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Updated: 19 August 2015

The AMERICAN LEGION with its' 3 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
 
TO THOSE WE REMEMBER AND GIVE THANKS. 
Please join the members and friends of Post 18 at The Moving Wall" as we honor those who gave their lives for our country.
                                                                                                                                Commander Mike Meyers  

VIETNAM  “THE MOVING WALL” SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

OPENING CEREMONY

Thursday, August 20, 2015 6:00 – 7:00 PM 

Posting of Colors
Pledge of Allegiance
National Anthem
Invocation
Introduction of Honored Guests
Guest Speaker, Al Lynch
Lighting of the Vigil Light
Laying of Wreaths
Reading of the Names of Local Heroes
Closing Prayer
Three Volley Salute
Taps
Retiring of Colors

“THE WALL” VISITATION

6:00 - 6:30 PM, Thursday, Continuously (24 hrs) thru 3:00 PM Monday 

While we encourage you to explore both this display and our Post Memorial, we remind you that it is a Memorial to all of those who served this great nation in our Armed Forces. We ask that you treat both “The Wall” and the Memorial grounds with due respect.

CLOSING CEREMONY 

Monday, August 24, 2015 3:00 PM 

Closing of the Wall
Posting of Colors
Reading of the Names of Local Heroes
Closing Prayer
Three Volley Salute
Taps

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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 

POST NEWS  


NATIONAL COMMEMORATION OF THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIETNAM WAR (Nov. 1, 1955 - May 15, 1975) - THROUGH DEC, 2016
 "THIS DAY IN VIETNAM HISTORY,"  (WWW.HISTORY.COM)

June 25, 1970: "U.S. NAVY TURNS BOATS OVER TO SOUTH VIETNAMESE NAVY"

The U.S. Navy turns 64 river patrol gunboats valued at $18.2 million over to the South Vietnamese Navy in what is described as the largest single transfer of military equipment in the war thus far. The transfer raised the total number of boats in the South Vietnamese Navy to more than 600. This was part of the “Vietnamization” program, which President Richard Nixon initiated to increase the fighting capability of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces (to include the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps) so that they could assume more responsibility for the war. Vietnamization included the provision of new equipment and weapons and an intensified advisory effort.


CONGRESS APPROVES BILL ALLOWING ALL VETERANS TO OBTAIN VA-ISSUED ID CARDS
By MATTHEW DALY, WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill allowing all veterans to receive official identification cards through the Department of Veterans Affairs is on its way to President Barack Obama's desk. The House approved the bill unanimously late Tuesday. Supporters say the bill should minimize the threat of identity theft and make it easier for veterans to prove their military service. Under current law, some veterans who did not serve for at least 20 years or receive VA health services must carry paper documents to prove their veteran status. A form used by many veterans contains Social Security numbers and other details that advocates warn could put veterans at risk of identity theft. (ROA Smart Brief, 8 July 15)

2016 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES INCREASE FOR 2016
The 2016 annual American Legion membership dues will increase to $40. The current rate of $30 will be in honored if received by the Post by 20 December. Dues received after 20 December will be at the new $40 annual rate. RENEW EARLY; RENEW NOW!

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CURRENT EVENTS

EVERY TUESDAY, 7-9:00 PM, VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP, "VIETNAM MOVING WALL IN THE CLUBROOM
For additional information, contact Tom Jost at: rllbtom@comcast.net
4 JULY, SATURDAY, CLUBROOM OPERATING ON REGULAR SCHEDULE. NO SPECIAL ACTIVITIES PLANNED.

5 JULY, SUNDAY - NO QUEEN OF HEARTS,  DRAWING RESUMES 12 JULY.

11 JULY, SATURDAY, 10:00 AM, CAPT. SIMONE HOME GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY AT POST 18
Due to recent weather issues, the ceremony has been relocated from the future home site to POST 18. Public welcome!
12 JULY, SUNDAYS, 5:00 PM, "QUEEN OF HEARTS," TICKET SALES END AT 4:55 PM. PLUS: LIVE BAND FROM 4 - 8:00 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. 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. 
15 JULY, WEDNESDAY, "NEW" POPPY COMMITTEE MEETING, 7:00 PM, CLUB ROOM 
"HOT DOG TUESDAYS." S.A.L.'s $1.50 HOT DOG FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT THE "VIETNAM MOVING WALL"   
FUTURE EVENTS

20-24 AUG, VIETNAM "MOVING WALL," AT POST 18.

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)
VETERAN SERVICE RECORDS & DD214 REQUESTS:
        
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/
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
    http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/retrieveECFR?gp&SID=a3255d67b9a08b1f26807961c080e88f&r=PART&n=38y1.0.1.1.5#38%
    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
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