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SERVING  THE  COMMUNITIES  OF  LOCKPORT,  LEMONT  &  HOMER GLEN
                       Updated: 31 Oct. 2014
              
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:                 
I'm pleased to announce that POST 18 has been officially accepted as a partner of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. As a Commemorative Partner, during the period 2015-2017 we agree to plan and conduct at least two appropriate events and activities each year that will “thank and honor” our Vietnam Veterans and their families in a memorable, dignified and special manner. Events and activities should be designed to demonstrate a sensitivity and appreciation for the solemnity of the Vietnam War and the losses suffered by Vietnam service members. Please check the POST 18 web site for developing information and scheduling of Commemoration activities. In addition, the NE corner of the Club Room will be used as a display area for the Vietnam War Commemoration.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                Mike Meyers 
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TO THOSE WE REMEMBER AND GIVE THANKS . . .
 


JOHN OLSON POST 18 MEMORIAL, LOCKPORT, IL


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Since our charter in 1920, our American Legion Post 18 has been welcoming VETERANS from all branches of our Armed Forces.  Today, we continue to welcome all 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  


 COMMEMORATION OF THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIETNAM WAR 
             "THIS WEEK IN VIETNAM HISTORY,"  

OCTOBER 8, 1968: "U.S. AND SOUTH VIETNAMESE NAVIES COMMENCE OPERATION SEALORDS"

Operation Sealords is launched in the Mekong Delta by U.S. and South Vietnamese forces. This operation was ordered by newly appointed Commander Naval Forces Vietnam, Vice-Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., who established Task Force 194 to operate along the canals and less-traveled waterways of the Mekong Delta to interdict Viet Cong infiltration routes from Cambodia. Additionally, TF 194 was to harass Communist forces in the area and, with the assistance of ground and air forces, pacify the Delta region. Under Zumwalt's direction, U.S. and South Vietnamese naval forces worked together to secure the waterways of the Mekong Delta. 

DUNFORD ASSUMES COMMAND OF MARINE CORPS
Gen. Joseph Dunford became the 36th commandant of the Marine Corps on Friday at a Marine Barracks Washington ceremony. "My focus in the coming years will be to take care of our Marines and their families and to ensure that our Corps remains the expeditionary force in readiness that our nation has come to expect," Dunford said. MarineCorpsTimes.com (10/17)

OCTOBER 13, U.S. NAVY BIRTHDAY

This will marks the 239th birthday of the United States Navy. The U.S. Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, established by the Continental Congress on 13 October, 1775 to fight in America's war for independence. The Continental Navy numbered some 50 ships over the course of the war. The Constitution of the United States, ratified in 1789, empowered Congress "to provide and maintain a navy."

SEQUESTRATION THREATENS TO CRIPPLE ARMY 
The Army is urging active and retired generals to tell legislators that another round of sequestration could cripple the military branch, according to an internal memo. "A major point is that unless we get relief from sequestration, the Army will soon be unable to fully execute Defense Strategic Guidance requirements and we will be on a path to a hollow Army," wrote Maj. Gen. Laura Richardson in the memo to the general-officer community. The Washington Times (10/6)

PENTAGON WAVER ON MEDAL ELIGIBILITY FOR TROOPS NOW IN IRAQ 
The Defense Department hasn't determined yet whether troops involved in current operations in Iraq and Syria will be eligible for the campaign medal associated with Operation Enduring Freedom, according to a Pentagon spokesman. The Military Times reported last week that the Pentagon planned to make troops currently in Iraq eligible for the campaign medal. Navy Times (10/6)

D.C. MEMORIAL HONORING DISABLED VETERANS OPENED 

Disabled veterans' service and sacrifice is now being honored with the dedication of the nation's first memorial explicitly designed for them. The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial at 150 Washington Ave. in Washington, D.C. was officially dedicated with a public ceremony on October 5, 2014. Only a stone's throw from Capitol Hill, the monument of granite and glass attempts to convey the strength and vulnerability of the troops who defend our nation. The memorial includes an eternal flame, star-shaped fountain, reflecting pool, four bronze relief sculptures, and laminated glass panels whose text and images tell the story of service, sacrifice, and dedication of America's disabled veterans. To learn more about the memorial and see video, visit the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial's dedication page at www.avdlm.org.

