Debbie Bodimer-Wilson’s brother was a Vietnam veteran. After he passed away, she learned she could join a VFW Auxiliary in order to help veteran families in need.
“Before joining Auxiliary #3944 here in St. Louis, I had no idea how many veterans and families out there were struggling. I imagine coming out of
the service and having nothing would be very hard. Veteran parents gave of themselves for our country, and I believe their children are our future and deserve help. I was determined to do as much as I could.”
Debbie remembers her first trip to the VFW National Home for Children more than fi ve years ago. “It was an eye-opening experience for me. I was really moved to see the Missouri house and campus facilities, learning how it all helps children of veterans and their families …
“The children’s nursery was so organized and clean. The beautiful Chapel left me speechless, its stained
glass and peaceful setting. The new museum was so inspiring, showing how the campus has improved and grown over the years.”
Debbie immediately began to appreciate the challenges of providing such
overarching assistance to veteran families free of charge. Providing a home, parenting classes, job skills
assistance, transportation, daycare, and comprehensive case management to dozens of families takes tremendous resources.
“As costs rise, the National Home will, of course, need more funding to maintain
these wonderful facilities and services. A great many people do not know about this incredible asset that continues to put veterans, their spouses, and children on a path for success.”
Debbie decided she wanted her personal legacy to include a contribution to ensure the National Home would be available for future generations of our nation’s war heroes and their families. “I took time to review financial reports to see where the funds go and how they are utilized. That gave me confidence that my legacy gift would truly benefit Veteran families and maintain the campus facilities.”
She encourages others who are interested in making a lifelong, positive difference for military families in need to donate to the VFW National Home for Children. “Even the smallest of amounts from many people and organizations can add up to a big impact. I think of my brother who served, my own sons, and my grandchildren — family means so much.”