To our Veteran Service Organizations Auxiliaries:
A few weeks ago, David Puente, your WDVA Deputy Director and I, had the privilege of speaking to members of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary at their annual convention in the Tri-Cities. The event was not only well attended, but it was attended by incredibly engaged people with a passion for service! The enthusiasm and desire to make a difference, inspired us both and we are excited for what the coming year will bring.
In this edition of the Veteran Voices, I would like to highlight and celebrate you, our Auxiliary Service Organization members. Most are composed of veteran spouses and survivors and many have dual membership as they also served in the military. I often refer to our Auxiliary members as the heart and soul of the larger organization because of their spirit of volunteerism, giving, activism, motivation and passion. Auxiliaries across our nation help veterans and their families get a feeling of belonging while improving their quality of life. The banner service organization is usually the first contact that veterans make before seeking assistance from the Federal VA through claims and camaraderie. As they connect and work through the benefits and services maze, having Auxiliary organizations in communities across the state, means that veterans and their families have that additional layer of understanding and assistance by family members who walked the same path.
As veterans, we know about raising our hands, volunteering, and making sure no one is left behind. These are essential functions that you also provide to veterans and their families in our great state! Your commitment, patriotism and civic involvement is what ensures that future generations know and understand the sacrifices made by Veterans and especially their families. By planning community events, fundraising, and supporting youth, hospitalized Veterans and our State Veterans Homes, you ensure that the Veterans Community stays at the forefront of the hearts and minds of our leaders, friends and neighbors.
Thank you to every Auxiliary Service Organization member in our state! Your WDVA celebrates you for creating a sense of community and belonging for our Veterans and their families!
If you’re interested in contacting a VSO near you, please visit: Resources | WDVA (wa.gov)