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American Legion Auxiliary
|Department of Mississippi
|LEGISLATIVE -Michelle Myrick, Chairman
Auxiliary members are encouraged to get involved and stay informed on local and national issues of special
interest to the organization. They keep in close contact with their legislative representatives about issues
which concern veterans, young people and entire communities. Auxiliary members know there is strength in
numbers. Many beneficial laws have been passed because of Legion and Auxiliary support.
MEMBERSHIP - Diane Belue, Chairman
The Auxiliary's Membership program conducts ongoing recruiting to ensure the future growth and prosperity
of the organization. Unit members work diligently to publicize and promote the benefits, objectives and
activities of the Auxiliary and seek out those eligible women who might be interested in membership and
active involvement in Unit activities. Units, Departments and Divisions vie in friendly competition against one
another as they work toward reaching their individual and organizational membership goals.
NATIONAL SECURITY - Anita McAllister, Chairman
The Auxiliary believes in maintaining a strong national defense and endeavors to educate its members on all
vital national security issues. In cooperation` with The American Legion, Auxiliary members are briefed on a
wide range of topics at local and national meetings and through publications and bulletins. Topics include
national and civil defense; crime prevention; emergency and disaster preparedness; and environmental
protection. The \member's clear understanding of the issues helps to lay the groundwork for community-wide
mobilization and support of various national security activities. National activities include the annual
Awareness Assembly, a legislative forum in Washington, D.C.; POW/MIA Awareness; crime prevention; and
local and worldwide support of USO activities.
PAST PRESIDENTS PARLEY - Madeline Vuncannon, Chairman
Members who have served the Auxiliary as Unit, Department and/or National Presidents are a valuable
resource to the organization. As members of the Past Presidents Parley committee, they put their leadership
experience to good use, offering guidance and/or counsel on any activity or problem requiring special
support or emphasis Committee members also maintain a scholarship fund for nurses and contribute to the
"Women in Military Service" memorial. The Past Presidents Parley is a primary source of support for
hospitalized women veterans.
POPPY - Mattie Harris, Chairman
The Poppy Program is the oldest and most widely recognized Auxiliary program. Each year around Memorial
Day, Auxiliary volunteers distribute millions of bright red crepe paper poppies in exchange for contributions
to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans. The program provides multiple benefits to the veterans and to
the community. The hospitalized veterans who make the flowers are able to earn a small wage which helps
to supplement their incomes and makes them feel more self-sufficient. The physical and mental activity
provides many therapeutic benefits as well. Donations are used exclusively to assist and support veterans and
their families. The poppy also reminds the community of the past sacrifices and continuing needs of our
veterans. Auxiliary members endeavor to explain the true meaning of this little flower to all those who receive
it. The poppy has become a nationally known and recognized symbol of sacrifice and is worn and used by
Auxiliary members to honor the men and women who served and died for their country in all wars.
PUBLIC RELATIONS - Agnes Dalton, Chairman
The Auxiliary's positive public image and excellent reputation in the community is no accident. The Public
Relations program works to establish and maintain good will within the organization and with the general
public and promotes the Auxiliary's many worthwhile programs, events, activities and accomplishments
through every available medium. Public Relations performs a dual function. Doing things well and making
sure that the public is aware of the efforts and the results ensures continued community support and
awareness of Auxiliary programs. Good publicity augments and supports the Auxiliary's recruiting efforts by
attracting interested, eligible women and motivating them to become active members. A major
communications vehicle is the Auxiliary's bi-monthly national magazine, National News. This publication is
a primary source of information and means of communication between the local Unit members and the
organization's national leadership.
VETERAN'S AFFAIRS AND REHABILITATION - Tina Hurst, Chairman
The Auxiliary's Veteran's Affairs and Rehabilitation program provides service and financial assistance to
veterans and their families. Auxiliary members are interested in restoring the veteran and his family to normal
function — physically, mentally, socially and vocationally. Members provide emotional support and cheerful
companionship while attending to the hospitalized, handicapped and homebound veterans' physical
comforts. In a single year, veterans' programs utilized the services of more than 100,000 hospital field and
home service volunteers who donated millions of dollars and millions of hours to assist veterans. The
Auxiliary's gift shops and holiday parties have become an essential part of the VA program. The Poppy
program provides therapy and a means of earning money for handicapped and hospitalized veterans and
their families. Members work with legislators and congressmen to pass legislation to increase government
benefits and assistance for veterans. Essential equipment and supplies are purchased by caring members to
upgrade and facilitate the level of care provided in veterans' facilities. Members furnish job assistance,
transportation, food, clothing and medicine to thousands of needy, handicapped and homeless veterans.
The Auxiliary plays a necessary and important role in the life of America's veterans.