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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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home is a haven for the children and families of our veterans during their times of need. The services provided by this organization are critical to the well-being of our nation's military families and are entirely supported by donations; it receives no public funds. I have overseen the contributions from my local VFW and MOC over the past year and the VFW National Home always goes out of its way to let donors know they are appreciated. Most people outside the military do not realize how much other family members sacrifice while the service member in the family serves his or her country. With a donation to this noble cause, we show our support for the children, grandchildren, and other family members of brave service members that have made personal sacrifices so we can enjoy the fruits of liberty.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a first year post commander, I made my first trip to the VFW National Home and what an experience! I was so impressed with facility, the staff, and most of all the occupants that well, it made me so proud to think that our great organization supported and funded such a great place. I would and will recommend to any VFW member that has never visited our National Home,DO IT!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of the National Home for Children after I won the National VFW Voice of Democracy Speech Competition. What an incredible place. What better way to contribute to the future of America than supporting the children and orphans of veterans. I met lots of the kids who live at the home at the National VFW Convention in Reno, Nevada. They are remarkable, and the home is remarkable. It is like a community of homes, and the children go to the local public schools, participate in little league, and eventually are supported through college. I put banks in all my local stores to raise money for the home. Now I am a junior at Princeton thanks to my VFW Voice of Democracy scholarship. As soon as I graduate and start working, I will definitely contribute to the National Home. Please give now; and go visit: it's awesome.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since 1925, the National Home has helped these children and families through its helpline services and campus village. Georgia holds their hands over their heart, and vowed to support the veterans children and families in every way possible. It’s truly a blessing to be the Chairman and vision the happiness in the parent's, children and staff. The staff are very well organized and helpful, especially to the needed young family and children. Through time of sorrow,times of happiness during wars or peace time, the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home has been very professional and supportive. The children and families that resides on the campus and or receive professional assistance remotely.The National Home and its children and families will always be remember for their blessing. For I will always treasure the warmth and blessings provided as the Georgia National Home Chariman.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a big supporter of the home since I became a member of the VFW. I was instrumental in getting our Post over 1,000 life members. The first in the country. I also use the memorial program in lieu of donations to other charities. My wife recently passed away and memorial envelopes were promtly shipped to the funeral home for visitors to pick up. Over $1,000 to date have been donated to the Massachusetts home in her name. I can't think of a better way to memorialize your loved ones. I will cotinue to promote your your great organization. Richard E. Slowey State Editor Massachusetts VFW

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a Life Member of the National Home I hang my Certificate in my office next to my others, Bier Busters of Europe, Texas Horney Toads, Key Stone Cops of PA, Maryland Honoary Fire Dept and Rice Paddy daddys. These great organizations offer life membership in support of Our National Home, from support of the school,Fire Dept, grounds, programs, security, ect..These organizations belong to the VFW. As a past Post Cdr and served with distric and Dept of Pacific VFW I tell all I meet about our home and give them the web site. Active duty do not know about our home. I work on a military post and belive me when they find out they want to more. Its their Familys that can benifit.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When we were deciding how to donate funds from our annual charity fundraiser, the National Home for Children Staff and the good people at the VFW National Headquarters made the choice an easy one for us. You can be proud of the work done for the children and families of veterans with your dollars. The National Home newsletter says it all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the greatest programs for veterans and their families in the nation. However, more publicity is needed. Not enough citizens, and even veterans are aware of the program.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This venerable institution provides security and safety for the children of America's heroes, both temporary while a parent recovers from the turmoils of war, or until the children are grown and able to function in the real world. The National Home is a good neighbor in Eaton County, it assures that the children have the support they need to survive in local schools, and prepares them for post-high school education. I am only a small-change donor, but I believe the National Home plays an important role for members of the Armed Services, for veterans and their families.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It was October 1996, when the Proud Veterans Motorcycle Club came into existence. Shortly thereafter we came to a decision as to which organization we would contribute to, and this is THE ONE. We do an annual benefit to raise money to donate to The Home every year, and we normally present the check in October at their annual meeting in Eaton Rapids. A lot of our members also donate clothing and other items to The Home throughout the year. Whenever we stop by to visit The Home, either individually or as a group, we always get the red-carpet treatment. It is a great feeling to know that our organization can make a difference to this organization and the kids. We are very thankful that The VFW National Home for Children exists and is not far from us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding charity doing good for our Armed Forces families. Some of the children are orphans while others need a home while a parent is deployed. This Children's home understands that kids are not grown at 18 and has services to successfully transition teens to college or to an independent adult life without throwing them on the street like foster care. Children have opportunities not just a bed and meals. Please take the time to learn about the VFW Home for Children, thank you.