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SERVING  THE  COMMUNITIES  OF  LOCKPORT,  LEMONT  &  HOMER GLEN
13 September 2016
The AMERICAN LEGION with its' 3.5 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

A PROUD COMMANDER'S MESSAGE: 

This month the Post received acknowledgements and expressions of gratitude from the service supporting charities that received our Post 18 Family Poppy Donations. Every member and friend of the Post can be proud of our combined efforts to support our military members, Veterans, and their families in hardship situations. The volunteer time and generous donations are our small way of thanking those who unselfishly serve and have served our country.

Recipients include:
- American Legion Financial Assistance Program
- American Legion National Emergency Fund
- American Legion Legacy Fund
- American Legion Operation Comfort Warriors
- American Legion Gifts to Yanks Program, Dept of Ill.
- Army Emergency Relief
- Air Force Relief
- Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

                                                                                                                                          Mike Meyers

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TO THOSE WE REMEMBER AND GIVE THANKS. . .


Film of US Soldier spraying Agent Orange defoliant onto a riverbank without
protective equipment. "V.C. Weed Killer" [8-11 February 1969] from the
Michael Sheets Collection of the Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University.

"Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance" was founded by children of Vietnam Veterans
who have been born, and live with, the debilitating birth defects that Agent Orange/Dioxin
are presumed to cause.

                                                                                                        VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUZA0GAMmfI

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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 

NATIONAL COMMEMORATION OF THE 50th ANNIVERSARY

OF THE VIETNAM WAR THROUGH MAY, 2016 (Nov. 1, 1965 - May 15, 1975)

THIS DAY IN VIETNAM HISTORY," (WWW.HISTORY.COM)
"U.S. Forces Launch Last Major American Operation of the War" 5 Sep 1970
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-forces-launch-last-major-american-operation-of-the-war
The 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), in coordination with the South Vietnamese (ARVN) 1st Infantry Division, initiates Operation Jefferson Glenn in Thua Thien Province west of Hue. This operation lasted until October 1971, and was one of the last major large-scale military operations in which U.S. ground forces would take part.

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THE 11th ANNUAL AMERICAN LEGION LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP RUN


THE ROAR FROM HUNDREDS OF MOTORCYCLES FILLED THE STREETS OF SOUTHERN INDIANA FOR CHARITY

On Saturday, August 20th, four American Legion Riders from Post 18 left in a driving rain storm headed to Indianapolis for the beginning of the
11th Annual Legacy Scholarship Fund Motorcycle Run: Jim Wigginton, Steve Fleck, George Pohlmann and Ross Horne. This year the run to the 98th National Convention
in Cincinnati, traveled 1300 miles through 6 states. Along the way Jim, Steve, George, Ross and 500 other riders and passengers met many Legion Family members from
Legion Posts throughout the United States.

The American Legion established the Legacy Scholarship fund in 2002 to provide Scholarships for the children of our service men and women who died on active duty, on
or after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. As a result of the ride this year $1,155,363 was raised. The Post 18 Riders presented checks of $1,000 from the Post 18 Poppy Fund,
$2,000 from the Legion Riders, and $5,000 from the Will County Council of Legions.

The Legion Riders want to thank all of Post 18 members and friends whose generosity made these donations possible.

    SEPTEMBER EVENT SCHEDULE            NO QUEEN OF HEARTS DRAWING SUNDAY, SEP. 4TH; RESUMES SEP. 11.
SUNDAY, 5:00 PM, "QUEEN OF HEARTS," TICKET SALES END AT 4:55 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. Bring your
 friends and take a chance to win the jackpot! Proceeds go to support POST 18.
"HOT DOG TUESDAYS." S.A.L.'s $1.50 HOT DOG FUNDRAISER 
SEPTEMBER 17, "DADS RC HERO MOTORCYCLE RUN," DADS AGAINST DRUGS MC CLUB 
9:00 - 10:30 AM Breakfast & registration. Ride start 10:30 AM ends at 6:00 PM. Food & raffles, music by "Strung Out Band."
$25 per bike, $5 per extra rider. Join at 6:00 PM at end of ride.
SEPTEMBER 18, SUNDAY, AUXILIARY FALL MUM SALE! 10AM to 6PM
The Post 18 Auxiliary will be having a fall fundraiser on September 18 from 10AM to 6PM at 15052 S Archer Ave in Lockport . Beautiful, large mum plants from Delany Farms in various colors
will be for sale for just $12. Come early for the best selection. All proceeds will be used to help benefit our local veterans.
  
