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SERVING  THE  COMMUNITIES  OF  LOCKPORT,  LEMONT  &  HOMER GLEN
Updated: 5 Aug 2014
              
MONTHLY MEETINGS:
1st Tuesday, 7:00, POST Members - CANCELLED FOR AUG ONLY 
1st Wednesday, 7:00 Legion Riders (A.L.R.);   2nd Tuesday, 7:00 Sons of the American Legion (S.A.L)       
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:                 
On July 30th, family, friends and POST 18 members met at Midway Airport to welcome Jack Lonergan on his return  "Honor Flight" from the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.  Afterwards, the POST hosted a reception in the Post Clubroom. Jack, we thank you for your service. You made us all proud! 
                                                                                             
                                                                                                                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,"  

August 3, 1966: "MARINES LAUNCH OPERATION PRAIRIE"

U.S. Marine units commence Operation Prairie, a sequel to an earlier operation in the area (Operation Hastings), which involves a sweep just south of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) against three battalions of the North Vietnamese 324B Division. An additional 1,500 Marines from Seventh Fleet ships off Quang Tri Province conducted amphibious landings on September 15 to assist in the operation, which lasted until September 19 and resulted in a reported 1,397 communist casualties.

PROGRAM EXPANSION ALLOWS VETERANS TO SEEK PRIVATE PRIMARY CARE
Veterans now can seek primary medical treatment at private facilities thanks to changes in the Veterans Affairs Department's Patient-Centered Community Care program, known as PC3. "With the addition of primary care services, VA medical centers can now use PC3 to provide additional types of care in order to reduce wait times," said VA Secretary Robert McDonald. The program originally was designed for specialty care. Army Times (8/13)

VA OVERHAUL MEASURE IS SIGNED INTO LAW
A $16.3 billion overhaul of the Veterans Affairs Department health care system became law with President Barack Obama's signature on Thursday. The legislation came about after reports of long wait times at VA medical facilities and allegations of falsified data, followed by the resignation of Eric Shinseki as VA secretary. Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson says he believes the wait-time problems can be solved within two years. Stars and Stripes (8/7), The Hill (8/7), Military Times/The Associated Press (8/6)

PURPLE HEART DAY, AUGUST 7TH

To all who Earned it, "A Salute and Thank you for your Service/Sacrifice!"

LAST SURVIVING ENOLA GAY CREW MEMBER DIES AT 93

Theodore Van Kirk, the last surviving crew member of the Enola Gay, which dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945, died Monday in Georgia at age 93. He was the navigator aboard the B-29 Superfortress that dropped the bomb known as "Little Boy." The Associated Press (7/29)

VA IS STRUGGLING TO ACCOMODATE FEMALE VETS, ADVOCATES SAY
The number of women in the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system has more than doubled since 2000 and is expected to double again within 10 years. "VA hasn't taken adequate steps to prepare itself for the huge influx of women veterans," said Greg Jacob of the Service Women's Action Network.
Army Times/Medill News Service (Washington, D.C.) (7/29)

LAWMAKERS REVEAL DETAIL ABOUT $17B VA BILL
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., released details of a bill that seeks to reform the veterans health care system. The bill emerged after negotiations involving House and Senate lawmakers. Its prospects for passage before the August congressional recess are unclear. National Journal (7/28), Stars and Stripes (7/28)


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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 so come out and bring your friends and take a chance to win the jackpot! Proceeds go to support POST 18.                                                             

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. 

  UPCOMING EVENTS
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