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SERVING  THE  COMMUNITIES  OF  LOCKPORT,  LEMONT  &  HOMER GLEN
28 April 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: 
Our annual "Poppy Days" Fundraiser will occur on Friday and Saturday, May 20,21 - the weekend before the Memorial Day weekend. Please consider volunteering for a 2 hour shift at the entrance of one of the six local businesses in Lockport, Lemont and Homer Glen. Signup sheets will be posted in the Clubroom in early May. "Poppy Buddies," our members, friends or family members, are needed and welcomed to help. We will need all the volunteers we can muster. Please plan now to help out. Information and sign-up sheets will be posted in the Clubroom beginning this weekend. This year we will have a pancake breakfast on Sunday, May 22 to help support the Poppy Campaign. For information on “Poppy Days” contact Bill Patterson at praxisllc@aol.com
                                                                                                                    Mike Meyers
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TO THOSE WE REMEMBER AND GIVE THANKS. . .

"THE BONUS MARCH"

World War I Veterans Block the steps of the Capital during the "Bonus March," July 5, 1932 

In 1924, Congress rewarded Veterans of WW I with certificates redeemable in 1945 for $1,000 each. By 1932, many of these former servicemen had lost their jobs and fortunes in the early days of the depression. They asked Congress to redeem their Bonus Certificates early. Over 15,000 of the so-called "Bonus Expeditionary Force"
came to the Capital in 1932. President Hoover refused to meet with the Veterans. During the deliberations with Congress, the Veterans built a shanty town on the Potomac River. After Congress rejected the Veteran's demands on June 17, they returned home. The Bonus Army conducted itself with decorum and spent their vigil
unarmed.

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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 THROUGH DEC, 2016 (Nov. 1, 1965 - May 15, 1975)

"THIS DAY IN VIETNAM HISTORY," (WWW.HISTORY.COM
"PRESIDENT NIXON HINTS AT REINTERVENTION" 15 March, 1975
President Nixon hints that the United States might intervene again in Vietnam to prevent communist violations of the truce. A cease-fire under the provisions of the Paris Peace Accords had gone into effect on January 27, 1973, but was quickly and repeatedly violated by both sides as they jockeyed for control of territory in South Vietnam. Very quickly, both sides resumed heavy fighting in what came to be called the “cease-fire war.”



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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
APRIL 30, SATURDAY, 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. We will accept the following documents: medical records, financial statements, credit applications, bank statements, documents with social security numbers or driver’s license numbers, bank check, tax records and legal documents over eight years old, etc. A professional shredding service will locate in the front parking lot of Post 18, 15052 Archer Ave., Lockport, IL 60441. For additional information, contact Janet Mollohan at 630-606-8231.
APRIL 30, SATURDAY, SCOUT "POST 18 CLEAN-UP DAY" (MAY 1 RAIN DATE)

APRIL 30, SATURDAY, 10:00 AM, CAPT. ANTHONY SIMONE "HOME FOR OUR TROOPS" VOLUNTEER LANDSCAPING.
Meet at the Simone's, 2416 Old Farm Rd, Manhattan, IL. Planting Post 18 donated shrubs. Rain date 7 May. Call the Post Clubroom for updates: 815-838-4515
MAY 6, FRIDAY, 7:30-11:30 PM, "ROSIE AND THE RIVETS,"
Swing dance lessons from 7:30-8:30 pm. Live music and dancing from 8:30-11:30. Admission free; donations encouraged; 50/50 raffle.
POPPY WEEK ACTIVITIES
MAY 20, 21, FRIDAY & SATURDAY, POST 18 FAMILY VOLUNTEER "POPPY DAYS - SAVE THE DATES - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
MAY 22, SUNDAY, 8:00-11:00 AM, POPPY DAYS PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
Tickets $7. Raffles and 50/50 drawing. ALL proceeds go to the Poppy Fund.
MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY, MAY 30, MONDAY, 11:00 AM, POST 18. PUBLIC INVITED. 

FUTURE EVENTS

JUNE 14, TUESDAY (FLAG DAY), 11:00 AM, LUNCHEON FOR VETERANS FROM ILLINOIS VETERANS HOME, MANTENO
Post 18 organizations will host the luncheon and bingo for senior Veterans living at the Manteno Illinois Veterans Home (IVT), and, the Sunny Hill Home. The IVT Home will transport the Veterans to Post 18. Volunteers welcomed; sign up in the Clubroom.  
OCTOBER 8, SATURDAY, "WELCOME HOME VIETNAM ERA VETERANS CELEBRATION." DETAILS TO FOLLOW.


POTPURRI 
J.J.C. MEDICAL CORPSMEN TO LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM
Joliet Junior College became the first Illinois college to offer an 8-week program for Navy and Air Force corpsmen that allows them to sit for the NCLEX-PN (state boards) and become Licensed Practical Nurses. For further information contact: Dr. Debbie Fitzgerald at 815.280.2857 or dfitzger@jjc.edu   
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/ 
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

VIETNAM REFERENCE LINK

I am passing this along because it is probably the best 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

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/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