USO The USO is a private charity organization that relies on the generosity of the public for the support of their activities. They provide
morale, welfare, and recreational services to US military personnel and their families worldwide. The nearest USO can be found by going
online to www.uso.org. This site has a locations directory by state. How can Auxiliary members support the USO? Volunteering and offering
financial support are the two most prevalent ways to provide support. Due to the threat of anthrax following September 11th, DOD suspended
its practice of forwarding personal care packages and correspondence by the American public to "Any Service Member". In its place the USO
created a care package program. These care packages bring a touch of home to our men and women in uniform. Through sponsorship of an
"Operation USO Care Package", and individual's personal greeting will be transcribed onto an official postcard and included in the care
package going to a service member. Please send checks ($25.00 per care package) and personal greetings to: USO-Operation USO Care
Package c/o Pentagon Federal Credit Union PO Box 19221 Alexandria, VA 22320-9998.
The purpose of the National Security program is to support those currently serving to include
National Guard and Reserve military and their families. We host programs recommended by the
Department of Homeland Security that assist members and communities in preparing for and/or
responding to natural or manmade disasters.
Military Support All across the country people are asking how can I help. This segment is
designed to help. National Military Appreciation Month (May) was designated by Congress to include
both history and recognition of our armed services. It allows Americans to educate each generation
on the historical impact of our military through the participation of the community with those who
serve encouraging patriotism and love for America. Departments, Units and members are
encouraged to effectively use grass roots lobbying to seek better and improved benefits for our
military personnel. In particular, these item should head the list: increase pay, health benefits and
housing allowances. These are important "quality of life" issues for our men and women currently
serving our country. Do what you can to make a difference.
Blue Star Banner This program was reintroduced in 2001 to recognize service members' homes and businesses that support our
troops, yet another way for members to have direct involvement with veteran's and those in the service. Household banners, corporate
banners and Gold Star Banners are available from the Legion's Emblem Sales Catalog. Visit them at www.emblem.legion.org
Local Support Form your own network connecting local volunteers with families that need help at home after a loved one has been called
into active duty. Ideas that might prove to be beneficial include: Email the Troops, through the Department of Defense, Members can send
thank you messages for a job well done. Troop Support Rallies, give local communities the opportunity to express support for the troops.
Adopt a National Guard or Reserve Unit, a great "Legion Family" project Fly the Flag, Old glory sends a powerful message.
Coupon Clipping Another opportunity for our members to provide military support is to participate in the clipping coupons for service
members project. These economic aides assist service families to stretch their grocery dollars providing a needed boost in their household
operating budgets. DeCA (Defense Commissary Agency) reports that commissaries located in foreign overseas areas accept coupons up to
three months after the expiration date stated on a coupon. At the recent Membership Workshop, it was mentioned that our coupon program
was well received at some bases and recommended that we adopt a base or installation and mail the coupons to the Family Support Director.
For Commissary locations please click here Coupon Clipping Program to view an Adobe PDF memo from our National Headquarters'. There are
numerous commissary locations around the world.
POW/MIA As an organization, we continue to urge and press for the "Fullest Possible Accounting" for all POW/MIAs from all wars and
conflicts as well as educating others as to the importance of such a undertaking. The United States commits unprecedented efforts to account
for persons lost while serving our Nation, and the Department of Defense (DoD) is the US government agency responsible for "Personnel
Recovery and Accounting." A visible sign of our efforts is the display of the POW/MIA Flag at all meetings and on other occasions. Where to go
for more information: The American Legion publication, The Dispatch, (subscription $15.00) The American Legion Dispatch, PO Box 1065,
Indianapolis, IN 46206-1060.
The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) maintains an Internet site that provides up to date information on the POW/MIA accounting
effort at: http:/www.dtci.mil/dpmo. POW/MIA Flags can be purchased through The American Legion, National Emblem Sales catalog at
Civil Preparedness is a traditional part of our National Security program. The American Legion Family plays a vital role in communities
across the nation and we can assist in preparing our communities for disaster and limiting damage by being informed and helping to inform
others. DHS (Department of Homeland Security), In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks against America on September 11, 2001, President
George Bush decided 22 previously distinct domestic agencies needed to be coordinated into one department to protect the nation against
threats to the homeland. FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) was one of those agencies. Besides providing a better-coordinated
defense of the homeland, DHS is also dedicated to protecting the rights of American citizens and enhancing public services, such as natural
disaster assistance and citizenship services, by dedicating offices to these important missions. Still in existence, FEMA falls under the
Emergency Preparedness and Response directorate. This directorate oversees domestic disaster preparedness training and coordinate
government disaster response For additional information and to order FEMA publications call the FEMA Publications Distribution Center at
1-800-480-2520. Many popular FEMA publications are available on-line in Adobe Acrobat format. Check out the FEMA library on-line. Juniors
can get involved too! FEMA for Kids is a site that teaches kids how to be prepared for disasters and how to prevent disaster damage. This site
can be accessed at www.fema.gov/kids/. Local Agencies, Crime Prevention: Units are encouraged to work with local law enforcement
agencies to offer assistance for crime prevention. Fire Safety: Statistics show that education and awareness are effective initiatives to help
prevent fires. Members are encouraged to offer their assistance with local agencies to provide valuable services for their communities.
ROTC/JROTC Reserve Officers Training Corps! Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps The support of both The American Legion and the
American Legion Auxiliary for strong viable ROTC programs has been reaffirmed by numerous mandates adopted by National Convention
action. Ideas for continued participation from our organization include: Encourage Units to adopt a ROTC/JROTC unit, Invite cadets to
participate in American Legion Family Programs, Present military achievement/scholastic achievement medals, Urge Congress to further
expand and continue to fund ROTC programs.