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Posted at 10:10 PM on Thursday, March 27, 2008 by post10552EATON RAPIDS, Mich., March 23, 2008--VFW Posts and Auxiliaries worldwide are celebrating VFW National Home for Children Awareness Week, March 23-29.
The National Home is a non-profit child-care agency in Michigan that helps children and families of America's active-duty military and war veterans nationwide by providing a place to turn in troubled times.
The National Home's traditional residential on-campus programs are designed to give veterans' families an opportunity for a better life. Eligibility for these programs is based on the child(ren) having a living (or deceased) parent, grandparent or great-grandparent who is (or was) a VFW or Ladies Auxiliary member in good standing. Deployed military members' children or their spouses with children, and veterans with a service-connected disability with their families may also be eligible.
Military and veteran families or their children may not need on-campus programs; however they seek supportive services in their own community. The National Home helps people with a variety of supportive services depending on what is needed. Sometimes it is simply connecting a family with services available in their own community. Other times, intensive case management support helps resolve pressing issues. Social workers at the National Home have an extensive knowledge of veterans' services in addition to special connections to help the veteran community.
Active-duty military families, as well as families of veterans, very often find themselves in situations in which they need somewhere to turn for help. For example, a deployed servicemember who is also a single parent may place their child(ren) in the National Home's residential program. During the time of deployment, this servicemember will rest assured knowing their children are receiving proper care while they are overseas. Upon returning to the United States, the family will be reunited.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars established the National Home in 1925 to care for the children and families of our nation's veterans. Located on 629 acres in Eaton Rapids, the National Home stands today as a tribute to the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members who help support the facility and the families who call the National Home their home.
For more information, click here. If you need help, call the National Home Helpline at (800) 851-0238.