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Hurry! Apply by June 30 for a
$1,000 ALA 9/11 service project grant
The American Legion Auxiliary will award up to 50 grants of $1,000 each to American Legion Family entities or organizations working with the ALA across the nation to conduct September 11 Day of Service projects and remembrance activities. The September 11 service projects must benefit veterans, military, and their families and engage ALA and community volunteers. The application process is simple and easy to navigate – it doesn’t get much easier to ask for $1,000! Applications must be submitted by June 30, 2017. Funding for this very limited ALA grant program is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Learn more about this exciting opportunity, including application, rules, and restrictions, here.
Encourage others to fly Old Glory on Flag Day
Join The American Legion Family in proudly flying Old Glory on Flag Day, June 14! ALA units and Legion posts across the country will conduct proper flag-collection and retirement ceremonies, host flag education sessions, and encourage Americans to fly the U.S. flag throughout the year. Click here to watch how one ALA unit in Montana promotes Americanism with their “Flags on Main Street” project. Did you know: American Legion Flag & Emblem Sales sells 1.2 million American flags each year! Need one? Visit the Emblem Sales website to purchase quality flags made in America.

25 students earn ALA national scholarships
Congratulations to the 2016-2017 American Legion Auxiliary national scholarship recipients! Together, American Legion Auxiliary members helped 25 students get a head start on their future with a total value of $110,000! Click here to view the Spirit of Youth, Non-Traditional Student, and Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship winners.

Legion Family commemorates inaugural
National Poppy Day
ALA NHQ distributing poppies
Thank you to all American Legion Family members who helped bring attention to the symbolism behind the red poppy on May 26, the first National Poppy Day! ALA members were out in full force distributing poppies in exchange for donations throughout the nation last month, with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to assist veterans in our communities. On social media, American Legion Family and friends blanketed and by sharing a poppy over 4,600 times and reaching more than 200,000 people! Remember: National Poppy Day is the Friday before Memorial Day each year – be on the lookout for resources you can use to plan and prepare for your events next year. Learn more.

Donate your unused airline miles – help veterans
Hero Miles, a program of Fisher House, provides free air travel to veterans participating in the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival (NVCAF). They need more miles donated! 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 provides round-trip airline tickets to wounded and ill servicemembers and their families undergoing treatment at a military or VA medical center; or veterans who are attending an authorized event such as NVCAF. Flights are made possible through frequent flyer mile donations made by individuals. Hero Miles works with certain airline companies: American, Alaska, Delta, Frontier, and United; just check the link below for how to donate miles. The Hero Miles Program is administered by the Fisher House Foundation in partnership with the Department of Defense. Donate those miles .

ALA Academy offers training for all members
The ALA Academy is officially open for e-learning! The first training courses, ALA 101 and Communications 201, are ready for members to access and learn more about the American Legion Auxiliary and how to better serve our mission of helping veterans, military, and their families. All ALA Academy courses are designed to help you learn the information, share it with others, practice new skills, and make those new skills a habit. Whether you’re new to the ALA or have been a member for many years, gaining more knowledge about the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization will enable you to reach more veterans and better serve our mission. Learn more about the ALA Academy and get started today here.

Let’s Grow: New members can join the ALA online!
Joining the American Legion Auxiliary is now easier than ever – apply and pay online by credit card! Eligible new members can now join the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization with just a few clicks on our ALA national website. And remember, current members can pay their dues online. Help us enhance our membership strength by signing up new members online today! Join here.

Back in stock to purchase at Emblem Sales – Indivisible: The Story of Our Flag
The American Legion Family’s tribute to Old Glory explores the meaning of the United States flag, the price paid for all it symbolizes, and the special place it occupies in our culture and conscience. Indivisible: The Story of Our Flag, a beautifully illustrated collectible book, tells the story of the U.S. flag from the American Revolution to the global war on terrorism and includes unique facts, historical anecdotes, and more. Order your copy today!

ALA 97th National Convention details coming soon – The American Legion Auxiliary is heading to Reno, Nev., Aug. 18-24 for our largest national event – the 97th National Convention! Attendee information such as delegate deadlines, agenda, resolutions, hotel locations, and more is being finalized, but check the national website regularly for more information as documents and downloads are updated frequently.

Use AmazonSmile to support the ALA Foundation when you shop online! 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 generates 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:
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#LegionFamily Share posts, tweets, and photos promoting your Legion Family volunteering in branded attire
June 2017
In The Know eBulletin:
in the know ebulletin
Click here to stay updated with June reports and timely articles from these ALA national committees, programs, and activities:

Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation
ALA Girls Nation
Auxiliary Emergency Fund
Community Service

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

On the ALA blog:
Students benefit from extraordinary gifts — veterans bring history to life
Military caregivers discuss what works for them
Identifying a military caregiver (this could be you)

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 100th anniversary with these centennial items!
centennial items

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