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SERVING  THE  COMMUNITIES  OF  LOCKPORT,  LEMONT  &  HOMER GLEN
                       Updated: 25 Nov. 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:   
              

                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                 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,"  
NOVEMBER 16, 1961: "KENNEDY DECIDES TO INCREASE MILITARY AID TO SAIGON"  President John F. Kennedy decides to increase military aid to South Vietnam without committing U.S. combat troops. Kennedy was concerned at the advances being made by the communist Viet Cong, but did not want to become involved in a land war in Vietnam. He hoped that the military aid would be sufficient to strengthen the Saigon government and its armed forces against the Viet Cong. Ultimately it was not, and Kennedy ended up sending additional support in the form of U.S. military advisors and American helicopter units. By the time of his assassination in 1963, there were 16,000 U.S. soldiers in South Vietnam.

RULES ALLOW RETIREE AND VETS TO SALUTE FLAG

Traditionally, members of the nation's veterans service organizations have rendered the hand-salute during the national anthem and at events involving the national flag only while wearing their organization’s official head-gear. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 contained an amendment to allow un-uniformed service members, military retirees, and veterans to render a hand salute during the hoisting, lowering, or passing of the U.S. flag. A later amendment further authorized hand-salutes during the national anthem by veterans and out-of-uniform military personnel. This was included in the Defense Authorization Act of 2009, which President Bush signed on Oct. 14, 2008.

Reference: SEC. 595. , Section 301(b)(1) of title 36, United States Code

NOVEMBER IS DIABETES MONTH
November is American Diabetes Month. If you are a Veteran with diabetes mellitus type 2 who was exposed to Agent Orange during service, you may be eligible for VA benefits. Healthy eating habits and exercise can help prevent diabetes.
Learn more
Visit
www.publichealth.va.gov to learn about other public health topics.
LITTLE KNOWN "VETERANS' BENEFIT - AID AND ATTENDANCE PENSION" -
The Aid and Attendance (A&A) Pension from the VA 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. Further information can be found at:  www.veteranaid.org/program.php 
AIRMEN TO RECEIVE MEDICAL BENEFITS AFTER BUREAUCRATIC ERROR
The Air Force has agreed to extend transitional health benefits to airmen who voluntarily separated from service this year. The Air Force had temporarily revoked some of the airmen's benefits, which include 180 days of Tricare coverage. Air Force Times (free registration) (11/3)

ARMY SAYS ONLY 30% OF AMERICANS COULD JOIN 
The U.S.
Army now says that seven out of 10 young people between the ages of 17 and 24 are ineligible to become soldiers.
The alarming reduction in the pool of prospective soldiers worries Army brass and they largely attribute it to three issues: obesity or health problems; lack of a high school education; and criminal histories. "There's a reliance on an ever-smaller group of people to serve and defend the country," said Maj. Gen. Allen Batschelet, commanding general for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, Ky. "What do we do about that and how do we address that concern? "That's the big national security question that I'm struggling with today."
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
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

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, PUBLIC WELCOME

PANCAKE BREAKFASTS, SUNDAYS, 8 - 11:00, 1st & 3rd SUNDAYS, PUBLIC WELCOME 
ONGOING, AUXILIARY COLLECTION OF JEWEL FOODS COOKWARE SAVINGS STAMPS
Stamps will go for cookware for the new homeless Vets facility at Hines Hospital. Drop stamps in the Auxiliary mailbox at the POST.
NOV 2, SATURDAY, 9:30 AM DEPART, 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, BENEFIT COMEDY SHOW, 8:00 - 10:00 PM, FEATURING "LONGHORN" (WMAQ) AND OTHERS.
All proceeds go to "Gift to Yanks". Tickets $10 ea. or $75/table of eight (8) if reserved in advance in the Club Room. Public welcome. 
NOV 9, SUNDAY, 8 - 11:00, BENEFIT PANCAKE BREAKFAST FOR "ELITE DANCE COMPANY" 
NOV 9, SUNDAY, 4 - 6:00 PM, AUXILIARY SPAGHETTI DINNER & BAKE SALE
Donated baked goods requested. Volunteer servers needed. 
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 9, SUNDAY NIGHT, BEARS VS. PACKERS MILITARY TRIBUTE

On NBC during the Packers vs Bears game at Lambeau Field there will be a military appreciation night sponsored by USAA that will  include a special tribute display.

NOV 11, TUESDAY, VETERANS DAY

NOV 15, SATURDAY, 7-11:00 PM, KARAOKE IN THE CLUBROOM, PUBLIC WELCOME
NOV 16, SUNDAY, S.A.L. PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 8 - 11:00 AM, $7, PUBLIC WELCOME
NOV 16, SUNDAY, S.A.L. MEAT RAFFLE, NOON - 4:00 PM, PUBLIC WELCOME
                                  

FUTURE EVENTS

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)
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