The Veterans of Foreign Wars established the National Home in 1925 on 629 acres in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, as a non-profit child-care agency that helps children and families of America’s active-duty military and war veterans nationwide by providing a place to turn in troubled times.
The National Home’s traditional residential on-campus programs are designed to give veterans’ families an opportunity for a better life. Eligibility for these programs is based on the child(ren) having a living (or deceased) parent, grandparent or great-grandparent who is (or was) a VFW or Ladies Auxiliary member in good standing. Deployed military members’ children or their spouses with children, and veterans with a service-connected disability with their families may also be eligible.
Military and veteran families or their children may not need on-campus programs; however they seek supportive services in their own community. The National Home helps people with a variety of supportive services depending on what is needed. Sometimes it is simply connecting a family with services available in their own community. Other times, intensive case management support helps resolve pressing issues. Social workers at the National Home have an extensive knowledge of veterans’ services in addition to special connections to help the veteran community.
The National Home’s dedication and service to veterans, active duty members, and their families goes beyond the walls of the campus, through our Military and Veteran Family Helpline at 800-313-4200. The Helpline is staffed Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by caring professionals who provide information and connections to needed services wherever they are in the United States. It can also serve as the first step to living in the National Home community.