| VOICE OF DEMOCRACY COMPETITION &
PATRIOTS PEN COMPETITION
The "Voice of Democracy" audio essay competition and the "Patriots Pen"
written essay competition offers an opportunity to instill the proud
legacy of patriotism in the young people. Students are encouraged to
appreciate values and ideals for which the veterans sacrificed so much.
We partner with the VFW to distribute Buddy Poppies to the public. This
of the Memorial provides an outstanding way for us to honor those who
died by helping their comrades who are now in need. Handicapped
veterans make the Buddy Poppies for the VFW. We purchase them,
providing a small income for that veteran. Then, we offer them to the
public as we solicit donations for our needy comrades and their loved
ones. ALL FUNDS RAISED IN THIS MANNER ARE RESERVED FOR THIS CAUSE
EXCLUSIVELY. All through this process our veterans are helped. This is
a general outreach program for all veterans, not just VFW members.
We sponsor the Patriotic Art Contests.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/AVON DAY
The VFW Auxiliary participates in activities for
the neighborhoods where they live. It also assists in their Post's
sponsored endeavors. These projects benefit the city, town,
neighborhood, other organizations, institutions, or individuals.
NATIONAL HOME SUPPORT
The VFW National Home is a living, breathing
memorial. Through Service to our Veterans, our VFW Auxiliary has
made a vow to provide love, care and education to the children and
grandchildren of our deceased or disabled veterans. We must never
falter in our efforts to provide a nurturing and secure environment for
tbe children of our National Home. The home, located in Eaton Rapids,
Michigan, is on 630 acres of farm land and has 70 buildings that
include brick homes, library, community center, chapel, guest lodge,
nursery school, teen center, fire department, administration buildings
and its own water treatment and sewage plant. The Health and Happiness
Christmas Cheer Fund assures that each child receives a Christmas gift
and a gift for members of his or her family.
Through unselfish giving of time, energy, love and
devotion, thousands of Veterans have been cheered, comforted, loved and
thanked for their DEDICATED SERVICE to us when it was needed. All that
we are and have today, we owe to the Veterans who answered the call.
Now it is our turn to let them know how much we appreciate all they
did, never forgetting their sacrifices. These Veterans can be found in
the VA Hospitals, nursing homes, out-patient clinics and in their homes
in every community. More and more their numbers are increasing as they
become older and experience more health problems. Some of these men and
women have no families or relatives to offer them comfort. VFW
Auxiliary members sit with them, read for them, or maybe write a letter