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SERVING  THE  COMMUNITIES  OF  LOCKPORT,  LEMONT  &  HOMER GLEN
Updated 12 February, 2018
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 18 Members                                         2nd Monday,    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: 
Spring is right around the corner and the Post activities are on the increase. Have a little cabin fever? Stop in the Post for a visit. We have something special going on every night. Our event schedule lists our February activities as well as those for the coming months food, fish, music and dancing. Most important, come in and enjoy the Post. It's your Post!

If your neighbor is flying a flag, they might appreciate an invitation to join the Post. It never hurts to ask. If you're a member, come in and
bring a friend. If your not a member you should be. Need information on you membership? Contact Vic Martinka for Post 18 for membership information (Post, Auxiliary, SAL or Riders):  lpfd130@sbcglobal.net.


                                                                                                                                                                 Mike Meyers

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TO THOSE WE REMEMBER AND GIVE THANKS. . .

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery

MANSIONS MUSICAL MILITARY TRIBUTE

A beautiful musical tribute to our military. After you click on the "Mansions" link below,
don't click on anything else. WAIT - it will start by itself.

 Mansions!


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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.
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FEBRUARY EVENT SCHEDULE           


SUNDAYS, - OPEN 8:00 AM, $5 BLOODY MARYS WITH 7oz.  BEER SIDECAR

"QUEEN OF HEARTS" - 5;00 PM, 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.

MONDAYS, ALL DAY! DOLLAR  DRAFT BEERS
$1 dollar draft beers all day.

TUESDAYS

            - "HOT DOG TUESDAYS." S.A.L.'s $1.50 HOT DOG FUNDRAISER

            - SWING DANCE LESSONS, PAVILION, 7-9:00 PM, (no charge; donations appreciated) 

WEDNESDAYS, $5 DOMESTIC BEER PITCHERS AND $2 POLISH SAUSAGE SANDWICH

THURSDAYS, $1.00 TACOS

FRIDAYS

            - 5:00 - 8:00 PM, POST 18 FISH FRY     Dine in or carry out. The best fish dinners in town.

            - KARAOKE,  (1st Friday of each month), IN THE CLUB ROOM, AFTER FISH FRY'S

FEB 4, SUNDAY, SUPERBOWL PARTY, $20 / PERSON.
FEB 18, SUNDAY, PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 8 - 11:00 AM, BOY SCOUT TROOP 65 BENEFIT

FUTURE EVENTS

MAR 3, SATURDAY, LIVE COMEDY SHOW, TICKETS $10 AND $5 FOOD SPECIALS
MAR 4, 
SUNDAY, PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 8 - 11:00 AM, BOY SCOUT TROOP 63 BENEFIT
MAR 9, FRIDAY, LIVE BAND FOLLOWING FISH FRY
MAR 11, SUNDAY, POST 18 MEAT RAFFLE & GRAND PRIZE RAFFLE - BEEF AND FREEZER

MAR 18, SUNDAY, PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 8 - 11:00 AM, LEGION 18 AUXILIARY BENEFIT
MAY 12, SATURDAY, CONCERT AT THE POST, ERIC DIAMOND LIVE - "NEIL DIAMOND" TRIBUTE AND NOSTALGIA SHOW
    
    POST 18 BENEFIT,
MUSIC AND DANCING
MAY 28, MONDAY, MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY, NOON AT THE MEMORIAL FOLLOWED BY
        POST 18 FAMILY PICNIC; BRING A DISH TO PASS. LIVE MUSIC: GREG'S "FENDER BENDERS"

2018 POPPY CAMPAIGN - SAVE THE DATES! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!


- MAY 18, 19 & 25 POPPY COLLECTIONS - (Fri, Sat & Fri) at local businesses. 2 hr. shifts.
- MAY 20, SUNDAY, PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 8-11:00 AM, "POPPY CAMPAIGN" BENEFIT
- JULY 21, SATURDAY, ALEGION 11th DISTRICT INSTALLATION & DINNER

POST NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS 

NATIONAL COMMEMORATION OF THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIETNAM WAR (Nov. 1, 1965 - May 15, 1975) 


THIS DAY IN VIETNAM HISTORY," (WWW.HISTORY.COM), FEB 13, 1968, "ADDITIONAL TROOPS ORDERED TO SOUTH VIETNAM"
An emergency measure in response to the 1968 communist Tet Offensive, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara approves the deployment of 10,500 troops to cope with threats of a second offensive. The Joint Chiefs of Staff, who had argued against dispatching any reinforcements at the time because it would seriously deplete the strategic reserve, immediately sent McNamara a memorandum asking that 46,300 reservists and former servicemen be activated. Not wanting to test public opinion on what would no doubt be a controversial move, Johnson consigned the issue of the reservists to “study.” Ultimately, he decided against a large-scale activation of the reserve forces.

