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From generations of service to generations of support: Why Carlene Ashworth joined the Legacy Society

There were veterans in Carlene Ashworth’s family before she was born, and there will be veterans in her family long after she is gone. That’s why she recently decided to leave a planned gift to the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation. “If you are dedicated to who we are and what we do as an Auxiliary

2021-07-20T13:26:49+00:00Planned Giving|

ALA Foundation grant supports flagship Nebraska Veterans Creative Arts Festival, inspiring expansion and growth

Veteran Artist Michael Lentz Hosting a Veterans Creative Arts Festival (VCAF) is no small feat – and starting a festival in a new community is even more of a challenge. That’s why when members of the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Nebraska began their plans for their very first VCAF at the U.S.

2021-07-07T18:18:01+00:00grants, nvcaf|

American Legion Auxiliary Foundation helps member turn Thrivent dollars into donation for veteran camp

Karen Runk, a 13-year American Legion Auxiliary member and president of ALA Wisconsin Unit 245, always admired the work that her local American Legion post did with Camp American Legion – a place for veterans, military, and their families to come together in a safe and comfortable environment in Lake Tomahawk, Wis. Camp American Legion


The who, what, when, where, and why of American Legion Auxiliary Foundation grants

By now, you’ve probably heard that the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation has grants, but you might be wondering – who are they for, what can they be used for, when should I apply, and why do they exist? Who: ALA Foundation grants are for ALA entities – so your unit, district/county, or department can apply!


American Legion Auxiliary member turns Amazon purchases into veteran support

LuAnn McDonald grew up in what could only be described as a quintessential military family. Both of her grandfathers and her father served in the U.S. Army. Her grandmother served in the U.S. Marines. Two of her brothers served in the U.S. Navy. Then she started her own family, with a husband who served in


American Legion Auxiliary Foundation grant brings awareness to Ohio Unit 214’s mission

American Legion Auxiliary Ohio Unit 214, like so many units nationwide, works tirelessly to support veterans, military, and their families. But members knew they could be doing more to let their community know who is behind all of the programs and events they run. That’s why they applied for a Mission in Action grant from


American Legion Auxiliary Foundation and Illinois Unit 474 team up to help heroes from a distance

Members of American Legion Auxiliary Illinois Unit 474, along with many Auxiliary units across the country, were disappointed that their usual volunteer work was cut short in 2020 due to COVID-19 regulations. But having recently received a Veteran Projects Fund grant from the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation, the unit was determined to assist veterans during


Planned Giving: How Peggy Thomas answers the call and serves our nation’s heroes in need

Peggy Thomas, a Past National President and 39-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, has spent her entire life as a witness to the needs of veterans and military servicemembers. All seven of her brothers and her sister served in the military — three in the U.S. Air Force, two in the Marines, one in

2021-04-09T18:12:44+00:00Planned Giving|

Writing brings U.S. Vietnam Veteran out of addiction

Steve Banko had a plan for his life: Graduate high school, get a scholarship to play basketball in college, get a degree, be successful. In 1967, his plan was upended when he was selected for the draft. Six months later, he was sent to Vietnam. Steve served for almost the entirety of 1968 and was


Dance restores balance for U.S. Army Veteran

Dr. Vaneada “Vee” Harvey was the first African American forward-deployed satellite commander in the United States Army, where she served for over 20 years. “I didn’t really know I was making history at the time,” Vee said, “but I am very proud.” Despite her historic and exemplary service, Vee experienced extreme hardship upon her return

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