   
FUTURE EVENTS

OCTOBER 1, SATURDAY, "ULTIMATE GIRLS NITE OUT," THE #1 MALE REVUE SHOW ON TOUR
Tickets $15 / VIP TICKET $30. Doors open at 7:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.
OCTOBER 15, SATURDAY, POST 18 RUMMAGE SALE & TOWEL DONATIONS, 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    1. Rummage Sale. Reserve a table for $10. Doors open at 6:00 AM; all items must be remover and tables cleared by 4:00 PM.
Call Mike Meyers and leave your name and phone number.
    2. Towel collection for homeless Veterans. We can use new, or, clean gently used bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths. In conjunction with the Will County Veterans Assistance
Commission (VAC). Cash/check donations accepted as well. 
NOVEMBER 6, SUNDAY, PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 8 - 11:00 AM
NOVEMBER 6, SUNDAY, S.A.L. ANNUAL MEAT RAFFLE

MAY 29, MONDAY, MEMORIAL DAY & "VIETNAM ERA VETERANS WELCOME HOME" CEREMONIES

    POTPURRI

IF YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT CONTRIBUTING TO VETERAN CAUSES...

The following is a list of larger veteran support programs and a comparison to Charity Navigator and the American Institute of Philanthropy.  Below is a list of the programs that rank highest in Charity Navigator, and those who rank lowest.
 
The Top 10
Organization
Charity Navigator Score*
Percent to Program**
DAV
98.2
95.8
Thanks USA
88.3
93.7
Fisher House
99.4
93.4
Operation Homefront
97.2
93.4
Operation Support Our Troops - America
91.2
89.6
Armed Services YMCA of the USA
94.7
89.5
Homes for our troops
92.9
89.4
Army Emergency Relief Fund
96.0
87.4
Navy/marine corps relief society
96.3
86.9
Hire Heroes USA
98.2
85.2



The bottom 10
Organization
Charity Navigator Score*
Percent to Program**
Wounded Warrior Project
82.1
58.8
Freedom Alliance
78.6
56.8
Help Hospitalized Veterans/ Coalition to Salute America's Heroes
58.6
50.1
Paralyzed Veterans of America
29.1
32.7
National Veterans Service Fund
28.0
25.0
 
Charity Navigator Score - a composite ranking of the quality of the program using a financial evaluation and a measure of Accountability and Transparency
** Percent to Program is the percentage of the expenses that are applied directly to the operation of the program
            Provided by Lake County VAC
AGENT ORANGE NEWSLETTER - SUMMER 2016. INFORMATION FOR VIETNAM ERA VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES
http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/publications/agent-orange/agent-orange-summer-2016/index.asp

WHAT IS VETERAN AID AND ATTENDANCE PENSION?
The Aid and Attendance (A&A) Pension provides benefits for veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing and
undressing or taking care of the needs of nature. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted care in an assisting
living facility also qualifies. The A&A Pension can provide up to $1,788 per month to a veteran, $1,149 per month to a surviving spouse, or $2,120 per month to a couple. ​A​ veteran filing with a sick spouse is eligible for up to $1,406 per month​. Many families overlook the A&A Pension as it pertains to veterans who are still independent, but have an ill spouse. Keep in mind that in this situation,
if the spouse's medical expenses completely deplete their combined monthly income, the Veteran can file as a Veteran with a sick.  Additional information at: http://www.veteranaid.org/ 
NEED A DD 214?
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s online:
                 http://vetrecs.archives.gov/ or try http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/
HOW TO APPLY FOR AN UPGRADED/CORRECTED DD 214
All records are kept at the "National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, Missouri. When discharged a veteran is given a Form DD-214 with most pertinent information on it. This DD-214 can be upgraded to a DD-215 which allows for additional information to be added. The DD-215 is on a 1/2 page and has a Certified stamp embossed on it. The first step to acquiring a DD-215 is filling out a Form 180. Here is a website where the Form is located. You can fill it out online, print it and mail a hardcopy. Always keep a copy of any documentation for your records. Here is a National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) site where you can fill the form out online. A Next of Kin can request records for a deceased Veteran: 
                
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/
Do not move from the page while filling out the form or you will lose the information that you’ve typed in.  
HEARING AIDS FOR MILITARY RETIREES (Retiree at Cost Hearing Aid Program - RACHAP)
Retirees can obtain hearing aids at significant savings by using our program. Two hearing aids can usually be purchased for less than $2,000. Exact costs are variable and subject to change at any time without notice. Contact your nearest VA audiology clinic for further details. This program is not a TRICARE benefit. The program is open to all military retirees who have hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Dependents of military retirees are not eligible for this program.
VIETNAM REFERENCE LINK
search lists compiled about the Vietnam War. Please share it with anyone who served in Vietnam Era or knew someone who served.
http://www-static.cc.gatech.edu/fac/Thomas.Pilsch/Vietnam.html

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)
AMERICAN LEGION FLAGS
VETERAN SERVICE RECORDS & DD214 REQUESTS:
        http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/
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
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:
        http://www.nwcfoundation.org/Files/Admin/Documents/Military%20Death%20Benefit%20Information.pdf
VETERAN'S LEGAL SUPPORT:

        John Marshall Law School - Phone: 312-717-2737