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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

Past Presidents Parley

Deb Lewis

Active service by all Past Presidents, at all levels, is encouraged. Auxiliary Past Presidents continue their support of the organization by accepting responsibility that the knowledge and wisdom of a past leader can make a difference. As past leaders, they support the Auxiliary as ambassadors for the organization. Past Presidents strive to strengthen each level of the organization and promote growth through positive actions.

The purpose of the Nurses Scholarship is to assist deserving students who are pursuing an education in the nursing field. Fundraising efforts are to provide scholarship benefits to individuals entering or attending nursing training. The fund also develops resources about financial aid information for nursing students.

***Please make checks payable to: Department Treasurer and mail to: American Legion Auxiliary,
Department of Illinois, P.O. Box 1426, Bloomington, IL 61702

Ask a Female Veteran to be your Valentine!

I am sure you are all busy planning for Christmas! However, Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it and what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to thank our female veterans. The time to organize sending Valentine gifts/cards to the female veterans in our VA facilities is now. It is also important to remember the female veterans in our own Legion posts and communities, as well as, active duty women currently serving. Remembering these women dedicated to our country’s
safety by presenting them with a small gift and/or card on Valentine’s Day is the least we can do to thank them for their sacrifice.

For the female veterans in our VA facilities, it is necessary to contact our representatives at each facility to get the number of ladies there, and some idea for gifts. The gifts will need to be to the representatives by February 5th.

Here is a list of the VA facilities and the American Legion Auxiliary Districts responsible for each:

Captain James A Lovell Districts 2-9
Hines VA Medical Center Districts 2-13
Jesse Brown VA Districts 2-9
Illiana VA Health Care System Districts 17, 18, 19, & 21
Marion VA Medical Center  Districts 22-25
IL Veterans Home Anna Districts 22-25
IL Veterans Home LaSalle Districts 12, 13, & 16
IL Veterans Home Manteno Districts 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, &19
IL Veterans Home Quincy Districts 14, 15, 16, 20, & 21
Jefferson Barracks VAMC  Districts 22-25
John Cochran VAMC Districts 22-25 

We might know women who are veterans, but do not think about thanking them for what they have done for our country and us. Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to show our appreciation.

A great gift idea is the gift of membership in our Great organization. Remember that National & Department have waived the dues for new female veteran members. If your Unit has too, you could give a Great gift at no cost to you! Maybe you could take those funds and buy a beautiful card or a small gift to go with the membership.

While checking with the VA facilities regarding how many female veterans are there, and ideas for gifts, please remember to find out if the gifts can be wrapped or not. If they can be wrapped, a list of items in the package should be included.

Let’s make this a great year for Valentine’s Day and our female veterans.

Resources from National

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Department Resources

Unit Member of the Year 
Salute to Servicewomen