The American Legion Auxiliary


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.


Nearly 800,000 members make up the national organization known as the American Legion Auxiliary into units, departments and divisions. It is the individual members that make the Auxiliary the largest women’s patriotic service organization in the world! There are 9,000 units or at least 10 individuals—and must be connected with an American Legion post. That requirement has to do with the way The American Legion was chartered by Congress. There are also foreign units in other parts of the world.  Officers are elected annually by unit members and may include president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, chaplain, historian, and sergeant-at-arms (specific officers vary by unit).

Committee chairmen are appointed annually by the incoming unit president and may include the following: Americanism, Auxiliary Emergency Fund, Cavalcade of Memories, Children & Youth, Community Service, Constitution & Bylaws, Education, Finance, ALA Girls State, Junior Activities, Leadership, Legislative, Membership, National Security, Past Presidents Parley, Poppy, Public Relations, and Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation. 

Typically, the incoming unit president and her appointed chairmen work together to appoint committee members. This practice and specific chairmen appointed may vary by unit.

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Mission Statement


In the spirit of Service, Not 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. 

Vision Statement

The vision of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion while becoming the premier service organization and foundation of every community providing support for our veterans, our military, and their families by shaping a positive future in an atmosphere of fellowship, patriotism, peace and security.




In fulfillment of our Mission, the American Legion Auxiliary adheres to the following purposes:



  • To support and advocate for veterans, active military and their families

  • To support the initiatives and programs of The American Legion

  • To foster patriotism and responsible citizenship

  • To award scholarships and promote quality education and literacy

  • To provide educational and leadership opportunities that uphold the ideals of freedom and democracy and encourage good citizenship and patriotism in government

  • To increase our capacity to deliver our Mission by providing meaningful volunteer opportunities within our communities

  • To empower our membership to achieve personal fulfillment through Service Not Self

  • Commitment to the four founding principles: Justice, Freedom, Democracy, Loyalty

  • Service to God, our country, its veterans and their families

  • Tradition of patriotism and citizenship

  • Personal integrity and family values

  • Respect for the uniqueness of individual members

  • Truthful open communication in dealing with the public and our members

  • Adherence to the adopted policies and rules


Organizational Structure:


  1. Members - Nearly 800,000

  2. Units: 9,000

  3. Departments (States): 52 (Including Puerto Rico and District of Columbia)

  4. Divisions: 5

  • a.  CENTRAL:   (Illinois, Missouri,  Indiana, Ohio,  Iowa, West Virginia,  Kansas, Wisconsin, and  Michigan)

       b.  EASTERN:  (Connecticut, New Hampshire, Delaware, New Jersey, District of Columbia, New York, Maine,                    
                                Pennsylvania, Maryland, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Vermont)

       c. NORTHWESTERN: (Colorado, North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Nebraska)

       d. SOUTHERN: (Alabama, North Carolina. Arkansas, Oklahoma, Florida, Puerto Rico, Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky,
                                Tennessee,  Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and Virginia)

       e. WESTERN: (Alaska, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Oregon, Hawaii, Utah, Idaho, and Washington)