The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars – 100 Years

Trained as a dental assistant, Brooke Kuecker holds South Dakota licensure. She is also pursuing a bachelor’s degree in health science. Active in community affairs since she was young, Brooke Kuecker belongs to the New Helgen Lutheran Church and holds lifetime membership in the Ladies’ Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Formed in 1914, the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars observed its centennial in 2014. More than 450,000 women nationwide belong to the Ladies Auxiliary VFW nationwide. Generally speaking, membership is open to any woman who is related by blood or marriage to an American service member whose service makes him or her eligible for membership in the VFW. Likewise, any woman whose military service makes her eligible for membership in the VFW is eligible for dual membership in the Ladies’ Auxiliary.

The VFW and Ladies Auxiliary both began as service organizations, providing support and service to American veterans and their families for a century. In the 2013-14 program year alone, the Ladies Auxiliary volunteered almost 800,000 hours in Veterans’ Administration medical facilities, raised $2.3 million to support cancer research, provided $5.4 million in financial aid to active-duty military, veterans, and their families. They also worked with more than 230,000 youth in a variety of programs. The Ladies Auxiliary is also well known for donating American flags for numerous patriotic purposes and for decorating the graves of fallen service members on national holidays.

Membership in the Ladies Auxiliary carries certain benefits, ranging from travel benefits and an affinity group credit card to prescription discount programs and insurance plans, among many others. Further information is available from the organization’s website at http://www.ladiesauxvfw.org.

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