History, Mission, and Vision
Eligibility is quite simple. Membership is open to female veterans and to the mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, granddaughters or great-granddaughters of American Legion members or deceased veterans who served in the Armed Forces during World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, and/or Lebanon conflicts, and the Persian Gulf War. Descendants of veterans (great-granddaughters, etc.) often are presented with Junior memberships at birth or during childhood through the generosity of an older relative and Auxiliary member. Many of these young women continue their membership as Senior members after they reach age 18.
Founded in 1919, The American Legion Auxiliary has nearly 1 million members from all walks of life. The Auxiliary administers hundreds of volunteer programs, gives tens of thousands of hours to its communities and to veterans, and raises millions of dollars to support its own programs, as well as other worthwhile charities familiar to Americans. It is all accomplished with volunteers.
While originally organized to assist The American Legion, the Auxiliary has achieved its own unique identity while working side-by-side with the veterans who belong to The American Legion. Like the Legion, the Auxiliary’s interests have broadened to encompass the entire community.The American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. Through its nearly 10,500 units located in every state and some foreign countries, the Auxiliary embodies the spirit of America that has prevailed through war and peace. Along with The American Legion, it solidly stands behind America and her ideals.
Click here to see the Mission and Vision statement for the Auxiliary.
Click here to see the entire American Legion Auxiliary website.
The Department of South Carolina American Legion Auxiliary is located in Columbia, South Carolina. Their website contains location and contact information. The current Department of South Carolina Officers are:
On Saturday, August 8, 2015, Department President, Teresia Hayes and Executive Director Louise Winslett dedicated the American Legion Post 205 Auxiliary at Caddys at the Rose Hill Golf Club.
All women who are eligible for membership in the Auxiliary fall into one of the following categories:
(1) The mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters and grandmothers of Members of The American Legion.
(2) The mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters and grandmothers of those who served in the Armed Forces of the United States during any of the eligibility periods listed below and who died in the line of duty during such service, or who, having received an Honorable Discharge, died after such service.
(3) The mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters and grandmothers of those who were citizens of the United States and who served during any of the eligibility periods below in the Armed Forces of any of the governments who were allies of the United States and who died in the line of duty during such service, or who, having received an Honorable Discharge, died after such service.
(4) Women who are eligible for membership in The American Legion in their own right, having served on Active Military Duty during any of the eligibility periods shown on the Eligibility to Join page. This eligibility includes step-relatives.
Who can join the Auxiliary?