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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

Donor

Rating: 5

The VFW National home for Children and their families are well served in this quite community. Here families can heal together and grow together as a unit. Not only do they honor our Nation's heroes but continue to care for the the children of those who have given the last full measure to this great country. The programs they offer care these children and their families through their entire lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow, what a wonderful, peaceful place for children and the their families to become whole again. The best thing that the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary could do for a Veteran. The staff will even reach out and care for families in need all across the Nation when called on to do so. Money spent here is well invested in children who need the care.

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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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.

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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!

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As VFW and Auxiliary members we all know how important our National home is. Those who don't just haven't been exposed to the facts. What better way to help the family of the veteran that gave us our freedom of today than supporting their families that National Home has taken in.
National Home gives the children a chance at life through education, protection, and love.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband when he was alive we attended the VFW National Home for Children and we always took something away with us.. We have supported the home ever since we joined the VFW and now that I am going in as President for my Auxiliary 9400 in Sunnyslope Arizona both VFW and MOCA I hope that we will be able to do more them, in years gone past.. We are so proud of our home for our veterans families and so forth..Its a wonderful place and a worth while cause..Thank you for making it possible and so an honor for us the Aux to help and make it just a little better for them all..
Thank you Weezie

1 Jeffery F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Home for Children is incredible. Building on an incredibly long history of helping families in residence at the Home, their very impressive and professional staff have expanded their focus to assist veteran families wherever they are located. With caring and compassion, they stand ready to help families in need navigate the often complex sea of services available. Families in crisis are so often consumed by the daunting pressures they face, that they are unable to search for those services available to assist them. This is a mission that the National Home has readily accepted and joyfully support and guide families to those solutions that provide life changing events. I am very, very proud to be a supporter of our National Home.

1 Debbie38

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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1 Debbie Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home for Children, is a wonderful place dedicated to helping Children, and families of Veterans to Foreign wars. The Home has many programs available. Your help and donations are always needed to suppoet the good works od the VFW National Home for Children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited the V F W National Home Twice and both times I was so impressed with the work they do. They really give the veterans and their families the help they need to get back to a self supporting family. They truly care about the children, and the parents needs. The love they show to all of them is amazing. They support the children in their daily activities whether it is school, sports, 4-h choirs, or just having fun outside. They have fishing derby's . The care they give the children is wonderful. They help the veteran heal by getting him or her the help they need it's different for all of them ,so they have so much to offer each of them. They teach the family how to function as a family.I think the National Home is the best organisation to donate to because it helps the whole family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

VFW National Home is a special place and needs to be shared with everyone whether a Veteran or not. It's a beautiful community and loving place for children and grandchildren of Veteran's and now some our returning Vets and families have a home to start their lives over. Our Veteran's have done so much for our country and we need to help and support anyway we can and VFW National Home is the very best. I have set up for a donation from my checking account to the Home each month and every dollar helps the Home help our Veteran's. I am a recruiter for VFW National Home.

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1 Beverly9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a VFW Ladies Auxiliary member and was able to visit the VFW National Home for Children in May, 2012. I was very impressed by what they do for our Veteran's and their children. The campus is beautiful. The staff is first rate. Every State's Veteran's service officer should have access to what the National Home is all about and how they can help our veteran's and their families. We have fundraisers for the VFW National Home for children every year.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a member of the Ladies Auxiiary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. We have a program for this organization. We have events to raise money for donations to this wonderful place. I recently had the opportunity to take a tour of the facility. It's beautiful! Each home is sponsored by a state VFW or Cootie. The staff are some of the nicest, most helpful people I've ever met. We, the Dept of Kentucky VFW, sponsored the Fishing Derby this year for the children. We fished, had a cookout and provided prizes. Some of the patients from two of the local VA hospitals were brought in to share in the day's event. The Home provides shelter, clothing, food and training for military families accross the country who have fallen on hard times, either through the deployment or loss of their military spouse, or, when both parents have been deployed or lost and there are no other family to help. The children go to school and are taken care of until they are 18. Then, the Home pays for their college. Our military has given and continues to give and pay the ultimate price for our country. This VFW National Home for Children is just one of the ways we can give back.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have a friend that needed help. She contacted the VFW National Home. All she Braged about was how they gave her the help she needed and she would recomend other Military families that needed help too!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Life Member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Life Member of the VFW National Home for Children.
I have been "in love" with National Home since my first visit there in 1992. I served as National Home Chairman for my auxiliary for several years.
As a member of the Women's Auxiliary to the Military Order of the Cootie, I have enjoyed many Cootie Christmas Parties with "Our Kids" and spent time visiting with many of the families.
It is important to know that the National Home does not receive any money from the federal government or the State of Michigan.
For many years, the Home was funded solely by donations from VFW Posts, Ladies Auxiliary units, Military Order of the Cootie Pup Tents and Women's Auxiliary to Military Order of the Cootie groups.
In the past several years, we have been fortunate to receive donations from individuals, corporations and other groups.
The children and families that live at our Home, with the exception of the children of deployed troops, are the children and grandchildren of members of the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary -- as is stated in the eligibility requirements.
Many families are on a three year program to learn: financial responsibility, parenting skills and home management skills.
Our Veteran Families have a safety net while undergoing physical therapy and job training.
I am honored to be able to help with the goals of "Honoring The Dead, By Helping The Living."

