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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

283 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

All the funds they receive are well spent. Low administrative cost while helping the families of many veterans

2 Bonnie16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What the VFW National Home provides for families of veterans and their children is awesome. It gives the children a healthy place to live in and a normal family atmosphere for them and allows a mother or father a chance to build a career while not having to worry about their child. The people who work at the home are very special caring individuals who enjoy their work and love everything about the home.
I have visited the home several times and each time I have been very impressed with the people who work there and have totally enjoyed the children and their family when there.

Bonnie Burgy, Mem. Ladies Aux. VFW

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of visiting the home and spending time with the people who reside there and the children. I was extremely impressed with the way they are being helped to put their lives back in perspective with being able to not worry how their family is cared for while they learn to go out into the workplace or by going on to further education to assist them in returning to the work force. Our military personnel who are married and both are being sent to serve their country overseas have a place where their children can stay and be cared for while both are deployed. The children at the home receive a home life that is filled with a life that children should have while separated from their parents and are able to stay in a safe comfortable atmosphere and continue a life to which they are used to. The home also provides a help line for returning military personnel where they receive assistance obtaining help receiving their benefits and if they need medical or mental assistance they are giving information to obtain this help and if necessary they are brought to the home and assisted until they are able to be on their own. The people who work at the home are some of the most caring people in the world and their main purpose is to help our military families maintain life styles that are beneficial and productive and active military personnel do their job without the worry of what is happening to their children and spouses.

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2

Donor

Rating: 5

As a Combat Wounded Vietnam Veteran and Life Member of VFW Post 10212 I truly support the VFW National Home for Children. They do a tremendous job in taking care of our widows and orphans. They have my utmost respect and admiration.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I visited the VFW National Home last summer. What a warm, welcoming experience. The Washington Cottage was beautiful as was the entire campus. The family who lives in the cottage was very gracious to allow us to visit their home. The staff is very friendly and thorough. They are excellent at Customer Service in person, over the phone or over the Internet. The basis for the National Home is very simple, provide a friendly place for veterans or active duty family members, help them and the children get the education they need to be productive members of society and teach patriotism all at the same time. We met children of all ages and they were healthy and happy. The program really works, the kids learn responsibility and have a safe place to grow up. The museum is very interesting, it was good to see how many generations of kids are still in touch with each other and the National Home. What a great legacy of service to our veterans and their families. Their arms are always open in welcome. You should visit, it will give you a greater understanding of their mission.

1 Marcie4

Donor

Rating: 5

I am very proud of the V.F.W. National Home for Children and the great work they do. I have visited there many times because it is in my home state of Michigan. I have always known about National Home but I'm amazed at how many members have never been there. The staff is great and they would love to see you.

Marcie Brown
Charlotte, Michigan
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1

Donor

Rating: 5

Their mission is one that will help all throughout time"

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a life member of VFW National Home for Children because of the fantastic work they do helping families of our veterans stay together through difficult times. What more honorable way to tell our veterans & most importantly their children that they are respected & loved!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The National Home is a great place who helps keep families together or helps children with no families
become productive and proud individuals within our Communities. These children have the opportunity to stay together as a unit and are given great changes to continue their education. Many have gone on to college and given back to the Home and our world by joining the military service (which is not a requirement) Other have gone on into the work force with confidence and pride for their Country.
This is an important Home where the need unfortunately is needed now even more than in the past with
so much going on in the world with the conflicts and economy where families can not always help and take on additional members as in the past. There are many VFW Comrades and Auxiliary Sisters who support this Home as well as the employees who work there that think of all the children as part of our
families and give them our love and thoughts throughout the years.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Been involved as a donor for many years. Was involved as a volunteer and helped build a duplex when a member of the UAW Veterans committee. Volunteered to help when the moving wall was displayed a few years ago. Retired in 2007, moved to Florida and as a Life member and officer of my VFW post make a challenge to our post every year. Challenge is, I will personally match dollar for dollar any contribution our post makes to the home for the year. I am a Life Member of the The VFW National Home for Children, and have visited the home several times and can see so many amazing things that are always in progress there. The home helps to fill the void for our veterans families are faced with and you should make the time to visit the home in Eaton Rapids to see for yourself what great things are accomplished with our donations.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a member of the VFW Auxiliary and when one of our members passed away leaving a child with no one left to care for him the VFW National Home stepped right up to take charge of him. This child received an education and a 'family' immediately when he would otherwise have been placed in an adoption home for who knows how long. It provided him with instant stability and he blossomed into a wonderful young man thanks to the wonderful staff at this facility.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I wish I lived close to Eaton Rapids so I could volunteer, but thats not the case so I do what I can thru monthly donations. Having been a life member of the VFW for many years and listening to the mention of the national home in our closing prayer it just seems natural to help financially. As a Christian nation we are called upon to help one another and I can't think of anyone more deserving than our military families. They have given so much and yet our country expects more and more of them with fewer members. My meager donations have been recognized on a frequent basis and the National Home does a wonderful job staying in touch it its supporters. If you can't help financially, take a few minutes and lift the residents and staff up in prayer. Thanks