POST EVERLASTING
Jerry R. McElwee, March 23, 1936 - January 25, 2018
U.S. Army Veteran. American Legion Post 18 & American Legion Rider
Beloved husband of Arlene nee Hoffmann. Loving father of Scott (Robin) McElwee, Cory (Katheryn) McElwee & Shawn (Tina) McElwee ALEGION Post 18).

SENATE APPROVES GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM MEMORIAL IN D.C.WASHINGTON
The Senate on Thursday cleared the way for a Global War on Terrorism memorial in Washington – unanimously passing the first bill in recent history approving a national war memorial before the fighting is over. For those who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, the memorial will be a place to honor their dead and wounded – even as those numbers continue to climb. "We're looking forward to building a sacred place of healing and remembrance for our GWOT veterans, a place for families to gather to honor their loved ones and for future generations of Americans to learn about a war they will likely grow up alongside of," said Andrew J. Brennan, the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation founder and executive director.

“HEAVY WEAPONS COMMITTEE REPORT” 

This month topic was the "Swedish K," a Vietnam era weapon not often seen outside the SpecOps community but extremely popular with those that carried them. The following article from the “SpecialOperations.com” website offers a brief profile. Tentative topic for March: the "Stoner 63."



‘Swedish K’: The Unsung Friend of American Special Forces In Vietnam
By Mike Perry, January 22, 2014, “SpecialOperations.com” (website)

“The 9mm Carl Gustav M/45 submachine gun occupies a unique place in United States Special Forces history for, during the Vietnam War, it was often chosen over the then troublesome M-16 series by members looking for a reliable, controllable and reasonably accurate weapon at short ranges. Once they fired it, the new owners found the ‘Swedish K,’ as it was to become known, a perfect weapon for close quarters combat. More specifically, Navy SEALs preferred it for its ability to keep functioning in sandy conditions when conducting over-the-beach operations. And as the war surged on, the gun became an almost required piece of gear for those long hikes in the jungle or traipsing through muddy swamps in journeys that tested every piece of gear’s reliability.

Weighing 7.3 pounds and over 9 pounds loaded, the gun was a bit on the heavy side, but typical of weapons from that era. It featured a folding stock, which shortened the length of the weapon from 31 to 21 inches. It operated by simple blowback principle, which allowed it to chug at a controllable cyclic rate of 600 rpm. Its most important feature may have been its ammunition capacity. The Swedish K featured a 36-round detachable magazine, more than most available at the time, that was double-stacked and proved far more reliable than the wartime single-stack types.”

Respectfully submitted,
B. Patterson, Chair

DEFENSE POW/MIA ACCOUNTING AGENCY

Army Pfc. David Baker, captured during the Korean War, has now been accounted for.  In late November 1950, Baker was a member of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, positioned in the vicinity of Yongbyong, North Korea. Baker’s battalion moved north and lost contact with two other regiments. On Nov. 25, 1950, 3rd BN met with enemy resistance and was attacked by Chinese People’s Volunteer Force. The battalion suffered heavy casualties and Baker was declared missing in action as of Nov. 28, 1950, when he could not be accounted for by his unit. Later reports indicate that Baker was likely captured by the enemy during battle.

TROOPS WHO FOUGHT ISLAMIC STATE IN LIBYA ELIGIBLE FOR MEDAL
US troops who fought against the Islamic State in Operation Odyssey Lightning in Libya between Aug. 1 and Dec. 19 are now eligible for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary medal. The Defense Department has expanded the geographic criteria for the medal.

