Service Not Self



Founded in 1919 during the first National Convention of the American Legion, we have grown to be the largest women’s patriotic service organization in the world. We are passionate about making a difference, answering the call of Service, Not Self.  You will find us is more than 9,500 local communities and in the USA and in 11 foreign countries.


The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) members and volunteers step up to advance our mission of service to veterans, military, and their families.  Our annual volunteer service is worth nearly $2 Billion.


Making our communities better places in which to live is another core value put into action by ALA members every day across the country.  Whether hosting a stand down to bringing vital health and support services to homeless veterans, or coordinating a send-off or welcome-home event for a deployed military unit, ALA members and volunteers are continuously at work in their communities, demonstrating the compassion and heart we have for those who serve our country and protect our freedoms.

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About the American Legion Auxiliary

Who Are We? Since 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary members have selflessly served to help veterans and their communities, promoting “Service not Self”. Each member recites the Preamble at each meeting to renew their pledge to service. As a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, you have the opportunity and the means to show your gratitude to the veterans who served our Country and their families in their time of need. Many United States veterans paid a very high price to retain the freedoms that we take for granted. The American Legion Auxiliary makes sure that they are remembered. The Auxiliary not only supports members of the American Legion, it is also a major source of volunteers working on behalf of veterans residing in Veterans Administration hospitals. Auxiliary members also contribute a great deal of time, effort and money to programs to help our veterans, our community and especially children. The feeling of satisfaction you receive from helping someone else cannot be measured. While contributing to your community and its veterans is the main reason that the American Legion Auxiliary exists, there are also practical benefits that you receive as a member. American Legion Auxiliary Membership Eligibility The mother, wife, sister, daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter or grandmother of a current member of The American Legion. A female veteran who served during any of the conflicts listed below. A member of The American Legion. (Yes, women veterans can join both!) The mother, wife, sister, daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter or grandmother of a deceased veteran who served during any of the conflicts listed below.

(Eligibility also applies to step-relatives) Eligibility Dates World War I: April 6, 1917 – November 11, 1918 World War II: December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946 Korean War: June 25, 1950 – January 31, 1955 Vietnam War: February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975 Grenada/Lebanon: August 24, 1982 – July 31, 1984 Panama: December 20, 1989 – January 31, 1990 Persian Gulf War: August 2, 1990 to the date of cessation of hostilities as determined by the Government of the United States.



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