Be the One resources and training available for ALA members

The American Legion’s Be the One mission encourages American Legion Family members, veterans, servicemembers, and others to act when they believe a veteran is at risk of suicide. It’s a mission to help destigmatize the need to ask for help and save the lives of veterans. To help members deliver this mission at the local level, there are several resources and trainings available. 
As part of the Be the One mission, The American Legion is partnering with Columbia University to conduct training for those who want to learn more about interacting with and responding to veterans who may be in crisis. After the training, participants will be able to:
• Use the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale to determine at-risk individuals.
• Identify risk factors and warning signs.
• Outline the types of suicidal ideation and four behaviors that indicate imminent risk.
• Communicate effectively with an individual who may be at risk of hurting themselves.
Members of The American Legion Family are encouraged to take part in this training and share it with their communities. For updates on when training will be held both in person and virtually, visit
Upcoming online sessions: 
July 11
2:30-4 p.m. EST. Click here to register.

July 18
2:30-4 p.m. EST. Click here to register. 

July 25
2:30-4 p.m. EST. Click here to register. 
Upcoming in-person sessions:
June 13
9:30 a.m. Pacific 
Oregon Department Convention 
June 21
10 a.m. Mountain 
Arizona Department Convention 
Sept. 22
10:30 a.m. Eastern
Pennsylvania DEC meetings 
American Legion National Headquarters is updating its resources for posts, districts, and departments to use. Among the new items:
• How-to videos, including a series — narrated by an American Legion post commander — about how to conduct a successful event.
• Sample social media posts to promote events.
• Revised sample press releases.
• And more!

ALA Mission

In the spirit of Service, Not Self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.