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"Nickels for the Nursery" creator, Karen Dotson Visits the National Home.

Department of New York Auxiliary President, Karen Dotson has six healthy grandchildren, and as she's watched them grow up, it always makes her think of the children of the veteran families residing at the VFW National Home for Children. Karen wanted to come up with a unique way to raise money for the National Home when she thought up "Nickels for the Nursery." In June of 2016, she distributed empty plastic baby bottles to all eight Auxiliary Districts and all eight County Council Presidents and asked them to fill them up. She thought it was a quirky, simple idea that didn't require a lot of thought, just a simple donation. But this simple idea turned into a $6,000 donation for the nursery

National Home Children Decorate Veteran Graves for Memorial Day

After almost ten years, the kids at the National Home are starting back up a tradition in preparation for Memorial Day. Despite the inclement weather, they boarded the National Home's bus and drove to nearby Charlotte to put flags on the graves of veterans alongside members of the Charlotte VFW Post #2406. Thankfully, the rain yielded while they searched the rolling hills for veteran graves, and afterward, they went back to the post to enjoy pizza and pop. We are so thankful that these young people recognize the sacrifices of all veterans and the value of memorializing them.

Junior Vice Orientation: 2017

This month the 13th annual National Home Junior Vice Orientation was held on the beautiful campus of the VFW National Home for Children. It was a little chilly this year as representatives from more than 46 VFW Departments gathered, including the Dept. of Europe and the Pacific Areas. But, with a group of people this warmhearted, the weather didn't have much of an effect. This year’s group of VFW and Auxiliary leaders was one of the largest in the record at almost 100 people and included National Jr. Vice Commander-In-Chief, B.J. Lawrence, and National Jr. Vice President, Sandi Kriebel. During the day on Friday, attendees were able to get a behind-the-scenes look at what we do here at the

41st Annual Piano Recital

This week the National Home community held the 41st annual piano recital! Eight kids this year tickled the ivories and entertained family and friends. These kids work so hard every year with their teacher Rhonda Kennedy who has been teaching piano at the National Home for 39 years. The only requirements for piano lessons are that the student is at least eight years old and has an interest in learning music. This year our little trumpeter returned, and he brought along another instrument as well, a French Horn! The horn was donated to the National Home along with a beginning French Horn book, and he took it upon himself to teach himself how to play it! For one child, this was her last pian

The National Home Announces New Sponsor for The Air National Guard Duplex

(Pictured: Commander of Post #12147, Larry Lyons) The VFW National Home for Children is excited to announce our newest home sponsor, VFW Post #12147 of the Pacific Areas! Post #12147 will be sponsoring the Air National Guard portion of the Air Force/Air National Guard duplex. Our most recent addition to the National Home community, the duplex was built in 2011 and is wheelchair accessible. Each side of the duplex is 1,442 square feet and contains 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms. Building sponsorship represents a strong commitment to the National Home, and it is critical to our ability to serve struggling families. Home sponsors provide for a home’s annual costs, including utilities, lawn care

Mental Health Awareness Month: What You Can Do To Help.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As you may know, mental health is still very stigmatized in our country, and within the military community, this stigma remains strong. Every day, 22 veterans decide to end their lives. This year the VFW has joined forces with The Campaign to Change Direction to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. Do you know the five signs that may mean someone is in emotional pain and might need help? Children in military families also experience high rates of mental health, trauma, and related problems. “These are our nation’s “littlest heroes,” says National Home Director, Patrice Gre

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