HOUSTON—8/28/13—American Legion Auxiliary Unit 67 in Cary, N.C., was one of only five units to receive the National President's Award for Excellence by American Legion Auxiliary National President Peggy Thomas. Awards were presented in August at the American Legion Auxiliary's 93rd National Convention in Houston.
The National President's Award for Excellence is presented annually to American Legion Auxiliary units that represent the "best of the best" in planning and implementation of the American Legion Auxiliary's mission. Recipients are selected based on applications that address the unit's achievements in Auxiliary national goals and objectives in at least three Auxiliary programs.Unit 67 successfully implemented multiple community-based programs over the past year. As part of the Children & Youth, Americanism and Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation programs, they completed a variety of activities in support of veterans, servicemembers and their families. Unit 67's 80 members served nearly 7,500 servicemembers and spouses of active-duty military and more than 200 military children; volunteered nearly 1,000 hours; donated more than $3,500; traveled more than 2,487 miles to serve our veterans and their families; and traveled 2,200 miles to provide crafts to more than 2,165 military children.American Legion Auxiliary members have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of our nation's veterans, military and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value of nearly $2 billion. As part of the world's largest women's patriotic service organization, Auxiliary volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. To learn more about the Auxiliary's mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.###
"I couldn't believe I was chosen for a national award. The scholarship has helped me a lot with my college expenses..."
- Dereck Neben, Children of Warriors Scholarship Recipient