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SERVING  THE  COMMUNITIES  OF  LOCKPORT,  LEMONT  &  HOMER GLEN
16 August 2016 (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.

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: 
Some history to share:
“On this day in 1776, members of Congress affix their signatures to an enlarged copy of the Declaration of Independence. Fifty-six congressional delegates in total signed the document, including some who were not present at the vote approving the declaration. The delegates signed by state from North to South, beginning with Josiah Bartlett of New Hampshire and ending with George Walton of Georgia…Exactly one month before the signing of the document, Congress had accepted a resolution put forward by Richard Henry Lee that stated ‘Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.’” FOX NEWS HALFTIME REPORT, Aug. 2, 2016
                                                                                                                                          Mike Meyers

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TO THOSE WE REMEMBER AND GIVE THANKS. . .


                                                                    Film of US Soldiers spraying Agent Orange defoliant onto a riverbank without
                                                                    protective equipment.  "V.C. Weed Killer" [8-11 February 1969]
from the
                                                                    Michael Sheets Collection of the Vietnam Center and  Archive at Texas Tech University.


                                                                    "Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance" was founded by children of Vietnam Veterans
                                                                    who have been born,  and live with, the debilitating birth defects that Agent Orange/Dioxin
                                                                    are presumed to cause.


VIDEO:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUZA0GAMmfI

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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)
"MARINES FIGHT BITTER BATTLE IN QUANG TIN PROVINCE" 10 AUG 1967
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/marines-fight-bitter-battle-in-quang-tin-province
Troops of the First Battalion, Fifth Marines fight a bitter battle against NVA forces in Quang Tin province, 60 miles west of Tam Ky. In Thailand, a U.S.-built air base is opened in Sattahib. Ultimately, there would be five major airbases and over 49,000 U.S. military personnel in Thailand. The bases would be turned over to the Thais and the U.S. troops withdrawn in 1973.
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      AUGUST EVENT SCHEDULE 
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 
AUGUST 14, SUNDAY, 2:00. POST 18 JOINT INSTALLATION.
Pre-registration required for ceremony and dinner. Register in the Clubroom.
AUGUST 21, SUNDAY, 1:00 PM, 11th DISTRICT LEGION & AUXILIARY INSTALLATION, POST 1080, JOLIET
Send $15/person registrations no later than Sunday, Aug. 7, payable to 11th District American Legion Auxiliary to:
Rosemary Mulligan, 1707 Marlboro Lane, Crest Hill, IL 60403.
AUGUST 27, F.O.P. LODGE 94 BIKE RUN, START/STOP AT POST 18
Registration, day of: 9-11:00 am, start at noon, dinner and band “Rico Quinn” after 6:00 pm. Details in the Clubroom.

      FUTURE EVENTS 

SEPTEMBER, DATE PENDING, AUXILIARY FUNDRAISING MUM SALE!

This September the Auxiliary will be selling beautiful bushel basket sized colorful mums. These flowers are raised at Delaney Farms.  There will be a great selection in many different colors at great prices.  Please make your mum purchase from us this fall.  More details to follow in the next newsletter.

OCTOBER 29, SATURDAY, "WELCOME HOME VIETNAM ERA VETERANS PARTY." DETAILS TO FOLLOW.  

     POTPURRI
POSSIBLE CHANGES PENDING IN EXCHANGE PRIVILEGES
Plans are progressing to extend online military exchange shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans, Military Times has learned.
The Defense Department’s Executive Resale Board voted unanimously Aug. 9 to recommend the policy change, sources said. Extended shopping privileges would apply only to the exchange system's online stores — not brick-and-mortar facilities located on military installations.
AGENT ORANGE NEWSLETTER - SUMMER 2016. INFORMATION FOR VIETNAM ERA VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES

http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/publications/agent-orange/agent-orange-summer-2016/index.asp

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.
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


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/
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
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