LAVFW

THEME: PROUD AS A PEACOCK TO SERVE OUR VETERANS

FLOWER: COTTON BOLL

SYMBOL: PEACOCK

SONG: "HAPPY"

NATIONAL PRESIDENT: FRANCISCA GUILFORD

THEME: OUR VETERANS- NOW AND FOREVER

Dear Auxiliary Sisters,

Well my Sisters the day has finally arrived that I have been preparing for the last five years. This has been an amazing journey that would not have been possible without the support of my family and all of you. I look forwards to leading this organization as we serve our Veterans and their families. My Commander, Steve Organ tald me that he wants to have fun this year so get ready Ladies we are going to be Rocking & Rolling and having fun.

Our National President Francisca Guilford has chosen for her theme this year, OUR VETERANS - NOW AND FOREVER. National has made lots of changes for this year, there will be no Ambassador or promotions to raise money for the Cancer Aid & Research Fund. The restricted fund will go toward Cancer Grants, which are now considered a member benefit. Auxiliaries are asked to consider donating $2.00 per member to help sustain the fund. A new focus will be on the Youth Activities Program allowing both boys and girls. Beginning July 1, 2015, the National Organization will end the Junior Girls Unit program. They asked that Auxiliaries and Departments instead do projects and activities with boys and girls calling it something else.

My Special Project this year will be the Homeless Veterans and PTSD Awareness. This is something that is very importnant to me as my husband Dwight suffers with PTSD. So many times our Homeless Veterans have PTSD and do not know it. All our Veterand fought for our Freedom, so as members of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW we took an oath to help ALL OUR VETERANS. I ask that wach Auxiliary make an effort to reach out to the Homeless Veterans in your area and help make a difference in their lives.

I hope that all my Auxiliary SIsters will be "PROUD AS A PEACOCK TO SERVE VETERANS" because that are "OUR VETERANS - NOW AND FOREVER". Thank you my SIsters for all that you do for our Veterans and this great Organization.

Loyally,

Judy Peacock,

Department President

Ladies Auxiliary VFW