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NATIONAL SECURITY

MELISSA BURTON

CONTACT INFORMATION:

304 S. Bentwood Court, Rose Hill, Kansas 67133

(316) 644-7349

melissa.burton324@gmail.com

 

 
DISTRICT NATIONAL SECURITY CHAIRMAN
District One Unknown Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Two Susan Jennings Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Three Cathy Muller Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Four Claudia Maples Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Five Unknown Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Six Unknown Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Seven Julie Radke Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Eight Clara Marie Felts Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page

The National Security Program:

The Auxiliary's National Security Program maintains and promotes a strong national defense by strengthening and supporting military service members and their families. The Auxiliary believes in maintaining a strong national defense and endeavors to educate its members on all vital national security issues.  In cooperation with The American Legion, Auxiliary members are briefed on a wide range of topics at local and national meetings and through publications and bulletins. Topics include national and civil defense; crime prevention; emergency and disaster preparedness; and environmental protection.  The member's clear understanding of the issues helps to lay the groundwork for community-wide mobilization and support of various national security activities. National activities include the annual Awareness Assembly, a legislative forum in Washington, D.C.; POW/MIA Awareness; crime prevention; and local and worldwide support of USO activities.

What Can You Do to Promote Americanism:

Support the emotional and social needs of active, reserve, and trasitioning military servicemembers and their families.
MEMBER PROMOTION IDEAS: UNIT PROMOTION IDEAS:
Inform your Unit of any military families or businesses that should receive a Blue Star or Gold Star in recognition of a servicemember's service. SEE: www.legion.org/troops/bluestar If you are near a military installation, a US Department of Defense policy makes it easier for you to get and provide information about our services and programs to servicemembers and military families. SEE: How to Support Troops and their Families on Military Installations
Provide support on a spouse-to-spouse or family-to-family basis, such as to family member, neighbor, or another military family. SEE: ALA Military Family Readiness Action Guide, How to Identify Veterans and Servicemembers Families who are in Need of Assistance Organize a Welcome to Our Hometown event to welcome military familes that are moving or transitioning out of the military to your community. SEE: Welcome to Our Hometown Action Guide; How to Welcome Home Separating Servicemembers
Become more informed about issues affecting a military Family's home life and the resources available to help, such as PTSD, TBI, domestic violence, financial literacy, and other issues. Work with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and refer a survivor or caregiver for specialized support. SEE: How to Collaborate with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
  Greet servicemembers and families as they deploy and/or return fro deployment.
  Coordinate for community donations and assemble servicemember care packages and family member support packages.
  Support active duty military, reserve, transitioning servicemembers, and their families through the Family Readiness Group (FRG) at military installations. SEE: ALA Military Family Readiness Action Guide
Assist military spouses in getting and maintaining employment.
MEMBER PROMOTION IDEAS: UNIT PROMOTION IDEAS:
Contact school guidance counselor in your local area and offer to be "on call" for assistance with military children. Support military spouse job fairs organized by The American Legion or US Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Promote military spouse job fairs in you community, or volunteer to help with such. Provide fair sponsor with information about the American Legion Auxiliary and its programs. Host a military spouse job fair in your community. Provide information about The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary and programs/assistance offered by both organizations.
Write an editorial about why military spouses make good employees. Seek grant funds to help military spouses start small businesses.
Serve as a mentor in the career e-mentoring network through the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heros Military Spouse Employment Program and Academy Women. SEE: How to Collaborate with the Hiring Our Heros Military Spouse eMentor Program Create a scholarship fund for military spouses learing a new skill.
Support the National Security programs of The American Legion.
MEMBER PROMOTION IDEAS: UNIT PROMOTION IDEAS:
Complete a Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) course. SEE: How to Train for FEMA's Community Emergency Response Teams Get involved in the Citizen Corps Council to ensure citizens are prepared to respond to natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, blizzards, and manmade distaters and emergencies. SEE: www.ready.gov
Help a neighborhood build an emergency preparedness kit and plan. Encourage members to complete CERT training. Offer training in your Post concerning first aid, CPR, or other types of emergency skills. SEE: How to Train for FEMA's Community Emergency Response Teams and www.legion.org/documents/pdf/...pdf
Sign up for The Legion's Legislative Action Alerts, and be sure to act on the ones regarding strong national defense and affecting current and transitioning servicemembers and their families. Click here to sign up: http://capwiz.com/legion/home

