Become a Member of the Ladies or Mens Auxiliary
The members of the VFW, Ladies Auxiliary and Men’s Auxiliary seek to support our nations’ veterans by serving active-duty military personnel and their families. We also look to better our communities through volunteerism and patriotic education.
Wives, widows, mothers, foster and stepmothers (who have performed the duties of parents), grand-mothers, daughters, granddaughters, foster and stepdaughters (who attained that status prior to age 16 and for whom the duties of parents were performed), sisters, half sisters, foster and stepsister (who attained that status prior to age 16) of persons who were or are eligible for the VFW may join this elite support group. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and be at least 16 years old.
NATIONAL MILITARY SERVICES
VFW, Ladies Auxiliary and Men’s Auxiliary members provide direct support to our deployed service personnel, U.S. veterans and their families. The Military Assistance Program (MAP) supports local Posts in sponsoring military units through care packages, hosting events and providing support to family members of deployed soldiers. Unmet Needs and Emergency Financial Assistance programs provided grants to families of deployed or recently returned service members who require immediate monetary help.
MAP also offers Operation Uplink, which connects service members and hospitalized veterans to their loved ones by providing free, per-paid phone cards. This last year alone, Operation Uplink sent our 365,600 cards valued at more than $2 million.VOLUNTEERING IN HOSPITALS & VA MEDICAL CENTERS
Members volunteer more than 2.3 million hours each year in Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and other hospitals throughout the country. VFW Service Officers assist veterans and current military personnel with benefits and compensation questions or to acquire will-deserved military awards.CHARITABLE DONATIONS & SUPPORT OF RESEARCH
Each year, the VFW, Ladies Auxiliary and Men’s Auxiliary donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to those in need and to other non-profit organizations. Since 1987, the Ladies Auxiliary has consistently raised around $3 million to support cancer research and to aid members stricken with the illness. Postdoctoral research fellowships and research grants are awarded annually across the country.LEGISLATIVE ACTION
Recently ranked among the most influential lobbies and the top veterans lobby on Capitol Hill, the VFW maintains an office in Washington, D.C., to monitor legislative issues of interest and keep members informed about the VA budget, future health care, POW/MIA accountability and legislation regarding national security and veterans entitlements. Ladies Auxiliary and Men’s Auxiliary members telephone, send letters and e-mail elected officials, encouraging support of the VFW, Ladies Auxiliary and Men’s Auxiliary positions on important legislation.COMMUNITY SERVICE
Members reach out in their communities in hundreds of ways, either as a Post and Auxiliary or with other non-profit organizations to make our country the best it can be. They hold true to the motto, “Honor the dead by helping the living.” Volunteerism touches every people group in our country, and members try to provide services and materials to better the lives of their fellow citizens.YOUTH PROGRAMS & SCHOLARSHIPS
The VFW, Ladies Auxiliary and Men’s Auxiliary are proud to offer several scholarship contests and award opportunities for students. Led by the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest, the Voice of Democracy Audio/Essay Contest and the Patriot’s Pen Contest, members reach out to students to provide many ways to earn money for college or other education. Members also look for ways to involve students in volunteer programs, as well as support the students’ projects or groups.
Last Updated (Monday, 17 May 2010 23:01)