Heroic veteran leads art therapy classes for peers with help from ALA Foundation grant

The ability to express yourself is vital for your mental health. For veterans, this process can be extremely challenging. Just ask Miette Wells.A U.S. Air Force veteran and survivor of military sexual trauma and Traumatic Brain Injury, Wells struggled to both express herself and be understood after returning from her service in Panama and Kuwait.

2020-12-15T14:54:23+00:00November 22nd, 2019|grants|

ALA Foundation grant helps veterans find refuge

Divide Camp is a place of refuge nestled in the Wallowa Mountains in Oregon. Each year, it hosts over 50 combat-wounded veterans, with the goal of providing hope and healing through encounters with nature and outdoor recreation.As the camp grows, more resources are needed. In 2018, the need for a permanent kitchen facility emerged –

2020-12-15T15:03:48+00:00October 31st, 2019|grants|

ALA Foundation grant allows community collaboration to benefit California veterans

The PIER Center in Long Beach, Calif., is a place made by veterans for veterans. PIER (Partnership in Effective Recovery) focuses on providing homeless veterans with basic needs so they can begin to rebuild their lives. The center hosts daily free lunches, provides access to showers and laundry facilities, and supports veterans through counseling. No

2020-12-15T15:07:27+00:00October 3rd, 2019|grants|

Kansas soldiers’ home offers more inclusive art therapy class using new technology funded by ALA Foundation grant

Many U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs medical centers across the country incorporate the creative arts as one form of rehabilitative treatment to help veterans recover from and cope with physical and emotional disabilities. When Paula Sellens became the American Legion Auxiliary Kansas District Eight president in 2016, she made expanding these programs her focus. Her

2020-12-15T15:09:17+00:00September 19th, 2019|grants|

Grant focused on branding benefits ALA mission in Colorado

Most American Legion Auxiliary members know that the ALA Girls State and ALA Girls Nation programs provide incredible leadership development skills for high school girls across the country. But due to a lack of branding, some ALA Girls State participants will go through the program and never know who funded their opportunity to learn and

2020-12-15T15:17:51+00:00August 1st, 2019|grants|

ALA Foundation grant upgrades living space for homeless veterans center in Ohio

Members of Palmer-Roberts American Legion Auxiliary Unit 214 have seen the lives of homeless veterans transformed at the Volunteers of America Veterans Resource Center in Cleveland. To make an additional impact, Unit 214 applied for an American Legion Auxiliary Foundation Veteran Projects Fund grant to transform the common room at the Veterans Resource Center, a

2020-12-15T15:19:35+00:00July 3rd, 2019|grants|

ALA Foundation grant offers comfort, convenience to residents at Kentucky veterans center

The Pennyroyal Veterans Center in Hopkinsville, Ky., is no stranger to American Legion Auxiliary Fort Campbell Unit 233. The unit has been volunteering at the center each month since the facility opened its doors in 2012. Jane McKnight, a 26-year member of Unit 233, heard about the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation’s Veteran Projects Fund at

2020-12-15T15:24:17+00:00June 6th, 2019|grants|

Texas veterans benefit from ALA Foundation grant

Members of the ALA Department of Texas; Dr. Karen Benson and her staff Dr. Karen Benson saw something unusual as she walked through the halls of Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center Community Living Center in Houston. The group of six or seven veterans that sits passively in this hallway every morning was engaged in

2020-12-15T15:36:16+00:00May 10th, 2019|grants|

ALA Foundation grant encourages veterans’ art in Missouri

Sylvia Jackson, Nancy Reeves, Dept Secretary, Cathie Goth, VA&R Chair and Brandi Creighton Art is powerful. It’s a universal language that can bring people together, excite emotion in its audience, and heal wounds in its creators. This power was particularly evident as a Pearl Harbor survivor painted a picture of the ship he once served

2020-12-15T15:38:53+00:00April 9th, 2019|grants|

ALA Foundation grant helps show appreciation to veterans during Syracuse Veterans Creative Arts Festival

During the annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival in Syracuse, New York, dozens of veterans had the opportunity to display their music, drama, and creative writing talents before an audience at the Syracuse VA Medical Center. Thanks to a $1,500 Veterans Creative Arts Festival grant from the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation, veterans taking part in the

2020-12-15T16:06:00+00:00December 6th, 2018|grants|
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