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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

Important Information:

Your American Legion Family help is needed by March 4! Please vote and share!
Boys State is one of 10 documentaries nominated for the Audience Choice Award as part of the 14th annual Cinema Eye Honors. Online voting is open through March 4. The Cinema Eye awards ceremony will take place virtually on March 9.
Boys State and directors/producers Amanda McBaines and Jesse Moss are also nominated for Outstanding Feature, while Jeff Gilbert was nominated for his editing of the film, which took viewers into the 2018 American Legion Texas Boys State program.
Boys State is also on the shortlist for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards; final nominees will be announced March 15.
Promoting this insightful and well-done documentary helps to promote our brand to audiences who might not otherwise know who we are, so please, vote and share this on your Facebook and other social media platforms.

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Note: You are not asked for your name to vote; tracking is done by IP address. That means you can vote on different devices. So, break out your phone, laptop, iPad, and any other device and vote from each one! Share with all of your non-member friends and get them to do the same! Thanks for your help!


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Celebrating 80th Session in 2021
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2019 - 2021 Department President

Sue Cunniff Coughlin is a 24-year PUFL member of the Billy Caldwell Unit # 806. Her eligibility is through her late father, Robert Cunniff, who served in the Navy during WWII and the Korean Conflict, and through her husband Al Coughlin who is a Vietnam Army Veteran.

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"Celebrate Your Pride in Membership to Grow for the Future.

Our Department Theme for the year is: "Celebrate Our Past and Awaken Our Future.

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ALA Illini Girls State

Each June over 400 young ladies will arrive to create 18 unique cities, 4 counties and one state government. Are you interested and able to be one of those 400 “citizens”? If so contact your local American Legion Auxililary Unit to sponsor your attendance at American Legion Auxiliary Illini Girls State.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Illinois proudly offers scholarship opportunities to our nation’s veterans and their families.
For complete rules and applications (including those offered by the National Organization) please contact your local Auxiliary Unit or call Department Headquarters at 309-663-9366 to locate a Unit near you.

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Children and Youth

The Children & Youth Program emphasizes protecting, caring for and supporting children and youth, particularly those of veterans’ and military families. Two main events of our Children and Youth program are the Christmas Gift Program and Illinois Special Olympics Hospitality tent. 

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Poppy Program

The purpose of the Poppy program is to elevate community awareness and respect for our veterans by educating about its significance. Millions of poppies are produced by our disabled veterans to help them retrain and gain strenght and mental sharpmess.

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Veterans Affairs and Rehibilitation

The Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Program works to enhance the lives of veterans, military, and their families and their families, provides our members opportunities to serve in volunteer leadership roles within their local Veterans Affairs hospital. 

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Junior Activities

Engaging the next generation to become members in the American Legion Auxiliary is the important purpose of the Junior Activities Program. Junior Auxiliary membership is open to girls from infancy through age 17. These girls develop leadership skills while having fun and will hopefully become the future leaders of our organization.