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SERVING  THE  COMMUNITIES  OF  LOCKPORT,  LEMONT  &  HOMER GLEN
December 8, 2016
The AMERICAN LEGION with its' 3.5 million members is the world's largest Veterans service organization. Representing the interests of our military 
members
and Veterans, your LEGION'S voice is heard in Washington. Join, renew and support your AMERICAN LEGION
.

MONTHLY MEETINGS:
1st Tuesday,         7:00, POST Members                                      3rd Tuesday,    7:00, Auxiliary                                
1st Wednesday,   7:00 Legion Riders (A.L.R.)                            Last Tuesday,  7:00, POST 18 Executive Board      
2nd Tuesday,       7:00 Sons of the American Legion (S.A.L)                      
                                                                                                                                                                                                              
15052 S. Archer, Lockport, IL 60441        Phone:  815-838-4515
E-mail: alegion18@aol.com     Web site: www.alegion18.org    Webmaster:  praxisllc@aol.com

COMMANDER'S MESSAGE:
With the advent of a new Commander-In-Chief in January, Alexander Hamilton offered words which we can use today. Hamilton did OK with good mother, an absent father
and home schooled until the age of 12.

“If we are wise enough to preserve the Union we may for ages enjoy an advantage similar to that of an insulated situation…But if we should be
disunited, and the integral parts should either remain separated…our liberties would be a prey to the means of defending ourselves against the
ambition and jealousy of each other.” – Alexander HamiltonFederalist No. 8.

It's time to renew your dues for 2017. If your dues card says "2016" then it's time. If you paid your dues for 2017, disregard the all other notices that are automatically
sent out from our HQ in Indianapolis. If you haven't yet paid for 2017, you will receive your new dues card more quickly if you at our Post. For any questions, contact
Vic Martinka at: 815-372-2656.

From the members of the Board and staff of Post 18, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year ! !
                                                                                                                                                            Mike Meyers


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TO THOSE WE REMEMBER AND GIVE THANKS. . .

Celebrating Christmas in Afghanistan
"Thinking of home."
                             
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Since being chartered in 1920, our American Legion Post 18 has been welcoming VETERANS from all branches of our Armed Forces. Today, we continue to welcome
all current military personnel serving our country. Joining our Post enables you to continue serving your God, Country and Community. Our mission is to implement the
goals, aspirations, dreams, peace and blessings for our country, friends and families embodied in our preamble.

 
POST NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS 

NATIONAL COMMEMORATION OF THE 50th ANNIVERSARY

OF THE VIETNAM WAR (Nov. 1, 1965 - May 15, 1975)

THIS DAY IN VIETNAM HISTORY," (WWW.HISTORY.COM)   "LINEBACKER II RESUMES AFTER CHRISTMAS PAUSE,"  DECEMBER 25, 1972
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/vietnam-veterans-memorial-dedicated.

After a 36-hour respite for Christmas, the U.S. resumes Operation Linebacker II. The extensive bombing campaign was resumed because, according to U.S. officials, Hanoi sent no word that it would return to the peace talks. On December 13, North Vietnamese negotiators walked out of secret talks in Paris with National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger. President Nixon issued an ultimatum that North Vietnam send its representatives back to the conference table within 72 hours “or else.” The North Vietnamese rejected Nixon’s demand and the president ordered Operation Linebacker II, a full-scale air campaign against the Hanoi area that began on December 18. During the 11 days of Linebacker II, 700 B-52 sorties and more than 1,000 fighter-bomber sorties dropped an estimated 20,000 tons of bombs on North Vietnam–half the total tonnage of bombs dropped on England during World War II.


VA CEMETERIES OFFERING PRE-ENROLLMENT FOR ELIGIBLE VETERANSThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) this week announced it now provides eligibility determinations for interment in a VA national cemetery prior to the time of need. Through the Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility Program, upon request, individuals can learn if they are eligible for burial or memorialization in a VA national cemetery. Interested individuals may submit VA Form 40-10007, Application for Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery, and supporting documentation, such as a DD Form 214, if readily available, to the VA National Cemetery Scheduling Office by toll-free fax
at 1-855-840-8299; email to
Eligibility.PreNeed@va.gov; or mail to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office, P.O. Box 510543, St. Louis, MO 63151.


