Auxiliary Unit #43
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For over 100 years the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary has been to serve veterans, the military and their families, and the community. The primary source of funding for our veteran projects for Faribault’s American Legion Auxiliary Unit #43 comes from our annual Poppy Drive held in May. We honor veterans in our senior living facilities on Veterans Day, Christmas, and Memorial Day; residents in state veterans facilities; Paralyzed Veterans-Minnesota Chapter; families of patients in the VA Hospital who stay at Fisher House, a Ronald McDonald-type facility; and traveling military needing respite at the Armed Forces Service Center at the Minneapolis-St Paul airport. We also have sent packages to deployed troops, helped sponsor wreaths at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery for Christmas and flags for Memorial Day; and have made donations to the BelieVet program for training service dogs for veterans; Vigilant Guardians, a veterans motorcycle group that assists veterans; the Brain Science Foundation; and other projects as funding allows. Members also donate hundreds of hours to volunteer in our community.
With our annual Salad Luncheon Fundraiser, we actively support youth in our community by sponsoring female high school juniors to attend Girls State, sending students to Legionville to learn about school crossing patrol, providing an essay contest and scholarships, military cords for graduating seniors entering the military and Blue Star Banners for their parents, and delivering apples to nearly 800 staff members at 16 local schools during the Auxiliary’s Education Month in October.
The American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, and it has an exclusive membership requirement. Female members need to be a veteran or have a veteran relative within two generations up or down, such as father/mother, grandfather/grandmother, son/daughter, grandson/granddaughter, sibling, or spouse (can now be a male spouse) that is or has been a member of the American Legion. If the veteran is deceased, they do not need to have belonged to the American Legon. Since the Legion Act was signed into law in 2019, veterans can now become Legion members with just one day of active duty service since the beginning of World War II. The act declares the United States has been in a state of war since December 7, 1941.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I am related to someone who served on active duty during one of the membership eligibility dates. Can I join the Auxiliary of The American Legion?
A: If your relative 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.
American Legion Auxiliary - Membership
Please select the following link to download a copy of the American Leigon Auxiliary - Membership Application