A national defense strong enough to guarantee the security of America from any aggressor has always been a concern of The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary. The Auxiliary believes in maintaining a strong national defense and endeavors to educate its members on all vital national security issues. In cooperation` with The American Legion, Auxiliary members are briefed on a wide range of topics at local and national meetings and through publications and bulletins. Topics include national and civil defense; crime prevention; emergency and disaster preparedness; and environmental protection. The member's clear understanding of the issues helps to lay the groundwork for community-wide mobilization and support of various national security activities. National activities include the annual Awareness Assembly, a legislative forum in Washington, D.C.; POW/MIA Awareness; crime prevention; and local and worldwide support of USO activities.
National Security Work for the Auxiliary
Auxiliary Units acquaint all of its members with the existing situation in regard to national security by providing a study of the subject at Unit meetings. The American Legion Auxiliary recognizes that natural disasters and crime can also threaten our national security. Therefore, the National Security program, was expanded to include emergency planning and crime prevention. While we cannot stop natural disasters from occurring, we can change the way America deals with them through Project Impact, a project of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The goal is to reduce the personal and economic costs of disasters in a community by planning and preparation. Crime prevention, Neighborhood Watch, support for police and fire departments help to strengthen our communities and contribute to the national security. The annual American Legion Auxiliary Awareness Assembly held in Washington, DC, frequently has presentations of special interest to national security issues. Attendance is open to all American Legion Auxiliary members.
Information on National Security
Informative material on national security subjects can be obtained from Department Headquarters or the National Security Division of The American Legion, 1608 K Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20006. These materials include suggested talks on national security, pamphlets, and the program of national security activities recommended for the year. The objectives of The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary for the year are outlined annually by the National Convention.
Blue Star Service Banner can be displayed by families with members in the Armed Forces. To purchase a Blue Star Banner, please contact National Emblem Sales at 1-888-453-4466 Item #72982 - $6.95
Family Support Network Hotline 1 800 504-4098
Department of Defense website - http://www.defense.gov/