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home for Children is a God send. The way they truly care for the families of Veterans, especially the children, is amazing. I recently visited their campus and was blown away how they offer so much on what they receive. The residents are happy and secure with this environment.

1 Vicky11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter has worked for the nursery for almost8 years and I think what this home provides is amazing! There are so many programs being cut and eliminated that try to help and this one definitely provides a second chance to get back on your feet and be able to provide for your family. I can't bbelieve it is the only one in the county that does that when it could be so useful in so many areas in the whole United states. It is definitely money well spent and gives people in troublea solid base to learn and achievea positive way to live. 1000 times up for this program!!!! Need more like it all around the country!!!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with the VFW National Home for Children in Eaton Rapids, MI for the last 12 years or so through my membership as an officer in my local VFW Post. The home has always been proactive in doing all within their power to care for the dependents of active duty folks needing help with some of the life challenges that being in the military brings. They have a state of the art school located on a beautiful campus. They have recently been fundraising to raise money for the upgrade of their technology department with computers, printers and such. I donate to the Home on a regular basis and my father who recently passed provided funds for them - a wonderful cause.

1 Allan5

Donor

Rating: 5

I grew up in 10 foster homes and two Institutions" The VFW National Home is superior to all of them. I donoate and participate in the Annual Cootie Christmas Party.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The National Home is just wonderful and a beautiful place for our veterans children and family. The homes on the property are built by all states in the United States. It is a nonprofit organization. Please give them your vote and help. I am a life member of the VFW National Home.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home for Children is an amazing facility that assist family members of our service men and women. Though dontations and wonderful programs in which everone is given an opportunity to thrive not just surive. There campus is a amazing place for all that are served. God Bless this wondreful orginization!

2 Dianne17

Donor

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home for Children is a non-profit unlike any other! Their mission is to help not only children but families to survive in a beautiful setting where kids grow up and thrive. Each time I visit the Home, I still get chills watching the children and seeing how well the whole place runs. Words cannot express they good they do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in a desperate situation as a single mother I had nothing and nowhere to turn with my child. I was welcomed in and treated so well by all the volunteers and staff. My daughter was my major concern and she was so loved and cared for at the nursery that without them I do not think we would be where we are today. I was able to take my time and search for a position to where I could support myself and my daughter. I went from worrying if I was going to have to live in my car with my 1 year old and what I could do to feed her, to making 6 figures a year. This place was a answer to my prayers and the service they do to families in need of comfort and help I can not put into words. VFW home for Children saved my and my daughter's life and provided a safe environment until I was able to provide a future. They gave us our lives back!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an absolutely wonderful place which takes care of families of our service men add women who are stationed somewhere in the world and cannot be here to take care of their family themselves. The children are given a place to live, are taken to school, and fed regular meals. They take care of teens as well as infants. The VFW helps to support the home with donations of money as well as school supplies. Our soldiers have no worry about how their wives and children are being cared for while they are serving our country. The homes as well as the grounds are beautiful and extremely well kept. I am honored to recommend donations to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children in Eaton Rapids, MI USA to help care for families of our troops around the world keeping our country safe from harm.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a PhD student with a specialization in Nonprofit Management. I have been aware of the VFW National Home for Children for over 20 years, and they are a top-notch organization. Their mission statement is very clear and is met all the times. They constantly provide the services as advertised, and the services they provide exceed the standards one would expect of such an organization. They should receive an "A-One" rating for all of their programs.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great organization making a real difference in the lives of families affected by war. You can feel the calm as soon as you arrive on the campus. The families who live at the National Home work hard to get their lives headed in the right direction, and the staff is there to help and encourage them every step of the way.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This wonderful Home has taken care of our Military Children for many, many years from donations only.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Words can not express how terrific the VFW National Home for Children is. This is a place where families who have experienced difficulties in their family. These can range from injuries, unexpected deaths, financial problems, familial problems and many other issues. Residing on campus for up to three years the families are expected to have gainful employment, receive consuling and training in money management, eduction, savings, communication, etc. The children are offered one on one tutoring, a computer lab, science center, nursary services for three different age groups at no cost to the family. Testimonials from former residents indicate that at the end of the three years on campus, their lives have been completely changes. Most have acquired enough savings to have a down payment to purchase their own home, have repaired credit issues, and have earned a college degree. There is much more to the VFW National Home for children, but the best evidence of how how long the staff members have served on campus. Many for over 25 years. It actually takes a personal visit to the VFW National Home for Children to understand how great it is.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a grandmother and have had a grandson In Iraq two different times during this conflict. It was one of the most inspiring visits that I have had to be able to visit Eaton Rapids, Michigan and see for myself what great work is being done at the VFW National Home for Children. The openness of their acceptance of any military person and their families to help them get reestablished after being away from home and then cannot get a job or back on their feet is beyond anything I have seen in other groups. The respectful way those living there are treated and the great staff's ability to make then feel at home is something you need to see. Great job!! My vote is for this home to be given 5 stars for their achievement in helping those in need that have served in our military.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was able to travel to Michigan and tour the homes and meet some of those veterans and children They have done more good with the funds that they have received for their campus than any other organization that I am involved with. This is just like home. The housing is marvelous and the staffing is 100% effective in helping the veterans and their families. They utilize every penny that is contributed in each aspect of the campus. There is always more to be done and I would recommend this charity as a #1 on any contributors list of excellent charities to support.

