HOUSTON—8/28/13—American Legion Auxiliary Unit 53 in Eau Claire, Wisc., 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 53 successfully implemented multiple community-based programs over the past year. As a part of a Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation activity, they informed the public about the epidemic of homeless women veterans. This objective was met by working with the local VA to host a "Making Connections - Women to Women" workshop to inform the public about the problem. During their second holiday Stand Down for Women Veterans, 20 female active-duty servicemembers and veterans attended and received books, personal items, clothing, jewelry, toys, bedding and more.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