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March, 2017 (Update)
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
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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:

It's the Lenten season and the Post 18 Friday Fish Frys are available. Dine in or carry out.

                                                                                                                                                            Mike Meyers


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TO THOSE WE REMEMBER AND GIVE THANKS. . .

TB 1C Avenger, USS Essex, 1944
   
Greatest Generation - VIDEO: http://loyceedeen.webstarts.com/uploads/GoingHome.mp4
Ever wonder why they call them the "Greatest Generation?" One does not have to be former naval personnel to appreciate this – but for those who are, it is very moving. Loyce Edward Deen, an Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class, USNR, was a gunner on a TB Avenger.

On November 5, 1944, Deen's squadron participated in a raid on Manila where his plane was hit multiple times by anti-aircraft fire while attacking a Japanese cruiser.
Deen was killed. The Avenger's pilot, Lt Robert Cosgrove, managed to return to his carrier, the USS Essex. Both Deen and the plane had been shot up so badly that it was decided to bury Deen in it. It is the only time in U.S. Navy history (and probably U.S. Military history) that an aviator was buried in his aircraft after being killed in action.

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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)  U.S. BOMBS CAMBODIA FOR FIRST TIME, March 18, 1969
 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-bombs-cambodia-for-the-first-time

U.S. B-52 bombers are diverted from their targets in South Vietnam to attack suspected communist base camps and supply areas in Cambodia for the first time in the war. President Nixon approved the mission–formally designated Operation Breakfast–at a meeting of the National Security Council on March 15. This mission and subsequent B-52 strikes inside Cambodia became known as the “Menu” bombings. A total of 3,630 flights over Cambodia dropped 110,000 tons of bombs during a 14-month period through April 1970.

"GULF WAR VETERANS' MEDICALLY UNEXPLAINED ILLNESSES
" U.S. DEPT. OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS, 24 MARCH 2017
A prominent condition affecting Gulf War Veterans is a cluster of medically unexplained chronic symptoms that can include fatigue, headaches, joint pain, indigestion, insomnia, dizziness, respiratory disorders, and memory problems. VA refers to these illnesses as "chronic multisymptom illness" and "undiagnosed illnesses." We prefer not to use the term “Gulf War Syndrome” when referring to medically unexplained symptoms reported by Gulf War Veterans. Why? Because symptoms vary widely. For additional information
go to:  http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/medically-unexplained-illness.asp

POW/MIA UPDATE

Americans accounted for: The number of US personnel missing and unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War is still 1,618, unchanged since June 9th.  The total accounted for since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 is 965.  Another 63 US personnel, recovered by the US and identified before the end of the war, bring the total of US personnel accounted for from the Vietnam War to 1,028. Of the 1,618 still missing (POW/MIA) and unaccounted-for (KIA/BNR), 90% were lost in Vietnam or in areas of Cambodia and Laos under Vietnam’s wartime control: Vietnam-1,261 (VN-463, VS-798); Laos-301; Cambodia-49; PRC territorial waters-7.  These country-specific numbers can and do fluctuate when investigations result in changes to loss locations.  Since formation in 1970, the League has sought the return of all POWs, the fullest possible accounting for those still missing, and repatriation of all recoverable remains.

AMERICAN LEGION BIRTHDAY, MARCH 15 (1919)
Members Joe Mockus (oldest) and NIck Pacetti (youngest)
celebrating with birthday cupcakes.

The American Legion is getting ready to celebrate its 100th Anniversary.  Following is a chronology of significant dates in Legion history in the Month of March. March 15-17, 1919---Members of the American Expeditionary Force convene in Paris for the first American Legion caucus.  March 29, 2000---Senate Joint Resolution 14, the constitutional amendment that would return the people's right to protect the U. S. Flag from physical desecration, fails four short of the necessary 67 to override a presidential veto.

VIETNAM VETERANS DAY, MARCH 29



VA CEMETERIES OFFERING PRE-ENROLLMENT FOR ELIGIBLE VETERANS
The 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.

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MARCH 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

THURSDAYS

            - ZUMBA CLASS, 6:00-7:00 PM, $10

FRIDAYS

            - Lent Fish Frys, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

MARCH 5, SUNDAY, POST 18 ANNUAL MEAT RAFFLE - GRAND PRIZE: "Freezer of Beef" - 10 Cu. Ft. freezer, AND, 1/4 cow!!

            Winner need not be present. Chances $5 each or 3 for $10. Proceeds go to the "2017 Poppy Campaign"

MARCH 11, SATURDAY, 6:30-9:30 "BATTLE OF THE BRAINS" CHARITY TRIVIA CONTEST

            Teams of 8 $175. Info call 815-407-1819. Doors open at 6:00 PM

MARCH 12, SUNDAY

            - PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 8:00 - 11:00 AM

            - WOMENS SELF-DEFENSE CLASS, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, $30, INFO 708-516-1469

MARCH 15, WEDNESDAY, AMERICAN LEGION BIRTHDAY (1919)

MARCH 19, SUNDAY, 2:00 - 6:00 PM, SPAGHETTI DINNER, CUB SCOUT PACK 61

MARCH 26, SUNDAY, PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 8:00 - 11:00 AM

MARCH 29, WEDNESDAY, NATIONAL VIETNAM VETERANS' DAY

FUTURE EVENTS

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

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! PLEASE PLAN TO GIVE 2 HOURS OF YOUR TIME TO AID OF SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETS IN NEED.

MAY 29, MONDAY, MEMORIAL DAY & "VIETNAM ERA VETERANS WELCOME HOME" CEREMONIES 



                                                                                                                               POTPURRI


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 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?
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)
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
        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