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SERVING  THE  COMMUNITIES  OF  LOCKPORT,  LEMONT  &  HOMER GLEN
Updated: 9 July 2014
              
MONTHLY MEETINGS:
1st Tuesday, 7:00, POST Members;                          2nd Tuesday, 7:00 Sons of the American Legion (S.A.L)       
1st Wednesday, 7:00 Legion Riders (A.L.R.)           3rd Tuesday, 7:00, Auxiliary  
                                               Last Tuesday, 7:00, Executive Board
                                                                                                                                                                                                                
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:                 

Dear Members & Friends of Post 18,
On Saturday, July 12th, we will be hosting a Fundraising Event to assist a member of our Post 18 family.   Jacque Dynia is a natural born fighter but this time she needs your help to win this battle.  Jacque is only 46 years old and needs a double lung transplant immediately.  Since her diagnosis last October with DAD (diffuse alveolar damage), she has been under continuous medical care creating a huge financial burden.  She is a Post 18 Auxiliary member and her husband Andy is a member of both the Post and our Legion Riders.

Your help would be greatly appreciated.  How?  Join us at Post 18 on Saturday.  Tickets of $20 per person will be available at the door to include admittance, 
food, soft drinks and entertainment.  A cash bar will be available. The event will also have door prizes, 50/50 raffles, regular and premium raffle gift baskets and a silent auction.  Music beginning at 7:00 PM will be performed by M & R Rush, “Living for the Music” 2014 Tour.

Cash donations can be made Saturday at the event, or, at any Chase Bank and mention the “Help Jacque Breathe Benefit.”  Donations (checks) can also be made out to “Help Jacque Breathe”and mailed to: 

American Legion Post 18 (Include business card or note with your name and mailing address)
            C/O Maggie & Laurie
            15052 Archer Ave.
            Lockport, IL 60441 

Please join us Saturday if you can to “Help Jacque Breathe.” All help for Jacque will be appreciated
                                                                                                   Mike Meyers    
                                                                                                             
Video: "PATH OF THE WARRIOR"

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKqT0-3JV5E&feature=youtube_gdata_player 



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TO THOSE WE REMEMBER AND GIVE THANKS . . .  
AMERICAN LEGION POST 18 MEMORIAL


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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,"  
July 8, 1959: "FIRST AMERICANS KILLED IN SOUTH VIETNAM"
Maj. Dale R. Ruis and Master Sgt. Chester M. Ovnand become the first Americans killed in the American phase of the Vietnam War when guerrillas strike a Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) compound in Bien Hoa, 20 miles northeast of Saigon. The group had arrived in South Vietnam on November 1, 1955, to provide military assistance. The organization consisted of U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps personnel who provided advice and assistance to the Ministry of Defense, Joint General Staff, corps and division commanders, training centers, and province and district headquarters.
APPEALS INCREASE AS BACKLOG OF VA CLAIMS SHRINKS 
The Veterans Affairs Department has put a dent in its massive backlog of disability claims, but in doing so, it has created a new backlog of claim appeals. The department has recently seen a spike in appeals of denied claims and has become slower at processing routine changes, according to VA data. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (7/7)
GULF WAR VETS' HEALTHISSUES MIGHT NOT BE SERVICE-RELATED,VA SAYS 
Research has yet to confirm that Gulf War veterans are experiencing higher rates of cancer because of their military service, the Department of Veterans Affairs says. Lawmakers are seeking to have the VA classify brain cancer, lung cancer and migraines as presumptive conditions for Gulf War vets, which could help veterans diagnosed with these conditions receive benefits. USA Today (7/7)
VETERAN BENEFITS PROGRAMS OFTEN UNDERUSED EXPERTS SAY 
Many veterans lose thousands of dollars by failing to use benefits such as state programs that exempt disabled vets from property taxes, experts say. "When someone gets out of the military, there's no master list that's provided to them that says here's everything you're going to be eligible for," said Disabled American Veterans employment director Jeffrey Hall. Montgomery Advertiser (Ala.) (tiered subscription model) (7/6)


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                                                                                            CURRENT EVENTS
 JUL. 12, SATURDAY, 2:00 PM - ???, "HELP JACQUE BREATHE" FUNDRAISER FOR JACQUE DYNIA
Ticket are $20 may be purchased at the door. Ticket includes admittance, food, soft drinks and entertainment. Door prizes, 50/50 raffles, silent auction and more.
Live musical entertainmant beginning at 7:00 PM provided by M&R Rush.
AUG. 16, SATURDAY, 6:00 PM, ANNUAL POST 18 PICNIC AND COMBINED INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS (POST, AUXILIARY, SAL & ALR)
All members, their family and close friends are welcome to attend the picnic and observe the installation ceremony. Food and beverages will be provided by the Post and member organizations. Bringing food to pass will be appreciated but not required. Also, donations will be accepted. 
AUG 24 - 28, 2015,  "VIETNAM MOVING WALL" WILL BE AT POST 18. 

                                                                                             UPCOMING EVENTS
AUG. 16, SATURDAY, 6:00 PM, ANNUAL POST 18 PICNIC AND COMBINED INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS (POST, AUXILIARY, SAL & ALR)
All members, their family and close friends are welcome to attend the picnic and observe the installation ceremony. Food and beverages will be provided by the Post and member organizations. Bringing food to pass will be appreciated but not required. Also, donations will be accepted. 
AUG 24 - 28, 2015,  "VIETNAM MOVING WALL" WILL BE AT POST 18. 

                                                                                    SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS
We've received generous landscaping support from "Perfect Cut Lawns" in Lockport. Please consider using hem for any of your landscaping 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)
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