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"Providing comfort and care for America's Heroes"
SERVING  THE  COMMUNITIES  OF  LOCKPORT,  LEMONT  &  HOMER GLEN
September 20, 2017 
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 18 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: 

After a relatively quiet summer, the Post will again be busy with fall events. There's no better place to meet and greet than our
Club room. Football, baseball, car races and year end golf tournaments on TV with the best bar prices in town. Check the website
for the latest event schedule. Pancake breakfasts and Friday fish fries beginning soon! Private parties are always welcome. To reserve the banquet room or the pavilion, contact me. If you're a member come in and bring a friend. If your not a member you should be. Contact Vic Martinka for Post 18 membership information (Post, Auxiliary, SAL or Riders):  lpfd130@sbcglobal.net

                                                                                                                                                                 Mike Meyers

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TO THOSE WE REMEMBER AND GIVE THANKS. . .


AMERICAN LEGION JOHN OLSON POST 18 MEMORIAL

Mansions Musical Military Tribute

A beautiful musical tribute to our military.  After you click on the "Mansions" link below,

don't click on anything else. WAIT - it will start by itself.

 Mansions!


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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.
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SEPTEMBER 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.

MONDAYS, 6:00 PM - MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
$1 dollar draft beers, 6:00 PM until end of games.

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

SEP 9 & 10, SAT & SUN, LOCKPORT "WWII DAYS" AND RE-ENACTMENTS - OPENS AT 9:00 AM

Dellwood Park, 171 & Woods Dr, Lockport. For additional information: www.lockportWWII.com

SEP 17, SUNDAY
        - LEGION AUXILIARY "FALL MUM SALE," NOON - 6:00 PM   $10 EACH

Everyone is invited to stop by and choose mum plants to brighten their home or business. Plants available in a variety of colors.
Profits from the sales will be used to aid local area Veterans.

         - BSA TROOP 63 SPAGHETTI DINNER, 1 - 5:00 PM

FUTURE EVENTS     

OCT 1, SUNDAY, 1:00-4:30 PM, LEGION RIDERS PICNIC BENEFITING "GIFTS TO THE YANKS PROGRAM"  DONATION: $10
"Gifts to the Yanks" is an American Legion Program started in 1944 to raise funds to provide Christmas gifts to Veterans in VA hospitals, VA nursing
homes and homebound veterans.  FOOD / BAND / RAFFLES

OCT 4, WEDNESDAY, NOON, LUNCHEON FOR MANTENO ILLINOIS VETERANS HOME VETS 

OCT 21, SATURDAY, 6:00 PM, KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS (of Romeoville), "CHILI CUP AND COOK OFF!!"  $10 ADMISSION
Includes: 5 votes for best chili, football on TV, cash bar, hot dogs and chili.

OCT 22, SUNDAY, AUXILIARY PANCAKE BREAKFAST - PLEASE HELP
The Auxiliary will be hosting an all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast on October 22. We will be making raffle baskets as part of our fund raiser. Please help us fill the baskets by donating NEW items or soliciting donations from local businesses. Gift certificates for goods or services are always a big hit! Don't forget to mark your calendar and come down to the post for a great breakfast.

2018 POPPY CAMPAIGN - SAVE THE DATES!
- APRIL 22, SUNDAY, POST 18 MEAT RAFFLE & POPPY FUND GRAND PRIZE
- MAY 18, 19 & 20 (Fri, Sat & Sun) at local businesses

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)
"AMERICAN FORCES SUFFER FIRST CASUALITIES IN VIETNAM", OCT 22, 1957
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/american-forces-suffer-first-casualties-in-vietnam

U.S. military personnel suffer their first casualties in the war when 13 Americans are wounded in three terrorist bombings of Military Assistance Advisory Group and U.S. Information Service installations in Saigon. The rising tide of guerrilla activity in South Vietnam reached an estimated 30 terrorist incidents by the end of the year and at least 75 local officials were assassinated or kidnapped in the last quarter of 1957.



SENATE APPROVES GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM MEMORIAL IN D.C.WASHINGTON
The Senate on Thursday cleared the way for a Global War on Terrorism memorial in Washington – unanimously passing the first bill in recent history approving a national war memorial before the fighting is over. For those who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, the memorial will be a place to honor their dead and wounded – even as those numbers continue to climb. "We're looking forward to building a sacred place of healing and remembrance for our GWOT veterans, a place for families to gather to honor their loved ones and for future generations of Americans to learn about a war they will likely grow up alongside of," said Andrew J. Brennan, the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation founder and executive director.

