A part of National Security is to support the emotional and social needs of active, reserve, transitioning military service and their families. In doing that we need to listen to these service members and their families and ask them what assistance is needed.
Some of the ways we can do this is the following: donate blook, decorate the town with yellow ribbons, and plan a welcome home ceremony.
Ways to recognize the military families is to work with your local township by attending their ceremonies for Blue Star and Gold Star families. Be sure to have a POW/MIA chair at all your meetings.
Empowering the future can be done by partnering with your local JROTC and ROTC program. Things you can do for them is presenting them with medals and also presenting them with some type of monetary scholarship for their education.
Also working with your local USO's and helping the individual service members and families during their layovers and pre-flights. Remember to recognize and educate your Units / Districts regarding the Military Child Ceremony. Have a training excercise in your post home to give training in first aid, CPR, or other types of emergency skills.
For additional ideas, go to the National website https://alaforveterans.org and peruse the 2019 - 2020 Annual supplements to the Program Action Plan for the National Security chairmanship. The 2017 - 2022 American Legion Auxiliary Program Action Plan is also available online.
I will be looking forward to receiving the units activities for the Mid-Year Report by the end of the year so that I can have my report in to the Central Division Chairman of National Security by January 5, 2020.
Unit Award: Most Outstanding Unit National Security Program - Deadline - June 1, 2020. Send to National Division Chairman postmarked or emailed by 5 p.m. EST on the deadline listed above.
Department Award: Dorothy Pearly Best Department National Security Program - Deadline - June 1, 2020. Send to National Division Chairman postmarked or emailed by 5 p.m. EST on the deadline listed above.
Firehouse Crew National Security Plaque - to the Unit with the best overall participation in the National Security Program.
$ 10 for runner up to the Firehouse Crew National Security plaque
$ 10 for the Unit presenting the most Blue Star and Gold Star banners
$ 10 for the Unit with the best recognition of ROTC/JROTC groups
$ 10 for the Unit with the best support of the USO
Coupons for Military Families:
Coupons accepted up to 3 months after expiration date. Store Coupons Only. No Fast Food coupons accepted!
Separate Coupons: i.e. toothpaste coupons together; diaper coupons together, etc.
Forward Coupons to:
Schinnen Commissary the Netherlands
Borgerweg 10, 6365 CW Schinnen, Netherlands
APO AE Germany 09703
Defense Commissary Agency
Store Operations - Pacific Area
Kadena Air Force Base Commissary
Building 407 Unit 5156
APO AP 96368-5156