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SERVING  THE  COMMUNITIES  OF  LOCKPORT,  LEMONT  &  HOMER GLEN
Updated: 8  July 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:   

In May, 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 $13,000 toward the home being built for Capt. Simone and his family in Will County. Donations are still being accepted.

 

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. the entire proceeds going to support our Veterans, active duty military and their families specifically with rehabilitation, medical and financial needs.

 

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. Volunteer sign-up every Tuesday, 7-9:00 PM in the Clubroom. For information on the "Vietnam Moving Wall” contact Tom Jost at: rllbtom@comcast.net).

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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 . . . 

Video: "Just A Common Soldier: by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

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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)

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT FOR MILITARY MEMBERS (ACTIVE DUTY, SELECTIVE RESERVE OR RETIRED)
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all Americans including all military members (active duty, retired, Selected Reserve, or Retired Reserve) and their eligible family members must have health care coverage that meets a minimum standard called minimum essential coverage or pay a fee. Your TRICARE coverage meets the minimum essential coverage requirement under the ACA. "The term "active duty" means full-time duty in the active service of a uniformed service for more than 30 consecutive days".

Beginning in January 2016, DFAS will be providing IRS Form 1095-C to all U.S. military members, and IRS Form 1095-B to all Retirees, Annuitants, former spouses and all other individuals having TRICARE coverage during all or any portion of tax year 2015. These forms will document the information that DFAS will provide to the IRS on yourself and your authorized family members. The forms will be required to be reported with your 2015 federal tax return. DFAS will provide you with IRS Form 1095 series forms no later than Jan. 31, 2016. You can find more information about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on your federal income tax at: http://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act , or http://www.dfas.mil/taxes/aca.html. (ROA Smart Brief, 8 July 15)


2015 VA DISABILITY COMPENSATION RATES

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

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)
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%
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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