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Volunteer

Rating: 2

Here's the real truth: They may help a lot of people, but they have been maintaining a facade. Most residents have loose connections to the VFW; the military families are virtually nonexistant. For more information, contact the VFW National Home Post, Attn: Post Adjutant, PO Box 36, Onondaga, MI 49264.

Comments ( 1 )

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mktdevteam 11/01/2011

Thanks for your review. Families qualify to live at the National Home in three ways: 1) military families or children during deployment; 2) veteran families while the veteran completes VA Vocational Rehabilitation; 3) single-parent families or residential children whose parent, grandparent or great-grandparent is a VFW or Ladies Auxiliary member in good standing (or was at the time of his or her passing). If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at 800.424.8360.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AS CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE VFW NATIONAL HOME FOR CHILDREN AT LAVFW POST #4149, IN MIDLAND, TEXAS, I AM SO PROUD TO HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY OF HELPING OUR MILITARY IN A MOST SATISFYING WAY. ALTHOUGH I'VE NEVER VISITED THE NATIONAL HOME, THE CHILDREN AT THE NATIONAL HOME SEEM LIKE MY EXTENDED 'FAMILY OF GRANDCHILDREN'. WHEN OUR LADIES AUXILIARY GROUP, ALONG WITH OUR JUNIOR GIRLS GROUP, GOT TOGETHER IN DECEMBER TO MAKE SCARVES FOR ALL THE CHILDREN AT THE NATIONAL HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, IT MADE ME FEEL LIKE WE WERE MAKING THEM FOR MY GRANDCHILDREN! ALL I COULD THINK ABOUT WAS THE SMILES ON ALL THE CHILDRENS FACES WHEN THEY SAW THEM. I REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NATIONAL HOME FOR CHILDREN, AS I CAN PICTURE MY OWN DAUGHTER & GRANDDAUGHTER IN THE SAME SITUATION AS MANY OF THESE CHILDREN ARE RIGHT NOW. DADDY IS DEPLOYED, MOM & DAUGHTER ARE FAR AWAY FROM FAMILY. FORTUNATELY, ALL IS WELL WITH THEM. BUT, IT COULD VERY WELL HAVE BEEN A DIFFERENT SITUATION.. & IT DOES MY HEART GOOD TO KNOW THERE IS A VFW NATIONAL HOME FOR CHILDREN THEY COULD HAVE TURNED TO HAD THE NEED BEEN THERE. DOING ALL WE CAN DO TO HELP SUPPORT THE NATIONAL HOME, AS WELL AS SPREADING THE WORD THAT IT EXISTS, IS A VERY IMPORTANT PROJECT OF OUR LADIES AUXILIARY, AS WELL AS OUR POST. EVEN OUR NEW JUNIOR GIRLS AUXILIARY HAS JUMPED RIGHT IN & PUT THE NATIONAL HOME FOR CHILDREN AS ONE OF IT'S FIRST PROJECTS BY MAKING ACTIVITY BOOKS FOR THE CHILDREN. IN CLOSING, I WANT TO SAY, THE VFW NATIONAL CHILDRENS HOME, IS THE MOST AMAZING PROJECT I'VE EVER BEEN INVOLVED IN. IT FILLS A MUCH NEEDED GAP IN THE LIVES OF OUR MILITARY, & I AM PROUD TO BE A PART OF THAT.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have served as VFW National Home chairman at my Ladies Auxiliary for several years. We have collected Campbell labels, now UPC codes to send to the National Home. 1.5 million UPCs will help the Home to aquire a seven passenger mini-van. In the pat few years they have aquired 3 mini-vans and are now working for #4. I have visited the Home many times -- it is an amazing site. Thirty-six single family homes and two new duplexes. The Home receives NO Federal or State money, but is funded solely by donations from VFW Posts & Ladies Auxiliaries, Departments (states) and Military Order of the Cootie, MOC Women's Auxiliary, private citizens and corporations.