American Legion Auxiliary

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American Legion Auxiliary
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Motto "For God and Country"
Established 1919
Type Patriotic society
Purpose Promoting patriotism, advocating for veterans, supporting veterans, military and their families
Headquarters 8945 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Indiana
Region served
Worldwide
Official language
English
National Presiedent
Janet Jefford
National Vice President
Sharon Conatser
Publication The Auxiliary Magazine
Affiliations American Legion,
Sons of the American Legion
Website alaforveterans.org

Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. With a membership of nearly 800,000, local American Legion Auxiliary units have a strong presence in more than 9,000 communities nationwide. The American Legion Auxiliary’s mission to serve veterans, the military and their families is carried out through its hundreds of outreach programs delivered by its members, volunteers and national headquarters. The American Legion Auxiliary's national headquarters is located in Indianapolis.

History[edit]

A group of 20 officers who served in the American Expeditionary Forces (A. E. F.) were asked to suggest ideas on how to improve troop morale. One officer, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., proposed an organization of veterans, which we know today as the American Legion. After the formation of the American Legion, a number of women's organizations wanted to become the official affiliation of the Legion. The women who had served so faithfully during the trying days of the war wanted to continue to serve. After careful consideration, the committee agreed that a new organization should be made up of the women most closely associated with the men of The Legion, and that these women would serve with the Legion, in peace as they had in war. The committee decided to build a new organization from the ground up, so the Auxiliary could then carry forward the phases of Legion activities more suitably performed by women. In less than one year, 1,342 local units of the Women’s Auxiliary to the American Legion had been organized in more than 45 states.

Programs[edit]

The American Legion Auxiliary is responsible for programs including, but not limited to: ALA Girls State, ALA Girls Nation, Poppy, educational scholarships and is a national co-sponsor of the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. The American Legion Auxiliary provides volunteer assistance at Department of Veterans Affairs VA hospitals and clinics.

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