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The Poppy Program


Volunteers from across the state support Veteran Christmas shops like this one at the Prescott VA

Last year, Arizona members volunteered over 175,000 hours of service to

Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation. Arizona units contributed thousands of hours

of service to the Veteran Health Care System in Phoenix, Prescott and Tucson.

They hold annual “Christmas Shops” at these locations where hundreds of veterans

shop, at no cost, for themselves and their loved ones. 

The Arizona American Legion Auxiliary partners with the Arizona Veterans

Administration to conduct a Veteran’s Creative Arts Festival. The competition is part

of the VA’s recreation therapy program designed to further rehabilitate both

inpatients and outpatients. Over 100 entries ranging from art, music, dance,

drama and creative writing were entered in the 2017 Arizona festival. Learn more

about the National Creative Arts Festival here.

Arizona members donate clothing and personal care items to local veteran organizations such as Veterans Helping Veterans, Veterans First and Mary Ellen’s Place. They attend and contribute truckloads of clothing and other goods to local Stand downs supporting veterans. One local unit holds parties for visually blind lady veterans twice a year. Arizona units raised over  $50,000 for Soldier’s Best Friend—an organization that pairs veterans suffering from PTSD with rescued shelter dogs. One Arizona unit was recently recognized with the National President’s Award of Excellence for their efforts to make and deliver food to homeless veterans in their inner city community.  Sometimes the effort is collaborative and greatly effects many:  the Arizona American Legion Family donated $100,000 to the Tucson Fisher House—a home away from home for families of veterans seeking care at the VA. Other times the effort is one member who greatly effects one veteran-- like when a Green Valley Unit member ensures that a veteran who needs rehab at the VA has the resources to get to the session with some cash to spare. These described efforts just skim the surface of the work being done across Arizona.
Learn more about the American Legion Auxiliary VA&R program at the Auxiliary’s National website

Veterans & Military Programs

Poppies at Peoria’s Chick Fil A on Veteran’s Day

Veterans and
Military Programs 

As an individual or business, you can make a difference in your community through the

American Legion Auxiliary in Arizona.​

Coming home may be the end of one journey for many veterans; it is also the beginning of a new journey to transition to a “new normal.” Helping them get there is at the core of the purpose and service of the American Legion Auxiliary. Members are passionate about providing care and comfort to our heroic U.S. service members who are so highly deserving of everything we can possibly do for them.

Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation 

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Connecting the visual image of the poppy with the sacrifice of service made by our

veterans has been an important goal of the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Program since

its inception in 1921. On Memorial Day and Veterans Day, Arizona Auxiliary units distribute

tens of thousands of red crepe paper poppies—nearly all handmade by veterans as part of

their therapeutic rehabilitation. Poppies have been distributed by Arizona members at

Major League Baseball Spring and Fall Training games, local merchant locations like

Fry’s Marketplace, Chick Fil A and Walmart/Sam’s Club and at poppy breakfasts, memorials

and gatherings commemorating veterans.  The tens of thousands of donated dollars

gathered go directly to assist veterans in our communities. 

Learn more about the 

American Legion Auxiliary poppy program at the Auxiliary’s National website.

Gracious Veterans accept food donations at Camp Bravo with Pam Gorecki and Linda Welch Lmt representing Vail's Unit 109. Camp Bravo, on Tucson's South side, is a place where homeless vets are sheltered, nourished and protected.

Unit 62 in Peoria gave quilts to Female Veterans living in transitional housing in Prescott.

Who we are, what we do, why we matter!

Phoenix area units hold their 7th Annual Christmas Celebration honoring female Veterans at Mary Ellen's Place--transitional housing leading to independence.