A VFW Auxiliary Past National Officer and devoted supporter of the National Home, Virginia Carman first became acquainted with the National Home like so many people have — on a trip to our campus outside Eaton Rapids, Michigan.
“I’d known about the National Home since my early days in the Jr. Girls Auxiliary, but I first visited the campus when I was the State VFW Auxiliary National Home chairman,” recalls Virginia. “They had an orientation for chairmen back then, much like the Jr. Vice orientation they have now. I have been hooked ever since.”
That first visit left a lasting impression on Virginia and opened her eyes to the important, life-changing work being done here on behalf of struggling military and veteran families.
“Once I saw the dedication of the staff, the impressive campus and the testimony from people who lived at the National Home, I knew it was a place that we had to make sure stayed open for the families as a legacy to all veterans.”
Virginia’s passion for helping veterans was also inspired by her father, who served in the Army in Korea during the war.
“I always admired how my father and other VFW members continued serving their communities and veterans long after their military career was over. That led me to VFW programs, which included the National Home.”
Recently, Virginia demonstrated the depth of her commitment to helping military families when she made a legacy gift to the National Home.
“A legacy gift to the National Home is a wonderful way to make a permanent and lasting impact for the National Home,” says Virginia. “As my family has gotten older and more financially secure, I wanted some of my money to go somewhere where it will make a difference in lives. The National Home is that place.”
Today, Virginia lives in the town of Renton, Washington near Seattle, where she devotes her energy and experience to VFW initiatives as a VFW Auxiliary Past National Officer. She also occasionally finds time to squeeze in a few frames of bowling with her friends.
Thank you, Virginia, for your incredible generosity and your enduring commitment to the VFW National Home for Children!