Welcome to the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (GLAC AUSA) website. It is our hope that while you are on this site you learn about who we are, what we do and the many ways we are supporting the men and women of the United States Army – and their families.
Our organization has a proven track record of taking care of our military. Our low overhead (less than 5%) and all-volunteer force, ensures that the money you donate goes directly to taking care of local Soldiers, Veterans and their families.
We are excited at the continued growth of our Family Programs initiatives – and the generosity of our donors. That growth means we can reach more and more of our military in need.
What is GLAC AUSA Family Programs doing for our local military? Every week GLAC receives calls from Soldiers or their families with desperate cries for help. They aren’t looking for a handout… just a hand. Sometimes it’s help with rent – special circumstances may have caused them to need a little help until a benefit check arrives. It could be they need help getting home for the funeral of a parent. One Soldier, whose son is battling leukemia, needed a gas card to get back and forth to the hospital. Did you know that just $500 can get a homeless vet off the street and into a month of temporary housing? That gives them an address for benefit checks, a safe place to sleep at night… and a hope for the future.
Often our support is for happier circumstances – funding a coming home event, or a unit Family Day, or a holiday party. We’ve even helped local Army running teams compete in national competitions.
Your support is the fuel that keeps GLAC AUSA Family Programs going. We need your help.
Why Fisher House? For members of our Armed Forces, retirees, veterans and their families, the Fisher House program offers shelter and support during a medical crisis. The need for a Fisher House in Long Beach is critical. Affordable temporary housing for family members is unattainable in the area and the duration of some hospitalizations at the VA Long Beach is lengthy. The Fisher House Southern California is nearing their $6,000,000 goal – let’s put them over the top! Ground breaking is set to begin this year.
The Fisher House program is a 25-year-old unique private-public partnership that supports America’s military in a time of need. This program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships military service imposes on families and, as well, meets a humanitarian need beyond that provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.
Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, the Fisher House Foundation donates “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These guest houses enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful of times–hospitalization for an illness, disease, or injury.
Currently there are 23 Fisher Houses in operation on major military medical installations and an additional 24 on VA Medical Center campuses. These homes provide great assistance to families and ensure that the guests are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment.
Annually, the Fisher House program serves more than 25,000 families, and has made available over 5.8 million days of lodging to family members since the program originated in 1990. No family pays to stay at any Fisher House.
Thank you for being a part of taking care of our
Soldiers, Veterans and their Families!