American Legion Auxiliary Unit #828

Programs and Services

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PROGRAMS

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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.  Eight million hours of Auxiliary outreach service are volunteered annually for veterans and their families.

 

Poppy Program

 

The visual image of the poppy symbolizes the sacrifice of service made by our veterans and represents No. 1 goal of the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Program since its inception in 1921. Typically on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, millions of red crepe paper poppies, handmade by veterans whenever possible as part of their therapeutic rehabilitation, are distributed across the country in exchange for donations that go directly to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans in our communities.   The Poppy Program raises community awareness and respect for our veterans by educating Auxiliary members and the public about the symbol of the poppy, memorialized from a line in the poem “In Flanders Fields,” written on the battlefront during World War I by Col. John McCrae.  The financial benefit realized by our nation’s veterans as a result of poppy distribution is huge; annually, nearly 7 million poppies are distributed to units, raising nearly $2 million. In addition, making poppies allows disabled and hospitalized veterans to earn ancillary spending money.

 

Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation (VAR)

 

Helping Veterans is at the core of the purpose and service of the American Legion Auxiliary Members.  Providing care and comfort to our heroic U.S. service members is our priority.  At VA facilities, Auxiliary-sponsored gift shops and holiday parties have become a revered tradition and valued program.  Whatever a veteran needs – job assistance, transportation, food, clothing, etc. – Auxiliary volunteers will do their best to provide it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legislative

 

Advocate  for our veterans, encourage our members to contact their elected officials by phone, email, or letter to implore them to keep the needs and sacrifices of our military and their families front and center.   The American Legion Auxiliary supports the legislative priorities adopted by The American Legion.   The American Legion’s Legislative Division in Washington, D.C., keeps abreast of current legislation related to veterans’ benefits, national security, and children and youth.   Auxiliary members are encouraged to subscribe to the Legion’s legislative ebulletins to keep the Legion Family aware of legislative issues and the official positions of The American Legion on those issues.  Each year, the Auxiliary convenes its Washington DC Conference in conjunction with The American Legion’s annual meeting in our nation’s capital to review The American Legion’s legislative priorities and advise members how to be better advocates for those issues with their own state’s legislators.

 

 

National Security

 

The American Legion Auxiliary’s National Security Program provides for the needs of our military families on the home front, we hope to ease the minds of our deployed service members so they won’t worry about their loved ones back home and can focus on the monumental task of protecting our country. Auxiliary members step up and reach out to help military families during deployments in very practical ways, such as assisting with their needs for child care and lawn work or by providing a listening ear to a spouse. Auxiliary members also assist our communities in times of natural and manmade disasters through Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) courses. 

 

 

American Legion Auxiliary Girls State

 

Auxiliary units in 49 states proudly host ALA Girls State, an amazing week of learning focused on responsible citizenship and love for God and Country. Students are assigned to mock cities where, divided into the Federalist Party and Nationalist Party, they are immersed in learning about the political process from dedicated volunteers, making sure the program’s nonpartisan governmental, patriotic, and civic objectives are carried out, along with some fun. The program directors also stay vigilant about raising the girls’ awareness of the importance of service, particularly to our veterans, the military, and their families.

 

 

ALA Girls Nation

 

Two girls are selected from each ALA Girls State program to attend ALA Girls Nation, where they assume the roles of U.S. senators, who meet for a week of immersive learning in Washington, D.C. After running for office, electing a Girls Nation president, and campaigning for the passage of mock legislation, the participants meet with national government leaders.   The highlight of the week includes a visit to the White House, where, for most years, the ALA Girls Nation senators visit with the President of the United States.   Nearly 16,000 girls participate annually.  

 

Family and Youth Program 

 

The Auxiliary has a broad range of programs for Family, Youth, Community and National Affairs.affecting our youth. 

 

  • Cash Assistance

  • Children & Youth

  • Legislation Support

  • Awards and Recognition to Youth

  • Girls State / Nation

  • Scholarships

  • Youth Hero Award

  • Good Deed Award

 

Community Service

  • A major outreach program of the Auxiliary since 1926

  • Host vital health and support services to homeless veterans

  • Coordinating send-off/ welcome-home events  for a deployed military unit

  • Community Service projects focus on enhancing the quality of life for veterans and their families

  • ,Assistance with blood drives, first aid and CPR training

  • Child safety program

  • Support for women in shelters

  • Disaster and emergency preparedness program

  • Partnered with the Corporation for National and Community Service to make the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday – the third Monday in January – “a day on, not a day off” for service.

    • ​​National day of service --  plan special projects that focus on veterans, military families, or children as part of this national day of service

 

Americanism

 

  • Auxiliary creates opportunities to show our respect and set positive examples as grateful, patriotic citizens.

  • Provide learning opportunities and instructional resources for important things every good citizen should know,

  • Pocket flags for  troops overseas

  • Present flags to local schools and businesses.

  • Member of the Citizens Flag Alliance and advocates for a constitutional amendment to protect the flag

  • Auxiliary-sponsored Americanism Essay Contest

 

Education

 

  • Investment in America’s future

  • Education Program involves fostering learning with our main focus on the children of military and veterans.

  • the Auxiliary supports a number of scholarship programs - Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship, the Non-Traditional Student Scholarship, and the Spirit of Youth Scholarship,

  • Educating our communities about the sacrifices of our military

  • National education initiatives supports those of The American Legion

  • Veterans in the Classroom

  • Family Readiness Groups assisting with special projects for National Guard families, military base schools, and donating school supplies to children in need.

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ALA Department of Texas Scholarship

 

The American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Texas offers a scholarship award to a resident of Texas, child or grandchild of a Veteran who served in the Armed Forces during eligibility dates for membership in the American Legion.

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Reception Sponsors

San Antonio Zulu Association

Fred Brock Post 828 - 3415 Martin Luther King - San Antonio TX 78220

(210) 223-0636