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SERVING  THE  COMMUNITIES  OF  LOCKPORT,  LEMONT  &  HOMER GLEN
20 June 2016 (Update)
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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: 

Once again, 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 conducted our annual "Poppy Days" fundraising campaign. The entire proceeds will be going to support our Veterans, active duty military and their families with medical, rehabilitation and financial needs.

A week prior to 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 nearly $13,000 in donations from individuals at local businesses. The supporting businesses included Jewel Foods Lockport, Jewel Foods Lemont, Chipain's Foods Lemont, Jewel Homer Glen, Kenwood Liquors Homer Glen and Big "R" Homer Glen.

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." It's all about people - people doing the work to help those who need our support. WELL DONE!

                                                                                                                                          Mike Meyers

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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 

NATIONAL COMMEMORATION OF THE 50th ANNIVERSARY

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

"THIS DAY IN VIETNAM HISTORY," (WWW.HISTORY.COM)
KENNEDY AGREES TO SEND INSTRUCTORS TO TRAIN TROOPS,1961
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/kennedy-agrees-to-send-instructors-to-train-troops

Following a meeting between President John F. Kennedy and South Vietnam envoy Nguyen Dinh Thuan, an agreement is reached for direct training and combat supervision of Vietnamese troops by U.S. instructors. South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem had earlier asked Kennedy to send additional U.S. troops to train the South Vietnamese Army. U.S. advisers had been serving in Vietnam since 1955 as part of the U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group. There would be only 900 U.S. military personnel in South Vietnam at the end of 1961, but in accordance with President Kennedy’s pledge to provide American military assistance to South Vietnam, the number of U.S. personnel rose to 3,200 by the end of 1962. The number would climb until it reached 16,000 by the time of President Kennedy’s assassination in November 1963.

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CURRENT EVENTS 

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
SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2:00 - 11:00 PM, "UNLEASHED MC 1st ANNUAL CHARITABLE BIKE BASH"
$10 entry fee. Raffles, food and cash bar. First prize 2016 Harley Davidson Street 750 or $5,000 cash. Profits will be donated to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and "Homes for the Troops." Live bands include: Hoosier Bitty and Southside Hooligans
JUNE 14, TUESDAY (FLAG DAY), 11:00 AM, LUNCHEON FOR VETERANS FROM ILLINOIS VETERANS HOME
Post 18 organizations will host the luncheon and bingo for senior Veterans living at the Manteno Illinois Veterans Home (IVT), and, the Sunny Hill Home. The IVT Home will transport the Veterans to Post 18. Volunteers welcomed; sign up in the Clubroom. 

FUTURE EVENTS
OCTOBER 8, SATURDAY, "WELCOME HOME VIETNAM ERA VETERANS CELEBRATION." DETAILS TO FOLLOW.

POTPURRI

AMERICAN LEGION EXPANDS LEGACY SCHOLARSHIPS
Through its Legacy Scholarships, The American Legion has been caring for the children of the men and women who honorably served their country and gave the ultimate sacrifice while on active-duty military service on or after 9/11. The scholarship's eligibility requirements are expanding and the amount of financial aid awarded is increasing. Children of post-9/11 veterans with a VA disability rating of 50 percent or higher are now eligible to apply to the Legacy Scholarship, which will award up to $20,000 in aid. Changes to the scholarship will go into effect starting with the 2017 application, which is due April 20, 2017. The Legacy Scholarship is now a needs-based one. For more information, visit the American Legion Legacy Scholarship
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J.J.C. MEDICAL CORPSMEN TO LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM
Joliet Junior College became the first Illinois college to offer an 8-week program for Navy and Air Force corpsmen that allows them to sit for the NCLEX-PN (state boards) and become Licensed Practical Nurses. For further information contact: Dr. Debbie Fitzgerald at 815.280.2857 or dfitzger@jjc.edu   
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/ 
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

I am passing this along because it is probably the best 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