Founded in 1919, The American Legion Auxiliary has nearly 1 million members from all walks of life. The Auxiliary administers hundreds of volunteer programs, gives tens of thousands of hours to its communities and to veterans, and raises millions of dollars to support its own programs, as well as other worthwhile charities familiar to Americans. It is all accomplished with volunteers.
While originally organized to assist The American Legion, the Auxiliary has achieved its own unique identity while working side-by-side with the veterans who belong to The American Legion. Like the Legion, the Auxiliaryâs interests have broadened to encompass the entire community.
The American Legion Auxiliary is the worldâs largest womenâs patriotic service organization. Through its nearly 10,500 units located in every state and some foreign countries, the Auxiliary embodies the spirit of America that has prevailed through war and peace. Along with The American Legion, it solidly stands behind America and her ideals
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In the spirit of Service Not Self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of veterans, military, and their families at home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace, and security.
The American Legion Auxiliary advocates with, and on behalf of, veterans, the military, and their families. Advocacy is defined as a constituent relaying his or her ideas and opinions to governmental officials. Thee include the President of the United States, United States senators and representatives, state governors and legislators, mayors, county commissioners, city council members, and personnel in government agencies. Advocacy succeeds when many individuals with the same goals and sentiments’ contact government officials and staff members to express their views. By virtue of our numbers, the more than 3 million members of The American Legion Family are a mighty force in providing for today’s needs and working toward a better future for our veterans. Because the American Legion Auxiliary represents the spouses' mothers, daughters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters, brothers or sisters of a veteran, and women veterans, we bring a unique perspective and voice to the public policy process. Advocacy is not the responsibility of a few. It is the responsibility of all who care about our veterans and all Auxiliary members.
The American Legion Auxiliary has been and will continue to be a strong advocate for veterans and national security issues promoted and supported by The American Legion. Many bills pertaining to veteran's benefits, military funding and U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs funding are proposed every year. While we might not speak out about every bill introduced, ALA members must take the opportunity to make a difference for legislation of particular interest to the Legion Family.