the VFW continues to take care of the needs of military and veteran families is something that is truly a blessing. I know that I cannot purchase the kind of peace of mind I have that knowing the VFW National Home For Children is there gives me. Many of my comrades and their families have been helped, and are now back on their feet and giving back by continuing to be of service to the military community in too many ways to mention. Thank you VFW! You truly do live up to your motto "No one does more for Veterans"! I would add "and their families" to make it even more accurate! Keep doing what you do! NO ONE DOES IT BETTER in my opinion.

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mktdevteam 03/28/2017

Thank you so much for your review! We are glad that our existence gives peace of mind to our nation's veterans and their families. Your support is appreciated!