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March 27, 2010

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March 27, 2010

My name is Marty Novak. I am an 11 year member of Unit 44 in Elephant Butte, NM. At the time I joined I had no idea of what the American Legion Auxiliary was all about. I am so proud to be a member of this great organization...and of my own Unit. Our Unit 44 is located in a small community in southern NM. Our members are caring, giving ladies who willingly volunteer their time and talents to serve our community, Veterans, residents of the NM Veterans Home and support the state and national programs of the American Legion Auxiliary. We also have 1 special program of which we are very proud. In September, 2003 we began our Care Packages to the Troops project. We began with the names of 7 local men and women with the intention of sending them Care Packages each month during their entire deployment. Our list has grown over the years to a high of 98 and currently about 60 a month. To date we have sent out over 4500 Care Packages. The community has now gotten involved. Local organizations and individuals regularly give us cash donations, Memorials, and supplies for the packages. We have enlisted the school children to write letters, draw pictures, and make Christmas and Valentine cards. One school contributes letters and art work each month and periodically collects toiletries and goodies in their classroom to add to the boxes. Winter visitors, members of our American Legion Family, and even non members show up to help on packing day. It seems that everyone wants to help out. I think we all feel that this is SOMETHING we can do to help these brave men and women who are sacrificing so much for us.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the help we are able to give our Veterans and their families,children and youth, and just seeing how what we do...in our small community...can be beneficial to so many others in the state and nation.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I am happy with the way it is

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with other women, inspiring the school children, and of course my heart is in the Care Packages to the Troops

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful and encouraging.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help sooooo many more people, give more help to wounded Veterans and their families, give more help to the Military Child and children and families who have lost their loved one in service to their country.

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of anything that would make it better than it is. I am so proud to be a part of this great organization

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding new members and getting the message out about what the American Legion Auxiliary is all about...what it does. It is not just a go to a meeting 1X a month and do nothing the rest of the month. There is value in what we do.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Go American Legion Auxiliary!!! For God and Country

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 25, 2010

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March 25, 2010

I am a 40 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary. I have been involved with volunteering and working with veterans for the past 37 years of my membership; and I never fail to be amazed at how much each veteran seems to appreciate everything you do for them. I feel that I am privileged to do some small part in making their recovery time and stay in the hospital just a little more pleasant. After all, I am indebted to them for their service to our Country and helping to keep us a free nation.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my monthly to semi-monthly experience with the going to the VA Hospital and the WV Veterans Affairs to play bingo and visit with the veterans. They always seem more cheerful and happier to have the visits and activities.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 22, 2010

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March 22, 2010

I am a member of the Florence, Kentucky Boone Post 4 Ladies Legion Auxiliary. I am a relatively new member and am overwhelmed by the amount of good work and support that the ladies provide the community and veterans. These ladies have lifes to live, families to care for, but still find the time to donate their time, talent, money, and compassion to help the world be a better for all. While working towards a common goal they have fun, meet new people, and learn new skills. While working on a fundraiser, our team realized that there is no "I" in team and worked together for great results. The Auxiliary is the heart and soul of the American Legion.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

event planning, fundraising, and organized conventions and meetings.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help it be more organized and run it more like a business.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The feeling that you can help make someone's life better, one day at a time.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful, friendly, caring, helpful, and fun.

Ways to make it better...

Would love to see more advertisement about what the Auxiliary does and attract new members.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The aging of the population.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 21, 2010

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March 21, 2010

My name is Carol Lainhart and I have been a member of Unit 67 Versailles Ky for 16 years and my experience with the ladies auxiliary has been a blessing. I have had the opportunity to work with other units threw the district and department level and learned what the auxiliary was about and how we help our veterans,their families and communities through our different programs.To volunteer in the VA Hospital and bring a smile on a vets face. To reach a goal we set to help our fellow soldiers over seas fighting for our country.And it so much more than that, We work with our youth and teach them government values, history, and about legislation through our girls state program. There is scholarship for nursing,we are alway pushing our young girls to be the best that they can be. I can not begin to tell you how proud I am to be a part of such an organization. I encourage everyone who is eligible to get involved, you will have the opportunity of a lifetime.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In the creation of the 1st Healing Field for our State. Seeing it help the families of the fallen.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure when some one joins up that the fully understand what the auxiliary stands for. I didn't know. Not the organization fault, but teach it leaders to teach, and be more active in the unit level.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting new people and making friends from different parts of the country. And seeing the smiling faces of the vets when you go to visit them in the hospital.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have meet many different people through the years, usually the staff at the VA is very happy to see you there and is helpful is every way, I honestly can recall any negative experiences from the staff or volunteers because thats why they are there.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help a lot of veterans that are homeless and keep the hospitals open or provide more clinics and reach out to more families that need help. They need help after the war and during. Support the military family.

