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Your ALA department could win NVCAF artwork
The chance for ALA departments to own one-of-a-kind art is here again! An award-winning National Veterans Creative Arts Festival artist has graciously donated her artwork for the ALA Foundation’s special fundraising challenge. The department donating the most money to the ALA Foundation’s Veterans Creative Arts Festival fund, per capita by membership category through July 31, 2018, will be entered for a chance to win! The winning department will have the opportunity to display the work of art at their department headquarters, auction it off as a fundraiser, or use it in other creative ways to highlight the ALA’s mission. ALA National President Diane Duscheck will present the artwork to the winning department at the 2018 ALA National Convention in Minneapolis. Learn more here.

About the Artist and Artwork
U.S. Air Force Veteran Rebecca James of California won gold in the 2016 NVCAF Craft Coloring Kit division for her artwork better known as Steampunk Rhapsody. “You don’t have to be a Van Gogh to enjoy painting and drawing,” she said. “Getting involved in something creative is a great outlet for stress relief.”

New ALA Academy course covers effective branding
The latest ALA Academy course is now available! In ALA Branding and Why It Matters to Me, ALA members will learn that branding is more than just a logo – it’s also how the public perceives our organization and our values. Members will gain a better understanding of why branding is critical to continue our mission of serving veterans, military, and their families. Learn more about the ALA Academy, and get started today on all courses – including ALA 101, ALA Leadership: Living Our Motto of Service Not Self, ALA Communications Methods 201, and Establishing an ALA Culture of Goodwillhere.

72nd ALA Girls Nation to commence July 21
One hundred high school girls will soon be arriving in Washington, D.C. for the 72nd ALA Girls Nation held July 21-28! Every summer since 1947, two high school juniors from each ALA Girls State program are given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent their state as “senators” at ALA Girls Nation. The program is a profound learning experience designed to teach these young women, even before they are of voting age, about how the federal government operates. For seven days, the senators hold mock U.S. Senate sessions which require them to write, caucus, and debate bills; campaign for elected office; elect an ALA Girls Nation president and vice president; and work together to pass legislation. Follow all the action online here – you’ll find a recap of the day’s activities in the ALA Girls Nation Times, see updates from Twitter and Instagram, learn what bills senators bring to the floor, and find ALA social media to follow all of the events live!

Want to see what American Legion Boys Nation senators are up to? Check out the latest information here.


ALA entities can use the ALA 100th anniversary logo for apparel, etc.Looking forward to celebrating the ALA’s centennial in 2019? ALA units, districts, and departments can create customized and branded apparel, products, and other items with the ALA’s 100th anniversary logo in preparation for our landmark year. Emblem usage approval is required and is the same as filing to use the ALA emblem and ALA Girls State logos – simply fill out the ALA Emblem Use Approval Request form here. Check out the centennial items currently available from Emblem Sales here. You can proudly showcase the ALA’s upcoming milestone birthday on shirts, banners, posters, and more!

Military Spouses now have access to LinkedIn Premium at no cost. Military spouses are four times more likely to be unemployed compared with their civilian counterparts. In an effort to help military spouses find work after relocating, the professional networking social media site LinkedIn is now offering military spouses premium memberships – for free. Military spouses can take advantage of LinkedIn Premium every time they have a permanent-change-of-station for one year following the move. Premium membership includes enhanced insights comparing users to other applicants; use of the InMail feature, where users can send direct messages to LinkedIn members they’re not connected to; access to more than 12,000 online professional courses through LinkedIn Learning; and access to LinkedIn’s military and veterans resource portal. Learn more here.

Are YOU helping the ALA Foundation by using AmazonSmile? Through Amazon’s charitable program, AmazonSmile, you can support the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation while knocking out some of your everyday shopping! And it doesn’t take much effort. Simply sign in to Amazon through this special link, select the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation, and just like that, Amazon donates 0.5 percent of every purchase you make to the ALA Foundation. There’s no added fee, no catch, and best of all, you’re supporting the ALA Foundation and the lives of our veterans, military, and their families by funding programs of the American Legion Auxiliary today and for future generations. Bookmark this special AmazonSmile link for your future purchases!

Buying a new Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat®, Jeep®, Ram, or Hyundai? Seal you best deal, and then get up to $500 cash back just for being an ALA member! For more information, check out the BonusDrive flyer in the right column of July ALA eNews.

Share your posts and photos with us on social media @ALAforVeterans. ALA social media hashtags:

#ALAGirlsNation18 Follow the activities of the 72nd ALA Girls Nation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

#AuxCon18 Share and follow tweets, posts, and photos from the ALA’s 98th National Convention

#LegionFamily Share Facebook posts, tweets, and photos of your Legion Family volunteering in branded attire

#AmericanLegionAuxiliary Share Facebook posts, tweets, and photos of anything and everything related to the ALA

#ALAJuniors Share Facebook posts, tweets, and photos of your ALA Juniors working the mission

#ALARockStars Share Facebook posts, tweets, and photos of ALA members working the mission

#ALA100 Share Facebook posts, tweets, and photos celebrating the ALA’s 100th anniversary

#ALAServiceSelfie Share posts, tweets, and photos of yourself volunteering at a community, non-ALA event while wearing ALA attire (shirts, pins, hats, etc.)
July 2018
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100th Anniversary Committee
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Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation

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On the ALA blog:
History Lessons at Motts Military Museum
Junior Project: Patriotic Pillowcases for our Troops
ALA leader is appreciated for her capabilities, not judged on her disability

New blog posts are uploaded regularly – check it out now!

The ALA supports the legislative agenda of The American Legion with elected officials at all levels of government (local, state, national). Get involved.

ALA members who purchase or lease a vehicle from participating auto manufacturers are eligible to receive an exclusive cash bonus, up to $500. Download Flyer

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