Auxiliary Unit 419
Monthly Meetings are usually held on the second Wednesday of the month from 7-8 p.m. with fellowship at 6:30 p.m. Contact Us if you have questions.
The meeting is held in person at the American Legion Post 419 (Hall), located at 958 Homestead Road, cross-street Lafayette, in Santa Clara, California. We recite the Preamble at every meeting to pledge service and inspire eachother. Bookmark this page on your smart phone and click on the preamble image left or the link above during the meeting to follow along!
Membership in the American Legion Auxiliary is available to any person who is the spouse (male or female), daughter, grand-daughter, mother or grand-mother of a veteran, or a female Veteran in her own right, who served honorably in the U. S. Military anytime from December 7, 1941 to present day. If the veteran is still living, they must be an American Legion member (and you will need a copy of their membership card); or if not living, you will need their discharge papers (DD214) or we can help you with that. The dues for membership are $30 per year. Note: Men may join the Auxiliary if their spouse is a veteran; and they may also join the Sons of Legion if they are the son or grandson of a veteran. Examples of ineligible relations are great-grand-daughters, daughters-in-laws, and nieces.
Auxiliary Membership Application (Fillable PDF) Fill out this online membership application and follow the directions. It will email a link to you asking you to verify your email, and then it will forward the application to the Post Adjutant to verify the veteran's status. Follow the directions on the form as to whether or not you need to provide additional paperwork, such as the veterans membership card if living, or the discharge papers (DD214) if deceased, and send in a check for $35 membership dues. Our email and physical address can be found here: Contact Us. You can also simply download a paper membership application, fill out, follow the directions, and return to the Auxiliary.
In Memorium on the Honor Guard page lists our members who have passed away this year. Our condolences to their families and our thanks for their service.
What We Do
In the spirit of Service, Not Self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.
Santa Clara Unit 419
Although we have a small base of active volunteers, we are able to do the programs and activities described below every year. We are open to new ideas, new programs, and causes if a member would like to bring these ideas forward and help in any way. It can be a simple idea, short-lived, or big and bold, for our veterans, their families, or our community. Step forward with new ideas! Too busy with other causes? Let's collaborate and leverage our volunteer hours--making our efforts work twice.
Programs & Activities
We support our Post 419 by participating in their events as volunteers, and paying building rental for our events. We have a robust Girls State program where we select one high school junior girl from 6-7 high schools near us for a week long summer program to learn about democracy in a non-partisan teaching environment. We support veterans and their families with our gifts of toys and presents for their children, gift stockings to hospitalized veterans at the Palo Alto VA, carnival booths on President's Day and Fourth of July at the Menlo Park VA, carnival booth at the 129th Air Rescue Wing summer picnic, and numerous financial donations to Legion Family programs and our own Legion Post 419. For the community, we help cook and serve at the Legion's lunch and breakfast food service, provide toys and gifts to disabled children, and more. Our budget for all these activities is about $7,000 per year, which monies are raised by holding two dinner dances and accepting donations.
New Ideas Needed from New and Old Members
We are always looking for new ways to serve our veterans and community better, and welcome new ideas from new and old members! Although the Covid-19 Pandemic set back our fundraising abilities, we are always looking for creative ways to provide something of value to our veterans and the community. Hopefully, these efforts might be enjoyed by them and rewarded with a donation to our Auxiliary so we can continue serving. How can you help? Bring your ideas to our monthly meetings! Contact Us!
Member Benefits are listed at: www.legion-aux.org/member-benefits but be sure to return to us to fill out the membership application (above).