Diana Rudeen, Chairman
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Welcome to Department President Susan Parrish’s “Peace for all Veterans” 2018-2019 year. My name is Diana Rudeen and I am your “Buddy”® Poppy/ VFW National Home for Children” Chairman this year. I am excited to share that the Buddy Poppy and National Home are now together in their own program so emphasis can be placed on these very important aspects of the VFW and Auxiliary.

The National Buddy”® Poppy/ VFW National Home for Children Program Goals for 2018 – 2019 are:

“Buddy”® Poppy National Display Contest

“Buddy”® Poppy Education and Community Outreach

VFW National Home Education and Community Outreach

Check out the Idea Box to help aid you in getting reported in the National Buddy”® Poppy/ VFW National Home for Children Program. This was created to give you a great start this year in reporting on this important program. You can also utilize the tools and information given to you in this program and the National Program Book. Another valuable resource is located at www.vfwauxiliary.org under member log-in in MALTA on the resources tab.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions this year. Please report your activities as they are completed. I look forward to working with you, and with the great team that President Susan has entrusted to serve Illinois.


We have provided a place here for you to download all of the information that we distribute to you through our Program Book and Bi-Monthly Chairmen’s Bulletins.  You will need Adobe Reader, it is a Free program and can be downloaded here  Get Adobe


2018-19 Buddy Poppy and National Home Department Program 

2018-19 Buddy Poppy/National Home Report Form

2018-19 National Buddy Poppy/National Home Program

2018-19 National Buddy Poppy National Home Ambassador


Military & Veteran Family Helpline


Natl Home Life Member Application