The VFW National Home for Children

For families touched by the stresses of deployment and war, it can be difficult to provide a safe and loving home. Perhaps a mother struggles to financially provide for her family. Or a father needs to work through the things he saw and dealt with while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. The children might not be doing well in school and need a caring adult to mentor and guide them.

That’s where the VFW National Home for Children steps in.  For struggling military and veteran families, the National Home offers the chance to heal and grow, a chance to work on moving forward.  The National Home’s community is open to families of active-duty military personnel, veterans and descendants of members of the VFW and its Auxiliary.

The VFW National Home for Children is located in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, surrounded by peaceful farms and small-town neighbors. The National Home has 42 single-family homes, as well as spacious playgrounds, a licensed daycare, a community center, and recreational facilities for its families.

The families living here have a real chance to rebuild their lives.  The family may live in the National Home’s community for up to 4 years, during which time they are provided:  housing, case management services, which includes one-on-one support and assistance with creating and achieving family goals, on-site licensed child care, life skills training, tutoring and other educational services, all of which are designed to provide them with the tools to create a lasting life and home for their children once they leave here.

Since 1925, the National Home has been offering help, hope, and honor to the families of our nation’s active duty military and veterans. We are a nonprofit organization and receive no government funding. We are run solely by private donations.

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If you know someone who could benefit from our program, please refer them to or have them call us at 800.313.4200.

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