Being there for veterans in nursing homes who have no family and no visitors – seeing those veterans’ smiles and hearing the appreciation in their voices – that’s what makes Nancy B. Ott’s American Legion Auxiliary membership meaningful, she said.
She especially enjoys going to nursing homes and bringing gifts to veterans during the holidays – an activity which, in various forms, has been a longstanding tradition carried out by ALA units and departments for decades.
“Seeing those veterans happy – that’s my ALA moment. It’s my honor and privilege to be part of an organization that does so much for others who have given us all so much,” said Ott, a member of Unit 557 in Wintersville, Ohio. “But it’s not about me or my ALA moment. It’s about our veterans, servicemen and servicewomen, their families, our youth and our community. It’s about doing whatever we can for them.”
Ott lives in Cadiz, Ohio. She’s been an Auxiliary member since 2016 and is eligible for ALA membership through her brother, Marine Corps veteran Robert Barcroft who served in Vietnam. Her late brother, William Barcroft, was an Army veteran who served in Germany during the Vietnam Era.