2 cootie183

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a past Commander of the VFW and Past Grand Commander of the MOC State of Michigan. Everything the VFW National Home does with their children is commendable. The VFW National Home has been serving children and families in need since 1922 and I do everything I can you help them in raising money.

General Motors and the UAW have also helped. If you have any questions, log on to their website and see for your self. You can't go wrong donating to this charity.

PGC Bob Routhier Jr.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Life Member of the VFW National Home for Children. I’m a Past VFW Commander of Clio, MI and now Sr. Vice Commander of the Military Order of the Cootie, Grand of Michigan. I have helped in anyway I can for all the Children of the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids, MI over the years. I was working a few years back at the General Motors Proving Ground when GM made a rather large donation to the Home from their cars sales. I appreciate them for that and wrote them to let them know. I help with a Christmas Party every year for the 70 to 80 Children there and will look forward to that for years to come. It’s important what The VFW National Home for Children is about and the whole world should know about it. We at the MOC Grand of Michigan raise funds for them nationally every year. Hope everyone will contribute. Thanks, Bob R.

2 Bob_80

Donor

Rating: 5

I am Commander of a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in the state of Illinois. It has been my pleasure to interact with the VFW National Home for Children on several ocassions. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Home with several dozen other VFW members from my state. Whatever I had known about the great work the Home does for children and families, it was reinforced on this visit. The residents are mostly families, single-parent, who collectively have about 120 children in residence, who are getting an opportunity to improve their lives through the help of the Home. The residents are set on a path of self-sustainability, through regular monitoring and evaluation, goal - setting, and activities tailored to their goals. The child care / nursery school was very impressive, with dedicated personnel. I have re-dedicated myself to do more with and for the jewel which is the VFW National Home for Children.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home does a Great Job taking care of Children and Military Families ! It gives
us Veterans a way to Help Todays Military Family !!

2 Kim_162

Donor

Rating: 5

Having supported the VFW National Home for Children for years, I was honored to be present when the Arizona House was dedicated in 2002. Not only do our Arizona VFW Auxiliaries continue to support the National Home we also specifically donate to keep the Arizona House is top shape. The entire campus is well run and maintained to the highest level of our expectations and continues to meet the those expectations. Donations are used for their intended purpose and right now we are helping to bring the entire campus up to date with new computers. I have nothing but appreciation and admiration for the staff and volunteers at the National Home for everything that they do for veterans and their families to help them thrive. Children make great strides when they are in a place where they feel love and safe. That's what it's all about!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home for Children is an outstanding non-profit organization. I have heard many stories of veterans who have come home from military service overseas, have lost jobs and are suffering from PTSD. They cannot take care of their children for this reason or because spouses have left them while they were serving and cannot make ends meet when they get home. The VFW National Home for Children has been there to help many veterans in situations such as this. The children thrive at the National Home and the parent is able to get back on their feet and realize what a service they have performed for our county and what a tremendous service they still have to contribute to our world! This non-profit organization does not allow any veteran to be left behind and this, in itself, is worthy of an outstanding rating for a non-profit organization.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home for Children serves as a living memorial to America’s veterans by helping our nation’s veteran and military families during difficult times.