DEFENSE POW/MIA ACCOUNTING AGENCY
Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Manuel Menendez, killed during World War II, has now been accounted for. In November 1943, Menendez was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, but the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Menendez died on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

From Chairman, Joint SOA/SFA POW/MIA Committee
At last, there is some good news to report regarding the US Government’s effort to account for personnel who are missing and unaccounted-for from our nation’s past conflicts. On September 5, the Department of Defense (DOD) finally announced the selection of Maj Gen (USAF, retired) Kelly McKeague as the new Director, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). That critical position had been vacant for over a year. General McKeague was the last Commander, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, and the first Deputy Director, DPAA, immediately prior to his retirement. During his last year on active duty, he was honored by the Special Operations Association (SOA) President’s Award and League Award from the National League of POW/MIA Families (the League). His selection had been endorsed by the League, the SOA, the Special Forces Association (SFA), Vietnam Veterans of America and others. DOD could not have selected a finer or more qualified man for the job and we look forward to working with him again.


TROOPS WHO FOUGHT ISLAMIC STATE IN LIBYA ELIGIBLE FOR MEDAL
US troops who fought against the Islamic State in Operation Odyssey Lightning in Libya between Aug. 1 and Dec. 19 are now eligible for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary medal. The Defense Department has expanded the geographic criteria for the medal.

JUDGE WEIGHS CASE ON VETERANS' EXPOSURE TO BURN PITS
Veterans sickened after they were exposed to burn-pit smoke in Iraq and Afghanistan are awaiting a Maryland judge's decision on whether they can sue the company that operated the sites. US District Judge Roger Titus is considering whether to allow the case to move forward or to dismiss it on the grounds that the company was operating on behalf of the military.Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (7/13) 

VETERAN CAN REGISTER FOR ONLINE MILITARY EXCHANGE SHOPPING

Some veterans who register at VetVerify.org will be invited to be beta testers. They will have the ability to shop online earlier than the planned November 11, 2017 launch date. Officials said the sooner veterans register on the site, the better their chances of being chosen as a beta tester. Honorably discharged veterans interested in shopping online at military exchanges can begin their verification process immediately. Exchange officials said, some patrons may be able to shop online before the program's full launch. The exchange websites offer tax-free shopping, and discounted pricing. Actual online pricing can be seen only by those who are authorized to shop at the following websites: shopmyexchangeshopcgx, mymcx and mynavyexchange

NEW AUXILIARY WEB SITE NOW AVAILABLE
On behalf of AL Auxiliary Unit 18, something new has been added!! Our Auxiliary now has it’s own face book page. Visit them at Lockport IL American Legion Auxiliary Unit 18. Check out the upcoming events and meeting information. Please check out the page and press LIKE ! The Auxiliary is also compiling an email distribution list to electronically communicate with it’s members. If you know any member who is not getting emails from the Auxiliary, please email them at  alaunit18@gmail.com  and they will be happy to add your address to the list.  ANNUAL DUES: $25.

VA DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR CAMP LEJEUNE WATER-RELATED DISEASES
by Veterans Administration
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) regulations to establish resumptions for the service connection of eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, are effective as of March 14.The Camp Lejeune Act requires VA to provide health care to Veterans who served at Camp Lejeune, and to reimburse family members or pay providers for medical expenses for those who resided there for not fewer than 30 days between Aug. 1, 1953, and Dec. 31, 1987. 

The presumption of service connection applies to active-duty, reserve and National Guard members who served at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30
days (cumulative) between Aug. 1, 1953, and Dec. 31, 1987, and are diagnosed with any of the following conditions:
• Adult leukemia
• Aplastic anemia (and other myelodysplastic syndromes)
• Bladder cancer
• Kidney cancer
• Liver cancer
• Multiple myeloma
• Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
• Parkinson’s disease


POW/MIA UPDATE

"Soldier Captured During the Korean War Accounted For," 2017 - Army Cpl. Edward L. Borders
by The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

In early February 1951, Borders was a member of Dog Battery, 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion (Automatic Weapons), 2nd Infantry Division, when American units began supporting South Korean Army attacks against units of the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces (CPVF) in an area known as the Central Corridor in North Korea. Dog Battery was part of a group known as Support Force 21 (SF21) and provided artillery fire support for the South Korean Army during its attack north on Hongch’on. On the evening of Feb. 11, 1951, the CPVF launched a massive counter offensive against the South Koreans, who were forced to withdraw, leaving Borders’ unit and the rest of SF21 behind at Changbong-ni. The SF 21 marched south along Route 29, fighting through ambushes and roadblocks, to Hoengsong and eventually to the city of Wonju. Borders was reported missing in action as of Feb. 13, 1951 when he did not report with his unit in Wonju.

Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea returned to the United States 208 boxes of commingled human remains, which when combined with remains recovered during joint recovery operations in North Korea, account for the remains of at least 400 U.S. servicemen who fought during the war. Of the 208 boxes, 14 were reported to have been recovered from Ryongpho-ri, Suan County, North Hwanghae Province, North Korea.

VA CEMETERIES OFFERING PRE-ENROLLMENT FOR ELIGIBLE VETERANSThe 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. Further information at:  https://explore.va.gov/memorial-benefits

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POTPURRI

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
       
http://stevespages.com/page7b.htm       
        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