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VFW National Home for Children offers chance to heal and grow

Special to Atmore News

Members of the Atmore Memorial VFW Auxiliary to Post 7016 support all veterans, active military, their families and our local community. Each year the Auxiliary strives to educate the local community on the national, state, and local programs and opportunities that are available through the VFW Auxiliary organization. One of these programs is the VFW National Home for Children / Military & Veterans Family Helpline.
For families touched by the stresses of deployment and war, it can be difficult to provide a safe and loving home. Perhaps a mother struggles to financially provide for her family. Or a father needs to work through the 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 mentor and guide them.
That’s where the VFW National Home for Children steps in. For struggling military and veteran families, the National Home offers the chance to heal and grow, a chance to work on moving forward. The National Home’s community is open to families of active-duty military personnel, veterans and descendants of members of the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary.
The VFW National Home for Children is located in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, and is surrounded by peaceful farms and small-town neighbors. The National Home has 42 single-family homes, as well as spacious playgrounds, a licensed daycare, a community center, and recreational facilities for its families.
The families living here have a real chance to rebuild their lives. The family may live in the National Home’s community for up to four years, during which time they are provided housing, case management services, which includes one-on-one support and assistance with creating and achieving family goals, on-site licensed child care, life skills training, tutoring and other educational services, all of which are designed to provide them with the tools to create a lasting life and home for their children once they leave here.
You do not have to reside at the National Home to receive assistance. The National Home has helped active duty military, veterans, and their families after unexpected emergencies crisis and natural disasters. Representatives will guide callers to the right person or organization in their local area who can provide assistance.
And the National Home’s dedication and service to veterans, active duty members, and their families goes beyond the walls of the campus, through their 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.
For more information on the VFW National Home for Children, visit or call 800-424-8360.
To reach the Military and Veteran Family Helpline, call 800-313-4200; messages left after hours are answered the next business day.
You may also email the helpline at
The information for this press release was provided by the VFW National Home for Children. If you are interested in other programs / opportunities available
through the VFW Auxiliary, please contact the National VFW Auxiliary Headquarters at (816) 561-8655 or
If you would like to join the local Auxiliary or need other information, contact Atmore Memorial VFW Auxiliary President Gayle Johnson at (251) 359-0768 or