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SERVING  THE  COMMUNITIES  OF  LOCKPORT,  LEMONT  &  HOMER GLEN
            Updated: 22 April 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:                 
By presidential proclamation, March 29 was designated "Vietnam Veteran's Day" to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the Vietnam War. Let's remember and give thanks to our Vietnam Veterans, POWs and MIAs. There is a new documentary airing on the National Geographic channel entitled “Brothers in War.” The segment is about the U.S. Navy's Mobile Riverine Force and the Army’s 9th Infantry in the Mekong Delta of Viet Nam and is available for purchase through Amazon.


            "Welcome home!" 
                                                                                                                                Mike Meyers

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TO THOSE WE REMEMBER AND GIVE THANKS . . .  
 

Video: "Thank you for your service (A Moment of Truth)"  (2:30)

 

http://moments.org/thank-you-for-your-service/

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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,"  
 April 26, 1972: "NIXON ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL TROOP WITHDRAWALS"
President Nixon, despite the ongoing communist offensive, announces that another 20,000 U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Vietnam in May and June, reducing authorized troop strength to 49,000. Nixon emphasized that while U.S. ground troops were being withdrawn, sea and air support for the South Vietnamese would continue. In fact, the U.S. Navy doubled the number of its fighting ships off Vietnam.
INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE REPORTS ON AGENT ORANGE
VA contracts with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences, a non-governmental organization, to scientifically review evidence on the long-term health effects of Agent Orange and other herbicides on Vietnam Veterans. IOM released its latest report, Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2012, in December 2013. VA reviewed the report and decided not to add further to the current list of Agent Orange diseases based on the available scientific and medical evidence
    http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/publications/institute-of-medicine.asp
MILITARY LEADERS WARN OF LONDER DEPLOYMENTS
Service members could see longer overseas deployments and tours at sea if budget cuts continue, according to military leaders testifying Wednesday at a Senate hearing. "If we have a major contingency operation, there will be no dwell time. We're all going to war, and we'll come home when it's done," said Lt. Gen. Robert Milstead, the Marine Corps deputy commandant for manpower and Reserve affairs. Air Force Times (free registration)
STATE OF ILLINOIS UNCLAIMED PROPERTY I-CASH PROGRAM

The state currently has $1.7 billion dollars in cash, plus contents from Illinois bank safe deposit boxes, which need to be returned to Illinois residents. Most assets are transferred to the state after they've been inactive for at least five years. It's easy for Illinois residents to discover if they have assets waiting for them. Residents have nothing to lose, and everything to gain, by searching the I-Cash website. Discovery is a simple, three-step process:

    1. Enter your name in the online search field.
    2. If it's a match, fill out and submit the online claim form.
    3. Receive your property or cash and enjoy what you've discovered.

Within weeks, residents are reconnected with their cash or assets

VA HEALTH SYSTEM TO STOP REQUIRING INCOME INFORMATION
The Veterans Affairs Department will no longer require veterans enrolled in its health care system to report their income, effective later this month. Instead, the agency will use income information obtained by the Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration. Eliminating the income-reporting requirement makes health care benefits easier for veterans to obtain, said Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. The Journal News (White Plains, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (3/24)
HOUSE BILL AIMS TO HELP HEARING-IMPAIRED VETERANS
The House is considering a bill that seeks to expand the resources available to veterans with hearing loss, write the lawmakers who introduced it, Reps. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., and Tim Walz, D-Minn. The Veterans Affairs Department is currently allowed to use only audiologists to provide hearing-related care to veterans. The Hill (4/2)
NEW VA ID CARDS
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced  the phased roll out of newly designed, more secure Veteran Health Identification Cards. The new cards are distinguished by additional security features and will have a different look and feel. The card replaces the Veteran Identification Card (VIC), which was introduced in 2004. As part of a phased rollout, starting this month, the card will only be offered to newly enrolled and other Veterans who have not been issued a VIC.  Then, in early April, VA will begin a three month effort to automatically issue the more secure VHIC to current VIC cardholders. Enrolled Veterans can get more information about the VHIC by visiting their VA medical facility enrollment coordinator, calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visiting their local VA health care facility. Watch for it to arrive in the mail before July.  Your current card is active until you receive your new card.  More information is available at the VA website. http://1.usa.gov/1lfaqrN
VA TOOK MORE THAN 900 DAYS TO PROCESS APPEALS LAST YEAR
The Veterans Affairs Department in 2013 was taking on average more than 900 days to process appeals involving disability claims. The agency's goal is 
to take 400 days or less. The average duration of a disability appeal increased 37% from fiscal 2012 to fiscal 2013. McClatchy Washington Bureau (2/27)
WHITE HOUSE: 24 SOLDIERS TO RECEIVE THE MEDAL OF HONOR
Medal of Honor will be awarded to 24 people, three of them living, who served in wars of past decades, the White House announced today. In recognition of their valor in World War II, Vietnam and Korea, President Obama will present the awards on March 18, according to a statement from the White House. Each of the soldiers was previously recognized by award of the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest military award. That award will be upgraded to the Medal of Honor in recognition of their gallantry, intrepidity and heroism above and beyond the call of duty.
 
