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VFW National Home – The Kemps

Kemp Family

You may remember the Kemp Family, who shared their story with us a few years back. Well, mother Robyn reached out to us recently with an update on her family! 

“When our family left the National Home I had gotten my credit back on track.  I was able to save up enough money to buy a home, and we couldn’t be happier in our new home.I am working as a Paralegal at a law firm which is the same job I started when I first moved into the National Home. I am happy to say that I still love my job after seven years.

My oldest son Zachary is now 21 years old, and after graduating from Eaton Rapids High School he went on to Olivet College on a football scholarship. He is currently working as a carpenter apprentice, and is attending trade school at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI. He has found a field that he enjoys and has a promising future ahead of him.

My daughter Kourtney is now 20 years old. She is currently at Army Basic Training in Fort Jackson, SC. She will be doing her AIT in Virginia after she comes home for her quick two week break. I get to speak with her every Sunday for a few minutes if the Drill Sargent allows it and they are on good behavior! She tells me she loves serving in the military and it is much more than she expected it to be. Her blisters are now turning into callouses so that’s a good thing! Kourtney is also making new lifelong friends from all over the country. Proud Army Mom!!

My youngest son Zane is now 16 years old and a junior in High School this year. He is currently at home doing virtual classes. He is also still active in basketball and loves that he can drive and has his own car. He is still often stopped in the street with people asking for his autograph from when he was the National Home’s Buddy Poppy Child and met the President.

I would like to thank the VFW National Home for Children and all of their supporters for the opportunity that was given to my family.  Without the National Home I would not have been able to achieve my own goals, as well as set my three children in the right direction to succeed and meet their own goals!

Thank you and God Bless.”

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