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National Home Alum Comes Full Circle, Joins Staff

It’s like coming home for Brian Daniels, who joined the VFW National Home staff on March 18 to serve as the Community Development/Alumni Engagement Manager. “It feels like I’ve come full circle because my time living at the National Home led me to serve in the military, and now I’m back at the Home serving veterans,” he said. Brian came to live at the National Home in 1996 when he was just 10 years old, along with his mother and siblings. It was the first time he had experienced stability and was finally given a chance to have a real childhood. His exposure to veterans planted a...

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Poignant Artwork by Famous Painter Gifted to the VFW National Home

Titled “Heading Home” the painting by renowned artist Thomas Kincaid depicts a solitary soldier with face unseen walking toward a light as if completing his tour of duty. “The weight of all he has seen and done, of the pain he has borne and the trials he has overcome bear down on his broad shoulders. The soldiers personal war is over. He is Heading Home,” said the late Kincaid, often called the painter of light, in an explanation of this work. “I did not choose to show the warrior’s face in my painting of the homecoming veteran. The hero of Heading Home is not an individual at all;...

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Buddy Poppy Child Promotes National Home for 94th Year

Since 1922 the red poppy has stood as a symbol for those who shed their blood for their country. Named “Buddy Poppy” to represent the buddies who never made it home, VFW members distribute the crimson flowers every year around Veterans Day and Memorial Day to raise funds to support programs that assist veterans, including the VFW National Home. The year 1930 marked the first year of the Buddy Poppy Child when a youngster who lived at the VFW National Home was selected to represent the Home at the national level on behalf of not only the Home but the VFW. In the early days the Buddy...

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Centennial Membership Program Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!  We’re excited to announce the Centennial Life Membership program, which will begin April 1, 2024, and end December 31, 2025, in honor of our 100th anniversary. For just $100, you can join this special program by upgrading your existing membership or becoming a new member.  As a Centennial Life Member, you’ll receive a special centennial membership pin and membership card that will allow you to display your affiliation with pride. Plus, you’ll enjoy discounts on souvenirs and apparel that are not available to regular members.  This program is an...

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National Home Board of Trustees Vote to Realign Districts

The VFW National Home is pleased to announce that our Board of Trustees has approved a district realignment plan at our February 2024 meeting.  This decision was made after careful consideration and analysis of the current district boundaries. The main objective of the realignment was to align the districts better geographically. The new district boundaries below will take effect immediately. We understand that this may impact some of our volunteers and supporters, but we are committed to ensuring a smooth and seamless process. We believe that the realignment will ultimately benefit...

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Early Education Center Offers Expanded Hours

In response to a need for parents of small children, the Early Education Center (EEC) has extended its hours of operation. “Many families couldn’t participate in trainings and events held on campus because they didn’t have childcare on evenings and weekends,” explained EEC Supervisor Ivy Bush. The EEC provides care from Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to children from infants to five years old. New extended weekend and evening hours will now be offered when there is a special training event or campus activity that parents would like to attend. The special hours will extend until...

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Veteran Family Resource Center Serves as Crucial Hub for Veteran Assistance

Any veteran who has tried to apply for benefits has felt the frustration. “When they need help, they call somebody and then get referred to someone else at a different number and then from there keep getting sent to someone else before maybe eventually finding the right person to help them,” explained VFW National Home Program Director Angela Harkins. When Executive Director Mike Wilson began his tenure at the Home two years ago, he knew this needed to be remedied. As a veteran himself, he understood the stress created when it’s difficult to access services. “Resources are difficult...

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VFW National Home Resident in Shock at Gift from Progressive Insurance

Despite Sherman’s longevity, Luisa and her family were beginning to be continually disappointed by their trusted friend. “It came to the point that we would cross our fingers and pray that it would take us where we needed to go,” explained Luisa of her Dodge Durango affectionately named Sherman. “It had been through it all with us and was our first family vehicle.” The car needed a new engine, but Luisa, a resident of the VFW National Home with her four children, didn’t have the funds for the repair. It was overwhelming for the Navy veteran who served for nine years and was...

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Corey Spencer Descendants Visit National Home for the First Time

“Overwhelming,” said Leslie Peters, great nephew of Corey Spencer, on visiting the beautiful VFW National Home with his family in the crisp of autumn for the first time in his life. Up until a few months ago, Leslie was unaware that his great uncle, cattleman, and VFW member, Corey Spencer, donated a farm on 472 acres of beautiful rolling land alongside the Grand River outside of Eaton Rapids back in 1923 for the purpose of creating a national home to take care of the wives and children of veterans who were killed or disabled. At the same time, Leslie’s father, Don, who was Corey Spencer’s...

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