More women now actively serve in the armed forces, defending our country and our freedom, than at any time in history. The American Legion Auxiliary applauds the remarkable sacrifice these women make; they are the true embodiment of Service Not Self.
To show our support for the women in the armed forces, the American Legion Auxiliary annually presents an Active-Duty Servicewoman of the Year Award at National Convention to one woman nominated from each branch of the military. Their inspiring stories remind us that courage and commitment to our country knows no gender.
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Application DeadlineThe application deadline is May 15 of each calendar year.
Each unit may submit one entry for each branch of the service. Department winners must be selected and entered at the national level by June 1 of each calendar year.Recipients are selected by the Past Presidents Parley, a national committee comprised of past presidents of the American Legion Auxiliary.Download Application Form (doc)
Established in 2003 by the Past Presidents Parley Committee, this award has evolved from honoring women veterans to honoring women who are actively serving our country.Recipients are guests at the Auxiliary’s national convention where the awards are presented. Award winners who are not already Auxiliary members may be presented a one-year honorary membership in the Auxiliary department of her choice. Award Criteria
Women have played a big role in military history, and I thank those who went before me as they laid the groundwork for those of us who serve today. " – Hollie Boley-Rinachler, Navy, past recipient
I take training female soldiers in today’s armed forces personally and instill in them a pride no one will take from them: the pride of being a woman." – SSG Lisa Woods, Army, past recipient
"Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in."—Marjorie Moore, Belleville, Ill.