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The Montana Farmstead Project

The Montana Farmstead is maintained and supported by The VFW Department of Montana. This area of our campus houses all of our farming equipment, facilities related items, and other equipment. It also serves as the hub for the 4H program that gives the children the opportunity to develop skills and learn responsibility while raising and showing an animal at the Eaton County Fair each year. State Commander Arthur Widhalm with the help of State Adjutant/Quartermaster Timothy Peters, kick-started the special project for the 2014/2015 term to raise funds to provide the Montana Farm with a much needed new metal barn. The funds were raised through donations and by selling Vietnam War 50th Annive

Volunteer Spotlight

Recently we were blessed to have three wonderful women volunteering on our campus. Jane Montgomery from Indiana, Julie Schulte, and Denise Mohr, both from Iowa, have been working very hard on projects related to our Museum renovation. All three of them have spent the majority of their adult lives making volunteerism a priority, and passing this down on to their children. Julie shared that when her children were younger, she used to take them on volunteer vacations, to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and to work in Soup Kitchens in Los Angeles. The women spent four days here on our campus, painting the archive room at the back of the new museum and undertaking the massive project of sor

Lake Erie Fishing Trip 2016!

Residents had a fantastic time last week on their Lake Erie Fishing Trip! 15 residents attended the trip and a total of 350 perch were caught during the five hour fishing event. The prize for catching the first fish of the day went to Bailey, biggest fish went to Abigail, and at 19 fish, Kyla took the prize for most fish caught. This trip is paid for by VFW Post #9871 of North Ridgeville, Ohio and was organized by Jack Uber and Jim Hordinski. The hot dog lunch prior to their charter boat departure was provided by the Port Clinton VFW Post. Click here for more pictures of the trip.

Fun with our VFW Friends from Michigan and Ohio!

It was a fun filled weekend at the National Home with Ohio Day and Michigan Day bringing hundreds of visitors to our campus. Saturday a caravan of cars and buses arrived from the Department of Ohio. The weather was warm and sunny as the group enjoyed guided tours of the National Home. We also celebrated our newest home sponsorship of the Guest Lodge Annex by Ohio Charities! Sunday was a little cooler as members from the Department of Michigan rolled onto campus. It was the perfect weather for self-guided walking tours, which many of our visitors embarked on. There was also a fishing rodeo out at our Lake Romanis. Both groups enjoyed the opportunity to see our beautiful campus, listening t

Volunteer Group Spends Weekend Making Improvements to the National Home

Sixty volunteers from three different organizations converged on the VFW National Home for Children July 15 and 16 for a weekend of giving back. Volunteers from Greener Energy Solutions, F4 Foundation, and Consolidated Electric spent the weekend making more than $80,000 in improvements around the campus. Greener Energy Solutions improved the energy efficiency of five of our homes, installing aluminum insulation, solar fan ventilation and an air conditioning additive called Blue Max, while Consolidated Electric donated their time and expertise performing all the electrical work for our new museum. Volunteers also put fresh coats of paint on structures like our pavilions and lifeguard towers a

VFW Ohio Charities becomes National Home’s newest sponsor

We at the VFW National Home for Children are excited to announce that VFW Ohio Charities has joined our Sponsorship family! VFW Ohio Charities was formed in 2003 as a way for all of the VFW posts in Ohio to have charity funds to assist veterans in their respective communities. They are now sponsoring the Guest Lodge Annex. The Annex, formerly a relief house for daycare workers, is used to house visiting relatives of the families in our housing program, Trustees and guests during our board meetings, overflow for event visitors, and other events on campus such as Veteran retreats. Building sponsorship is such an important commitment to make. A sponsor provides for the home’s annual costs (ut

Thank You! We Did It!

We would like to thank everyone for your contributions. We received labels from all of our supportive posts and auxiliaries in an effort to secure our final van from this generous program., and we're excited to announce that we have reached our goal and have placed our order for our seventh van! We wouldn't have been able to do it without your help. Thank you!

Introducing the 2016/2017 Buddy Poppy Child!

We are happy to announce we have our new Buddy Poppy Child for 2016/2017! Twelve year old Jaeden lives in the Ohio house with her mother and four siblings; two brothers and two sisters. She is going into the 8th grade in the fall and her favorite subject is Science. She thinks that someday she wants to either be a pre-school teacher or work with animals. Though she doesn’t have an animal this year for 4H, her brother Dontae does and she enjoys going up to the barn with him to see him work with his pig. Jaeden was able to come to live at the National Home through both her mother and grandfather’s service in the U.S. Air Force. Her great-grandfather was also an officer during WWII. Becaus

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