"Serving and Protecting the Men and Women Securing America"
“Serving and Protecting the Men and Women Securing America”
The National Security theme for 2016-2017 is “Serving and Protecting the Men and Women Securing America”. The National Security program continues to work in conjunction with the Centennial Plan to maintain and promote a strong national defense by supporting service members and their families. These objectives help us build brand loyalty (Goal 5) among target membership population (Goal 1) while focusing on our overall mission.
The National Security program is multifaceted and far reaching. Every Unit can find one or more programs to incorporate into their service. Areas of emphasis for the program are threefold: Support the emotional and social needs of active, reserve and transitioning military service members and their families, assist military spouses in getting and maintaining employment and support the National Security programs of The American Legion. Specific ideas for Units and members to get involved and resource information will be included in the November ALA today.
Programs included in the National Security plan of action this year include: FEMA Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Welcome Home for troops, POW/MIA, Military Family Readiness groups, ALA-Operation Homefront, ALA-USO program, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Hiring Our Heroes program, Blue Star and Gold Star Banner program, Family Support Network, Operation Comfort Warriors, the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration program, and ROTC and JROTC.
Department awards will be the Firehouse Crew National Security Plaque – to the Unit for the best overall participation in the National Security program. This will be based on a narrative submitted to the chairman with a copy of the Unit Report form. A $10 personal award will be presented to the runner-up of the Firehouse Crew Plaque. National Awards will be included in the ALA Today.
Our service members and their families need all the serving and protecting we can provide, what can you do to support this worthy program?