Change with Integrity
Honor what Matters

President Janelle Mendelson
2023 – 2024

Winter Wonderland Fundraiser to benefit the Honor Bell Foundation

Join the Department of Colorado in a Winter Wonderland Fundraiser that will raise money for the Honor Bell Foundation, the Departments Project.  It will also feature Creative Arts band Vets in Tune.  We will honor the service of the Department President Janelle Mendelson.

Come enjoy light refreshments, music, comradery, and Mystery Gift Bag pull ($10 donation guaranteed winner).  Recommended $20 donation for entry.

When: Sunday December 10, 2023

Where: VFW Post 9644 – 2680 W Hampton Ave, Englewood

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Please RSVP to

Creative Arts Festival
May 11 - 18, 2024 - Denver

The Creative Arts is a way to help veterans recover from and cope with physical and emotional disabilities, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities across the country are turning to a different form of rehabilitative treatment — creative arts. Each year, veterans enrolled at VA health care facilities showcase their talents in local creative arts competitions. For some, this provides an opportunity to open up and express themselves.

Since 2000, the Auxiliary has co-presented NVCAF, alongside the Department of Veterans Affairs. Carrying out the Auxiliary’s mission of Service Not Self, members, units, and departments make generous monetary donations to help carry out this event. 

101 Ways to Thank our Volunteers

As a service organization we must remember that our volunteers are our greatest asset. We need to appreciate our members at every level of their service.

We are an incredible group of Veteran Supporters.  Please show your support by ordering your shirt today.  

Get your shirts and RED FRIDAY shirts in our online store.

Several styles and colors to choose from: T-shirts, V Necks, Long Sleeves, and Children.  Navy, White, Grey, and some Military Green.

Proceeds will go to support Department Projects, such as the Honor Bell Foundation and the Creative Arts Festival ’24.

Share the Hash Tag on all your social media #AuxiliaryStrongCO.

2023-2024 Officers: National Executive Committee Member (NEC) Laurie Kuntz; President Janelle Mendelson; President-Elect Casey Rigerman; Vice President Shelley McLatchie; Secretary/Treasurer Terry Rose Lena; Historian Deb Davis; Chaplain Ashley Flores; Sgt-at-Arms Cat Apodaca


National Security is about supporting active duty military and their families.  There are many different ways to help.  As individuals and units many already do without even know it. 

​Did you know that sending care packages fall under that category?  It does.

I know that we have seen it a couple of times go out.  However, I wanted to remind you.  The American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters has partnered with ShipThrifty to allow for a better way to ship boxes and save money.
This is taken directly from Nationals Website:

Shipthrifty believes in empowering people through shipping.  With over 700 tons of packages shipped at a 99.9% success rate, Shipthrifty is an expert at fulfilling shipping needs for those looking to ship 1 to 1,000 packages.  ALA members have access to the free to use site that allows for users to:

  • Easily create shipping labels and print from home.
  • Save addresses for future shipping.
  • Access discounted rates.
  • Easily ship anywhere, including military bases and overseas

With a focus on supporting our military families, Shipthrifty also provides tips, workshops, and support for shipping individual military care packages as well as care package drives.
To learn more and begin shipping hassle-free, go to or use code “ALA” at sign-up.   

Another thing for National Security is R.E.D. Friday.  Wear red on Fridays to Remember Everyone Deployed. 
Laurie Kuntz, NEC