Ways to make it better...

If I have gotten involved earlier on in my membership time. I waited for about 4 years before I got really active. I missed out on a lot while I was younger

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Knowledge of who we are.What we are and what we stand for. It was not until I reach the district level until I knew what the organization was all about.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have stated so much on knowledge and teaching about who we are, but if we start at the beginning I believe that more women will be willing to help and know we are more than a club we are a team.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 19, 2010

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March 19, 2010

I am currently a member of Unit 16, London, KY American Legion Auxiliary. I have been a member for over 2 years, and in that short time frame, I have witnessed and taken part in many activities that have supported our veterans and their families and communities, locally and worldwide. As a state, we have a lot of activities that help veterans and military personnel( as well as their families) bridge a gap where most times, they might not be able to get help from other organizations. I am happy and proud to be a member of this organization and feel that the things that we do to help support our veterans is trivial as compared to the service that they have done for us and our country

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

taken part in the activities.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Realizing that we are helping someone that has helped us through military service. Not only do they offer monetary support, but they offer education and assistance in many different areas.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind and willing to help when needed

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do a lot of good for Veterans programs and their families and their communities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 19, 2010

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March 19, 2010

My name is Sue Arvin and I have been a member of ALA Post 41 in Carrollton, Ky for 9 years. Last year our post hosted a ceremony honoring the Korean War Veterans and presenting them with a commemorative medal. It was wonderful to see the volunteer time that was put into this by our members and our community. We had many city officials in attendance and it was heartwarming to know that the whole community has a very patriotic spirit and took the time to thank these wonderful veterans for their service. The ALA puts in many hours every year to help veterans and their families, and I am very proud to be a member of this organization.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

hard working ladies that had a personal reason to care about ALA. Most have had or do have family in the service.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 18, 2010

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March 18, 2010

My name is Dianne McClung. I have been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of West Virginia, and Parkersburg Unit #15. Thirty five years ago I married a veteran that was the Commander of Post 15. Before that I had no involvement in the Legion or Auxiliary and had no experience with them. Boy, did my life change. In addition to being employed all those years, I considered myself a full-time volunteer. I continue my involvement into my retirement years. I am a very patriotic person and the Americanism and Veterans Affairs and Rehabiliation programs appealed to me. The ALA is the largest women patriotic organization in the United States. Many dollars and hours have been spent to show our pride in our country. Children and Youth programs support Girls State that teach young ladies city, county and state government during a week long session. Over 350 high school junior girls attend our Girls State. Two girls are chosen to represent WV and go to DC in July to learn and participate in Senate activities. I have served over 15 years on Rhododendron Girls State staff. These girls also are taught how our organization supports veterans and why they should be proud of those serving our country. Our Unit members volunteer at our local VA clinic and coordinate the volunteers. I could go on and on but as you can see,the American Legion Auxiliary continues to support our current servicepersonnel and those who have served. Ninty years of service!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

supporting our troops during the first Iraq war. Our Post was the meeting place for the community support organization calling ourselves MASH - Members Against Saddam Hussein. Our Unit is currently supporing our local 1092 National Guard bound for Afgha

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to support our troops stateside and overseas. Help their families. Continue helping hospitalized veterans and those in nursing homes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 5, 2010

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March 5, 2010

My name is Pat Wanoreck from Fort Worth, Texas and have been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 36 years. I originally joined for the social activities, received the monthly newsletter and all of my friends were listed as workers in the kitchen, bingo etc. Well I was never asked to help in any way so the second year did not renew my membership. So I received a phone call about paying my dues for the second year and I told the lady that I guessed they did not need me because I was never asked to do anything. Hmmm from that day forward I was involved in everything going on and became an officer the 3rd year and have been an officer within my Unit every year since. Everything from Historian, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, Vice President and President several times off and on over these many years. Then I got involved in the District and Division activities, became an officer on both levels, eventually becoming President of both District and Division. Of course Department level came next and after serving on many committees became Department President in 1997-1998. Well that led to serving on the National level as NEC and some committees. I thoroughly believe in the programs of our organization especially serving the veterans at our local Outpatient Clinic and VAMC. I have also volunteered in school activities within my community. But the very best part of my membership is the travel and the many friends throughout the country. Every National event is filled with warm hellos and hugs from these friends. I call the travel and the friends a fringe benefit of membership in our great organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working with the Creative Arts Festival in San Antonio, Texas and seeing the faces of the veterans involved. The joy and excitement of being involved in the Creative Arts Festival.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to help veterans and children within my community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professionals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

furnish scholarships to children of wounded warriors.

Ways to make it better...

I could be involved in the Creative Arts Festival each year.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

recruiting new members and retaining existing members. And raising funds to promote and activate our programs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I truly feel sorry for the people eligible to be members that are not members and are missing out on a great network of extended friends that are just like family

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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