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The Process of Selecting the VFW National Home For Children’s Buddy Poppy Child

The process of recruiting the next National Home Buddy Poppy Child is underway! At this point, each eligible child (between the ages of 6 and 12 as of last year) residing at the National Home has received a packet of information about auditioning to become the 2018-2019 Buddy Poppy Child. As April begins, biographies and permission forms are submitted for those interested in auditioning and mid-April, the auditions will take place in front of National Home staff. The applicants will be photographed and measured for the Buddy Poppy uniform, and their information will be sent on to The VFW Headquarters’ Buddy Poppy Director. The winner will be selected at national headquarters at the end of May. In June, the Buddy Poppy and their parent(s) will meet with their Case Manager, the Program Director to discuss travel for the VFW National Convention as well as guidelines and duties of the Buddy Poppy Child. The National Home will announce the 2018-2019 Buddy Poppy Child at the beginning of the VFW National Convention on July 21st. Stay tuned for more information about the Buddy Poppy program this summer!

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