Illinois Day at the National Home is Saturday, September 25, 2021
History: The Veterans of Foreign Wars established The National Home for Children in 1925 to care for the children and families of World War I veterans. The home has grown through the years and now also providescare for our nation’s Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families as well.
Mission: For families touched by the stresses of deployment and war, it can be difficult to provide a safe and loving home...perhaps a mother's struggles to financially provide for her family or a father needs to work throughthe things he saw and dealt with while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. The children might not be doing well in school and need a caring adult to monitor and guide them. The National Home offers struggling military and veterans families a chance to heal and grow, a chance to work on moving forward.
Families in Residence: The families living at our National Home have a chance to rebuild their lives. They are able to receive case management services, on site licensed child care, life skills training, and other services designed to help them heal and grow.
Facilities:The VFW National Home is located in Eaton Rapids, Michigan and has 42 single family homes on 629 acres. There are playgrounds, a community center, a licensed daycare facility, recreational areas, a guest lodge, chapel and an administrative building. Our VFW Department of Illinois sponsors 2 homes - Illinois #1 and Illinois #2.
Helpline: (800) 313-4200: Dedication and service to veterans, active duty members and their families goes beyond the campus through the Military and Veteran Family Help Line at (800) 313-4200. The Help Line is staffed Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by caring professionals who can provide information and connections for services wherever needed in the United States. The help line can also serve as the first step to living in the National Home community.
Funding: The VFW National Home receives no government funding. The Home is funded solely through donations.
Governed by: The National Home is governed by a 17 member Board of Trustees - 12 are elected, 5 are ex officio members (including the VFW Commander-in-Chief, Adjutant General, Quartermaster General, VFW Auxiliary National President and National Secretary-Treasurer).