Coming home may be the end of one journey for many veterans; it is also the beginning of a new journey to transition to a “new normal.” Helping them get there is at the core of the purpose and service of the American Legion Auxiliary. Members are passionate about providing care and comfort to our heroic U.S. service members who are so highly deserving of everything we can possibly do for them. Learn more about the Poppy program Learn more about the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival
Historically, Americans have worn poppies in observance of Memorial Day and Veterans Day. While other nations honor veterans in their own way, this year, Congress introduced House Simple Resolution 309 to proclaim the Friday before Memorial Day as National Poppy Day in the United States.
Given the number of aging veterans who served in previous wars, coupled with the needs of our newest veterans of the war on terror, many more of us are caregivers – without even realizing it.
On any given evening in our country, 39,471 veterans are homeless, and 9 percent of those are women, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Through their varied works of art, veterans find healing, acceptance, and camaraderie as part of the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, a program annually co-presented by the American Legion Auxiliary.
From coast to coast, members of the American Legion Auxiliary leave a lasting impact on veterans, active-duty military, military families, and their communities on a daily basis. We share just a few of the stories about how ALA members continue their legacy of making a difference.
The VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville, Ill., depends heavily on goodwill volunteers like Patti Williamson, who also serves on the American Legion Auxiliary’s national Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Committee.
Did you know you can raise awareness of the meaning behind the poppy and benefit veterans, military, and their families by baking cookies? That’s exactly what an American Legion Auxiliary unit in Peoria, Ariz. has done.
Two ALA members from South Dakota are raising awareness about veterans and the Auxiliary as part of their platforms as pageant winners.
Six veterans, who point out the need to change public perceptions of military servicemembers, share how they’re adjusting to civilian life.
In the wake of 9/11, three military caregivers share how they’re discovering ways to cope with a new way of life and their unique challenges.Read more
Connecting the visual image of the poppy with the sacrifice of service made by our veterans has been the No. 1 goal of the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Program since its inception in 1921. Typically on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, millions of red crepe paper poppies, handmade by veterans whenever possible as part of their therapeutic rehabilitation, are distributed across the country in exchange for donations that go directly to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans in our communities. The Poppy Program raises community awareness and respect for our veterans by educating Auxiliary members and the public about the symbol of the poppy, memorialized from a line in the poem “In Flanders Fields,” written on the battlefront during World War I by Col. John McCrae.
Learn more about the Poppy program.
Coming home may be the end of one journey for many veterans; it is also the beginning of a new journey to transition to a “new normal.” Helping them get there is at the core of the purpose and service of the American Legion Auxiliary. Members are passionate about providing care and comfort to our heroic U.S. service members who are so highly deserving of everything we can possibly do for them. At VA facilities, Auxiliary-sponsored gift shops and holiday parties have become a revered tradition and valued program. Members, units, and departments also purchase essential equipment and supplies for these facilities.
The Auxiliary joins with the VA as a national co-sponsor of the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. Through this sponsorship, the Auxiliary supports special visual and performing arts therapies for veterans.