The Auxiliary was formed in 1919, immediately after the American Legion was founded. It was originally, by default, an organization for women because, in those days, service in the military was open only to men, and so the Auxiliary provided a place for wives, daughters, grand daughters, and other female relatives of Veterans to be a part of the overall effort of the American Legion. As a result, the Auxiliary became generally known as the “Women’s Auxiliary.”
Fast forwarding to the present, women are actively serving in the US military, and so a man that is married to a woman who has served, could be eligible to join the Auxiliary if he wanted to. This would require the Auxiliary to make some changes to its Bylaws, because qualification for membership is still gender specific, but that, no doubt, will change in time.
Today, the Auxiliary continues provide valued support to the American Legion, and many women still choose to be members. The Post 10 Auxiliary is active in several ongoing programs that provide financial support to the parent Post, and comfort to Veterans in military hospitals and other support facilities.