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About the Auxiliary
The women of the American Legion
Auxiliary make a difference in the lives of all Americans. They educate
children, organize community events and help our nation's veterans through
legislative action and volunteerism. The American Legion Auxiliary is the
world's largest women's patriotic service organization with nearly 1 million
members in more than 10,000 communities. Auxiliary members are a unique group
of women, joined in the fellowship of volunteerism, patriotism and dedicated to
veterans, young people and communities.
Few people realize that:
§ The Auxiliary and the Legion are often centers for
community and civic activities and provide a focal point for citizens'
§ The Auxiliary raises more than $18 million every
year and reinvests those funds in VA medical centers and community programs.
§ Thousands of hours are devoted to crime prevention
programs, instructing children, the elderly and the general public on safety,
crime prevention and protection within the community.
§ Auxiliary volunteers are the backbone of assistance
in the 171 VA Medical Centers. They not only provide diversion and
entertainment for patients, but assist the hospital staff in physical and
psychological therapy, clerical and many other duties that would otherwise cost
American taxpayers millions of dollars.
§ The Auxiliary deals with issues such as drug
and alcohol abuse, missing and abused children, teen suicide and teen
pregnancy. Its services touch the lives of all Americans
directly or indirectly.
§ More than 20 nationwide programs receive support
and financial aid from the American Legion Auxiliary.