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Children and Youth


Alida Kolthoff

5825 Troy Mills Road

Walker, Iowa 52352


Children and Youth

Children and Youth are the future of our Country and of our organization.  The Purpose of the Children and Youth Program is to promote the Protection, Care and Support of Children and Youth especially those of Military Families. 

Supporting Children and Youth seems like such a simple thing, but what can you do to support the Children and Youth Program of the American Legion Auxiliary?


Support the Children and Youth in your community

Host a “Star Spangled Kids” Program to educate youth on the history of the United States in respect to patriotism, Americanism, and the U.S. Constitution.  Nominate someone to receive the “Youth Hero Award or Good Deed Award” for youth who demonstrate good citizenship. Give Josh Dogs to military children who will be separated from their parent(s).  Celebrate Children and Youth Month in April.


Support military children and youth

Provide awareness of “Kids of Deployed are Heros 2 (KDH2).” Recognizing military children who are experience extended separation from their military parent(s).  Give Josh Dogs to military children who will be separated from their parent(s).  Celebrate Month of the Military Child in April.


Support veterans’ children and youth

Programs that support the children of veterans include Klinger, a Story of Honor and Hope as part of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  Many homeless Veterans have children who are living on the street with them and need assistance to thrive.

Check out the National Action Plan for great ideas on how to implement these programs!


Awards will be given for outstanding children and youth programs.  Youth Hero and Good Deed award applications should be sent to the Department Office who will forward them on to National.


Remember to report all that you do throughout the year.  Mid-Year reports are due January 1, 2019 and Year-End Reports are due April 30, 2019.


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