Area resident advocates for veterans with American Legion Auxiliary in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tina Washington of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 in Millsboro was one of more than 300 delegates and distinguished guests from across the nation who attended the American Legion Auxiliary’s annual Washington, D.C. Conference held at the Washington Hilton Hotel Feb. 22-25.

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Tina Washington

The annual winter event provides an opportunity for the organization’s leadership to hear from Washington-based experts on issues relevant to the ALA’s mission and to meet with Congressional representatives on key legislative priorities.

Ms. Washington joined American Legion family members to learn how to better support our veterans and their families. Presentations included topics such as Supporting Our Current Conflict Veterans and Veteran Families, Reaching and Serving Our Military Bases, Contemporary Ways to Engage Children and Youth in Service, Commemorating Our History – preparing for the American Legion Family’s centennial anniversary – and others.

Other events Ms. Washington attended included a ceremonial wreath-laying at the Korean War Veterans Memorial and a presentation of the ALA’s Public Spirit Award to Josh Bleill, community spokesperson for the NFL, Indianapolis Colts and an Iraq War veteran who uses his “one bad day” in Iraq and lengthy recovery at Walter Reed Military Medical Center to serve as an inspiration to all.

She also attended a joint session with the American Legion and met with senators and representatives on Capitol Hill to discuss the American Legion Family’s legislative priorities.

Hot-button legislative issues discussed with U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, Sen. Coons and the staffer for U.S. Rep. John Carney included the repeal of unfair offsets that penalize disabled veterans and widows, subsidies for the Home of the Brave transitional housing residents, assurance of real accountability within the Veterans Administration system, and end veteran homelessness.

American Legion Auxiliary members have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly with a value of more than $3.1 billion.

As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, Auxiliary volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism.

To learn more about the Auxiliary’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.

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