Join your Post in holding a POW/MIA ceremony on National POW/MIA Recognition Day. You may also host a rememberance event in honor of one or more service people designated MIA in your area. SEE: www.legion.org/powmia; Planning a POW/MIA Remembrance Service

Observe the Legion's Empty Chair Resolutin 288, which designates an empty chair at all official Legion meetings and events

Donate blood. Join your Post in hosting a dinner honoring ROTC and JROTC cadets. Present recognition awards for their accomplishments

Member, Unit, and Department National Security Awards:

CLASS AWARD NAME AWARD GUIDELINES
Unit Most Outstanding Unit National Security program Citation Plaque (one for each division) The entry must be typewritten in narrative format, and include pictures and news articles. ENTRY MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH NATIONAL AWARDS COVER SHEET. Click here to download the National Awards Cover Sheet. DEADLINE: June 1, 2018 (To Central Division Americanism Chairmain, postmarked or e-mailed by 5:00PM EST on deadline date.)
Department Dorothy Pearl Best Department National Security Program Citation (one for each division) The entry must be typewritten in narrative format, and include pictures and news articles. ENTRY MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH NATIONAL AWARDS COVER SHEET. Click here to download the National Awards Cover Sheet. DEADLINE: June 1, 2018 (To Central Division Americanism Chairmain, postmarked or e-mailed by 5:00PM EST on deadline date.)
Department Military Spouse Mentor Citation (one for each division) This award is given to the department havein the highest percentage of members actively participating in military spouse eMentoring and connected to military spouse. Entries must have a list or spreadsheet of participating members. Each department's participation percentage will be determined by the National Chairman. The percentage will be calculated based on the number of reported participating members who are servinc as a eMentor, as reported by the eMentoring program staff, divided by the department's membership total as of Juneo fo the current administrative year. ENTRY MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH NATIONAL AWARDS COVER SHEET. Click here to download the National Awards Cover Sheet. DEADLINE: June 1, 2018 (To Central Division Americanism Chairmain, postmarked or e-mailed by 5:00PM EST on deadline date.)

Click this link to view the American Legion Auxiliary (National) National Security Program Page:  www.alaforveterans.org/Programs/National-Security. You will need your User ID and password to access the National website.

 

Mid-Year Unit Report are due to the District Chairman by December 1, 2017.

Year-End Unit Report are due to District Chairman by March 1, 2018.
LOOKING FOR DISTRICT FORMS. . . Visit the "Forms" tab on this website's main navigation menu, then select "District Report Forms".
Kansas Program Action Plan Unit Report Forms can be referenced, by District, at the top of this page, or by visiting "Forms" (then select your District), on this website's main navigation menu.
ALA OPERATION HOMEFRONT ACTION GUIDE- OFFICIAL MANUAL How to Welcome Home Separating Servicemembers
ALA MILITARY FAMILY READINESS ACTION GUIDE- OFFICIAL MANUAL How to Identify Veteran and Servicemember Families who are in Need of Assistance
WELCOME TO OUR HOMETOWN ACTION GUIDE- OFFICIAL MANUAL How to Support Troops and their Families on Military Installations
ALA USO ACTION GUIDE- OFFICIAL MANUAL How to Train for FEMA's Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
Link to: Blue Star and Gold Star Banner: http://www.legion.org/troops/bluestar Planning a POW/MIA Remembrance Service
Link to: Disaster Preparedness and Response for American Legion Posts: http://www.legion.org/documents/pdf/. . . .pdf How to Collaborate with the American Red Cross' Service to the Armed Forces
Link to: Family Support Network: http://www.legion.org/familysupport How to Collaborate with the Tragendy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
Link to: Operation Comfort Warrior: http://www.legion.org/troops/operationcomfort How to Collaborate with the Hiring Our Heros Military Spouses eMentor Program
Link to: POW/MIA: http://www.legion.org/powmia Instructions for Sleeping Mats
Link to: Legislative Action Alert: http://capwiz.com/legion/home Link to: KSALA Family Support Resources for Active Duty Military, Reserves, Veterans, and their families

Link to: Citizen Corps Council:http://www.ready.gov

 

 

 

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