Cave Creek, Arizona – The American Legion Post 34 auxiliary has been serving the veteran community in a variety of ways for many years. However, it isn’t just the donation of a check for needed services, it is reaching out to make a true difference to veterans in need.
One of the auxiliary’s favorite organizations is MANA House. Formerly known as Madison Street Veterans Association, the MANA (Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force) House is a peer-support organization made up of homeless and formerly homeless veterans that offers personal, individualized basic resources, community and advocacy for veterans.
Along with support from Catholic Charities, the organization helps veterans as they rebuild their lives by providing support from staff and partners – like Post 34.
According to ALA member Sandy Busalacchi, the temporary home holds up to 76 male veterans (the house will add women in the future) as they work to transition on their own. As part of that change, MANA House helps the vets get their medical situation and benefits in order so they can move on with their live when they depart.
“MANA began in 2008 with a group of veterans who wanted to help other veterans in need,” says Busalacchi. “In the past, the ALA gave the organization money for its various needs. However, this year, we decided to shop for items the veterans will need when they got out on their own.”
Along with fellow auxiliary member Lori Ortell, Busalacchi shopped for personal needs including sheet sets, sets of dishes, silverware and more so they will be ready to set up an apartment and move on with their lives.
“Once you visit MANA House, it gets under your skin,” adds Busalacchi. “I like in-person encounters more than just handing someone a check. MANA House touches my heart and it feels wonderful to help these important people. I even decided to help serve Christmas dinner to the veterans there as I realized how deep the need is.”
MANA House is located at 2422 W. Holly Street in Phoenix, Ariz.
American Legion Post 34 is located at 6272. E. Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek, Ariz. The American Legion, formed in 1919, supports and advocates on behalf of veterans, active military and their families. The 501(c)(19) also supports the initiatives and programs of the American Legion while fostering patriotism and responsible citizenship. American Legion Post 34 is a non-secular, non-political organization.
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