VETERANS AFFAIRS AND REHABILITATION
A founding purpose of the American Legion Auxiliary is the care and rehabilitation of veterans. Since our inception in 1919 the women of The Auxiliary have contributed valuable volunteer hours that reflect our commitment to veteran and their families. The Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation(VA&R) program goal is the complete restoration of the veteran and his or her family to normal function and adjustment, physically, mentally, socially, and vocationally for the fullest possible life, compatible with his abilities and disabilities.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Become a VAVS (Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service) Volunteer. Volunteers assist patients by augmenting staff at Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) or Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) Volunteers must complete an interview and orientation prescribed by the medical facility, background checks, and special training may be required for some positions. Volunteers are assigned positions based on the facilities needs and availability.
The types of volunteer opportunities include: Shuttle Drivers, Patient Escorts, Assist Patients with Writing or Reading Letters, Craft Assistants, Visit Patients, Deliver Books to Patients, File Clerks, Information Desk, Answer Phones, Supply recreation activities bingo, movies, board games, and cards
Service to Veterans support veterans within your communities and partner with other organizations to provide services
“Look Within First” Auxiliary members are encouraged to start with your own post home. Many of the Legionnaires within your Post Legion family require assistance; we are more than a social club but an extended family for former servicemen and women.
Assist Homeless Veterans: Volunteer at Delaware Veterans Stand Down hundreds of veterans attend and receive services. The mission of the Veteran’s Stand Down is to assist veterans in gaining independence and self-sufficiency through access to information and services that they may not be able to obtain on their own. Homeless veterans are bought to a single location for a day to receive access to health screenings, VA eligibility and benefit information, legal services, job counseling, hot meals, haircuts, and clothing. The Stand Down organizers in addition to volunteers, seek donations and supplies for the event.
Transitional Housing: raise funds and supplies to help Homeless Veterans transitioning to permanent housing. Organizations provide shelter and supportive services to guide homeless veterans toward independent living outside of the shelter. Monetary and supply donations are continuous needed to assistance the resident’s and support the operational needs of the facilities.
Veterans Creative Arts Festival is Rehabilitation and Healing of Veterans through the Arts. Veterans at local VAMC or outpatient clinic participate in painting, sculpting, drawing, creative writing, dance, drama and music as a form of therapy. Thousands of veterans enter competitions at these facilities; some are invited to participate in The National Veterans Creative Arts Festival which was created to spotlight the achievements of veterans. The American Legion Auxiliary is a presenting co-sponsor of the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival you can support the festival with a donation at www.alaforveterans.org
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