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SERVING  THE  COMMUNITIES  OF  LOCKPORT,  LEMONT  &  HOMER GLEN
Updated: 11 April 2015
              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:   
Now that our "Fish Fry Season" is over, I wish to thank the volunteers and staff of our Legion Family for their tremendous effort and commitment of time. Also, I would like to thank those members, families and friends that enjoyed the Fish Fries and supported the Post.

"Homes For The Troops." On Saturday, May 16, 2015, our Post and the Will County American Legion along with several local school districts will be combining our efforts for one of our most important fundraisers,  "Building A Home for Captain Simone."  The "Homes For The Troops'" mission is to provide mortgage-free, specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans of post 9/11, enabling them to rebuild their lives.  For more information, visit their website at www.hfotusa.org.  One of the main objectives of the American Legion is to support our local veterans, so you can see how important this fundraiser is.  More information is available in the clubroom.

Our annual Poppy Days Fundraiser will occur on Friday and Saturday of 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. Sign up sheets will be posted in the Clubroom in early May. "Poppy Buddies," non-member friends or family members, are welcomed to help. Probably the largest event in our POST’s history will be the arrival of the Vietnam “Moving Wall," 20-24 Aug.” Both events will need all the volunteers we can muster. 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. For information on “Poppy Days” contact Bill Patterson (praxisllc@aol.com); for the Vietnam “Moving Wall” contact Tom Jost (rllbtom@comcast.net).

Please take a moment to view the new American Legion awareness video at:  www.thelegionserves.org
                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                   Mike Meyers
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TO THOSE WE REMEMBER AND GIVE THANKS . . .
 

B-52 OPERATION ARC LIGHT, VN
(Photo: USAF)


B-52 aircrew returning from an ARC LIGHT mission over Southeast Asia. Just as in earlier wars, the bombs painted on the fuselage showed the number of missions flown. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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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 DECEMBER, 2016
 "THIS DAY IN VIETNAM HISTORY,"  (WWW.HISTORY.COM), APRIL 10, 1972: "B-52s BEGIN BOMBING NORTH VIETNAM" 
 Although the U.S. command refuses to confirm publicly the location of targets, U.S. B-52 bombers reportedly begin bombing North Vietnam for the first time
since November 1967. The bombers struck in the vicinity of Vinh, 145 miles north of the Demilitarized Zone. It was later acknowledged publicly that target
priority during these attacks had been given to SAM-2 missile sites, which had made raids over North Vietnam increasingly hazardous.

                            Video "B-52 Operation Arc Light" (1965):   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49_sxOx6lms

U.S. and Vietnam Start Limited Naval Training On 20th Anniversary of Establishing Diplomatic Relations
USNI NEWS, April 6, 2015 by Sam LaGrone
A U.S. guided missile destroyer and Littoral Combat Ship have arrive in Da Nang to conduct a series of low-level exercises with the Vietnamese People’s Navy, the U.S. Navy said on Monday. The five-day Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) comes as the U.S. and Vietnam mark 20 years of normalized diplomatic relations were established.

2015 VA DISABILITY COMPENSATION RATES

"LEGION LAUNCHES TROOP AND FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER " (American Legion Magazine, March, 2015) 
The American Legion has grouped the many services it offers returning U.S. servicemembers and their families at its new Troop and Family Support Center
with links to the Family Support Network, Operation Comfort Warriors (OCW), Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) and scholarship opportunities. More information may be found at:  www.legion.org/family

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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. 

"TACO TUESDAYS." S.A.L.'s $1.50 TACO FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT THE "VIETNAM MOVING WALL" IN AUGUST   

16 APR, VIETNAM COMMEMORATION COMMITTEE MEETING, 7:00 PM, CLUBROOM 

19 APR, PANCAKE BREAKFAST, SUNDAY, 8-11:00 AM, PUBLIC WELCOME

23 APR, THURSDAY, POPPY DAY COMMITTEE MEETING, 7:00 PM, CLUBROOM
24 APR, FRIDAY, "BOY SCOUT SPAGHETTI DINNER & FUNDRAISER," 5:00 - 7:00 PM.


FUTURE EVENTS

RAFFLE DRAWING FOR VIETNAM COMMEMORATIVE COLT "M1911-1A, .45 CAL. PISTOL" W/ DISPLAY CASE
Proceeds to support the "Vietnam Moving Wall" exhibit costs. Tickets available in the Clubroom for $10 ea; maximum of tickets 750; drawing held when all tickets have been sold. Less than 70 tickets remain unsold as of this date.
16 MAY, "BUILDING A HOME FOR CAPTAIN SIMONE" FUNDRAISER, AT POST 18, DETAILS TO FOLLOW. 
22, 23 MAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY,"LEGION ANNUAL POPPY DAYS,", POST-WIDE "ALL-HANDS" FUNDRAISER.
Volunteers will be needed from all POST 18 organizations (POST, Auxiliary, SAL & AL Riders) for 2 hr. assignments. We will be staffing 6 store entrances in the Lockport, Lemont and Homer Glen area. PLEASE PLAN TO HELP. Contact Bill Patterson at: praxisllc@aol.com
1 AUG, SATURDAY, "POST 18 ANNUAL PICNIC AND COMBINED INSTALLATION", DINNER AT 6:00 IN THE PAVILION
Bring a dish to pass. Donations accepted.
20-24 AUG, VIETNAM "MOVING WALL," AT POST 18.
Volunteers and donations needed! Contact Tom Jost at:  rllbtom@comcast.net

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)
2015 VA DISABILITY COMPENSATION RATES
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
            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