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For over 90 years, our distinct and specially tailored welfare schemes have helped thousands of men, women and children within the Armed Forces community, who are in financial hardship or in need of extra support.
Formed in 1921 to safeguard the interests of wives, widows and children of men who served in the Great War, we continue today to support those in need through educational sponsorship, grants and annuities. Our support services are available to the entire Armed Forces community; from service personnel and veterans to military spouses and children.
We are also one of the largest female membership organisations in existence with in the order of 30,000 members and 700 branches across the British Isles and overseas. Our members play a key role in our organisation by fundraising throughout the year within their local branches and counties to finance the bulk of our welfare schemes – so it’s only with their on-going support and generosity that we can continue to deliver our support services to those in need.
In addition, we also support the Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal from mid-October to mid-November with all fundraising going directly to The Poppy Appeal rather than The Women’s Section welfare schemes.
In return for our members’ support, we play a unique role in providing them with the chance to build new skills and participate in a variety of social activities and events with other like-minded women. Members can volunteer to become a Branch or County Committee Member, represent the Women’s Section as a Standard Bearer, become a Caseworker, assist the Legion’s Poppy Appeal as a Poppy Collector and attend national events including the annual Festival of Remembrance and The Women’s Section’s Annual Conference.
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