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SERVING  THE  COMMUNITIES  OF  LOCKPORT,  LEMONT  &  HOMER GLEN
Updated: 23 Jan. 2015
              
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:   
I wish to thank all of our members, friends and supporters for their contributions of time, talent - and yes donations too. This last year was one of our most successful ever as we provided the Post's support to our troops, Legion members, Veterans and their families, and, local community service organizations. I believe for all of us it was a true labor of love. I wish us all a healthy and blessed New Year! 
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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,"  (WWW.HISTORY.COM)
JANUARY 21, 1968: "BATTLE FOR KHE SANH BEGINS"  
One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins at Khe Sanh, 14 miles below the DMZ and six miles from the Laotian border. Seized and activated by the U.S. Marines a year earlier, the base, which had been an old French outpost, was used as a staging area for forward patrols and was a potential launch point for contemplated future operations to cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos. The official casualty count for the Battle of Khe Sanh was 205 Marines killed in action and over 1,600 wounded (this figure did not include the American and South Vietnamese soldiers killed in other battles in the region). The U.S. military headquarters in Saigon estimated that the North Vietnamese lost between 10,000 and 15,000 men in the fighting at Khe Sanh.
            Khe Sanh Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St1yhbRdiZ4

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. A special thanks to our Auxiliary members!

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CURRENT EVENTS
2015 ANNUAL LEGION MEMBERSHIP DUES!!!

Don’t forget!!   2015 Post 18 membership dues - $30 - 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. 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 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 

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

15 JAN, THURS, 7:00 PM, VIETNAM COMMEMORATION COMMITTEE MEETING, CLUBROOM
25 JAN, SUN, NOON, "1ST ANNUAL PRE-SUPERBOWL CHILI COOK-OFF"
Homemade chili only, bring at least 1 gal. of chili in crockpot. Sign up in the Clubroom. Judging starts at 1:00 PM; $5 entry fee.
FUTURE EVENTS
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