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Ladies VFW Auxiliary
Auxiliary VFW was founded in 1914 to help veterans
and their families. At the dawn of this new Millennium,
that is still the primary goal of the organization.
We have achieved our own unique identity while working
side-by-side with the veterans who belong to VFW.
VFW, the Auxiliary's interests have broadened to encompass
the entire community. The Auxiliary embodies the spirit
of America that has prevailed through war and peace.
It is solidly behind America today as it was when it
was founded. The Ladies Auxiliary is an integral part
of the VFW and supports a host of programs which pursue
issues of national importance to veterans. These programs
are designed to preserve veterans rights, advocate
a strong national defense, promote patriotism and offer
Auxiliary also has conceived and implemented hundreds
of its own volunteer programs to help veterans, their
spouses, their children, schools and local communities.
the Ladies Auxiliary is involved in a wide range of
activities. The Auxiliary has programs for veterans,
their families, young people and the community at large.
Many programs have been expanded and now are commonly
accepted institutions within the community and nation.
Although these programs are run locally, they are also
a part of a larger nationwide effort, administered
through the Ladies Auxiliary National Headquarters.
So deeply ingrained are such programs that the subtle
guiding hand of the Ladies Auxiliary is often not seen
to support the VFW and its causes, the Ladies Auxiliary
has developed a social conscience of its own. With
the paramount goal of helping families in distress,
its members perform community service, fund cancer
research, fight drug abuse and illiteracy, advocate
for the rights of the elderly, and support the VFW
National Home, Special Olympics, and other worthy causes.
Ladies Auxiliary is a fraternal, patriotic, historical
and educational affiliate of one of the Posts of
the VFW. It's objectives are:
- Provide assistance
to the VFW Post and its members whenever possible
- Provide assistance
to the Ladies Auxiliary members whenever possible
- Maintain true allegiance
to the Government of the United States of America
- Maintain fidelity
to the Constitution and Laws of the United States
- Foster true Patriotism
- Maintain and extend
the Institutions of American Freedom, Equal Rights
and Justice to all men and women
- Preserve and Defend
the United States of America from all her enemies
To accomplish these
objectives, the Ladies Auxiliary has established several
programs as listed below:
Members of the Ladies Auxiliary are proud of our history of dedication
to promoting Americanism. Through Patriotic Education, Citizenship Education
and Flag Etiquette demonstrations we hope to foster the love of country
within our communities.
VOICE OF DEMOCRACY
Through dedicated programs of loyalty and patriotism the Ladies Auxiliary
shows our gratitude for the dedicated service the veterans gave on our
behalf and for our freedom. Although the weapons of war have changed
over the years, the challenge to stand up for what we believe has not.
We salute the veterans and active military who have answered their eountry's
call to arms. The National Flag represents the living country and is
considered to be a living thing, emblematic of the respect and pride
we have for our Nation. Our Flag should be displayed proudly in a place
The "Voice of Democracy" audio essay competition offers an opportunity
to instill the proud legacy of patriotism in the young people. Students
are encouraged to appreciate values and ideals for which the veterans sacrificed
We are distributing Buddy Poppies to the public. This hand-made symbol
of the Memorial provides an outstanding way for us to honor those who
died by helping their comrades who are now in need. Handicapped veterans
make the Buddy Poppies for the VFW. We purchase them, providing a small
income for that veteran. Then, we offer them to the public as we solicit
donations for our needy comrades and their loved ones. All funds raised
in this manner are reserved for this cause, exclusively. All through
this process our veterans are helped. This is a general outreach program
for all veterans, not just VFW members.
We have the responsibility
to instruct the youth of our nation. Our school age
children must be educated in the history of our country,
how to honor and respect the Flag and the debt owed
to our veterans. We can no longer assume that these
values will be taught in the home or included in school
curriculums. Today's children will be tomorrow's leaders.
If our democratic way of life is to endure, our children
must know the struggles incurred to establish our government.
If the freedoms we enjoy are to continue for future
generations, the children must be taught to appreciate
how precious these freedoms are. The youth of our nation
are our most precious commodity and our most valuable
natural resource. Children are not born with a love
for their country, honor for the Flag or respect for
our veterans. THEY MUST BE TAUGHT! WE MUST TEACH THEM!