The VFW National Home for Children was founded in 1925 as a place where the families left behind by war -- mothers and children, brothers and sisters -- could remain together, keeping the family circle intact even when their serviceman didn't come home.

Today's families face different challenges -- reintegration, post-traumatic stress, high unemployment and rehabilitation from battlefield injuries, among others -- and the National Home has evolved over our decades-long history to meet those changing needs.

Whether they help a family find strength and support close to home through their Helpline, or the families become part of their campus community, military and veteran families can count on the VFW National Home for Children to help them build better lives together.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding charity doing good for our Armed Forces families. Some of the children are orphans while others just need a home and a place to feel loved, while a parent is deployed. This organization gets 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 there have opportunities that enable them to reach for the sky.

3 Sherry45

Client Served

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home for children is an amazing organization that has provided assistance for my family. The help that we have received has far exceeded any expectations I could have imagined. From providing amazing childcare to our son, to assistant for groceries while we were struggling to get by financially. The staff at the National home work around the clock with the sincere motivation of giving back to veterans and their families. I speak for my whole family when I say that, to us, the National Home has become our home and the staff our extended family. We hope to one day give back to the organization that has selflessly supported and believed in our family. Beyond the staff, the veterans who tireless work to fund this organization so that they may help other veterans and their families... I have to say that I have been struck several times by the generosity and concern of these veterans. There is still "good" in this world and if you ever need to be reminded, visit the National Home.

3 Meagan6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Living at the VFW National Homes for Children has been the best experience for my family. They give you that once in a lifetime chance to get back on your feet when you've come across hard times. The staff here is excellent and give you every tool you need to succeed. They gave my family a stable home, and a level of happiness we haven't had in a long time. The donors and staff here are the mist wonderful and giving people I have ever met. Personally I don't know what we would have done without them, and there is no way to even express how thankful we are.

2 charlton_g

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our VFW Post conducts an annual fundraising weekend to support the Tennessee home on the Eaton Rapids campus. We feel that is an important outreach program to veterans and survivors. A visit to the campus only reinforced that.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am extremely impressed by the VFW National Home for Children and its comfort to our military and their dependents. I was blessed by a visit during a day trip from Indianapolis. I am proud that our post in Memphis saw fit to change its beneficiary of our annual fundraiser from a local hospital for children to the Tennessee House at the Home.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

As one who used to live on the campus of the VFW National Home For Children, I will give all willing to donate one dire warning: for the love of god DON'T! I lived here for a few years and it was all a total façade. Everything that you see on state days is FAKE. All the "shiny happy people" are just people who are being led into insanity by Patrice Green and Molly Studinger. I have seen this firsthand, every "house tour" is set up. Everything has to be done to the employee's standards and I feel that is very wrong. Is it suspicious that the houses look virtually vacant when you tour? I know that the social workers such as Naomi McClurg and Andrea Durkee did NOT like me and my family being present during house tours. Point is, they want to control and manipulate your lives and it is WRONG. For the love of god, donate your money to worthier causes, such as the "Stand Up And shout" cancer fund, or the Michigan Humane Society, just not these fools! Expect this to be taken down as soon as a rep from the hime finds this, as a form of damage control!

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mktdevteam 05/12/2014

We’re sorry that things didn’t work out for you here at the National Home like it does for so many other families every year. We hope all is going well for you and your family.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our VFW & LAVFW in Blanchard, OK supported in 2012-2013 with several donations and some of our members became life members. I will be a life member soon!! We hope the new phone system has been installed and we purchased bricks to help them and to honor the namesake of our Post, Tony K Burris, Medal of Honor. Going there for a visit is on my bucket list.

1 Theresa31

Donor

Rating: 5

Our auxiliary buys a life membership for one of our members each year. It's a small way to help this great cause.
We also save soup labels to help them.

