Director Debbie Tweet
In this blog you will read statements and grateful
thanks from some of the people who staff different
areas of the VFW National Home for Children.
Please read what they have to say.
The VFW National Home for Children hosted its Annual Meeting for Life Members on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, and I was honored to be able to attend. Members and guests heard about recent achievements at the Home during the meeting. It is also where the newly elected board Trustee President is installed. Here are a few words from him:
“Help, hope, honor, are words that best describe who we are and what we provide to our deserving veterans and their families. Your support makes us unique and able to accomplish our mission.”
Al Cantune, President, VFW National Home for Children Board of Trustees
National Home Director Patrice Green reported that throughout the year, trustees and National Home staff have been working together to continue the positive growth at your National Home. Many good things have happened. Green said the Home’s staff works closely with VFW service officers to help veteran families get their needs met. One way that the Home reaches out to military members, veterans, and their families is through the National Home Helpline at 1-800-313-4200.
The Helpline is staffed by caring professionals weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST. Staff are able to assist callers with connecting to resources in their own community, with VFW Service Officers nationwide, and provide information and application to the Home’s on-campus housing program. If you know a military or veteran family who needs help, please have them call the National Home Helpline. Here is a message to you from the person who heads up the Hotline Program:
“Our National Home Helpline continues to assist VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members, veterans, and active-duty military members and their families from across the country in meaningful ways. Callers are offered caring listening, connection to service providers and resources in their areas and if eligible and needed, an opportunity to apply for our on-campus program.
Living on campus at the National Home has been described as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to help families and individuals strengthen and advance their talents, skills, relationships, financial situations, careers, and much more… only available because of veterans’ service to our country.
Those who experience the greatest level of success in the program seem to focus on several key things. They tend to be value-driven in their focus on goal development, consistently grateful for the opportunity and the resources offered, eager to work, willing to grow and to change unproductive habits while creating positive ones. They strive to honor the service of veterans – especially the veterans(s) through which they are eligible – through diligence and determination to fully utilize this program as they work to provide a better life for their families.
Residents identify and develop goals in most of the following areas: personal finances, education and career advancements, mental and physical health, social, emotional, and spiritual needs, children’s growth and development, parenting skills, marriage and family relationships (as applicable), housekeeping, and additional areas as needed.
Because of your support, residents are given this wonderful opportunity to leave the National Home strengthened as individuals and as a family in many of these areas, therefore being better prepared to pass positive traits on to future generations. Help is offered to all. Hope rises as people work for a better future, honoring the veterans who make all this possible.
Molly Studinger, VFW National Home for Children Program Director
Our Ladies Auxiliary VFW annual donations to Health & Happiness are so important to help keep the various buildings we support continuously in good order. Without these donations, the VFW National Home for Children would suffer. Please make your annual donation from your Ladies Auxiliary as soon as possible. Your Ladies Auxiliary VFW quota of 10 cents per June 30, 2013 membership is needed and appreciated. Your Ladies Auxiliary will receive a citation for donating 25 cents or more per member. Below is a message from the VFW National Home Facilities Director.
“When Veterans and Family Support Director, Debbie Tweet, asked me to write a paragraph or two for the Ladies Auxiliary blog, I immediately said yes! After accepting her request, I started to think OK, now what are you going to say? It really did not take long for me to come up with a topic to write about. It is as simple as thank you! Thank you for all you do to support your National Home. Thank you for your Health and Happiness money which goes to provide funding for the maintenance and upkeep of your beautiful Guest Lodge and Chapel, Nursery Building, Community Center and Health & Education Building. These buildings are all a very important and historical part of a long time commitment of taking care of our Nation’s veterans and their families. Thousands of people have truly been blessed by your generosity over the years. I really could go on and on, but Debbie only asked me to write a paragraph or two and after 27 years helping you carry out this very important mission, I could write an entire book about how important and meaningful your generosity has meant to so many people. You have literally changed lives! For this I humbly and sincerely say Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!”
Todd Marriott, VFW National Home for Children Facilities Director
Director Green gave the highlights of the past year at the VFW National Home:
Ø The VFW Department of Kentucky sent several members and their families to the Home to complete some important building projects for the Home.
Ø Hundreds of visitors to the Home during state days and other events leave “in awe of all that the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary have accomplished here,” Green said.
Ø The National Home Orientation 2013 had another great group of Department Jr. Vice Presidents and Commanders and was honored to have Jr. Vice Commander in Chief John Stroud and National Jr. Vice President Ann Panteleakos in attendance.
Ø Buddy Poppy Child 2013 Unity Heim “did a great job” speaking to the crowds at this year’s National Convention in Louisville, KY.
Ø Departments of Missouri and Wisconsin sponsored another great Halloween party on October 26, 2013. Cooties, VFW, & Ladies Auxiliary members from Minnesota joined in the fun.
“Because of all of you, we are here to help, so let’s work together and make sure all veterans know how much the members of the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary care.” Green said. “Tell our soldiers and veterans about your VFW National Home for Children.”