Jeri Greenwell has spent the past 53 years serving veterans, military, and their families through her membership with the American Legion Auxiliary.
“Being the daughter of two Marines, it was instilled in me the importance of honoring the service of our military, its veterans, and their families for their many sacrifices, exemplary courage, honor, and dignity,” Jeri said.
She found that volunteering with the Auxiliary was a wonderful way to give back. Over the years, she has loved doing hands-on work in her unit – packing and sending treats to troops abroad, helping veterans reach their full potential through the Veterans No Boundaries program, and working with military children through a local Operation: Military Kids program.
Her dedication was evident, and eventually she found herself aspiring to serve on the national ALA level, including the office of national chaplain. She currently serves as chairman of the national Audit Committee. The positions have helped her learn and grow professionally, as well as personally.
“The American Legion Auxiliary has given me so much over the years,” Jeri said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed each opportunity that has presented itself.”
Her devotion to veterans and her gratitude toward the Auxiliary led her to one logical decision – to write a financial gift to the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation in her will.
Jeri attested that the process was simple; she just had to state her intentions in her will, and then she let the organization know.
“I really feel that you should devote all of your passion and support to the program that best reflects your values,” Jeri said. “The ALA certainly does that.”
Though service through volunteer work is the easiest and most obvious way to support veterans, Jeri knows financial support is paramount to keeping the programs she holds near and dear going. Her hope is that fellow members hear all the good the ALA Foundation does and donate in any way they can.
“In order for the ALA Foundation to be able to continue to provide grants for the programs we support, we all need to understand that the Foundation needs help too,” Jeri said.
Jeri’s planned gift is a way to ensure these programs can continue, even after her volunteer work is done. Her No. 1 motivation has always been to give veterans the recognition, help, and care they deserve.
“We owe each of them the highest regard, respect, and honor — and the assurance that their commitment will never be forgotten,” Jeri said.
“I certainly would encourage all members, if they are not already doing so, to consider making a donation whether it be a one-time, monthly, or legacy gift. By doing so, they will help our organization honor those who fought, for those who gave their life, and for those who willingly stand ready today to do the same, without question, when the defense of freedom calls on them.”
You can join Jeri in upholding the values of the American Legion Auxiliary for future generations by starting a planned gift. Learn how at www.ALAforVeterans.org/Planned-Giving/.