ALA members recall the terrorist attacks that changed our nation but helped us resolve
to work harder on our mission in a post-9/11 world.
This year, the American Legion Auxiliary will partner with the VA for the 16th consecutive year to co-present the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival (NVCAF). The weeklong event is attended by 120 talented, gold medal-winning veterans from across the country. Many have participated in creative arts therapy at their local VA hospitals and were recommended to compete in their local veterans creative arts festivals to nurture their talents.
ALA members selflessly serve veterans and military families in need. But when the need strikes home, the Auxiliary Emergency Fund (AEF) is available to members for temporary emergency assistance. When a hurricane, flood, or other disaster hits, we see firsthand the devastation that it can bring. Unit members helping unit members is what the AEF is all about — that uplifting action so desperately needed during a low moment.
For nearly 100 years, the American Legion Auxiliary has been dedicated to giving back to our veterans, whether through service, donations or awareness. This year, we have the opportunity to continue to make a significant impact through a philanthropic movement that has been spreading worldwide. It’s called #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.
Your #GivingTuesday gift directly impacts the lives of veterans and military families through two funds established by the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation — the Veteran Projects Fund and the Mission Endowment Fund.
Double your impact! This year your gift will be matched dollar for dollar. Innovairre Communications, ALA’s fundraising partner, has made a commitment to match our donations — up to $15,000. So, a $5 donation becomes $10, and $10 becomes $20.
WWII veteran Walt Becker was honored for his military service with a Quilt of Valor from American Legion Auxiliary Unit 61 in Sutton, Neb.
Becker, 96, enlisted in the Army in 1942 and has been an American Legion member for 70 years. Unit members who helped make the quilt possible include Kay Batt, Bonnie Wach, Gertie Schmer, Marilyn Lafitte, Jackie Griess, Doris Huber, Linda Bruns, Linda Peter, Carol Erickson, Diane Schroetlin, and Carol Van Kirk. Walt was honored with the quilt during a presentation earlier this month.
The quilt offers an opportunity to honor veterans like Walt and thank them for their sacrifice, said Carol Van Kirk, ALA Unit 61 member and Past National President.
After 15 years, American Legion Auxiliary members recall the terrorist attacks that changed our nation but helped us resolve to work harder on our mission to serve veterans, the military, and their families in a post-9/11 world.
Two ALA members from South Dakota are raising awareness about veterans and the Auxiliary as part of their platforms as pageant winners.
Hundreds of Auxiliary members are expected to gather for the annual American Legion Auxiliary National Convention in Cincinnati, including ALA members from all 50 states and several countries. We list seven great things to do at the convention, including learning more about the mission at workshops, hearing the stories of inspiring ALA members, exploring attractions and festivals in Cincinnati, and honoring those who give back.
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Six veterans, who point out the need to change public perceptions of military servicemembers, share how they’re adjusting to civilian life.
In the wake of 9/11, three military caregivers share how they’re discovering ways to cope with a new way of life and their unique challenges.Read more
During the annual ALA Washington DC Conference, the Legion Family outlined key legislative priorities to address many of the challenges veterans face.
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The 2014 estimated value of one hour of volunteer service is $23.07, according to the Independent Sector, a coalition of charities, foundations, and corporations that publishes research important to the nonprofit sector. American Legion Auxiliary members have volunteered more than 10 million hours for a collective value of service to our veterans, servicemembers, and their families of more than $3.1 billion. That’s quite a global impact, and a powerful number that accentuates who we are, what we do, and why we matter!
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