American Legion Auxiliary member Carol Long sees diversity as one of the strengths of the ALA.
“We keep the vision of the American Legion Auxiliary in sight. That vision is not dividing ourselves because of the color of our skin, different cultures or whatever. That vision is about unifying to help our veterans, and all of the other great work ALA members do,” said Long, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Long is a member of Unit 143 in Cherokee, N.C.
The ALA welcomes eligible women from various backgrounds — different races, nationalities, religions, socio-economic groups, physical abilities, age groups, cultures — to unite as Auxiliary members under the common mission of honoring and helping our veterans, military, and their families, and fostering patriotism and civics among our youth.
“Our differences are what makes us strong. We come together no matter what color we are, no matter what personality type we are, no matter what background we have. We are joined by our common cause,” Long added.
The American Legion Auxiliary is world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, with nearly 8,000 units located throughout the United States, in some U.S. Territories, and in several foreign countries including the Philippines, France, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and Panama.