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SERVING  THE  COMMUNITIES  OF  LOCKPORT,  LEMONT  &  HOMER GLEN
Updated 5 January, 2018
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 18 Members                                         2nd Monday,    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: 
2018 dues cards are now required for access to the Clubroom. If you haven't paid/received your 2018 card or have any questions, please contact Vic Martinka. If you received your new card, DISREGARD additional notices that are automatically sent out to everyone by the State Office. Clubroom door cards for members with expired dues have been cancelled.

 If you're a member, come in and bring a friend. If your not a member you should be.  Need information on you membership? Contact Vic Martinka for Post 18 for membership information (Post, Auxiliary, SAL or Riders):  lpfd130@sbcglobal.net.

                                                                                                                                                                 Mike Meyers

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TO THOSE WE REMEMBER AND GIVE THANKS. . .


MANSIONS MUSICAL MILITARY TRIBUTE

A beautiful musical tribute to our military.  After you click on the "Mansions" link below,

don't click on anything else. WAIT - it will start by itself.

 Mansions!


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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.
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JANUARY EVENT SCHEDULE           

FRIDAY, 5:00 - 8:00 PM, POST 18 FISH FRY

Dine in or carry out. The best fish dinners in town.

FRIDAY KARAOKE,  (1st Friday of each month), KARAOKE IN THE CLUBROOM, AFTER FISH FRY'S

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.
MONDAYS, ALL DAY! DOLLAR BEERS
$1 dollar draft beers, 6:00 PM until end of games. If you have an opinion on the NFL and player boycott, football's major sponsor has a special phone number to record your opinion.
Call 1-800 342-5283 and you will be directed to the NFL opinion site.

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)


JAN 5, FRIDAY, 7:30 - MIDNIGHT, KARAOKE IN THE CLUBROOM, FOLLOWING FISHFRY
JAN 14, SUNDAY, PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 8 - 11:00 AM, HOMER FIRE BENEFIT
JAN 19, VETERANS RECOGNITION CEREMONY, LOCKPORT TOWNSHIP H.S. - BETWEEN SOPH-VARSITY BASKETBALL GAMES
The Lockport Township High School Community is grateful for all our veterans and their individual and team efforts toward keeping America free. Please
help us reach area veterans by informing them of this event.  To ensure we properly recognize the veterans in attendance, we will need their names and when/where they served.  Veterans can sign up on-line via  www.tinyurl.com/LTHSVets2018 or by contacting Mike Zaworski at mzaworski@lths.org or (815)588-8591.  Those interested in participating should plan on arriving by 5:30 for the ceremony. 
JAN 28, SUNDAY, PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 8 - 11:00 AM, HOMER HEAT BASEBALL BENEFIT

FUTURE EVENTS

FEB 4, SUNDAY, PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 8 - 11:00 AM, AMERICAN LEGION BENEFIT
FEB 18, SUNDAY, PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 8 - 11:00 AM, BOY SCOUT TROOP 65 BENEFIT
MAR 4,  SUNDAY, PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 8 - 11:00 AM, BOY SCOUT TROOP 63 BENEFIT
MAR 18,  SUNDAY, PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 8 - 11:00 AM, LEGION18 AUXILIARY BENEFIT

2018 POPPY CAMPAIGN - SAVE THE DATES!
- MARCH 11, SUNDAY, POST 18 MEAT RAFFLE & POPPY FUND GRAND PRIZE
- MAY 18, 19 & 20 (Fri, Sat & Sun) at local businesses

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)
 BOB HOPE GIVES HIS LAST SHOW IN VIETNAM, Dec 24th, 1972
 

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/bob-hope-gives-his-last-show-in-vietnam
 Comedian Bob Hope gives what he says is his last Christmas show to U.S. servicemen in Saigon. Hope was a comedian and star of stage, radio, television, and
over 50 feature films. Hope was one of many Hollywood stars who followed the tradition of travelling overseas to entertain American troops stationed abroad. The
1972 show marked Hope’s ninth consecutive Christmas appearance in Vietnam. Hope endorsed President Nixon’s bombing of North Vietnam to force it to accept
U.S. peace terms, and received South Vietnam’s highest civilian medal for his “anti-communist zeal.” Although some antiwar protesters criticized Hope for supporting government
policies in Vietnam, the comedian said he believed it was his responsibility to lift spirits byentertaining the troops.

