Sarah Higgenbotham
405 N. Indiana Street
Olney, IL 62450
(618) 553-9422

I am a Life Member of Olney Memorial Post 4226 in Olney, Illinois. I joined under the eligibility of my husband, Ryan Higginbotham, an 82nd Airborne paratrooper that fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. I’ve been a member of the VFW Auxiliary for six years. I jumped right in when I joined and have served in many offices and chairmanships at the local and district levels. I’m very excited to be the Department “Buddy” Poppy and VFW National Home Chairman this year. Both of these programs are near to my heart and crucial in making life better for our Veterans and their families. Make sure to look around at all of the resources available to you and don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing pictures of Poppy Displays and Poppy Drives as well as seeing many smiling faces on Illinois Day (September 23, 2023) at the VFW National Home!


NH Playground Project

Department Buddy Poppy/National Home Program 23-24
Department Buddy Poppy/National Home Report Form 23-24

National Buddy Poppy Program 23-24
National Buddy Poppy Report 23-24

“Buddy”® Poppy Chairman’s Guide

Buddy Poppy Display Contest rules

National Home Helpline

VFW National Home for Children website

VFW National Home for Children Online Appication

Natl Home Life Member Application

“Buddy”® Poppy Story Cards (print using Avery 5371 or equivalent)

Military & Veteran Family Helpline



Buddy Poppy-National Home – Bulletin – July 2023
Poppy/National Home -Sept 2023
Buddy Poppy / National Home Nov 23
Buddy Poppy-National Home – January 2024