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Post 162

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In this world of ours, the American Legion Auxiliary shines as an example of unselfish giving. With almost a million members from all walks of life, the Auxiliary administers hundreds of volunteer programs, gives tens of thousands of hours to its communities and to veterans, and raises millions of dollars to support its own programs as well as other worth while charities familiar to most Americans. It is all accomplished with volunteers .

The Auxiliary is much more than the name implies. The organization has achieved its own unique identity while working side-by-side with the veterans who belong to The American Legion. Like the Legion, the Auxiliary's interests have broadened to encompass the entire community. Through its nearly 12,000 units located in every state and some foreign countries, the Auxiliary embodies the spirit of America that has prevailed through war and peace. It is as solidly behind America today as it was when it was founded in 1920.

In 1919, at the very first National Convention of The American Legion, it was agreed that the organization's purpose could not be properly served without the aid and dedication of each member's family. Membership in the Auxiliary is now open to Legionnaires' wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, granddaughters and grandmothers.

Today, they are recognized as the most influential patriotic women's organization in the world, but their success has not changed their purpose. They joined hands with The American Legion to serve God and Country as a family and that bond will never be broken.

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AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY (ALA) UNIT 162 CONTINUES THE TRADITION – it just gets better every time…….Lorton, Virginia, Auxiliary Unit 162 sponsors luncheon and good times for local Veterans.


The women of Lorton American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 162 sponsored a luncheon for Veterans living at the Armed Forces Retirement Home – Washington (formerly the Veterans Old Soldiers and Airmen’s Home) on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at the Post 162 home facility.  Over 50 members of the Armed Forces Retirement Home attended the luncheon and were treated to an outstanding early Memorial Day celebration of an outstanding lunch along with an elaborate spread of desserts.  (See photograph below.)


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(Auxiliary members Dee Krear, Helen Voccio, and Gretchen Fisher serving the salad)


Post 162 Sons of the American Legion (SAL) member Napoleon “Shaq” Hendrix III provided a mixture of background music, karaoke, and dancing with music ranging from the 40’s and 50’s into the 80’s as the Veterans enjoyed the luncheon, did a little dancing, and used the opportunity to mingle with today’s Veterans.  Auxiliary Unit 162 member Karen Donais surprised and pleased the attendees with her striking rendition of “Some Where Over the Rainbow.”  


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(Shaq and Karen providing some of the entertainment)


As always, this luncheon provided a golden opportunity for our American Legion family to thank the visiting Veterans for their military service and share stories and memories.  It was a great event for a very deserving and appreciative group of our Nation’s finest!


The ALA Unit 162 sponsors lunches or dinners for our aging Veterans three times a year (one held around St. Patrick’s Day and the other around Thanksgiving) and has been involved in this Veterans support activity for over 37 years – a significant achievement!  They are to be commended for their dedication and service to our Veterans and to our Country.


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(The ALA Unit 162 ladies who made it happen!  Back row from  L-R:  Debbie Mohaupt; Jen Donohue, Dee Krear, Helen Voccio, Fran Ricker, Gretchen Fisher; Karen Donais, Sara Mohaupt, Patricia Wiedner, and Beth Mohaupt  Front Row from L-R:  Marissa, Gabriana, and Jasmine Mohaupt)


Article written and pictures taken and submitted by American Legion Virginia Department PR Chairman Marv Rodney


American Legion Auxiliary Unit 162 Officers



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