Children & Youth
Through the Children and Youth program the American Legion Auxiliary protects, cares for and supports children and youth, particularly those of veterans and military families.
Children are educated on the history of the United States from the aspect of patriotism, Americanism and the US Constitution through “Star Spangled Kids.”
Children of active duty service members are supported through “Kids are Hero’s 2” and Josh Dogs.
Children are given special awards for performing good deeds and being youth heroes.
To preserve the integrity of the family home.
To maintain a “whole” child program, with due regard for ALL needs of children physical, spiritual, emotional and educational.
To cooperate with and strengthen other organizations and agencies for children. (Avoiding duplication of existing programs)
METHODS OF OPERATION
Direct cash, assistance and service, primarily to individual children or families of veterans.
Education of the membership and the general public on the needs of children and recommended ways of meeting those needs.
Support of needed federal legislation for children in accordance with resolutions adopted by, National Convention, National Executive Committee of The American Legion; of state legislation in accordance with resolutions adopted by the Department Convention, or Department Executive Committee, along with local ordinances in accordance with resolutions adopted by the local American Legion Post or Posts.
DIRECT AID AND SERVICE TO CHILDREN OF VETERANS
Much of the Children and Youth work of the Unit will be concerned with helping, or getting help for individual families of veterans who are in need. It has never been the intention of the Children and Youth Program that an Auxiliary Unit should take over full, and continuing responsibility for the financial support of dependent families.
APRIL IS CHILDREN & YOUTH MONTH
During this time, The American Legion Family emphasizes its commitment to our nation’s children.