SENATE APPROVES GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM MEMORIAL IN D.C.WASHINGTON
The Senate on Thursday cleared the way for a Global War on Terrorism memorial in Washington – unanimously passing the first bill in recent history approving a
national war memorial before the fighting is over. For those who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, the memorial will be a place to honor their dead
and wounded – even as those numbers continue to climb. "We're looking forward to building a sacred place of healing and remembrance for our GWOT veterans, a
place for families to gather to honor their loved ones and for future generations of Americans to learn about a war they will likely grow up alongside of," said Andrew J. Brennan, the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation founder and executive director.

“HEAVY WEAPONS COMMITTEE REPORT” 

VIETNAM TOMAHAWKS

Summarized and edited from: https://www.ar15.com/forums/armory/-/4-259015/?page=1 / Posted : 11/11/2008 11:59:45 PM EST


 The Vietnam Tomahawk, 15 Oct 1967, USMC, Con Thien, Viet Nam

 


The Vietnam Tomahawk was created for one purpose, close in fighting with the enemy. This 'hawk was never meant to cut wood. In 1966, Peter LaGana (the designer

of the Vietnam Tomahawk) sent a letter to the U.S. Marine Corps which responded with a letter wanting to know more information. LaGana being an Ex-Marine was

thrilled. On October 3rd 1966 Peter put on a demonstration at the Landing Force Development Center at Quantico Va. for the Marine Corps. When he was finished every Marine who witnessed the event bought a tomahawk, 18 in all. Unfortunately this too failed as the Marine Corps also rejected the tomahawk for an issue weapon. One

thing this demonstration did bring was National press. Orders began flowing in for the new tomahawk from service personal stationed everywhere, especially Vietnam.



 

Each LaGana tomahawk was sent with it's own carrying case. The head was made from 1060 drop forged steel and oil quenched; the standard handle was hickory.

The later version featured olive drab painted handles with the case being made in ox-blood for better camouflage in the jungle. They retailed for $9.75. LaGana's

advertising was done through Leatherneck magazine which accounted for the bulk of his sales. Throughout the war 3,800 tomahawks were made by the American

Tomahawk Company of Ebensburg Pa. making this one of the rarest edged weapons of the period. As the war came to a close the production of the Vietnam Tomahawk

also came to an end. LaGana refused to make or sell his patent's to anyone wanting to put this piece back into production. He said that these tomahawks were made for

the fighting men in Vietnam and that's the end of it.


Respectfully submitted, B. Patterson, Chair

DEFENSE POW/MIA ACCOUNTING AGENCY
Navy Reserve Radioman 2nd Class Julius H.O. Pieper, killed during World War II, has now been accounted for.
On June 19, 1944, Pieper was a member of Landing Ship Tank Number 523 (LST-523), off the coast of Normandy, France. The ship exploded and sank after striking
an underwater mine, killing Pieper. In the years following the incident, his remains were not recovered or identified. Pieper's twin brother, Radioman 2nd Class Ludwig J. Pieper, was also killed in the attack, but his remains were recovered after the incident and buried at the Normandy American Cemetery in France.

TROOPS WHO FOUGHT ISLAMIC STATE IN LIBYA ELIGIBLE FOR MEDAL
US troops who fought against the Islamic State in Operation Odyssey Lightning in Libya between Aug. 1 and Dec. 19 are now eligible for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary medal. The Defense Department has expanded the geographic criteria for the medal.