Local Ladies Auxiliary units sponsor the Junior Girls
Unit for youngsters between the ages of 6 and 16. Its
purpose is to instill love and respect for the veterans
as the child matures. Junior Girls membership is open
to daughters, stepdaughters, foster daughters, granddaughters,
sisters, step and fostersisters of VFW members or men
or women who would be eligible for VFW membership.
The Ladies Auxiliary
organizes and sponsors activities for the neighborhoods
where they live. It also assists in their Post's sponsored
endeavors. These projects benefit the city, town, neighborhood,
other organizations, institutions, or individuals.
AND SERVICE WORK
service to the veterans and their families after they
leave the hospital. We must never forget the sacrifices
our veterans have made to keep our country free. Our
veterans and spouses who are senior citizens are a
cherished part of our community. We assist them in
many ways. By a telephone call, by a card or flowers
we try to make a bright spot in their day. Often, it
is difficult for senior citizens to get out. We offer
them a ride to church or to the doctor or an hour's
outing. Our "Adopt-A-Veteran" program allows us to
continue to let them know tbey are not alone and that
we are there to help them cope with the everyday problems
that arise. We help active duty veterans and their
families by participating in "Operation Uplink" which
provides long distance telephone calling cards to the
personnel serving overseas. We are increasing our emphasis
on service to homeless veterans. We work with shelters,
missions, food banks and thrift shops who provide for
the needs of homeless veterans.
The VFW National
Home is a living, breathing memorial. Through Service
to our Veterans, our Ladies Auxiliary has made a vow
to provide love, care and education to the children
and grandchildren of our deceased or disabled veterans.
We must never falter in our efforts to provide a nurturing
and secure environment for tbe children of our National
Home. The home, located in Eaton Rapids, Michigan,
is on 630 acres of farm land and has 70 buildings that
include brick homes, library, community center, chapel,
guest lodge, nursery school, teen center, fire department,
administration buildings and its own water treatment
and sewage plant. The Health and Happiness Christmas
Cheer Fund assures that eaeh child receives a Christmas
gift and a gift for members of his or her family.
giving of time, energy, love and devotion, thousands
of Veterans have been cheered, comforted, loved and
thanked for their DEDICATED SERVICE to us when it was
needed. All that we are and have today, we owe to the
Veterans who answered the call. Now it is our turn
to let them know how much we appreciate all they did,
never forgetting their sacrifices. These Veterans can
be found in the VA Hospitals, nursing homes, out-patient
clinics and in their homes in every community. More
and more their numbers are increasing as they become
older and experience more health problems. Some of
these men and women have no families or relatives to
offer them comfort. Ladies Auxiliary members sit with
them, read for them, or maybe write a letter for them.
of the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW:
• Fought for
military pensions and compensation/training for disabled
veterans after WWI.
• Promoted and
gained the WWI Bonus.
• Planned establishment
of the Veterans Administration in 1930.
creation of the GI Bill of Rights after WWII.
• Led development
of the national cemetery system.
• Lobbied for
creation of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in
• Fought for
compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange.
elevation of the Veterans Administration to the President's
and enhanced the VA budget.
exclusivity of the VA hospital system for veterans.
• Gained presumptive
health care for Gulf War Syndrome victims.
• Provided nearly
$900,000 in national disaster relief since 1964.
• Donated $42
million for cancer research and treatment over the
past 43 years.
• Raised $500,000
to provide 300,000 care packages to Desert Storm troops.
$607,000 to the Korean War Veterans Memorial.
over $200,000 to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
more than $100,000 to the Vietnam Women's Memorial
The key to a well
functioning VFW Ladies Auxiliary is to work closely
with its Post to reach out to our Veterans, their families,
the community, our youth, and to each other to do the
very best we can to promote patriotism, community service,
and support for the future of our children. Here at
Edick-Hamlink we strive to be a well respected and
integral part of our community, often joining forces
with other organizations in striving to meet the high
standards and traditions of our national Veterans of
Foreign Wars organization and its Ladies Auxiliary.