More than 500 veterans benefited from the purchase of a clothing label maker and supplies thanks to an American Legion Auxiliary Foundation grant awarded to the ALA Department of Connecticut.
“Our veterans come to the home with very little personal possessions,” said ALA Department of Connecticut Secretary/Treasurer Nancy Hansen. “The label maker helps them keep the few items they own.” Often, residents don’t want to give up their favorite and most comfortable items of clothing for fear they’ll be lost. This can pose a health issue when articles of clothing are not cleaned on a regular basis.
One veteran shared, “Now I don’t have to worry if I am getting my items back.” Another said, “No one can claim that a particular item is not mine.”
500 veterans, 200 in hospital or home, and more than 300 living on the Rocky Hill VA Home and Hospital ground in the domicile and transitional housing are now more confident that their items will be returned safely to them once laundered.
“I am most proud to have helped our veterans keep the few belongings that they own,” Hansen said.
For details on how your American Legion Auxiliary can participate in the ALA Foundation’s grant process go to http://alafoundation.org/grants/.