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Submitted by Elsie Obermueller President of St. Croix County council Dept. of Wi. American Legion Auxiliary and Matson-Miller ALA Unit #330 Wilson, Wi. President
On Nov. 10, 1919 The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) was formed as an affiliate of The American Legion.
For 100 years, the ALA has supported America’s veterans, servicemembers, and their families – putting service before self. ALA members volunteer millions of hours annually, with a value averaging $1.1 billion each year on supporting veterans, military, and their families and community projects.
As The ALA begins a new century of service to veterans, servicemembers, their families and the community there are two major changes for eligibility The ALA. The LEGION ACT (Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service Act) redefines The America Legion membership eligibility, sending it back to December 7, 1941, until when the United States is no longer at war, as determined by congress. Now ALA can recruit the same eligible descendants for membership. The other change is due to the increase of women joining the military, The American Legion voted to change the eligibility requirements for membership in The ALA shall be limited to the grandmothers, mothers, sisters, spouses, and direct and adopted female descendants of all men and women who are eligible to join The American Legion. Now male spouses of our veterans can also be members of our amazing organization. Mission Statement of ALA: In the spirit of Service Not Self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security. What better way to honor your loved one’s military service by joining The ALA. St. Croix county has 9 American Legion Posts: # 50 Hudson, # 80 New Richmond, #111 Somerset, #168 Glenwood City, #240 Baldwin, #301 Woodville, #330 Wilson, #404 Emerald, and #432 Hammond and 7 American Legion Auxiliary Units please feel free to contact one of them or www.ALAforVeterans.org or 715-772-3118 for more information.
Thank you to all our Veterans, as we celebrate Veterans Day to honor your sacrifices.