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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

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for the VFW....and this home is part of our donations, we give to every year....

They do great things with the money! And help a lot of kids!

They even just got another van...just from collecting Cambells soup labels! Which our unit helped to contribute...so in a way...helped them get the much needed van for the kids!

Please support them, anyway you can! :-)

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mktdevteam 03/28/2017

Thank you for donating your time and monetary gifts to help us at the National Home! Your support is invaluable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

VFW National Home for Children provides a home for a Veteran family who has lost a spouse and has children or even a veteran and spouse with children that have fallen on hard times. I visited the VFW National Home late last year and it was amazing. VFW National Home for Children really needs more help to continue what they do. They should not be a secret because if they received more exposure I am sure many more caring Americans would help them.

Robert141

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home for Children is essential in helping the families and children of our nations war heroes. Many of them need assistance when a spouse is deployed and they cannot afford to keep a home stateside. The National Home then allows the family to live at the Home until the spouse returns and then even has the spouse stay at the Home until the family unit can fully function and then assists them in finding a home of their own. Many children of our nations war heroes have been permitted to get a great education and superior experiences at the Home and have then gone on to college and become outstanding citizens.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Military Order of the Cootie (MOC), and a Life Member of the National Home, as is my wife. We have been donating to the National Home since 2003 and consider it to be the pearl of the VFW and MOC. In December 2008 my wife and I were able to go to the National Home when I was the Grand Commander of the MOC in Nevada. We were able to meet with and talk to the staff, parents and children and found that every single one of them were praising the National Home and what was being accomplished there! They were very appreciative of the support they and the Home receives from members of the VFW and MOC and their Auxiliaries. We are proud to be considered a part of that support.

The recent program that was opened at the National Home to assist the spouse and family of deployed troops is absolutely outstanding!! The program helps them while the deployed spouse is gone and provides family needs. When the spouse comes home the National Home reintroduces the deployed member to the family unit and helps the family plan for the future and with getting housing and back into the normal flow of family life.

We pray the National Home continues far into the future because it is truly essential to this day and age!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I visited this facility and interacted with the children it was such a joy to see the smile on their face when catching a fish in the lake or when they caught a ball or hit it for a base hit. Love this place and what they do for our Veterans and their family.

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mktdevteam 03/28/2017

Thank you for visiting us! Your support is appreciated.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I visit the National Home its always a joy to see the staff work and play with the children and visit the parents. The children run up to the workers (all of them) and say hi or give them a hug. What a wonderful site. The parents are given time to regain their balance of family and work/school. A lot of the parents get their college degree. They learn to balance a budget which helps them once they get their own home. The children go to local schools and get involved in local sports. When I leave National Home I am in such a joy state to see that our Veterans and families are being helped.

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mktdevteam 03/15/2017

Thank you so much for your kind words! All of the staff at the National Home are very passionate about what we do. Thank you for volunteering your time to help us continue to serve our nation's military and veteran families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always had the utmost respect for veterans and what they have done for us and our country. So when I recently moved to the area and saw that the VFW National Home for Children was located there, I knew I wanted to give back and volunteer. I was met with nothing but kindness and gratitude. I volunteer about 2-3 times a week and look forward to coming to this beautiful, serene, and calming campus every time. The staff do a wonderful job for the veterans who need a little assistance and I'm incredibly grateful to be a part of it, no matter how small my part may seem.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the National Home for the last seven years, helping to host the Department of Missouri bus trip to the Fall Festival. I have always found the Staff to be passionately committed to the health, education and well-being of the residents. The Administration looks for any possible way to stretch resources, such as collecting enough labels to get seven vans for Home use. That's over seven million labels!!! Dedication personified.