District Chairman Jerry Koehmlein
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 childcare, 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.

The National Home’s dedication and service to veterans, active duty members, and their families goes beyond the walls of the campus, through our Military and Veteran Family Helpline at 800-313-4200. The Helpline is staffed Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by caring professionals who provide information and connections to needed services wherever they are in the United States. It can also serve as the first step to living in the National Home community.

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.

For more information on the VFW National Home for Children, visit or call 800-424-8360. To reach the Military and Veteran Helpline, call 800-313-4200 or e-mail
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Application for admission must be made through the local VFW Post. National Home Referral of Children (Form-20)

Please keep in mind that the Home is a totally private agency with no outside support. It derives its support solely from the membership of the VFW Post, Auxiliaries and the Military Order of the Cooties. Below are the four (4) primary sources of contributions that provide for the operation of the National Home:

1.The donations for National Home Seals (nearly 50% of the budget).
2.The donations for Buddy Poppies (one cent from each poppy).
3.Donations for National Home Life Memberships and Associate Life Memberships.
4.Bequests from wills and gifts.

Money received from Life Memberships and gifts are placed in an Endowment Fund and only the interest is used to run the Home.

Any active VFW or Auxiliary member, or any unit from those organizations can become an active (voting) member of the corporation by purchasing a "LIFE MEMBERSHIP" in the VFW National Home for $50.00. Life Memberships may also be given as gifts or purchased in the name of a Post, Auxiliary or individual. These associate memberships may likewise be purchased by or for organizations and people of good character; however, associate members do not have National Home voting privileges.

Each National Home Life Member, whether active or associate, receives a pocket card and a certificate attesting inclusion on the VFW National Home Life Membership Rolls. The pocket cards and certificates may change periodically and they can be replaced or updated for a small fee.