—9/10/14—INDIANAPOLIS – Sergeant Jessica Paz Swaim, of Arizona, stationed in S. Carolina, a member of the United States Marine Corps, was recently recognized by the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) with the Salute to Servicewoman Award.
More women now actively serve in the armed forces, defending our country and our freedom, than at any time in history. The award, presented annually at the American Legion Auxiliary’s national convention, applauds the remarkable sacrifice these women make; they are the true embodiment of the ALA’s motto, Service Not Self.
Swaim is a dual member of both the American Legion Auxiliary and The American Legion and comes from a long line of family members that have served this country. As in most military families, Swaim is no stranger to the sacrifices one has to make for this nation. Swaim went through months of vigorous training to be a drill sgt. at Parris Island in order to be able to teach and train others. She now takes new recruits, quality young women, and transforms them through the foundations of vigorous basic training, as shared legacy, and a commitment to their core values, preparing them to win our nation’s battles in service to their country.
To show their support for the women in the armed forces, the American Legion Auxiliary annually presents a Salute to Servicewoman Award at their national convention to one woman nominated from each branch of the military. Their inspiring stories remind us that courage and commitment to our country knows no gender.
American Legion Auxiliary members have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value of nearly $2 billion. As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, Auxiliary volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. To learn more about the Auxiliary’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.
###Contact: Stacy Poca, ALA Creative Communications Specialist, 317-569-4565, spoca@ALAforVeterans.org