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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

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The VFW Children's Home has helped many veterans' families over the years. They take care of service members' children while they are away on active duty. It doesn't get any better than that.

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mktdevteam 03/28/2017

Thank you for your review!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known about VFW National Home for Children when I first joined VFW Auxiliary in 2011. In 2015 I was able to visit this amazing place. I got a private tour and was shown the museum, the child care centre, the various out buildings, parks and pond with the Scout House across the way. Montana House is a working farm where 4H is was pointed out to me across the massive field. The after school place was also pointed out, this is where volunteers teach children sewing, cooking and various other things along with crafts.

Being part of VFW Auxiliary we support this great institution and know it runs on donations only.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a much needed and worthy cause. thank you for your work with children and families.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have observed, first hand, of the support given to children and families of our Veterans.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home for Children is a beautiful setting for military families to receive assistance with a place to live while learning to make a new start on life when life has failed them in some way. The staff are professional trained to lead the families back to independence and success. The children learn responsibility through projects like animal husbandry in addition to getting an education in the local schools. Parents either attend college or receive job training. They attend classes on the campus for parenting skills, financial advice, etc. to help them prepare for a successful and fulfilling life after leaving the campus.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have been at the National Home for children many times it is such a great place. It's wonderful to have such a great place where our Veterans Spouses and their children can go to get A new start.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to have visited this wonderful facility. When I got there and had been with the children and families I was over whelmed with all the happiness I felt we had a great time went skating and then had an Easter celebration. Not too many know of this place but the world should know. The staff go above an above to make all feel welcome and at home. There should be more places like this and the world would be a better place

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mktdevteam 03/28/2017

We're so glad that you had the opportunity to visit us. Thank you so much for your support!

Jack66

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great place who does a great job at no cost to the users.

3 Pam_103

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit offers safety, financial, and educational support to all of its participants. My daughter and grandkids live here and this experience has been life changing for them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful place for veteran's families. The care is very evident.

2 Russell P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The time that I have spent at the National Home was great and my wife and I plan to visit and support them as much as we can. The work they do in helping is immeasurable. I am happy to help support them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Visited the home in May. Best experience since my kids and grandkids were born. The Staff were all friendly and knowledgeable. The residents told very positive events that have happened to them and their families. They were all grateful for the counciling given for financial, health, and many more to help them get on the path to success.

3 cbt91e

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dollar for dollar the VFW National Home is one of the best things going. The work they do to try and bring a sense of normal living to the families and children they have at their location is simply outstanding.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a combat service veteran and VFW Life Member, it is nice to know that in the event something tragic happens to me and my wife, there is a place where my child can go and be in a stable, caring and wholesome atmosphere like the VFW National Home for Children as opposed to becoming a ward of the state. This is a prime example of the expression "Veterans Helping Veterans".

2 John295

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children does a great job at caring for the dependents of the deployed service member, the entire campus was well kept and clean, all the facilities looked great, the staff was extremely friendly and helpful.

2 Sue_101

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

If you have never had the experience of visiting the VFW National Home for Children, you are missing a great experience. The services provided by those that work and volunteer there is wonderful. There are houses that were built by funds from different states throughout the United States to provide housing for our military families that have someone serving overseas.

They provide training and help for women in need of getting back into the work force. They have a daycare and childcare onsite that provides services for those mothers already working. Houses are built to accommodate those with a handicap. IF you have a family to visit there, they have a place to stay onsite and a chapel if you would like to have a quiet place to worship. They have a gym with areas set up to entertain and accommodate different age groups from teens to preschool.
My husband and I stopped in unannounced one afternoon and were treated to a personal tour of the campus. They are one of a kind. They are dedicated to helping our veterans and their families. They have my blessings. I am now a lifetime member. They make a difference.

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 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!!!