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Q: I am related to someone who served on active duty during one of the membership eligibilty dates. Can I join the Auxiliary of The American Legion?

A: If your relative who served on active duty during one of the membership eligibility dates and is a member of The American Legion, you may join the American Legion Auxiliary of The American Legion.

However, if the qualifying veteran is deceased you may join the appropriate organization, even if the qualifying veteran was not a member of The American Legion when living.

Contact your local American Legion Auxiliary Unit, complete the application and proudly join the AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY.

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Diane Duscheck
Madam President
Diane Duscheck, of Markesan, Wisc., was elected national president of the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) during the organization’s 97th National Convention held Aug. 18-24 in Reno, Nev. Duscheck will serve the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization as national president for a one-year term.

Duscheck has held numerous leadership positions in the organization at the district, department, and national levels. At the national level, she chaired many committees and served special appointments, including work on the ALA’s 5-Year Centennial Strategic Plan and as a member of the ALA Foundation’s Board of Directors.

"There’s an old great proverb that says, ‘Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.’ ... Areas of emphasis this year will be projects where we plant seeds to make a difference in the Auxiliary both today and in the future. The first is the [ALA 5-Year] Centennial Strategic Plan and the second is the ALA Foundation Endowment Fund,” Duscheck said. Reflecting on the Foundation’s 10 year anniversary, she added, “We have seeds to sow and trees to plant so the Endowment [Fund] can be a healthy fund that will provide support and mission outreach so that the future generations in the Auxiliary will be able to sit in the shade of trees and reflect on the insight of the women who started the Foundation in 2007.”

Duscheck has been actively involved in non-profit work for most of her life. She worked at Easter Seals Society of Wisconsin for more than 10 years, where she was responsible for the personal care of physically handicapped campers and was also a cook, and still volunteers for fundraisers and special events. As part of her professional career, Duscheck taught seventh and eighth grade science for 34 years at St. Eugene Catholic School and Maple Dale Grade School, respectively, retiring from the latter in June 2014. Duscheck earned both her Bachelor of Science in P.E. with Pre-Physical Therapy Option and a Secondary Teaching Certification in Science from Montana State University, and earned her Master of Science in Education from Viterbo University. She holds a Department of Public Instruction Licensure in computer science, science (all), and health. In addition to the American Legion Auxiliary, Duscheck is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Montana State University Alumni Association, and Friends of the Domes.

Duscheck, an ALA member for 56 years, is eligible for membership through her father Roland Duscheck, a World War II Army veteran, who was a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge. She is a member of Abendroth-Connolly Unit 282 in Markesan.

Posted 1 September 2017

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Help ALA members impacted by Hurricane Harvey

American Legion Auxiliary Auxiliary
 Emergency Fund

As the catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey takes its toll, many are facing the devastation of what will be a very long recovery effort. Hurricane Harvey’s apocalyptic rain has been relentless on Texas and Louisiana. This is an unprecedented, catastrophic weather event that left more than a quarter million people without power, and thousands without food and shelter. American Legion Auxiliary members in Texas and the Gulf Coast desperately need our help.

Without power, utilities, or internet, it is impossible to know how many members are impacted, but we must be prepared to help ALA families affected.

ALA members selflessly serve veterans and military families in need. But when the need strikes home, the Auxiliary Emergency Fund (AEF) is available to grant members temporary emergency assistance. Members helping members is what the AEF is all about.

To help, donate now to the AEF. All donations are tax deductible. Every dollar helps. ALA National President Diane Duscheck thanks you for holding our displaced Auxiliary members in your thoughts and prayers.

To apply for an AEF grant, up to $2,400, log in here. The ALA is prepared to expedite the process of grant requests from Auxiliary members impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Your help is needed and greatly appreciated.


American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters:
8945 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260
P: (317) 569-4500 | F: (317) 569-4502

In the Spirit of Service Not Self for Veterans, God and Country

Visit us online at ALAforVeterans.org