1 Vivian S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a life member of the VFW National Home for Children since 2002 when I joined the Ladies Auxiliary to Georgetown Memorial Post #6444 Veterans of Foreign Wars. I have conducted yearly Fundraisers for the National Home with the assistance of other Ladies Auxiliary Members. I feel very committed to helping children of Veterans and this is a great organization. I visited the Campus and was pleasantly surprise of the opportunities available for our Military children. I talk about the Children's Home at our regular monthly meetings and advise them to become Life Members, bring in their UPC labels from Campbells, Swanson, etc. The story behind the National is beautiful and I give the story every year at our training session. You are my special organization. Thank you for being there. Hugs to you..Vivian Segelken, Georgetown, SC

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with the VFW National Home for Children since 2001 and am a Life Member of the home. I continue to support it with monetary donations. This past year as the VFW Department of Maryland State Commander, I selected the home as one of my Special Projects. We raised in excess of twenty two thousand dollars for the home, but more importantly, we also added 112 new Life Members from the department. This is significant in that anyone, even a non Veteran, can become a Life Member of the National Home by making a one time donation of thirty fiver dollars. I have also visited the home on several occasions and am very impressed in the way it operates under the leadership of Patrice Green and the other employee's. It is a wonderful place for the children and families of our veterans to reside in the many houses that our VFW Departments have adopted and fund. The children attend school and are not only educated throughout their time living there, but also are involved in many worth projects that teach them the tools they will need to succeed in life. May God continue to bless our National Home, our veterans and their families for their service to our country.

Past State Commander, Carl F. Vogt
VFW Department of Maryland
20112 -2013

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donate money to the National Home for Children with the confidence that my money will be used properly and with great pride that it is a VFW and Ladies Auxiliary project. We support this great "HOME" for the wonderful things they provide for our military members and their children.
Willo, Eufaula, OK

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Donor

Rating: 4

I'm a member of the VFW, as are all my motorcycle friends are - We are the VFWMGTX Unit #10. There are programs that support the Veterans in need of special help, like the Wounded Warrior Project and others, but there are those who are single parents and trauma hits.....what happens to the children? The National Home for Children is there to help them - God Bless Our National for Children!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Barbara6396 wrote:
I have been a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars since 1977. Several members of my family served at different times. My father, uncles, husband, cousins, niece and nephews. The National Home for Children take in children and families of military men and women who are not able to be here for them. They financially assist and give them a home. To my knowledge every child that was raised there have gone on to better things. How can this not be the best nonprofit in America. I have personally visited the home and was very proud of what I saw.








1 katydidnt

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Life member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and I feel the National Home for Children is a wonderful program. Our children are the hope of the future and the love and care provided can only nurture future good citizens. Not only are children provided care but also single parents are provided a home in need and helped to be able to create a stable family life. A Lifeline is available for those veterans and families under stress and they receive information where to receive help and aid.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our Auxiliary donates to the VFW Naaaational Home for Children because it provides a refuge for orphaned children, single parents and for returning veterans who need assistanc in housinge. Also, a helpline is maintained to aid and comfort those with problems.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Ladies Auxiliary since 1994, and became very active in the many programs, my first visit to the National home was in 1994 on Ohio Day and every year after has been fantastic I remember going to the nursery the first time and fell in love with the place, the Ohio House is really nice and the great improvements at the National Home over the years have been great, the way the families and children are taken care of by all the staffshows they really care for all that live there, the programs they can get involved in like 4-H and scouts is great. I am always promoting National Home and telling every one that they need to visit to see the good that is being done for the Veterans children and the Veterans or the single families. I am a Life Member of the National Home and I send donations and other items to the National Home. "God Bless our Veterans and God Bless America." It is great to see all the organizations that can support the National Home without any goverment help.

1 Clem C.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a life member of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars, Military Order of the Cootie, it is our obligation to support the VFW National Home for Children. I with my comrades go to the Home for Ohio Day, Cootie Christmas, and Easter Treat where we stay on campus at the guest house. We always have a great time there with the kids and the hospitality is wonderful.

Clem Cwiklinski
PT 83 Seam Squirrel, VFW Post 3283, Huber Heights, OH.

