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National Home Celebrates Summer!

As summer comes to an end, the residents and staff of the National Home came together to share lunch and hear about all the great activities that the kids have participated in throughout the summer. The Summer Work Crew continued their tradition of volunteering at the VA Medical Center in Battle Creek. There they spent time visiting with the veterans and enjoyed hearing about their experiences. They also completed many jobs around campus, from landscaping projects to painting. Our Education Department staff members worked with the kids on activities focused on reading, science and learning about different countries. One favorite and fun way to learn is by going on fieldtrips so they visit

1980's: National Home Fire Department on Prime Time

The ABC weekly TV show, "That's Incredible", filmed a segment about the VFW National Home Fire Department in the 1980's. "Incredible" producers found the story very interesting when they discovered the department consisted entirely of teenaged boys and girls, supervised by adult staff members. The idea of a National Home fire department was conceived by the Cooties in 1952 and was a popular program with National Home students until the late 70's, when new state regulations prevented children from participating in actual fire runs. Some of the young people went on from their early training at the Home to be volunteer firemen, paramedics and to have careers in fire-fighting. At the time of th

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