American Legion Auxillary taps Poulsbo Navy wife as PR head for D.C. trip
July 8, 2008 · Updated 9:17 AM
POULSBO — It takes selflessness and devotion to serve the nation’s veterans as an American Legion Auxiliary member.
Poulsbo’s April Kollmorgen, 27, seeps with servanthood, as she’s been a member for 20 years.
Kollmorgen, a Wisconsin native, has devoted her time to Wisconsin’s Unit 537 as a public relations chairman, a veteran birthday card and gift maker, a fundraiser and Memorial Day pancake breakfast host.
A Navy wife of two and a half years, Kollmorgen’s service now takes on a new meaning.
“Our vets have done so much for us. And even though it’s the tiniest payback it means so much to help them,” she said. “It’s always meant so much, but it just means so much more now. I have even more pride in what we do and even more respect for military families.”
And after years of honoring those who’ve served the United States, the Auxiliary is bestowing an honor of sorts on Kollmorgen.
She’s been selected to serve as a public relations representative for the Auxiliary’s Girls Nation Program in Washington, D.C., July 19-26.
Girls Nation is a national government training week designed to teach students how government and political processes work at the local, state and national levels. This year 98 high school seniors will attend.
Kollmorgen said being chosen to serve at Girls Nation is usually reserved for older members, former department presidents or officers.
Kollmorgen is young and has never been an officer or president. She said she’s called an anomaly because she’s only 27.
“Going there is such a huge honor. I am so young,” said Kollmorgen, who dreams of being the national president one day. “I just do newsletters for my unit and to be called to do something on a national level is a big deal.”
Kollmorgen looks forward to learning a few public relations tricks and helping the nation’s up-and-coming young women.
She’ll spend her time helping the girls perfect a little inside reporting, preparing press releases and working alongside local media.
And for the woman who’s devoted her life to serving those who serve the nation and who married into the military, she looks forward to visiting the capital’s sites, as she’s never been to D.C.
“Who doesn’t want to see the White House?” Kollmorgen said with the same excitement as a child who’s going to Disney World for the first time. “It’s just awesome.”
The American Legion Auxiliary is the largest patriotic women’s organization in the world with 90,000 members. The leading veteran’s service organization has been around for nearly 90 years.