Auxiliary unit forms to serve veterans, military members, families


Veterans' Advocate

It always is so refreshing to see the many organizations and groups that advocate for veterans represented at different events in Brevard County.

There were a few at this year’s Veterans Day commemoration at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center.

One table included the newly forming American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 344, which will make its home at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center. The group will meet there at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of every month.

Dorothy Walsh is president of the unit, which started with 20 charter members, and expects to have 25 to 30 by the time it is officially chartered this month.

Walsh is a true advocate for veterans, who is involved in many different endeavors that help those who served in the military or those still serving and their families.

She and others were at the commemoration at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center sharing information about the new unit.

These are all people who are true volunteers, advocates for veterans and their families. That is their objective, their reason for being an auxiliary unit — to serve.

American Legion Auxiliary’s mission is to serve veterans, active duty military and their families. It provides educational programs and scholarships.

One auxiliary program is to develop leadership among children and educate them about the basic ideals and principles of government to help ensure the survival of democracy.

“The auxiliary is to help support the aims and accomplishments of the American Legion,’ Walsh said. “We support each other.”

American Legion is a veterans’ service organization dedicated to mutual help. It serves to mentor youth, sponsors community programs advocating patriotism, promotes national security and shows dedication to fellow veterans.

The auxiliary unit will be for those 18 and older and will also have a junior unit for children up to age 17.

For those who would like to know more about the unit or maybe join it, they can attend one of the meetings held at the Veterans Center.

Potential members also can contact Walsh at 321-426-6736 or