Buddy Poppy Campaign

We are distributing Buddy Poppies to the public.  Why do we do this?

This hand-made symbol of the memorial on Flander's Field that Col. McCrea so eloquently spoke of 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.

National VFW Buddy Poppy Site

Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary - Dept. of WI

Buddy Poppy / National Home for Children

National Home Support

The VFW National Home is a living, breathing memorial.  Through Service to our Veterans, our VFW Auxiliary 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 the 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 the 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 received a Christmas gift and gifts for members of his or her family.

Buddy Poppy / National Home for Children Bulletins

November 2018

September 2018

June 2018

Buddy Poppies

The VFW conducted its first poppy distribution before Memorial Day in 1922, becoming the first Veterans' organization to organize a nationwide distribution.  The poppy soon was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

The VFW Auxiliary aids the VFW in distributing Buddy Poppies to help disabled Veterans.

The History of the Buddy Poppy

Buddy Poppy Order Form - 2018-2019

Buddy Poppy Report Form - 2018-2019

Buddy Poppy Promoter Award Form - 2018-2019

Department Buddy Poppy/National Home Chairperson

Laurie Coffin
503 S. "L" St.
Sparta, WI  54656
(608) 269-7930

District Chairpersons - 2018-2019
Cynthia Nelson-Kundert
PO Box 351
Brodhead, WI  53520
(608) 897-2254

None Listed


None Listed

Amanda Patterson
5342 Lakeview Dr.
Greendale, WI  53129
(414) 421-3528
Lynn Fields
611 Meadow Ln.
Sheboygan Falls, WI  53085
(920) 946-5322
Laura Lyon
C2452 Short Rd.
Auburndale, WI  54412
(715) 897-2853

None Listed

Patty Jansky
12758 43rd Ave.
Chippewa Falls, WI  54729
(715) 723-0408
Debi Beck
1918 Deerborn Ln.
Friendship, WI  53934
(608) 339-6239
Laurie Coffin
503 S. "L" St.
Sparta, WI  54656
(608) 269-7930

Annual National Home for Children, Department of WI, VFW Trip

October 26-28, 2018
Cost $185 per person

Cost includes:  Bus transportation and Hotel stay (double occupancy) in Eaton Rapids, Michigan (Food on your own)

Registration Form & Information

DEADLINE September 15, 2018

Two pick-up and drop off locations:

Northern:  Pick-up starting at 8:00 a.m. at Cedar Creek Mall parking lot, Schofield, WI, traveling down the Hwy 51/ I 39 route

Eastern:  Pick-up starting at 9:00 a.m. at Park and Ride at Hwy 29 & Packerland Drive, Green Bay, WI, traveling down Hwy 41 route, pick-up and drop off location will be based on the sign-ups TBD