American Legion Auxiliary member and U.S. Navy veteran Kim Vincent has a passion for aiding military veterans and active-duty members of the Armed Forces any way she can.
Her passion stems from the knowledge that there are veterans, servicemembers, and military families in need of different types of assistance. Being able to help them is what Kim Vincent says gives meaning to her membership in the ALA — the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization.
“My life revolves around helping, and I know our organization covers so many different programs for them and their families, and the children and youth in our communities,” said Vincent, a resident of El Centro, Calif.
As part of ALA Unit 138 in Holtville, Calif., Vincent has participated in or spearheaded numerous outreach efforts, such as a food basket program that provided several military families in need with the fixings for their Thanksgiving meals.
“We continue to bless people in different ways, and it’s so rewarding,” she added.
Also rewarding are the relationships she has developed with the women in Unit 138, she said. As an example, Vincent reflected on her experience with ALA members during the first two unit meetings she attended after joining the Auxiliary in 2006:
“I didn’t even know these women. But they opened their arms to me and brought me in. When I came back for a second meeting, they elected me as the unit president. We have a great group of women, and we don’t have all of the bickering and drama. Don’t get me wrong; we do have a little bit of it here and there. But we deal with it. We’re not perfect … but we are very cohesive. We work together.”
Vincent, who served in the 1980s and was honorably discharged, joined ALA through the service of her husband, U.S. Navy veteran Arnold “Jim” Vincent, a Legionnaire. Their son James also served in the Navy.