JUDGE WEIGHS CASE ON VETERANS' EXPOSURE TO BURN PITS
Veterans sickened after they were exposed to burn-pit smoke in Iraq and Afghanistan are awaiting a Maryland judge's decision on whether they can sue the company
that operated the sites. US District Judge Roger Titus is considering whether to allow the case to move forward or to dismiss it on the grounds that the company was
operating on behalf of the military.Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (7/13) 

NEW AUXILIARY WEB SITE NOW AVAILABLE
On behalf of AL Auxiliary Unit 18, something new has been added!! Our Auxiliary now has it’s own face book page. Visit them at Lockport IL American Legion Auxiliary
Unit 18. Check out the upcoming events and meeting information. Please check out the page and press LIKE ! The Auxiliary is also compiling an email distribution list to electronically communicate with it’s members. If you know any member who is not getting emails from the Auxiliary, please email them at  alaunit18@gmail.com  and
they will be happy to add your address to the list.  ANNUAL DUES: $25.

VA DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR CAMP LEJEUNE WATER-RELATED DISEASES
by Veterans Administration
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) regulations to establish resumptions for the service connection of eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in
the water supply at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, are effective as of March 14.The Camp Lejeune Act requires VA to provide health care to Veterans who served at
Camp Lejeune, and to reimburse family members or pay providers for medical expenses for those who resided there for not fewer than 30 days between Aug. 1, 1953,
and Dec. 31, 1987. The presumption of service connection applies to active-duty, reserve and National Guard members who served at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of
30 days (cumulative) between Aug. 1, 1953, and Dec. 31, 1987, and are diagnosed with any of the following conditions:
• Adult leukemia
• Aplastic anemia (and other myelodysplastic syndromes)
• Bladder cancer
• Kidney cancer
• Liver cancer
• Multiple myeloma
• Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
• Parkinson’s disease


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,
individualscan 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. Further information at:  https://explore.va.gov/memorial-benefits

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POTPURRI

COLD WAR RECOGNITION CERTIFICATE

The Cold War Recognition Certificate is a recognition certificate awarded by the Secretary of Defense to all U.S. Armed Forces personnel and qualified federal government civilian personnel who faithfully and honorably served the United States anytime during the Cold War era, which is defined as September 2, 1945 to December 26, 1991. Anyone who served in the military or the Federal Government during this period is authorized to receive the certificate.

                National Personnel Records Center (NPRC)

The NPRC, upon request, will provide copies of DD-214s (or equivalent) or SF-50s to authorized requesters. These documents will be needed to validate your service and to apply for the Certificate. For information on how to obtain a copy of your DD-214 (for military service personnel) or SF-50 (for Federal civilian personnel) see:

                                               MILITARY PERSONNEL RECORDS                                                                                                                      

CIVILIAN PERSONNEL RECORDS

If the veteran separated from military service before 1955:

CLICK HERE

If the veteran separated from military service after 1954:

CLICK HERE

If the Federal civil servant's employment ended before 1952:

CLICK HERE

If the Federal civil servant's employment ended after 1951:

CLICK HERE

While the NPRC provides proof of service and separation documents; the Center does not supply the Certificate itself, nor does it have the application form available. Congress established the Cold War certificate in Section 1084 of the fiscal 1998 National Defense Authorization Act. The Department of Defense designated the Department of the Army as the Executive Agent for the Cold War Recognition Certificate Program, whereupon the Army established a website to explain the procedure for requesting the certificate.

                                                                              https://www.hrc.army.mil/TAGD/Awards%20and%20Decorations%20Branch%20-%20Cold%20War%20Certificate%20Program 

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 assisting living 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?  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)
AMERICAN LEGION FLAGS
VETERAN SERVICE RECORDS & DD214 REQUESTS:
        http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/
AGENT ORANGE: U.S. NAVY/COAST GUARD SHIPS IN VIETNAM
       
https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/shiplist/index.asp
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
       
http://stevespages.com/page7b.htm       
        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