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                                                                                            CURRENT EVENTS
 
SUNDAYS, 5:30 PM, "QUEEN OF HEARTS,"  TICKET SALES END AT 5:00 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 so come
out and bring your friends and take a chance to win the jackpot! Proceeds go to support POST 18.
FRIDAYS,  5:00 - 7:30 PM, POST 18 "FISH FRYS" (until Easter)
POST 18 CLUBROOM: TUESDAYS  $1 TACOS; WEDNESDAYS  $1 HOTDOGS
APR. 6, SUNDAY, 11:00. PANCAKE BREAKFAST BENEFITING BOY SCOUT TROOP 13 
APR. 12, SATURDAY, COMEDY SHOW BENEFIT BY AND FOR TLC ANIMAL SHELTER , DOORS OPEN AT 7:00 PM,
    Tickets: $25. Presenting the WGN9 MORNING COMEDY TEAM with Ana Belaval, Pat Tomasulo and Mike Toomey.
    50/50 Raffle. Food and drink available for purchase.
APR. 13, SUNDAY, 8:00-NOON. PANCAKE BREAKFAST BENEFITING AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CHARITIES (ALR)
    Breakfast Tickets: $7.  Proceeds to benefit the Legion Riders Legacy Scholarship Fund. The fund provides scholarships
to children of U.S. military personnel who died on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001. "Bloody Mary Bar" available in the Clubroom. 
"NEW ILLINOIS CONCEALED CARRY" CLASSES, VARIOUS DATES POSTED IN THE CLUBROOM
POST 18 hosts the new "Illinois Concealed Carry" permit classes presented by TSI Firearms. Veterans 1-day class (DD 214 required): $100. Standard 2-day class:$200. Optional electronic fingerprint check: $40. Illinois application fee not included; the 5-year fee is $150. To register or for additional information, contact Joe Caldrone, TSI Firearms at: www.tsifirearms.com or (708) 238-4606.

                                                                                        UPCOMING EVENTS
APR. 12, SATURDAY, DOORS OPEN AT 7:00 PM, COMEDY SHOW BENEFIT BY AND FOR TLC ANIMAL SHELTER
    Tickets: $25. Presenting the WGN9 MORNING COMEDY TEAM with Ana Belaval, Pat Tomasulo and Mike Toomey.
    50/50 Raffle. Food and drink available for purchase.
APR. 13, SUNDAY, 8:00-Noon. PANCAKE BREAKFAST BENEFITING AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CHARITIES (ALR) 

 JUL. 12, SATURDAY, 2:00 PM - ???, "HELP JACQUE BREATHE" FUNDRAISER FOR JACQUE DYNIA
Ticket are $20 each and includes admittance, food, soft drinks and entertainment. Door prizes, 50/50 raffles, silent auction and more. 

                                                                                    SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS
We've received generous landscaping support from "Perfect Cut Lawns" in Lockport. Please consider using
them for any of your snow removal and landscaping needs. Mention POST 18 when you contact: Kevin Pendel
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
MEMORIAL AND BURIAL BENEFITS:
        John Marshall Law School - Phone: 312-717-2737