HOUSTON—8/28/13—American Legion Auxiliary Unit 233 in Loganville, Ga., was one of only five units to receive the National President’s Award for Excellence by American Legion Auxiliary National President Peggy Thomas. Awards were presented in August at the American Legion Auxiliary’s 93rd National Convention in Houston.
The National President’s Award for Excellence is presented annually to American Legion Auxiliary units that represent the “best of the best” in planning and implementation of the American Legion Auxiliary’s mission. Recipients are selected based on applications that address the unit’s achievements in Auxiliary national goals and objectives in at least three Auxiliary programs.
Unit 233 successfully implemented multiple community-based programs over the past year. As a part of Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, Community Service and Education activities, they served more than 1,000 plates of barbecue dinner for veterans and their families, worked with a local women’s ministry and convinced them to donate $1,300 worth of cash and goods to put toward active-duty servicemembers’ care packages, donated nearly $3,000 worth of gifts to the Georgia War Veterans Home so that veterans could shop for Christmas gifts (the unit also supplied a gift-wrapping service), and donated school supplies estimated at more than $2,000.
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: (317) 569-4565 or spoca@ALAforVeterans.org
"Just knowing an organization like the American Legion Auxiliary exists, providing support to our military and our families even when we're gone, makes a world of difference."
- ALA member and Indiana National Guard Col. Marilyn Moores