FEMALE SAILORS BEGIN SERVING ON SUBS IN DEC. 
Enlisted female sailors will begin serving on submarines in December, Navy officials say. Senior enlisted sailors will be integrated first, followed by junior enlisted sailors. The Navy eventually wants about 1 in 5 sailors serving on submarines to be women, according to Cmdr. Renee Squier. The Hill (10/3)


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CURRENT EVENTS

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

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. The Clubroom is open to the public on Sunday afternoon so come out, bring your friends and take a chance to win the jackpot! Proceeds go to support POST 18. 

FRIDAY FISH FRYS, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

PANCAKE BREAKFASTS, SUNDAYS, 8 - 11:00, 1st & 3rd SUNDAYS 
2015 ANNUAL LEGION MEMBERSHIP DUES

Renew your annual dues now. Pay at POST 18 for quick return of your new card. Online renewals may take 6-8 weeks.

OCT 11, SATURDAY, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, AUXILIARY FALL MUM SALE
A Fall Mum sale will be held on Saturday at the John Olson Post 18 front parking lot. There will be fall mums, cabbage plants and other fall annuals for sale. This is a fundraiser for Unit 18 Auxiliary and all are welcome. Food will be available in the Post Hall.

OCT 11, SATURDAY, KARAOKE IN THE CLUBROOM, 7:00 - 11:00 PM, NO CHARGE, MEMBERS AND FRIENDS 

OCT 12, SUNDAY, AUXILIARY SPAGHETI DINNER, 1:00 - 5:00 PM

OCT 12, SUNDAY, 11 DISTRICT MEETING, MARENGO, LUNCH 11:30; MEETING 1:00 PM 

OCT 13, MONDAY, U.S. NAVY BIRTHDAY
OCT 18, SATURDAY, 7:00 PM, SPECIAL OLYMPICS BENEFIT "TRIVIA CONTEST"
Teams of eight (8) $200 or individuals at $25 per person. Sign up in advance in the Club Room or at the door event night.
                                  

FUTURE EVENTS

NOV 2, SATURDAY, 9:30 AM DEPARTURE, 16TH A.L.R. MANTENO VETERANS RIDE - POST 18 TO VETERANS HOME
A collection bin is located in the Club Room for donations of personal care items (new only), commercial snacks/food items or
entertainment items (batteries, stamps, stationary,  etc.).
NOV 8, SATURDAY, COMEDY SHOW, 8:00 - 10:00 PM, FEATURING "LONGHORN" (WMAQ) AND OTHERS.
Tickets $10 each or $75/table of eight (8) if reserved in advance in the Club Room.          
NOV 9, SUNDAY, 4:00 PM, A.L.R. GUN RAFFLE, TICKETS (250) AVAILABLE IN THE CLUBROOM AT $10 EACH.

Raffle of M&P 9mm Shield (Smith & Wesson) 

NOV 17, SUNDAY, S.A.L. MEAT RAFFLE, NOON - 5:00 PM
2015, 20 - 24 AUG, "MOVING VIETNAM WALL" AT POST 18


                                                                                    SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS
We've received generous landscaping support from "Perfect Cut Lawns" in Lockport. Please consider using them for any of your landscaping or snow removal needs. Mention POST 18 when you contact: Kevin Pendle at: 815-603-3485.

SUPPORT YOUR POST! POST 18 "90th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE COINS" $10.
All proceeds go to support your Post's Building Improvement Fund. Coins available in the Club Room.
  
 
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)
STATE OF ILLINOIS UNCLAIMED PROPERTY I-CASH PROGRAM
         www.icash.illinois.gov  
VA DENTAL INSURANCE OFFERED
        http://va.gov/ 
VA RATING SYSTEM FOR DISABILITY
            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
VETERAN SERVICE RECORDS & DD214 REQUESTS:
        http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/
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:
        John Marshall Law School - Phone: 312-717-2737