When Nathan Sesco found himself in Grand Rapids, MI for a wedding in 2014, he took the opportunity to visit the VFW National Home for Children that he had heard so much about. As soon as he saw the sprawling 80-acre campus and its surrounding property, he knew he had something to offer. The owner of a construction company, Nathan takes his duty to fellow veterans seriously, employing many of them, and encouraging what he calls a kind of therapy that comes with working with your hands. “Veterans need a mission after they return from service!” says Nathan. Later that year, Nathan came back with members from his post, #3769 of Pikeville, KY, to construct a deck around the Scout Cabin on the National Home’s fishing lake. This lake area offers many recreational opportunities to the families living at the National Home with wheelchair-accessible fishing platforms, four miles of hiking trails, pavilions, and picnic areas. “This campus encompasses everything the VFW truly stands for to take care of veterans, their families, and the communities they live in.” says Nathan. Nathan and his post members returned in 2017 to construct a seven-vehicle carport near the National Home’s Transportation department. This carport has helped shelter the Home’s various vans, buses, trucks, and other equipment from the harsh Michigan winters, and hot summer days. In 2019, his group returned to the Scout Cabin area to redo one of those fishing platforms and repair the bridge that goes over the National Home’s fishing lake, helping to restore the area to a safe and comfortable retreat for National Home families and their friends. This year, Nathan brought four other posts with him from across the state of Kentucky! VFW Posts #680, #12175, #1170, and #8639, together with #3769, put up a shade pavilion over the pigpen on the Montana Farmstead, sponsored by the VFW Dept. of Montana. This area of campus is where the National Home’s 4H program is housed. The pavilion will shade the kids as they work with the hogs during the spring and summer, getting them ready to show at the Eaton County Fair. The National Home is near and dear to Nathan’s heart, and we are so very thankful for it. “There isn’t a member of our organization that couldn’t find their self or a family member in a situation that would have them ask the National Home for help! And that’s what we need to always remember!” said Nathan. Thank you to the members of the Department of Kentucky for their fundraising efforts and the post members for their physical efforts.
3573 S Waverly Rd.
Eaton Rapids, MI 48827