June 2019 eNews & eBulletin
Flag Day is June 14 
A symbol of our freedom! Join The American Legion Family in proudly flying the flag of the United States of America on Flag Day this Friday, June 14. ALA units and Legion posts across the country will also conduct proper flag-collection and retirement ceremonies, host flag education sessions, and encourage all Americans to fly the U.S. flag day this day and throughout the year.
ALA Unit Guide Book : Available for purchase from American Legion Flag & Emblem Sales
The newly revised American Legion Auxiliary Unit Guide Book is now available for purchase from American Legion Flag & Emblem Sales. Follow this link to order. A downloadable version is also available on the American Legion Auxiliary website. To access the  ALA Unit Guide Book  online, members will need to use their membership ID number to create a username and password to access the Members Only section of the national website at  www.ALAforVeterans.org .

The newly revised ALA Unit Guide Book provides information, direction to desired information, and guidance to unit members about the history, mission, programs, membership eligibility, customs, and operations of an American Legion Auxiliary unit, the community-level organization of the Auxiliary. 
ALA In the Know eBulletin
Click here to stay updated with June reports and timely articles from ALA national committees, programs, and activities: 100th Anniversary Committee, ALA Girls Nation, Americanism, Community Service, Education, Membership, Poppy, Public Relations, Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation
Thank you for participating in National Poppy Day®
Thank you to our American Legion Family members who distributed poppies in their communities in May! Your commitment helped spread the importance of honoring the fallen and supporting the living who have worn our nation’s uniform. If you have questions on how poppy funds can be spent, read this blog
Poppies spotted on television
The National Headquarters of both The American Legion and ALA were proud to see Legion Family poppies on two Indianapolis television stations. Anchors on the Sunrise broadcast of WTHR-TV, an NBC affiliate (pictured), wore different versions of the poppy to show support. Later that day, during the annual broadcast of the 500 Festival Memorial Service on WISH-TV, the anchor, along with dignitaries, 500 Festival Princesses, Legion Family members, and others in attendance wore our traditional crepe paper poppies. Thank you for your support! 
Help military children pursue their education dreams
Make a positive impact on the lives of our young people by donating to the ALA Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship Fund! It’s important to acknowledge the sacrifices made by our servicemembers, as well as the sacrifices made by their children. Providing funds to assist these children in following their dreams shows how much we care. Plus, supporting higher education is an investment in the future of our nation.  Click here  to give to the Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship Fund today. 
Scholarship winners announced for 2018-2019
The 2018-2019 American Legion Auxiliary scholarship recipients have been announced for the Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship, the Spirit of Youth Scholarship, and the Non-traditional Student Scholarship. Congratulations to all winners! Click here for a full list of recipients.
Disability benefits now available for Blue Water Vietnam Navy veterans
About 90,000 Blue Water Navy veterans will now get disability benefits. The Department of Justice has dropped its appeal of the federal court decision in Procopio vs. Wilkie. This ruling reverses the Veterans Affairs policy that denies disability benefits to Navy veterans who served on ships off the coast of Vietnam. Veterans who served between 1962 and 1975 are presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange. The Agent Orange Act of 1991 applied only to veterans who served on land, not the Navy veterans who served on ships off the coast of Vietnam. 
DID YOU KNOW?
The American Legion Auxiliary’s 99th National Convention will be held Aug. 23-29 in Indianapolis . 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. While in Indianapolis, we invite you to tour ALA National Headquarters!
 
ALA Girls Nation is coming up in July . 100 high school girls will be in Washington, D.C. for the 73rd ALA Girls Nation. You can follow ALA Girls Nation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Just search for @ALAGirlsNation.

The American Legion Auxiliary has more than a dozen Facebook groups dedicated to our national ALA programs! These closed groups are dedicated spaces where ALA members can share updates, photos, and messages with other members who share common interests in the Auxiliary’s national programs. If you are looking for insight on how to run a program, interested in learning more about what other units and departments do to reach veterans, or simply want to connect with ALA members around the world, join one of our many ALA Facebook groups. 

Celebrate a century of service by ordering an American Legion commemorative coin.  The American Legion centennial commemorative coin collection, available from the U.S. Mint, includes three coins – a silver dollar, a gold coin, and a half dollar. All surcharges received from the coins will support The American Legion’s services and programs. Follow this link for pricing information and to order.   
 
Are YOU helping the ALA Foundation by using AmazonSmile?  Through Amazon’s charitable program, AmazonSmile, you can support the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation while knocking out some of your everyday shopping! And it doesn’t take much effort. Simply sign in to Amazon through  this special link , select the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation, and just like that, Amazon donates 0.5 percent of every purchase you make to the ALA Foundation.

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ALA Membership
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ALA Centennial
It's time to get your ALA centennial celebration items!

The American Legion Legislative Alerts
The ALA supports the legislative agenda of The American Legion.
Do you know about these member benefits?
Abenity Discount Program
Members receive discounts for amusement parks, hotels, movie tickets, restaurants, concert tickets, and retail stores. Plus, it's FREE to sign up and use the mobile app. 

Careington Discount Dental Plan
Enroll and save 20-50% on most dental procedures at participating dentists. Change providers at any time with no processing fee. All for a low monthly cost for the whole family! 
USAA
USAA membership offers exclusive benefits, products, and discounts for U.S. military members and their eligible family members.
Learn more about all our member benefits at: https://www.alaforveterans.org/Resources/Member-Benefits/
ALA Mission & Vision
Mission Statement
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.

Vision Statement
The vision of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion while becoming the premier service organization and foundation of every community providing support for our veterans, our military, and their families by shaping a positive future in an atmosphere of fellowship, patriotism, peace and security.