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SERVING  THE  COMMUNITIES  OF  LOCKPORT,  LEMONT  &  HOMER GLEN
Updated: 22  June 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
 
COMMANDER'S MESSAGE:   

The month of May was a major "month of love and caring" at Post 18. Through the combined efforts of the members of our "Post 18 family," friends and local organizations, we held two major fundraising events with the entire proceeds going to support our Veterans, active duty military and their families with rehabilitation, medical and financial needs.

 

On Saturday, May 16, 2015, our Post, the Will County American Legion along with several local school districts, joined together for one of our most important fundraisers,  "Building A Home for Captain Simone." The "Homes For The Troops'" mission is to provide mortgage-free, specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans of post 9/11, enabling them to rebuild their lives. Together, we raised over $12,000 toward the home being built for Capt. Simone and his family in Will County.

 

Over the Memorial Day weekend, volunteers and friends from the Post, Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion and Legion Riders passed out our Poppies and collected more than $9,000 in donations from individuals and local businesses. The businesses included Jewel Foods, Chipain's Foods, Kenwood Liquors and Speedway Gas.

 

I can't begin to tell you how proud I am to be the Commander of Post 18 for the tremendous effort and contribution of time by our volunteers and staff. To all those involved and those who generously made contributions, please accept my heartfelt thank you on behalf of our "troops." WELL DONE!  

 

Looking ahead, the largest event in POST 18's history will be the arrival of the Vietnam “Moving Wall," 20-24 Aug.” For this event we will need all the volunteers we can muster. Additional information is posted in the Clubroom. Please plan now to help out. For information on the Vietnam “Moving Wall” contact Tom Jost at: rllbtom@comcast.net).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mike Meyers


Please take a moment to view the new American Legion awareness video at:  www.thelegionserves.org 

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TO THOSE WE REMEMBER AND GIVE THANKS . . .
 


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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 - 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.



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CURRENT EVENTS

SUNDAY, 21 JUNE - NO QUEEN OF HEARTS ON FATHERS DAY. DRAWING RESUMES 28 JUNE.

SUNDAYS, 5:00 PM, "QUEEN OF HEARTS," TICKET SALES END AT 4:55 PM. PLUS: "T-BIRD HUCK BLUES 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. 

"HOT DOG TUESDAYS." S.A.L.'s $1.50 HOT DOG FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT THE "VIETNAM MOVING WALL"   

18 JUNE, VIETNAM COMMEMORATION COMMITTEE MEETING, 7:00 PM, CLUB ROOM 

FUTURE EVENTS

4 JULY, SATURDAY, CLUBROOM OPERATING ON REGULAR SCHEDULE. NO SPECIAL ACTIVITIES PLANNED.
1 AUG, SATURDAY, "POST 18 ANNUAL PICNIC AND COMBINED INSTALLATION", DINNER AT 6:00 IN THE PAVILION. 
Bring a dish to pass. Donations accepted.
20-24 AUG, VIETNAM "MOVING WALL," AT POST 18.
Volunteers and donations needed! Contact Tom Jost at:  rllbtom@comcast.net

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)
2015 VA DISABILITY COMPENSATION RATES
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
            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