Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary’s mission is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad.
Since the ALA's inception on Nov. 10, 1919, Auxiliary members and nonmember volunteers have been tirelessly carrying out the ALA's commitment as a patriotic service organization whose mission would be to advocate for, help, and honor United States military, veterans, and their families, and support The American Legion.
For God and country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.
Eligibility Requirements for ALA Membership:
Membership in The American Legion Auxiliary shall be limited to the:
(1) grandmothers, mothers, sisters, spouses, and direct and adopted female descendants of members of The American Legion; and
(2) grandmothers, mothers, sisters, spouses (including husbands of female veterans), and direct and adopted female descendants of all men and women who served in either of the following periods: April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918 and any time after December 7, 1941 who, being a citizen of the United States at the time of their entry therein served on active duty in the Armed Forces of any of the governments associated with the United States during either eligibility periods and died in the line of duty or after honorable discharge;
(3) grandmothers, mothers, sisters, spouses, and direct and adopted female descendants of all men and women who were in the Armed Forces of the United States during either of the following periods: April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918; and any time after December 7, 1941 who served on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States during either eligibility periods and died in the line of duty or after honorable discharge; and
(4) to those women who of their own right are eligible for membership in The American Legion.*
* A woman who is eligible for American Legion membership is eligible to join the American Legion Auxiliary regardless of whether or not she is a member of The American Legion. However, eligibility of her female relatives (sister, mother, direct descendants) and/or spouse depends upon her membership in The American Legion.
Proof of Membership Eligibility:
If the person who provides your eligibility is living, they must be a current member of The American Legion and eligibility documentation is likely not necessary; however you do need to provide his or her American Legion member ID number and Post information on your application.
If the person who provides your eligibility is deceased, acceptable eligibility documents include:
a. DD-214 Discharge Papers (not issued until after the Korean War)
b. Official Military Orders
c. Official Military Service Citations/Awards
d. Letters related to the veteran’s military service. Must be on official government letterhead
e. Certificate from the VA records center in St. Louis
f. Data from the back of older discharges
*DD-214 Discharge Papers can be requested online by visiting www.archives.gov
Obtain your proof of eligibility, head to the post to fill out an application, join online at https://www.alaforveterans.org/joining/ or send your application (found on the same webpage), proof of eligibility & a check/money order for adult dues $33 &/or Junior dues of $5.50 to:
ALA Unit 34 Membership Chair
c/o Melissa Clawson
1469 E. 52nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Terri Lee Dart
WHY VETERANS? BECAUSE NO HERO SHOULD EVER BE HOMELESS
One out of three homeless male sleeping on the street is an HONORABLY discharged veteran! HVAF of Indiana houses, supports, and advocates for all veterans and their families to help them achieve the best possible quality of life. HVAF helps homeless and at-risk veterans return to self-sufficiency by providing 13 housing properties across Indianapolis, employment specialist to help veterans hold employment, a food pantry & outreach in the community daily.
Learn more at https://www.hvafofindiana.org/our-mission/.
DONOR IMPACT REPORT 2019/2020
Transparency & Accountability
64,679 services provided to veterans.
2,891 veterans and their families served.
796 veterans moved into permanent housing.
In 1993, our very own Unit 34 Queen of Veteran Advocacy, Louise Loyd
was retiring as President of the Indiana American Legion Auxiliary. She received a call from the Auxiliary National President, Linda Boone about wanting to start a chapter of the Far From Home Foundation - an organization that helped
homeless veterans - in Indiana.
