Founded in 1861, ASYMCAs collectively make up the premier nonprofit community service organization in America serving our military. ASYMCAs provide service annually to over 500,000 junior enlisted service members and their families in 80 program locations in 19 states and overseas. Our programs enhance their lives in spirit, mind, and body. In cooperation with the unit and area commands, the ASYMCA offers programs and services that strengthen families and encourage individuals to achieve their fullest potential. The beginning of the YMCA service in the military is usually associated with the year 1861, when some 5,000 dedicated YMCA volunteers took to the battlefields of the Civil War alongside America's uniformed young men. It was the year that Abraham Lincoln commended YMCA leaders for the "benevolent undertaking for the benefit of the soldiers." The tradition of "following the flag" continued in every war and conflict in which the United States has been involved.
For 150 years, the Armed Services YMCA has been serving our troops and their families. Whether they are single, married, Active, Guard or Reserve, it’s all about them and providing them a quality of life commensurate with their service to the nation. Today, in close partnership with senior military leaders, the focus of our low/no-cost programs and services is on the young, junior-enlisted troops and families, as they are the ones most in need. The Armed Services YMCA has always been recognized for quality programs and for the flexibility in providing what’s needed on the ground. If we are unable to meet the challenge to expand programs and services where military leaders tell us there is a need, we will fail to provide adequately for those who daily ensure our freedom and way of life. The Armed Services YMCA is dedicated to enhancing readiness by making military life easier.
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