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New research highlights need for family support during, after deployment

When a parent is deployed during wartime, it can take a toll on the mental and physical health of the entire family, especially children. A new research study conducted by the Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families confirms what we at the National Home have witnessed firsthand, that children need special attention during this potentially vulnerable time. This study compares the rates of mental health visits, injury visits and child maltreatment visits for young children (ages 3-8) of previously deployed/uninjured and previously deployed/injured military parents, as compared to young children of military parents who have not been deployed. The researchers found that

Sharing the VFW heritage

When VFW member James Shaffer met Zane, this year's VFW Buddy Poppy Child and heard him speak at the National Convention this summer, he knew he had found the ideal caretaker for his large and valued collection of VFW pins. Zane, who lives at the National Home with his mother, brother and sister, is a fifth grade honor roll student who plays football, basketball and baseball for local teams. His great-grandfather was a member of the Army's 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team in WWII and fought in the battle to retake the Philippine island of Corregidor. His great-uncle was also in the Army and served in Vietnam, and his grandfather is a Marine and a member of the VFW. Mr. Shaffer sought o

National Home's cozy library has something for everyone

Nestled away on the third floor of the Community Center is a cozy space where bookshelves line the wall and comfortable spaces await book-lovers young and old. The National Home's community library is just one of the great spaces in the Community Center, sponsored by the VFW Auxiliary. The library offers something for every member of the family, including a selection of hardcover books and board games for parents and children under four to enjoy together at the library and monthly Storytime for children ages four through third grade. Young people in fourth grade through high school can take part in Book Talk, a monthly meetup where they discuss books in the library based on that month's topi

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