JUDGE WEIGHS CASE ON VETERANS' EXPOSURE TO BURN PITS
Veterans sickened after they were exposed to burn-pit smoke in Iraq and Afghanistan are awaiting a Maryland judge's decision on whether they can sue the company that operated the sites. US District Judge Roger Titus is considering whether to allow the case to move forward or to dismiss it on the grounds that the company was operating on behalf of the military. (Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (7/13) 

NEW AUXILIARY WEB SITE NOW AVAILABLE
On behalf of AL Auxiliary Unit 18, something new has been added!! Our Auxiliary now has it’s own face book page. Visit them at Lockport IL American Legion Auxiliary Unit 18. Check out the upcoming events and meeting information. Please check out the page and press LIKE ! The Auxiliary is also compiling an email distribution list to electronically communicate with it’s members. If you know any member who is not getting emails from the Auxiliary, please email them at  alaunit18@gmail.com  and they will be happy to add your address to the list.
ANNUAL DUES: $25.

VA DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR CAMP LEJEUNE WATER-RELATED DISEASES
by Veterans Administration
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) regulations to establish resumptions for the service connection of eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, are effective as of March 14.The Camp Lejeune Act requires VA to provide health care to Veterans who served at Camp Lejeune, and to reimburse family members or pay providers for medical expenses for those who resided there for not fewer than 30 days between Aug. 1, 1953, and Dec. 31, 1987. The presumption of service connection applies to active-duty, reserve and National Guard members who served at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 days (cumulative) between
Aug. 1, 1953, and Dec. 31, 1987, and are diagnosed with any of the following conditions:
• Adult leukemia
• Aplastic anemia (and other myelodysplastic syndromes)
• Bladder cancer
• Kidney cancer
• Liver cancer
• Multiple myeloma
• Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
• Parkinson’s disease


VA CEMETERIES OFFERING PRE-ENROLLMENT FOR ELIGIBLE VETERANSThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) this week announced it now provides eligibility determinations for interment in a VA national cemetery prior to the time of need. Through the Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility Program, upon request,individualscan learn if they are eligible for burial or memorialization in a VA national cemetery. Interested individuals may submit VA Form 40-10007, Application for Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery, and supporting documentation, such as a DD Form 214, if readily available, to the VA National Cemetery Scheduling Office by toll-free fax at 1-855-840-8299; email to Eligibility.PreNeed@va.gov; or mail to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office, P.O. Box 510543, St. Louis, MO 63151. Further information at:  https://explore.va.gov/memorial-benefits

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POTPURRI

COLD WAR RECOGNITION CERTIFICATE

The Cold War Recognition Certificate is a recognition certificate awarded by the Secretary of Defense to all U.S. Armed Forces personnel and qualified federal government civilian personnel who faithfully and honorably served the United States anytime during the Cold War era, which is defined as September 2, 1945 to December 26, 1991. Anyone who served in the military or the Federal Government during this period is authorized to receive the certificate.

                National Personnel Records Center (NPRC)

The NPRC, upon request, will provide copies of DD-214s (or equivalent) or SF-50s to authorized requesters. These documents will be needed to validate your service and to apply for the Certificate. For information on how to obtain a copy of your DD-214 (for military service personnel) or SF-50 (for Federal civilian personnel) see:

                                               MILITARY PERSONNEL RECORDS                                                                                                                      

CIVILIAN PERSONNEL RECORDS

If the veteran separated from military service before 1955:

CLICK HERE

If the veteran separated from military service after 1954:

CLICK HERE

If the Federal civil servant's employment ended before 1952:

CLICK HERE

If the Federal civil servant's employment ended after 1951:

CLICK HERE

While the NPRC provides proof of service and separation documents; the Center does not supply the Certificate itself, nor does it have the application form available. Congress established the Cold War certificate in Section 1084 of the fiscal 1998 National Defense Authorization Act. The Department of Defense designated the Department of the Army as the Executive Agent for the Cold War Recognition Certificate Program, whereupon the Army established a website to explain the procedure for requesting the certificate.

                                                                              https://www.hrc.army.mil/TAGD/Awards%20and%20Decorations%20Branch%20-%20Cold%20War%20Certificate%20Program 

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?  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.

AMERICAN LEGION & POST 18 "100th  ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE COIN" 
A new coin reflecting the "100th Anniversary of both the American Legion and Post 18" being planned. Details to follow.

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/
AGENT ORANGE: U.S. NAVY/COAST GUARD SHIPS IN VIETNAM
       
https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/shiplist/index.asp
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
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

HANDGUN MANUALS
       
http://stevespages.com/page7b.htm       
        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