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SERVING  THE  COMMUNITIES  OF  LOCKPORT,  LEMONT  &  HOMER GLEN
                                                               Updated: 19 Dec. 2014
              
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)                       (No Meeting in Dec.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              
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:   
I wish all of our members, their families and wonderful volunteers a blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Our special
prayers and best wishes go out to all our active duty service members and their families. 

Please enjoy this patriotic Christmas video:
                                  
                                                                                                                 Mike Meyers
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TO THOSE WE REMEMBER AND GIVE THANKS . . .
 

KOREAN WAR MEMORIAL, WASHINGTON D.C.


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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,"  
DECEMBER 11, 1961: "FIRST U.S. HELOCOPTERS ARRIVE IN VIETNAM"  
The ferry carrier, USNS Core, arrives in Saigon with the first U.S. helicopter unit. This contingent included 33 Vertol H-21C Shawnee helicopters and 400 air and ground crewmen to operate and maintain them. Their assignment was to airlift South Vietnamese Army troops into combat.

U.S. SENATE RESOLUTION RECOGNIZES AUXILIARY MISSION AND SERVICE

The U.S. Senate adopted Senate Resolution 506 recognizing the patriotism and contributions of auxiliaries of veterans service organizations.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN MEMORIAL HONORS, TUESDAY, 9 DEC. 

The Abraham Lincoln Memorial Honors Monday Squad will hold its quarterly military honors ceremony at 9:00 am in Committal Shelter C. The Honors Ceremony will run ~30 minutes. There will be mass honors for 45 veterans, who were Direct Burials. The remains were dropped off by funeral directors or delivery services and interred without receiving Honors. They were buried directly as no one requested Honors for various reasons, such as no next of kin, homeless, etc. They served in WWII (7), Korea (11), Vietnam (14), Persian Gulf (1),and Peacetime (12). A bell will be rung after each name, branch of service, and period of service is read. Public is welcome to attend.

LITTLE KNOWN "VETERANS' BENEFIT - AID AND ATTENDANCE PENSION" -
The Aid and Attendance (A&A) Pension from the VA 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. Further information can be found at:  www.veteranaid.org/program.php  

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CURRENT EVENTS
2015 ANNUAL LEGION MEMBERSHIP DUES!!!

Don’t forget!!   2015 Post 18 membership dues - $35 - are now being collected. Payment directly at the Post will ensure that your dues will be recorded accurately in a timely manner. Dues mailed to the National Office have been known to become lost or not reported to the Post in time to renew Clubroom door cards (31 Dec.) for the next year. A special dues discount is available with a "5-year dues card." Details posted in the Clubroom or contact Vic Martinka, Membership Chair at: 815-372-2656. Door cards will be cut off by Dec. 31 for memberships not renewed. 

SUNDAYS, 5:00 PM, "QUEEN OF HEARTS," TICKET SALES END AT 4:55 PM.  

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. 

FRIDAY FISH FRYS, 5:00 - 7:00 PM, PUBLIC WELCOME - (NO FISH FRY DEC. 26TH)

PANCAKE BREAKFASTS, SUNDAYS, 8 - 11:00, 1st & 3rd SUNDAYS, PUBLIC WELCOME 

AUXILIARY COLLECTION OF JEWEL FOODS COOKWARE SAVINGS STAMPS (ONGOING)
Stamps will go for cookware for the new homeless Vets facility at Hines Hospital. Drop stamps in the Auxiliary mailbox at the POST.
7 DEC, SUNDAY, 8-11:00, PANCAKE BREAKFAST FOR LOCKPORT BOY SCOUT TROOP 50
16 DEC, TUESDAY, 7:00 PM, AUXILARY REGULAR MEETING (NO CHRISTMAS PARTY)
14 DEC, SUNDAY, 8-11:00, PANCAKE BREAKFAST FOR LEMONT CUB SCOUT PACK 149

25 DEC, POST CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS

31 DEC, NEWS YEARS EVE PARTY AT THE POST, 8:00 - 1:00 AM

Live band, food and friends. More details to follow.

AUXILIARY RAFFLE OF I-PAD AIR (VALUE $500) FOR VETERAN ASSISTANCE

Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Drawing on Dec. 21st. Tickets will be available at Post Fish Frys and from Aux. officers. 
                                  

FUTURE EVENTS

15 JAN, THURS, 7:00 PM, VIETNAM COMMEMORATION COMMITTEE MEETING, CLUBROOM
20 - 24 AUG, "MOVING VIETNAM WALL" AT POST 18
24 AUG, RAFFLE DRAWING FOR VIETNAM COMMEMORATIVE COLT "M1911-1A, .45 CAL. SERVICE PISTOL"
Proceeds to support the "Moving Vietnam Wall" exhibit costs. Ticket to be on sale in Jan., 2015 for $10 ea.; maximum tickets 750. 
                                                                                    SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS
We've received generous landscaping support from "Perfect Cut Lawns" in Lockport. Please consider using them for any of your landscaping or snow removal 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)
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