The American Legion Auxiliary supports the legislative priorities adopted by The American Legion. The American Legion’s Legislative Division in Washington, D.C., keeps abreast of current legislation related to veterans’ benefits, national security, and children and youth. Auxiliary members are encouraged to subscribe to the Legion’s legislative ebulletins to keep the Legion Family aware of legislative issues and the official positions of The American Legion on those issues.
In local Congressional Districts and in Washington, D.C., American Legion Auxiliary members work to keep veterans' issues in front of legislators, strengthening our mission to serve veterans, servicemembers and their families.
While we may think that one voice may not make a difference on its own, that one voice added to the voice of others quickly becomes a collective power of influence that can impact the decisions of our elected officials. Joining together, Auxiliary members can and do make a difference when they advocate for veterans, servicemembers and their families.
We have made a difference! You may know that Past National Commander Harry Colmery drafted the initial draft of first GI Bill, and that, according to a 1969 issue of The American Legion magazine, the “GI Bill passage in less than a year stands as the greatest single organized achievement of The American Legion in its first 50 years.” Interestingly, when the original authors of the GI Bill were asked in 1969 where the GI Bill history was the weakest, one of their answers was “the members of The American Legion Auxiliary deserve a much bigger place in the recorded history. When it is said that the Legion secured literally millions of petitions from the general public in support of the GI Bill, it is safe to say that the women of the Auxiliary probably got the majority of them.” The Auxiliary has played a strong (if previously underappreciated) role in pushing legislation in the past, and we will continue to support the Legion’s initiatives into the future.
The American Legion Auxiliary’s National Legislative Council serves as a complimentary council to The American Legion’s National Legislative Council. Both councils are called upon by The American Legion to advocate on behalf of veterans, servicemembers and their families.
Each member of the council is tasked with serving as a liaison between the Legion/Auxiliary and a member(s) of Congress. They have a personal relationship or connection with either the member of Congress or one of their staff members, so that she can communicate the priorities of The American Legion either by letter, email, phone or in person.
Currently, the Auxiliary’s Legislative Council is focusing on identifying Auxiliary members with connections to members of the U.S. House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees. If you have a connection, please contact Legislative@ALAforVeterans.org for more information.
Letting your elected officials know where you stand on important issues is integral to responsible citizenship.
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