In December 2017 the National Home welcomed VFW Auxiliary National Senior-Vice President Sandi Kriebel and thirteen of her fellow Auxiliary leaders for a retreat focused on "Building on the VFW Auxiliary Foundation."
During their stay at our Guest Lodge, they noticed the need for significant updates and renovation in the building's kitchen.
Like every building at the National Home, the Margaret A. Armstrong Guest Lodge and Chapel has a rich history. Constructed in 1949 by the Auxiliary, the lodge functioned as a bed and breakfast and a restaurant open to the public that served breakfast, lunch, and dinner until 1975. It is now used for overnight accommodations for family members visiting our residents and guests who are here for events on campus. Although there were renovations in 1999 and 2010 to the guest rooms, hallways, sitting room, and bathrooms, the kitchen was still original, and in need of updating.
Following the retreat, Sr. Vice President Kriebel went to all of the Auxiliary Department Sr. Vice Presidents with the idea of making the Guest Lodge kitchen renovation her National President Special Project. They told her, of course, they would do whatever was needed for the Home! The VFW Auxiliaries across the country answered the call, and the renovation began!
We are thrilled to have this bright modern kitchen space at our Guest Lodge.
"The National Home is needed," says Sandi. "It's a wonderful place for our nation's veteran and military families to put their lives back together."
Sandi also thanked the VFW Auxiliary members that made this project a reality. "It's because of the generosity of individuals across the country like these Auxiliary members that the National Home is able to fulfill its mission."
"There is a passion for the National Home that we all share in the Auxiliary. When there's a need, you just let us know, and we'll get it done!"