VA VIETNAM ERA HEALTH RETROSPECTIVE OBSERVATIONAL STUDY
The Vietnam Era Health Retrospective Observational Study (VE-HEROeS) is a nationwide study that will assess the current health and well-being of Vietnam Veterans,
Blue Water Navy Veterans, and Veterans who served elsewhere during the Vietnam Era (1961–1975). This study WILL BEGIN IN THE FALL OF 2016 AND will compare the health of these Veterans to similarly aged U.S. residents who never served in the military. Researchers will look closely at neurologic conditions and hepatitis C infection as a part of this study. The VA will invite approximately 43,000 Vietnam and Vietnam Era Veterans, a
nd approximately 11,000 members of the general population to participate in VE-HEROeS. See more at: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/epidemiology/studies/heroes/

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DECEMBER EVENT SCHEDULE           

SUNDAYS,  5:00 PM - "QUEEN OF HEARTS" - TICKET SALES END AT 4:55 PM.

Queen of Hearts tickets are available throughout the week in the Club Room: 6 for $5 or $1 each.
If no one wins, the pot rolls over to the following week until we have a winner. Bring your friends
and take a chance to win the jackpot! Proceeds go to support POST 18.

 TUESDAYS

            - "HOT DOG TUESDAYS." S.A.L.'s $1.50 HOT DOG FUNDRAISER 

            - SWING DANCE LESSONS, PAVILION, 7-9:00 PM, no charge; donations appreciated

 DECEMBER 4, SUNDAY - PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 8:00 - 11:00 AM, Troop 50, Boy Scouts

 DECEMBER 9, FRIDAY -  FISH FRY,  5 - 7:30 PM.

 DECEMBER 11, SUNDAY - PANCAKE BREAKFAST,  8:00 - 11:00 AM, Pack 61, Cub Scouts

 DECEMBER 16, FRIDAY -  FISH FRY,  5 - 7:30 PM.

 DECEMBER 20, TUESDAY -  AUXILIARY MEETING CANCELLED.

 DECEMBER 23,  FRIDAY, NO FISH FRY DUE TO HOLIDAY

 DECEMBER 25, SUNDAY - Closed Christmas Day; open Christmas Eve

 DECEMBER 27, TUESDAY - Executive Board Meeting Cancelled

 DECEMBER 30, FRIDAY -  FISH FRY,  5 - 7:30 PM.

 DECEMBER 31, SATURDAY - “News Years in the Clubroom”

            Members’ celebration - 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM, bring a dish to pass.

JANUARY 3, TUESDAY - REGULAR MEMBERS MEETING CANCELLED

FUTURE EVENTS

MAY 19-21 - POST 18 “POPPY DAYS FUNDRAISING EVENT”

MAY 29, MONDAY

            MEMORIAL DAY & "VIETNAM ERA VETERANS WELCOME HOME" CEREMONIES

 PLEASE! Do not use the back parking lot during the winter months due to ice.


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IF YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT CONTRIBUTING TO VETERAN CAUSES...

The following is a list of larger veteran support programs and a comparison to Charity Navigator and the American Institute of Philanthropy. Below is a list of
the programs that rank highest in Charity Navigator, and those who rank lowest.
 
The Top 10
Organization
Charity Navigator Score*
Percent to Program**
DAV
98.2
95.8
Thanks USA
88.3
93.7
Fisher House
99.4
93.4
Operation Homefront
97.2
93.4
Operation Support Our Troops - America
91.2
89.6
Armed Services YMCA of the USA
94.7
89.5
Homes for our troops
92.9
89.4
Army Emergency Relief Fund
96.0
87.4
Navy/marine corps relief society
96.3
86.9
Hire Heroes USA
98.2
85.2



The bottom 10
Organization
Charity Navigator Score*
Percent to Program**
Wounded Warrior Project
82.1
58.8
Freedom Alliance
78.6
56.8
Help Hospitalized Veterans/ Coalition to Salute America's Heroes
58.6
50.1
Paralyzed Veterans of America
29.1
32.7
National Veterans Service Fund
28.0
25.0
 
Charity Navigator Score - a composite ranking of the quality of the program using a financial evaluation and a measure of Accountability and Transparency
** Percent to Program is the percentage of the expenses that are applied directly to the operation of the program
            Provided by Lake County VAC

