Author: Meghan

National Home Tots Receive Safer Surface Underfoot

Team Rubicon & National Home Facilities Staff The play yard outside the VFW National Home Early Education Center often buzzes with energy as little tykes run and climb on the play equipment during recess. Now a new rubber mulch surface offers an additional level of safety for the youth. “I feel the rubber mulch is safer for the children as it gives a bouncy cushion to prevent injury from falls,” said Ivy Bush, Early Education Center Supervisor. The VFW National Home joined forces with Team Rubicon and the VFW Department of Illinois Auxiliary to execute the project which began when...

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A Message from Executive Director, Mike Wilson for Veterans Day

My fellow Veterans, Brothers and Sisters in arms, thank you for your service! These words are heard often around Veterans Day, as the “thing to say.”  But I can tell you, I am very grateful for those who have served and those who continue to serve to keep our nation and its ideals safe from our enemies, both foreign and domestic.  Let’s all appreciate the sacrifices of each other and remember that we put a hold on life while we trained, and fought for what we still have today, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “For those who...

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Annual Meeting of Life Members 2022

VFW National Home Life Members gathered recently for their annual meeting. The Annual Meeting of Life Members is when we thank outgoing trustees whose terms have ended and welcome our new incoming trustees. Alongside our new trustees, the new board president and vice president is sworn in as well. During the meeting, Life Members heard an update from Executive Director Mike Wilson, enjoyed a Year-In-Review video, and witnessed newly elected District 6 Trustee Michael Rhew and District 10 Trustee Shirlee Frias be installed. Michael Rhew, District 6 Trustee & Shirlee Frias,...

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National Home Opens Veteran & Family Resource Center

On October 22nd, Trustees, residents, and VFW & Auxiliary leadership gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the doors of our Veteran & Family Resource Center, located in the lower level of our Health & Education building. This resource center was created to offer our veterans and families opportunities on campus to access resources from the community that they may be eligible for. Currently, we have representatives from the employment, education, and quality of life sectors of the community ready to occupy spaces in the center as well as members of...

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A Fall Update From Executive Director, Mike Wilson

Executive Director, Mike Wilson Nine months have passed in the blink of an eye it seems. What a busy and fun summer at the VFW National Home. So many great things going on around campus all summer, and positive energy filled the air daily. The campus work group, 4H livestock show and sale at the county fair, Cup-A-Joe veteran networking opportunities, and so much more. Let’s not forget a very exciting Junior Vice Orientation and state days! If you see me with sunglasses, you’ll know why. It’s so bright and enthusiastic around here, I hate to see summer...

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VFW National Home Announces 2022 Trustee Election Results

The National Home is pleased to announce the results of the 2022 election for new trustees in District 6 (KY, LA, MS, MO, TN) and District 10 (AR, NM, OK, TX).  District 6 Trustee Elect Michael Rhew Our District 6 Trustee Elect is Michael Rhew. Michael Rhew, U.S. Army retired, served from September 1977 to May 1998 with the National Security Agency (NSA) as a Military Policeman, Platoon Sergeant, Electronics Instructor, and First Sergeant. Decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army of Occupation Medal. He is a Life member of Tennessee VFW Post...

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VFW National Home Parents Praise Parenting Class

National Home Case Manager Naomi “From understanding your own parents, to yourself, and to your own parenting, this class is relevant to literally everyone,” wrote one resident parent in a follow up survey to a recent parenting class presented by the VFW National Home on campus. “The information was applicable to all parents, regardless of your child’s temperament,” wrote another parent about the class entitled Chaos to Calm: Effective Parenting of Challenging Children based on the book of the same name by Janet E. Heininger, PhD. and Sharon K. Weiss, M.Ed. VFW National Home Advanced...

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VFW National Home Attains Silver-Level Status as Veteran-Friendly Employer

Joseph Saur, Employment Analyst with MVAA, Maris Schoen, Human Resource Business Partner with VFWNH, Michael Wilson, Executive Director with VFWNH Eaton Rapids/August 17, 2022– Under the leadership of Executive Director, Mike Wilson, the VFW National Home has been recognized as a Silver-Level Veteran friendly employer by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA).More than 500 organizations across Michigan are recognized at the bronze, silver, or gold level with the MVAA. The National Home is one of sixty organizations at the Silver-Level. “As an organization that’s primary...

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VFW & Auxiliary National Convention 2022

After two years of canceled or scaled back conventions, it was a welcome relief to gather again with our friends from the VFW and Auxiliary in Kansas City, MO. It was Executive Director Mike Wilson’s first VFW Convention, and he enjoyed the opportunity to meet with VFW and Auxiliary members and to address both audiences at the Convention. Executive Director, Mike Wilson addresses the VFW “I am excited to be here and have anticipated this time with you all since accepting this opportunity in January” he told them. Director Wilson shared the National Home’s new mission statement...

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The National Home Hosts Annual Jr. Vice Orientation

VFW Jr. Vice Class of 2022 As the world returns to a semblance of normalcy, we were thrilled to host our VFW and Auxiliary Department Junior Vice Orientation event in person this year. This is the first time we’ve held this event in person since the Spring of 2019! National Jr. Vice Commander Duane Sarmiento and National Jr. Vice President Carla Martinez joined Department Jr. Vice Commanders and Presidents from around the country in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, to spend a few days at the National Home. The goal was for these leaders to take their newly gained knowledge back to their Departments...

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