From Our Department President
2019-2020 Department of Alaska President Jane Larson
CELEBRATE, ALA is 100 years old on November 10, 2019. We have accomplished a century of serve to our veterans, military and military families. I am proud to be associated and being a part of such a fantastic and dedicated organization. With the Legion Act and new eligibility for our spouses to join the American Legion Auxiliary our organization can only grow larger to help and promote our mission.
With Veteran’s Day being November 11th, I am sure many of us, along with all of our American Legion family will be participating in many of the Veteran’s Day services. A applaud and thank all of you for the great work you do for our veterans.
As you may or may not know all of our VA Health care facilities have gone smoke free for everyone as of October 1, 2019. The Health Behavior coordinator has asked for our help and support to put together “Quit Kits” for our veterans. An email was sent out to officers, past presidents and units with a list of items for making the kits. I hope you will join with me and help in putting some of these kits together. If you are needing the list of items, please let me know and I will be happy to forward it to you.
Another date that I would like to recognize is November 13th, which is Caregiver Appreciation Day. I want to give a big shout out to all of our members who are caring for our veterans on a very personally level. Thank you!
December is right around the corner and it’s time for our American Legion Auxiliary Christmas Gift Shop. So, mark your calendar for December 7, 2019 at 10:30 am. It will be held at the Domiciliary in their Atrium in Anchorage. We are always looking and welcoming all of members to come and visit and help our veterans. Let us know if you would like to come and participate.
In closing, I would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas. Please remember our veterans, military and military families as you give thanks and celebrate the holidays.