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The annual “Honoring Our Women Veterans Holiday Luncheon,” sponsored by the American Legion Post 139, the City of Alhambra, and the 18th District, took place on Dec. 10 at the American Legion Hall. It is an annual luncheon for homeless women veterans. Post 139 said it is a small way for a community of veterans and their families to reach out to their fellow soldiers who have fallen on hard times and uplift them during the holiday season.
The American Legion Post 139 Chaplain Monika Rueda, event coordinator for this program, worked with the City of Alhambra, Veterans Advisory Commission, The National Veterans Foundation, Wellness Works-Glendale, the YMCA of West San Gabriel Valley, and Military Women in Need to locate veteran women in shelters and help arrange their transportation to the event.
The Sons of American Legion Post 139 provided the arrival of Santa Claus. People from many places in Southern California provided clothes, shoes, coats, and other practical items to donate to the women. “The high quality of items donated was a wonderful display of the gratitude we have for our veterans,” said Chaplain Rueda. “The Legionnaires couldn’t be more appreciative of the community’s support of this program.”
The American Legion is a non-profit organization whose goal is to “help veterans, their families, educate the community’s children, keep our community safe, and lend a helping hand to those in need.” It was established in 1919 by Congress as a patriotic, war-time veteran’s organization and has since grown to be the nation’s largest wartime organization founded on the values, contributions, and sacrifices of those who answered the country’s call to arms. This organization serves its community through National Security, Veterans Affairs, and Rehabilitation, Children and Youth, and Americanism.
For more information, contact Woman’s Auxiliary Chaplain Aurora Sosa at 562-299-2263 or Chaplain Rueda at 626-458-2723.