"Linda said, 'there are so many homeless veterans in Indianapolis - will you help me?'" Louise said she responded, "I said I'll help if I can... and it just went from there." The name would later change to Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation in 1997 & in 2018 it changed to Helping Veterans And Families.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO CONTINUE THE MISSION. DOANATION NEEDS:
Pantry Non Perishable Foods
Canned Fruit and Soups
Pasta and Pasta Sauce
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Boxers and Briefs
Shampoo & Conditioner
DONATE AT THE POST, CASH DONATION BOX ALSO AVAILABLE
PLEASE WATCH LOUISE LOYD TALK ABOUT THE HVAF HISTORY:
LEARN MORE ABOUT HVAF HERE: https://www.hvafofindiana.org/our-story/
ALA GIRLS STATE
Female high school students who have completed their junior year are competitively selected and sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary units for this program, where they learn about the political process by electing officials for all levels of state government and actively running a mock government. The girls are assigned to mock cities and either the “Federalist Party” or “Nationalist Party.”
Assistance from dedicated ALA volunteers ensures the program’s nonpartisan governmental, patriotic, and civic objectives are carried out through interactive learning. Though the week is filled with many learning opportunities, there is always time for fun and the formation of long-term friendships.
Candidates should be keenly interested in government and current events, and show strong leadership abilities. Because the structure of state and local government varies, ALA Girls State programs may vary in content and method of procedure, but each adheres to the same basic core values.
ALA Girls State delegates are a diverse group of young women with a shared desire to learn and lead. ALA Girls State “citizens” come together from small towns, big cities, and rural areas to hold ALA Girls State elections, and their varied backgrounds set the stage for a week of spirited, experiential learning.
Eligible female students are then recommended and selected by sponsoring American Legion Auxiliary units. Each ALA unit determines the process they will use to select the delegates for their state. The number of ALA Girls State citizens varies by state and is determined by each state’s American Legion Auxiliary resources.
The ALA Unit 34 sponsors the registration fees for three eligible students per year, 2021 it is $300.00 per student to attend. These ALA Hoosier Girls State delegates’ pay a non-refundable $35 application fee with their application.
Other than this non-refundable fee participating young women will incur nominal expenses for transportation, site-specific fees, or contribution to an optional service project. ALA units work with local high school educators to identify girls who have demonstrated leadership qualities.
HOW TO APPLY
Hoosier female high school juniors interested in applying to attend ALA Hoosier Girls State are encouraged to contact either their school counselor or the ALA Unit 34 at Secretary.Unit34@outlook.com
LEARN MORE HERE: https://www.aladeptin.org/ala-hoosier-girls-state1.html
Operation Angel Wing is a non-profit organization that works as a liaison specifically targeting the individual needs of American veterans/first responders and their families suffering from the devastating effects of Post-Traumatic Stress as a direct result of their service. Operation Angel Wing is dedicated to aiding and assisting our service men and women in whatever capacity needed as a single or family unit.
Post-Traumatic Stress is commonly defined as a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — by either experiencing it or witnessing it. We treat PTS as an injury…not a mental illness.
Post-Traumatic Stress should be considered contagious. The veteran/first responder is not the only one suffering, their family and loved ones are helplessly suffering as well. No veteran wants to struggle with PTS and no veteran wants to see their families suffer.
Let us help you understand what is happening and let us help guide you to necessary interventions at NO COST to you.
Successful re-acclimation of military personnel suffering from PTS will require every available resource civilian and military. The first line defense for the struggling veteran/first responder is family, most of the devastating symptoms of PTS will manifest in the family home.
THE EFFECTS PTS
The most recent statistics show that the loss of veteran lives due to suicide has not changed, and in fact is climbing. Even more alarming is that 14 of the 22-25 daily suicides went undiagnosed and without necessary treatment or intervention. Recent studies by the D.O.D tell us that 90% of all veterans diagnosed with PTS admitted to some type of violence within the family unit.
• Severe anxiety
• Unsociable behaviors
• Displaced anger
• Survivors guilt
• Depression and feelings of helplessness
• Night terrors
“This is a national public health
issue and requires a concentrated
— DR. David Shulken, U.S Vet Administration
“ONE VICTORY AT A TIME”
If you are a suffering veteran or first responder in need and you would like to have the OPAW team get involved and provide help at no cost to you or your family, please contact us. If you are a family member or friend of a veteran who is suffering and you would like to nominate them, please contact us.