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SERVING  THE  COMMUNITIES  OF  LOCKPORT,  LEMONT  &  HOMER GLEN
Updated: 8 Sep 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:                 
On Saturday, Aug. 16, the POST hosted its' annual family picnic, and, combined 2014 installation of officers
for Post 18, the Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion and Legion Riders. I wish to congratulate the incoming
officers of these Post 18 organizations and look forward a successful year working together. To those leaving
officer positions, thank you for your generous support of time and effort.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                Mike Meyers
 
                   
Video: "JUNGLELAND - THE WOMEN OF VIETNAM"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95pXMj7dJA0 


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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,"  

SEPTEMBER 11, 1965: "1st CAVALARY DIVISION ARRIVES IN COUNTRY"

1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) begins to arrive in South Vietnam at Qui Nhon, bringing U.S. troop strength in South Vietnam to more than 125,000. The unit, which had a long and storied history, was the first full U.S. Army division deployed to Vietnam. The division consisted of nine battalions of airmobile infantry, an air reconnaissance squadron, and six battalions of artillery. The division also included the 11th Aviation Group, made up of three aviation battalions consisting of 11 companies of assault helicopters, assault support helicopters, and gunships.








DISABILITY PAYMENTS TOTALING $2.4M MISTAKENLY WITHHELD FROM VETS (ROA SMART BRIEF, 5 SEP 14)
September disability payments amounting to $2.4 million were accidentally withheld for 12,000 veterans, the Veterans Affairs Department acknowledged Wednesday. The VA says it is rectifying the mistake with help from the Treasury Department. USA Today (9/4)
NATO NATIONS COMMIT TO 2% GDP FOR DEFENSE
NATO allies are strengthening their commitment to protecting the region by promising to spend 2% of their gross domestic product on defense, an agreement praised by outgoing Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The commitment is important, he said, because "it's now obvious that we cannot take our security for granted and we will have to invest more in our defense and security." Defense News (9/6)
WHITE HOUSE TO AWARD MEDAL OF HONOR TO 2 VIETNAM VETS
A pair of Vietnam veterans will receive the Medal of Honor at the White House on Monday. Retired Command Sgt. Major Bennie Adkins was a sergeant first class in March 1966 when he moved several wounded troops to safety in a battle that lasted for days. Spec. 4 Donald Sloat will receive his medal posthumously for covering a grenade to shield fellow soldiers while on patrol in 1970. Military.com (9/8)
SEPTEMBER 17th, CONSTITUTION DAY
On September 17, 1787 the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document they had created. Every year, on the anniversary of this date, students all around the country observe the date by studying and learning about the U.S. Constitution. Watching the 4 minute clip below can be YOUR way of observing Constitution Day this year.
C-SPAN, September 4, 2014, Supreme Court Justices Breyer and Scalia discuss their views in interpreting the Constitution:
http://www.c-spanclassroom.org/Video/1851/The+Living+Constitution+vs+Originalism.aspx
PROSTATE CANCER AND AGENT ORANGE
Veterans who develop prostate cancer and were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service do not have to
prove a connection between their prostate cancer and service to be eligible to receive VA health care and disability compensation.
For more information, go to:
veteranshealth@public.govdelivery.com


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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 Clubroom: 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. 

SEP 6, SUNDAYS, 8 - 11:00 AM, PANCAKE BREAKFASTS BEGIN, 1ST AND 3RD SUNDAYS, MONTHLY 

SEP 8, MONDAY, BURIAL HONORS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS, 9:00 AM, ABE LINCOLN CEMETARY, SHELTER "C"

Over 60 homeless Veterans will receive burial honors. Public encouraged to attend.

SEP 10, WEDNESDAY, 7:00 PM, WILL COUNTY LEGION MEETING AT POST 18 - Open to Legion members

SEP 14, SUNDAY, NOON - 5:00 PM, "EAGLE SCOUT SPAGHETTI DINNER BENEFIT," $7 PER PERSON

SEP 19, FRIDAY, NATIONAL TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY

    Navy training video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cKCkbWDGwE

MONTHLY AUXILIARY SPAGHETTI DINNERS TO BEGIN THIS FALL. DATE AND TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED 

                                                           

UPCOMING EVENTS

OCT 3, POST 18 FRIDAY FISH FRYS RESUME, 5:00 - 7:30 PM

OCT 11, SATURDAY, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, FALL MUM SALE
A Fall Mum sale will be held on Saturday at the John Olson Post 18 front parking lot. There will be fall mums, cabbage plants and other fall annuals for sale. This is a fundraiser for Unit 18 Auxiliary and all are welcome. Food will be available in the Post Hall.
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