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American Legion Auxiliary

Founded in 1919 the American Legion Ladies 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 Auxiliary’s interests have
broadened to encompass the entire community.

The American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s
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. Like The American Legion, it solidly stands behind
America and her ideals.

Interested in finding out more about joining the American
Legion Auxiliary or ways to volunteer?
Click here.
ALA Mission Statement

Self, the mission of the
American Legion Auxiliary is
to support The American
Legion and to honor the
sacrifice of those who serve
by enhancing the lives of our
veterans, military, and their
families, both 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.
Source: U.S. Department of Defense
Women joined their husbands on the battlefield during the Revolutionary
War, pretended to be men to fight in the Civil War, and deployed to Iraq
and Afghanistan by the tens of thousands. The U.S. government also
called on women to join in on the war effort—from sewing uniforms and
tending wounds, to more recently, engaging in ground combat. About 2.5
first major war in 1775—including 280,000 who deployed for Operation
Iraqi Freedom.