WASHINGTON – More than 300 women representing the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) will convene in the nation’s capital Feb. 22-25 for the organization’s annual Washington DC Conference, in conjunction with fellow members of The American Legion Family. The mid-year event provides an opportunity for the ALA’s leadership to hear from Washington-based experts on issues relevant to the Auxiliary’s mission and to meet with Congressional representatives on key legislative priorities.
“These days, only about 10 percent of American families have a veteran among them, making the role of the American Legion Auxiliary even more important to advocate for the needs of veterans and their families,” said Mary “Dubbie” Buckler, ALA national secretary/executive director. “Auxiliary members also encourage senators and congressmen to be mindful of the mothers, wives, sisters, daughters and granddaughters who have served alongside our nation’s servicemembers, because policies affecting veterans and the military affect them too.”
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 more than $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. On social media: #ALADC.