1 Kate50

Donor

Rating: 5

Visiting the VFW National Home for Children was an awesome experience for both my husband and me. I found the staff to be friendly, knowledgeable, and place the children and their families as their #1 priority. They continually work hard to provide such a loving outlook on life. Thanks to Patrice Green, along with the entire staff, the families of our nation's heroes are able to overcome the hardships that come with being a soldier in time of war.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home is a wonderful "campus" of homes for single parent families, children without partents, famileis of a deployed servicemember. The family friendly environment encourcourages volunteering and continuing education. There is a museum to provide historical relevance for the 80 plus years it has provided homes not just way stations for youngsters. They also provide a free help line to link people to those who can help them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As state chairman it was may honor to work with the staff of the VFW National Home for Children setting up Ohio Day. They made my job SO easy, I will be back again this year. Their number one priority is the children. They ensure their safety and well-being every day. The support from the local VFW to make our visit special is very much appreciated. The local policeforces enable us to have a caravan of well over 100 vehicles complete the trip safely. The families living at the home have made me feel welcome from my first visit in 1985 a great one. See you July 31!

1 Jamie42

Donor

Rating: 5

Positive, loving environment for children of soldiers deployed or facing hardships. The education and experiences there will be remembered and used their entire lives. It is exceptional! Everyone should take the opportunity to visit or learn more about this facility.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with the VFW National Home for Children since 1965 and continue to support it with monetary donations. I have visited the home on several occasions and am very impressed in the way it operates and with Patrice Green and the other employess guideance it is a wonderful place for the children and families of our veterans to reside. The children attend school and are not only educated throughout their time living there, but also are involved in many worth projects that teach them the tools they will need to succeed in life. May God continue to bless our veterans and their families for their service to our country.

bcroyston@aol.com

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a Life Member of the VFW National Home May of 1968 and have visited the Campus twice, both experiences were exciting and very informative. The work done for our veterans children is outstanding, educational and given with lots of love from all employees. I encourage all members and non members to visit the Home web site to learn what a wonderful life these families are given at our Home. In June of 2009 I was given the opportunity of representing the National Organization at the graduation ceremonies and was very impressed with senior class and their goals to further their education. They each spoke of their time spent at the Home and what it meant to them to remain living there as they attended college. I have supported our Home for Children for 42 years and will continue to do all I can to assist in any way I can. Betty Royston, Past Dept. President Dept. of Texas 90/91

1 Jane31

Donor

Rating: 5

I have visited the National Home for Children and was so impressed with the dedicated staff. The children all seem to be happy, confident and well cared for. It is an honor to be a regular monthly donor. It is so easy to set up a monthly donation. No amount is too small. I encourage everyone to visit their website and if in Michigan to visit the National Home itself. It's one of the best things the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary do for our veterans and their families.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I visited the VFW National Home when I was Jr Vice President. It is the most beautiful, caring and serene place. It is a wonderful and safe home for the children and families of our veterans. I've been making an automatic monthly donation for 3 years. Can't think of a more worthy cause. I was fortunate this year to visit when Santa delivered gifts to all of the children. What a great experience! I would recommend this home for even my grandchildren if it were necessary.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

A most dedicated staff and awesome programs and facilities for Veterans families
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1 Debi C.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have visited the VFW National Home for Children and it is a wonderful place. The homes and grounds are beautiful and WELL kept. The National Home is a positive place for families to grow and make a better life. I love that the National Home has also opened up to the children of our service men and women that both are serving overseas at the same time. What a blessing for these men and women to know that their children are safe and well cared for.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited National Home in 2012 for the first time and was awed by this "little city" The folks that live there are warm and welcoming and feel truly blessed! If anyone is around Eaton Rapids, please make sure you stop and visit

