SERVING THOSE WHO SERVE OUR COUNTRY
American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Delaware members volunteer countless hours, donate and raise funds to enhance the lives of veterans, active duty military and their families and make a difference in our communities across the state of Delaware. Auxiliary women from all walks of life are committed to honoring our veterans and active duty military, caring for them and their families, promoting patriotism and educating children and adults on the responsibilities of citizenship and leadership.
- Support and Advocacy for Veterans/Active Duty Military
- Youth Development
- Family and Community Support
Support & Advocacy Veterans/Military
The Red Poppy is the widely recognized symbol of the sacrifice made by veterans to protect our freedom and is worn by Auxiliary members to raise awareness and honor the men and women who served and died for this country in all wars. Each year especially around Memorial Day, Auxiliary members and volunteers distributed thousands of bright red crepe paper poppies in exchange for contributions used exclusively to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans. We shared “The Poppy Story” and how the poppy became the official flower!
Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Program
The Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Program provides service and financial assistance to veterans and their families. Auxiliary members provide emotional support and cheerful companionship while attending to the hospitalized, handicapped and homebound veterans’ physical comforts. Auxiliary members volunteer and donate monies to host holiday parties and outings, offer transportation to medical and other appointments, and provide food, supplies and clothing. Auxiliary members are regular volunteers at the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) through the VA Voluntary Service, one of the largest centralized volunteer programs in the Federal government designed to provide supplemental support for veterans at medical centers.
The American Legion Auxiliary supports the legislative priorities adopted by The American Legion; we are advocates for veterans, active duty military and their families. Auxiliary members are encouraged to stay informed and contact their legislative representatives about issues, which concern veterans, current service members and their families.
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The National Security Program maintains a strong national defense by strengthening and supporting military service members and their families. Auxiliary members accomplish this by supporting the emotional and social needs of active, reserve and transitioning military service members and their families. Auxiliary member send care packages to America’s armed forces deployed around the world, clip coupons and send them to overseas commissaries and assist communities during natural disasters.
Girls State/Girls Nation
Two girls are selected from each Girls State program to attend Girls Nation, a national government training program. Girls Nation “senators” meet for a week in Washington, D.C., where they run for political office, campaign for the passage of legislation and meet with State Representatives and Senators. Capping off the week of Girls Nation is a meeting with the President of the United States at the White House.
The Junior Activities Program is membership for girls under the age of 18. The purpose is to prepare young women for active adult membership. Junior activities instill the ideals of the organization and are an important step in the transition from childhood to responsible adulthood. At age 18, junior members are automatically eligible for full, active membership.
Children & Youth
The Auxiliary’s Children and Youth Program emphasizes protecting, caring for and supporting children and youth, focusing on those of veterans and active duty military. Auxiliary units participate in several programs, such as Star Spangled Kids which educates children on the history of the United States from the aspect of patriotism; Delaware children learn how to fold the American Flag and the meaning of each fold. The Good Deed program recognizes a Delaware youth for outstanding community service. This year a youth was acknowledged for starting their own non-profit to assist other children during hospital stays.
Family & Community Support
The Americanism Program promotes patriotism and responsible citizenship and strives to uphold the ideals and principles of democracy. Auxiliary members work within their communities to educate others on how to respect the flag, encourage citizens to vote and promote participation in Auxiliary initiatives like the essay contest and pocket flag program.
⦁ The Americanism Essay Contest is for students 3-12 years old with awards for every age group and with a different patriotic theme each year.
⦁ The Pocket Flag Program allows children and adults to learn about citizenship and the U.S. flag. Volunteers fold and package flags.
Community Service Program
The Community Service Program’s purpose is to build awareness of the American Legion Auxiliary’s mission by mobilizing in our communities to support veterans, active duty service members and their families.
Auxiliary members participate in “stand downs” which were started in 1988 by two Vietnam veterans. A stand down is a military term for a combat unit’s time to rest and recover while at war. Stand downs bring a multitude of services for homeless veterans including food, shelter, clothing, health screening, and job counseling and referral services to a central location.
Auxiliary unit members partner with other organizations such as the American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Clubs, Delaware Food Bank, Home of the Brave, police and fire stations, and nursing and veterans’ homes, donating supplies, hosting holiday parties for needy children and other activities to positively impact the lives of the residents in the state of Delaware.
The Education Program promotes quality education for children and adults, with a focus on the children of our military. Auxiliary members are active with program initiatives that enhance respect for veterans, promote teacher appreciation, award state-level scholarships, and promote national scholarship information.
⦁ Veterans in Community Schools brings a veteran into the local school to speak about their experiences in the military.
⦁ “Give 10 to Education” promotes the collection of school supplies for local schools in increments of 10.
Students participate in classroom activities including flag etiquette education, making project flags for the troops and “Holiday Mail for Heroes,” providing handmade Christmas and Valentine’s Day cards for our troops overseas.
Learn about American Legion National Scholarships