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4 February 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: 
As we move toward spring, POST 18 is looking to have another busy and successful year. In addition to the usual activities and holiday events, we've begun planning for our annual Poppy Days Fundraiser. The event will occur the weekend before the Memorial Day weekend - May 20, 21 - Friday and Saturday. We will need all the volunteers we can muster. This is our annual Post-wide activity to raise funds in support of our active duty military members, Veterans and their families in need of assistance. As we move closer to the dates, additional information will be posted in the Clubroom and on our web page. Please plan now to help out.

STUDENT VETERANS OF AMERICA (SVA), LEWIS UNIVERSITY AND POST 18 PARTNERSHIP
As a long-time advocate for veteran education, the American Legion is an official national partner of the Student Veterans of America (SVA). The Legion recognizes the need to provide support to veterans on campuses and the positive impact that a population of educated veterans can have on our society. Local Legion Posts have been encouraged to partner with their local college SVAs. Post 18 has been invited to work with Lewis University and its SVA Chapter. We now have a board member that serves as our liaison to the SVA, and, serves on the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee of the University. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Lewis University #24 in the nation in "Best Regional Colleges for Veterans." We look forward to an exciting partnership with the Lewis University SVA. Welcome Lewis Vets!
                                                                                                                    Mike Meyers
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TO THOSE WE REMEMBER AND GIVE THANKS. . . 

KOREAN WAR MEMORIAL, WASHINGTON D.C.

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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 

POST NEWS  


NATIONAL COMMEMORATION OF THE 50th ANNIVERSARY
OF THE VIETNAM WAR THROUGH DEC, 2016 (Nov. 1, 1965 - May 15, 1975)

"THIS DAY IN VIETNAM HISTORY," (WWW.HISTORY.COM) 5 Feb, 1960
"SOUTH VIETNAM REQUESTS MORE SUPPORT"
The South Vietnamese government requested that Washington double U.S. Military Assistance and Advisory Group (MAAG-Vietnam) strength from 342 to 685. The advisory group was formed on November 1, 1955 to provide military assistance to South Vietnam. It had replaced U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group Indochina (MAAG-Indochina), which had been providing military assistance to “the forces of France and the Associated States in Indochina” (Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam) in accordance with President Harry S. Truman’s order of June 27, 1950.

"VIETNAM, 50 YEARS LATER"   A powerful video tribute to our generation of Vietnam veterans. 
 
            https://www.youtube.com/embed/aVeBtnfAxP8

POST 18 "POPPY FUND" DONATIONS MADE TO SUPPORT OUR MILITARY MEMBERS, VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES 

The Post 18 Joint Poppy Committee (Post, Auxiliary, S.A.L. and Legion Riders) completed making the year end donations to the following charitable
organizations. Donations were made possible by the generosity and support of our members, volunteers and friends of the Post 18 Family.

- American Legion National Emergency Fund, $1,000        - Gift's To The Yanks, $1,000
- American Legion Endowment Fund, $1,000                     - Air Force Aid Society, $500
- American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund, $1,000        - Army Emergency Relief, $500
- American Legion Comfort Warriors Fund, $1,000            - Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, $500

2016 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES RENEWAL TIME

The 2016 annual American Legion membership dues is now $40 per year. If you haven't renewed your dues for 2016, it may be done in the Clubroom or you can mail it directly to the Post. If your dues aren't current, your door card will not work.

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CURRENT EVENTS 

SUNDAY, 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.
"HOT DOG TUESDAYS." S.A.L.'s $1.50 HOT DOG FUNDRAISER
FRIDAY FISH FRYS, 5:00 – 7:30 PM. DINE IN OR CARRY OUT
WEDNESDAY, 7:00, FEB 3, LEGION RIDERS MEETING
SUNDAY, FEB. 21, MAR 6, 13, AND APR 3. PANCAKE BREAKFASTS, 8:00 - 11:00AM
SUNDAY, FEB. 7, SUPERBOWL PARTY, BRING A DISH TO PASS.
Entrees provided by the Post. Cash bar. Raffles and door prizes.
TUESDAY, 7:00, FEB 9, SAL MEETING
TUESDAY, 7:00, FEB 16, AUXILIARY MEETING
TUESDAY, 7:00, FEB 23, EXEC. BD MEETING
FRIDAY, 7:00-11:00 PM, FEB 26, KAREOKE IN THE CLUBROOM
FEB 27, 28, CONCEALED CARRY CLASSES
For registration and information call Chuck at: 708-259-3293

FUTURE EVENTS
 FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 7:30 - 11:30 PM,  "THE FLAT CATS" SWING DANCE - PERFORMING SWING, JAZZ & BLUES
Lessons from 7:30 - 8:30 followed by social swing dancing. Admission: DONATION to support Post 18. 50/50 raffles
SUNDAY, MARCH 13, POST 18 ANNUAL MEAT RAFFLE
SATURDAY, APRIL 30, AUXILIARY SHRED EVENT, 9 - 11:00 AM
Bring your old documents to be shredded. Limit of 3 banker boxes or equivalent. A $5 per box charge to help fund projects for Veterans,
active service members and their families.
SATURDAY APRIL 30, SCOUT "POST 18 CLEAN-UP DAY" (MAY 1 RAIN DATE)
SATURDAY, MAY 7, "VETERAN ERA VETERANS "WELCOME HOME CELEBRATION" AND POPPY MONTH KICK-OFF (PENDING)
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, MAY 20,21, POST 18 FAMILY VOLUNTEER "POPPY DAYS - SAVE THE DATES, VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

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)
VETERAN SERVICE RECORDS & DD214 REQUESTS:
        
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/
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
    http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/retrieveECFR?gp&SID=a3255d67b9a08b1f26807961c080e88f&r=PART&n=38y1.0.1.1.5#38%
    3A1.0.1.1.5.2
SUBSIDY CALCULATOR FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (ACA)
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
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