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been an Auxiliary Sister for 30+ years. I and another Aux. Sister attended another convention in Grand Rapids a few years ago and I had told myself, if I EVER get to Michigan, I am going to visit the VFW National Home for Children and we did. I collect the Campbell Soup POPs to help get the vans for the National Home. When we visited - they had just received Van #5 and I believe they now have Van #6. Wherever I travel and visit, I have my handy "clipper" available and often ask friends and families to allow me to search for POPs in their pantries and they are gracious when I tell them the POPs are for the VFW National Children's Home for a new Van. We were able to visit the Washington State sponsored home on our visit, stayed in the Guest House and saw the need for the repairs and upgrading project recently accomplished and supported that. I feel it is an honor to have been given a LIFE Membership to the National Home by my Auxiliary in years past. I strongly support the memorial bricks and FINALLY signed up for automatic donations since this is one of my favorite non-profit charities. The staff that assisted us were wonderful and so helpful. I cannot say enough about the wonderful things the staff and volunteers do for the veterans and their families. We visited the nursery and were impressed with the cleanliness of the facility.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I became a donor when my dad died. He was a WWII veteran in the European war and was a long time member and supporter of the VFW, especially of the National Home For Children. I gave in my dad's memory and have continued to honor him with contributions and because after visiting there the need for help became even more obvious. I was also impressed at how well the whole place was maintained - the buildings as well as the whole property - nothing fancy yet the responsibility and pride showing in the level of care was obvious. I donated a tandem bike and office furniture on that visit and the people I met with were very pleasant and grateful. I highly recommend this for those looking for a very worthwhile giving opportunity that serves a much needed purpose and is received with appreciation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been supporting the VFW National Home for Children since becoming a Ladies Auxiliary member in 1989. Coming from a military family and living close to an Army post, I see what the Home offers our military people when they really need that extra support. I visited the Home two years ago and was extremely impressed at the "village" atmosphere. I encourage others to support the Home.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been suppoprting since 1960, it gives a great deal to the children who are alone, and unfortunate.
I visited the Michigan site, In eaton rapids while in Scouts, years ago, and was impressed with what i saw, and learned about the services provided to children

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so glad to be able to support the VFW National Home for Children. As a member of the auxiliary of Tonganoxie, Kansas Post 9271, I and the other members of the Post and Auxiliary support the Home on a regular basis. I was able to visit the home recently and tour the campus. It is wonderful place for our military families and their children especially who need help. It is beautiful campus and well kept. When I visited, I saw the children, with their backpacks, waiting on the school bus. They were happy and well cared for. There is also a playground and daycare for the younger children. Those children have opportunities that help them thoughout their lives.

1 Denise54

Donor

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home is a community for the children, widows and widowers of our service men and women who have died for our freedom. The grounds and homes are well kept providing a community environment. Children attend schools within the local school district and either go on to college, join the military or return to the National Home as counselors and house parents. When donations are requested for specific projects you always receive an update on the progress and completion.

3 Kerry Issovery R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a former VFW National Home resident, I didn't truly realize the impact that was made in my life and how many opportunities were given to me at the National Home until much later in life. Now, as an adult in my forties, with two children of my own, I now realize the enormous impact the VFW National Home had made in my life. The VFW National Home had given me a second chance at a life that I would not have experienced otherwise. The National Home had instilled in me the moral values that would be the foundation for my life as a husband, parent, and societal member. These values had also set the tone for me joining the United States Marine Corps and serving my Country proudly, even though I had been provided with a scholarship by the National Home. The National Home had also provided me with many opportunities to experience the world that I would not have previously had. For instance, the National Home had organized cross-country bicycle trips for as many as ten members to embark on a journey that would build up our self-confidence, comraderie, and fitness level. Still to this day, I continue to cycle on a regular basis and had recently completed my first ever DALMAC bike tour of 400 miles over a four day period. I had also gone back to college to be the first of nine children to receive a Bachelor's Degree. I am now seeing these same values being instilled in my two children, passed on by my wife and I because we highly value our faith, family, respect, education, and service to country. The VFW National Home had planted these seeds early in life that now bare much fruit in my own life, the lives of my children, and theirs to come.

1 Roy R.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am impressed with the VFW national home, the children are well cared for as they grow up and are educated and well prepared to move forward to lead a happy and useful life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a life member of the VFW National Home for Children because there is no other organization that cares so much about the lives of the orphans and widows/widowers of America's heroes than this one. It provides for every aspect of American life and its experiences that these beneficiaries would likely not have or be able to afford. Aside from those organizations that provide for our wounded warriors returning home, I can think of no other organization equal to the VFW National Home for Children!

1 vfwmgtxsec

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I joined the VFW Auxiliary about 15 years ago. One of the first things I found out about was the VFW National Home for Children. I purchased a Life Membership as soon as I found out about it. My husband and I ride motorcycles and we have made several rides to collect items and toys for the children at the facility. My husband made 2 trips with the State Cmdr. of Texas to deliver the items and toys collected. I was so proud when Texas was able to adopt a home there and it was called the Texas House. I collect soda and beer tabs for them to help as a donation as well as I make donations when able to. I really feel that this facility is just one more way that we can help a veterans familiy in need and after they have done so much for us I feel we should do what ever we can to help them.