American Legion District 29, Orange County, CA |

Carol Borgman - District 29 Auxiliary President

Telephone: (714) 262-0046


Placentia Unit 277
[230 S. Bradford Ave., Placentia, CA 92870]

Kentucky resident elected national president of American Legion Auxiliary

ALA National President Kathy Daudistel

American Legion Auxiliary member Kathy Daudistel of the Department of Kentucky became the national president of the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) during the organization’s 100th National Convention held Aug. 27-Sept. 2 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Daudistel is eligible for ALA membership through her father, William Kaelin Jr., a United States Army veteran who served during the Korean War era.

An ALA member for 25 years, Daudistel has held numerous leadership positions at the unit, district, department, and national levels, including national vice president; national committee chair: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, Children & Youth, Poppy, National Security, Americanism, Membership, and Leadership; national committee vice chair: Junior Activities; National Executive Committee and alternate NEC.

“I think it’s the opportunities,” Daudistel said of the ALA. “There are opportunities for everybody — you don’t have to be an officer; you don’t have to be a leader. But there is always something. The Auxiliary offers something for everybody.”

Daudistel retired from a Fortune 500 company after more than 30 years where she worked in the information technology department. She earned her bachelor of science degree in information technology from Northern Kentucky University. Daudistel has two daughters, four grandchildren, and two sons-in-law.

National President Kathy Daudistel’s 2021-2022 Focus: Caregivers, Especially Military Caregivers

Many people don’t identify as a caregiver because they are family members taking care of family. According to a recent Rand Corp. military caregiver research study, there are approximately 5.5 million military and veteran caregivers in the United States. Of the 5.5 million, approximately 1.1 million are caring for veterans and servicemembers who served after 9/11.

In fact, many of these caregivers are members of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Our mission includes honoring the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families. One way we can honor that sacrifice is to recognize these unsung heroes and help to make sure they have the resources and support they need to take care of their veteran.

Many of our Auxiliary members are already doing this important work, and most without even thinking about it. What better way to carry out our mission than caring for those who care for others?

This year, through the ALA’s Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation program, we plan to recognize a deserving military or veteran non-paid caregiver in every department, and hopefully when I visit your department, I can personally acknowledge them. 

To further prioritize caregivers, be on the lookout for announcements for webinars this administrative year. One such webinar is already available online in the ALA AcademyMission Delivery through Caregiver Support. When you have a moment, I highly recommend you watch it. You won’t be disappointed.

Our Juniors and Sons of The American Legion members can also get involved with the caregiver focus. As part of the ALA Patch Program, a new caregiver patch is available. Check out the Junior Activities page for more information on requirements. 

I am looking forward to serving with all of you this administrative year as we continue to focus on our veterans, military, and their families, with an extra significance placed on caregivers. Thank you for all you do to support the ALA mission!

Membership in the American Legion Auxiliary now open to
male spouses of U.S. veterans and servicemembers.

8/30/19—INDIANAPOLIS – The American Legion has voted to extend membership in the American Legion Auxiliary to male spouses of U.S. veterans and servicemembers. During The American Legion National Convention in Indianapolis in August, delegates of The American Legion voted to replace the word “wife” with “spouse” in their constitution and bylaws, opening up membership in the American Legion Auxiliary.

Why are The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary making this change? Currently, 1.9 million women veterans are living in the United States, and 9% of the U.S. military is female. By 2045, it’s estimated that 18% of the U.S. military will be comprised of women.

This new membership eligibility has much promise for growth in the American Legion Auxiliary, leading to new resources, increased funding opportunities, and additional diversity and talent among our leadership, as well as general membership.

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ALA Unit Guide Book: Revised and ready for members

The newly revised American Legion Auxiliary Unit Guide Book provides information, direction to desired information, and guidance to unit members about the history, mission, programs, membership eligibility, customs, and operations of an American Legion Auxiliary unit, the community-level organization of the Auxiliary.