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ALA co-presents national veterans arts festival
The 2017 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival (NVCAF) will be held Oct. 23-29 in Buffalo, N.Y. Special guests this year include ALA National President Diane Duscheck, The American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, and Second Lady Karen Pence who is an ardent support of art therapy and the mother of a U.S. Marine. NVCAF, co-presented by the American Legion Auxiliary and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, recognizes the progress and recovery made through art therapy and raises the visibility of the creative achievements of our nation’s veterans after disease, disability, or life crisis. The weeklong event is attended by 120 talented gold medal-winning veterans from across the country. View this year’s first-place artwork here. Learn more about NVCAF and discover more ways to get involved here.

Help a veteran; donate air miles!
Veterans who are attending NVCAF for the first time are provided free airfare courtesy of Hero Miles, a program of Fisher House. Flights are made possible through frequent flyer mile donations made by individuals. More miles are needed! What a great way to serve the ALA mission by donating your extra frequent flyer miles to Hero Miles. It’s simple to do online. Hero Miles works with many airline companies: American, Alaska, Delta, Frontier, and United; just check the following link to learn how to donate miles. Help veterans get to NVCAF by donating those miles here.
Congress adopts American Legion U.S. coin bill
On Oct. 6, President Donald Trump signed into law House Resolution (H.R.) 2519, The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act, a bill that requires the U.S. Department of Treasury to mint and issue gold, silver, and half-dollar clad coins in celebration of the centennial of the Legion, for one year, beginning in January 2019. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives with 385 co-sponsors. Unique among U.S. Mint products, all surcharges received from the sale of The American Legion centennial coin will help raise money for Legion programs that support veterans, servicemembers, and their families, as well as commemorate important aspects of American history and culture. Congress only authorizes the minting of two new coins each year. Learn more.

ALA Mission Training: Your opportunity to learn new ideas, meet other members
Looking for fresh ideas on how to serve veterans, military, and their families? If yes, join us at a one-day ALA Mission Training event near you! You’ll be inspired while learning more about the ALA’s core programs in an interactive and fun environment, plus meet new ALA friends. Have ALA Junior members? A national Junior meeting will be held at the same time and location as ALA Mission Training. Bring your Juniors so they can learn more about the Auxiliary and how our youngest members also play key roles in mission delivery.

Registration is now open! Click here to register and for more information. Questions? Contact ALA National Headquarters’ Events Team at meetings@ALAforVeterans.org or (317) 569-4500.

Join us for one of these 2017-2018 ALA Mission Training and national Junior meetings dates:
Shreveport, La. – Oct. 28
Charlotte, N.C. – Jan. 20
Las Vegas, Nev. – Feb. 3

Help ALA members impacted by hurricanes, fires
As the catastrophic damage from recent hurricanes and wildfires are assessed, many are facing a very long recovery effort. American Legion Auxiliary members affected by these natural disasters desperately need our help.

ALA members selflessly serve veterans and military families in need. But when the need strikes home, the Auxiliary Emergency Fund (AEF) is available to grant ALA members temporary emergency assistance. Members helping members is what the AEF is all about. To help, . All donations are tax deductible. Every dollar helps. Log in here to apply for an AEF grant. The ALA is prepared to expedite the process of grant requests from Auxiliary members impacted by the recent hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters.

TAL national commander calls for unity
After recent protests during the National Anthem at national sporting events, The American Legion National Commander Denise H. Rohan commented on the politicization of what used to be a display of unity throughout the country. “The American Legion is one of the original architects of the U.S. Flag Code,” said Rohan, a U.S Army veteran. “That code was produced by 69 patriotic, fraternal, civic, and military organizations in 1923. … The code calls on all present to stand at attention while the anthem is played. It wasn’t political when it was written, and it shouldn’t be political today.” Read the full statement here.

ALA Foundation renews commitment to veterans
“Our facility needed new equipment for physical therapy for residents who served in wars from World War II to Vietnam, and we were unsure where to start,” said Deb Becker, who helps nearly 140 veteran residents at the Norfolk Veterans Home in Nebraska. “It wasn’t until I met the Auxiliary president of Nebraska and heard about the ALA Foundation that I knew they could help us achieve our goals. Through their donation, our veterans were able to get the additional equipment we needed to support their therapy.” As the ALA Foundation celebrates its 10th anniversary, the focus, now more than ever, is on working with local ALA units to identify the right veteran projects for the ALA Foundation to support. Read more.

#GivingTuesday 7 weeks away – every $ helps!
Advocate, participate, and donate to the ALA Foundation and be part of a tradition of generosity! On the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (Nov. 28 this year), right after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is #GivingTuesday – a national day of giving which started in 2012. Through widespread promotion, #GivingTuesday has generated over $72,000 for the ALA Foundation since 2015! All of the donations have helped veterans and military families through the ALA Foundation’s Veteran Projects Fund and the Mission Endowment Fund. Innovairre Communications has agreed once again to match donations given to the ALA Foundation up to $15,000 – allowing donors to make an even greater impact. Learn more.

DID YOU KNOW?
Congratulations to ALA Department of Puerto Rico! Despite terrible destruction from Hurricane Maria, the department let us know that they are safe and were able to recruit 30 new members into the American Legion Auxiliary!

Have you signed in to the Members Only area of the national website? The Members Only area of www.ALAforVeterans.org has thousands of resources available to members to help you serve and grow our mission. From being able to pay dues online to accessing each ALA Programs Action Plan to marketing resources to Impact Report Forms to ALA Academy to information on the ALA 5-Year Centennial Strategic Plan, the Members Only area has something for every member, unit, district, and department to better help you work our mission. Discover new ideas and more – today!

Shop AmazonSmile – support the ALA Foundation: Super easy!
Do you buy things online at Amazon? Simply by signing up for free through Amazon’s “give-back-to-charity” link, every purchase you make results in a donation to the ALA Foundation! Take just 10 seconds to sign in to Amazon through this special AmazonSmile link, select the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation, and every purchase you make will generate a 0.5 percent donation to the ALA Foundation. No added cost to you. No added fee. No catch. Just log in to your Amazon account through the link, and you’re now supporting the ALA. Nothing could be easier!

Share your posts and photos with us on social media @ALAforVeterans. ALA social media hashtags:
#LegionFamily Share posts, tweets, and photos of your Legion Family volunteering in branded attire
#AmericanLegionAuxiliary Share Facebook posts, tweets, and photos of anything and everything related to the ALA
#MyAuxiliaryMagazine Post a photo of yourself reading the latest Auxiliary magazine
#ALARockStars Share Facebook posts, tweets, and photos of ALA members working the mission
October 2017
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Click here to stay updated with October reports and timely articles from these ALA national committees, programs, and activities:

ALA Centennial Strategic Plan
Americanism
Auxiliary Emergency Fund
Community Service
Education
Leadership
Legislative
Membership
National Security
Poppy
Public Relations
Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation

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Where does your department stand in Auxiliary membership? Click here to log in and view the latest reports.

On the ALA blog:
American Legion Auxiliary remains committed to The American Legion Family
Remembering our POW/MIAs
American Legion Auxiliary Foundation Grant Helps Bring Favorite Music to Veterans’ Ears

New blog posts are uploaded regularly – check it out now!


The ALA supports the legislative agenda of The American Legion with elected officials at all levels of government (local, state, national). Get involved.

Celebrate our upcoming 100th anniversary with these centennial items!
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