MVCN Magazine by and for CaregiversFall 2015
Caregiver Partners: American Legion Auxiliary
By Diane Duscheck
The American Legion Auxiliary’s (ALA) national leaders have pledged to help the Military and Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) support our nation’s 5.5 million pre- and post-9/11 military and veteran caregivers by identifying a significant number of ALA members to be trained to serve as peer mentors. A considerable percentage of Auxiliary members have experience caring for wounded, ill, and injured servicemembers and veterans. They have experienced the isolation and stress of caring for a family member, and realize the advantage of support and guidance from a fellow compassionate, experienced caregiver. Therefore, members feel both a kinship with and a responsibility to serve their caregiver peers. The American Legion Auxiliary is excited to partner with the MVCN to support the dedicated caregivers of our honored military servicemembers and veterans.
The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, founded on the premise of Service Not Self, with the goal of “enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad.” For nearly a century, ALA members have volunteered their time and talent to give aid to others and to make their neighborhoods better places to live. This past year, American Legion Auxiliary members volunteered more than ten million hours for a collective value of more than $3.1 billion in service to veterans, military children and communities!
American Legion Auxiliary members have a record of selflessness. Their campaign for better services for hospitalized World War I veterans led to the establishment of the Veterans Administration (VA). After the American Legion penned the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, ALA members campaigned for the passage of this “GI Bill of Rights,” until it was signed into law in 1944. Since 2000, the ALA has been a co-sponsor of the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, encouraging healing through visual and performing arts. ALA members are dedicated to filling the gaps of needed services for veterans in their communities. Whatever a veteran needs– job assistance, transportation, food, clothing and more– ALA volunteers do their best to provide it.
For more information on ALA, visit https://www.alaforveterans.org/