—9/10/14—INDIANAPOLIS – Colonel Lisa Harbach, of Williamsport, Penn., a member of the United States Army, 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.
Harbach has served her country proudly for 33 years. She began as a private and is now a full bird colonel. She is a combat veteran having served in the desert of Kuwait, Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan. Her accomplishments are too many to name and the medals she has earned are very impressive. In 2010, when she returned from her latest deployment, Harbach was selected as the Deputy Commander/Executive Officer for the 475th GM Group located in Williamsport, Penn., where she is still serving.
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