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State House, Room 546-2, Boston, Massachusetts 02133

American Legion Auxiliary - Department of Massachusetts

PRESIDENT'S PROJECT 2018-2019

VETERANS INC.

Specific emphasis on women in transition and/or homeless

veteransinc.org

 

 

Hello Auxiliary Members,

 I am extremely honored to serve as your Department President this year! I look forward to the great things we can all accomplish together this year serving our Veterans, those currently serving our country, their families and our communities. My theme this year is Girls Rock! Why Girls Rock? Well, I have seen firsthand all the amazing things that can be accomplished by our dedicated members both individually and as a team! We are powerful when we come together and the more we embrace and empower each other there is no stopping us! So this Department Rocks!

My focus this year is on Female Veterans especially those who are homeless or in transition waiting for more permanent housing. . Over the years I have talked to many Female Veterans that feel they are overlooked and not recognized in the same manner of their male counterparts. Female Veterans have faced a system that may not be prepared how to best assist with female health concerns, issues around mental and physical abuse, child care issues and specific transition back to the role of caregiver. We can make a difference for these Female Veterans. We can have our voices heard through legislation, speaking to our representatives who best to understand the struggles of a woman than other woman. The one way I know that we can assist or female Veterans is through my Department Project this year. I have selected Veterans Inc. as a program to support. At the Worcester location they have a homeless shelter for female Veterans and families. They serve all of Massachusetts and serve Female Veterans in all communities. I have included information about Veterans Inc and a wish list of items they can use for all Veterans. Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated!

I believe in positive thinking and forward thinking! I have made a few changes in committees which I hope will enhance member’s experiences and provide tools needed for us all to grow.  So as we travel this road together let’s not look back but forward with excitement and a renewed commitment to have some fun while doing great things together! Let’s show everyone how we Rock!! So for those about to Rock…I salute you!!!

 

I am here when you need me and I look forward to the adventure!

Girls Rock!

Katina Polemenako

Department of Massachusetts

President 2018-2019

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