WHAT IS VETERAN AID AND ATTENDANCE PENSION?
The Aid and Attendance (A&A) Pension provides benefits for veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing and undressing or taking care of the needs of nature. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted care in an assistingliving facility also qualifies. The A&A Pension can provide up to $1,788 per month to a veteran, $1,149 per month to a surviving spouse, or $2,120 per month to a couple. ​A​ veteran filing with a sick spouse is eligible for up to $1,406 per month​. Many families overlook the A&A Pension as it pertains to veterans who are still independent, but have an ill spouse. Keep in mind that in this situation,if the spouse's medical expenses completely deplete their combined monthly income, the Veteran can file as a Veteran with a sick.  Additional information at:
http://www.veteranaid.org/ 
NEED A DD 214?
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s online:
                 http://vetrecs.archives.gov/ or try http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/
HOW TO APPLY FOR AN UPGRADED/CORRECTED DD 214
All records are kept at the "National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, Missouri. When discharged a veteran is given a Form DD-214 with most pertinent information on it. This DD-214 can be upgraded to a DD-215 which allows for additional information to be added. The DD-215 is on a 1/2 page and has a Certified stamp embossed on it. The first step to acquiring a DD-215 is filling out a Form 180. Here is a website where the Form is located. You can fill it out online, print it and mail a hardcopy. Always keep a copy of any documentation for your records. Here is a National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) site where you can fill the form out online. A Next of Kin can request records for a deceased Veteran: 
                
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/
Do not move from the page while filling out the form or you will lose the information that you’ve typed in.  
HEARING AIDS FOR MILITARY RETIREES (Retiree at Cost Hearing Aid Program - RACHAP)
Retirees can obtain hearing aids at significant savings by using our program. Two hearing aids can usually be purchased for less than $2,000. Exact costs are variable and subject to change at any time without notice. Contact your nearest VA audiology clinic for further details. This program is not a TRICARE benefit. The program is open to all military retirees who have hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Dependents of military retirees are not eligible for this program.


NEW POST 18 "95th POST ANNIVERSARY & VIETNAM COMMEMORATIVE COINS" $10.
The new coin reflects the "95th Anniversary of Post 18" on one side and the "50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War"
on the other side. Coins are available in the Club Room for $10.


HALL AND PAVILION RENTAL AVAILABLE
Go to "Hall Rental" page. Contact Mike Meyers at 708-516-1469. Remind your family, friends
and neighbors of our hall and catering availability.

VETERAN INFORMATION RESOURCES (Copy web address and paste to your browser)
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VETERAN SERVICE RECORDS & DD214 REQUESTS:
        http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/
2015 VA DISABILITY COMPENSATION RATES
      
http://www.military.com/benefits/veterans-health-care/va-disability-compensation-rates.html
AID AND ATTENDANCE PENSION
       www.veteranaid.org/program.php
STATE OF ILLINOIS UNCLAIMED PROPERTY I-CASH PROGRAM
      
www.icash.illinois.gov
VA DENTAL INSURANCE OFFERED
      http://va.gov/ 
VA RATING SYSTEM FOR DISABILITY
EARLY BIRD BRIEFS - TO SUBSCRIBE
FEDERAL BENEFITS FOR VETERANS, DEPENDENTS & SURVIVORS. 2013 EDITION
MILITARY RIBBON/MEDAL MOUNTING AND REPLACEMENT
        http://www.ultrathin.com/
MILITARY BENEFITS ONLINE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
        http://www.military.com/NL_MR/1,14852,9883,00.html 
DoD ANNOUNCES VIETNAM WAR 50th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION PROGRAM: 
        http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/
VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL
        
http://www.virtualwall.org/iStates.htm  
V.A. INFORMATION: 
       
 http://www.myhealth.va.gov/  
        http://va.gov/  
"AGENT ORANGE PRESUMPTIVE DISEASES" 
       
http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/index.asp
VIETNAM REFERENCE LINK
        Search lists compiled about the Vietnam War. Please share it with anyone who served in Vietnam Era or knew someone who served.
       
http://www-static.cc.gatech.edu/fac/Thomas.Pilsch/Vietnam.html

HANDGUN MANUALS
        Smith & Wesson:  http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Category4_750001_750051_757821_-1_757814_757812_image 
MEMORIAL AND BURIAL BENEFITS:
        http://www.nwcfoundation.org/Files/Admin/Documents/Military%20Death%20Benefit%20Information.pdf
VETERAN'S LEGAL SUPPORT:

        John Marshall Law School - Phone: 312-717-2737