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SERVING  THE  COMMUNITIES  OF  LOCKPORT,  LEMONT  &  HOMER GLEN
1 May, 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 here and it will be a busy time at the Post. If you haven't bought your tickets for the "Neil Diamond Tribute and Dinner" May 12, the remaining tickets are available in the Club Room while they last. It's "Poppy Month" and our annual campaign begins May 18th. We need everyone to volunteer for a 2 hour shift passing out Poppies and collecting donations. It's easy. We donate our time to support our military service members, Vets and their families experiencing medical and financial hardship. Please sign up in the Club Room. More information below. Finally, we'll cap off the month with a Memorial Day Ceremony followed by the Post 18 Family Picnic with a live band. Plan to be there.

Recruiting. Our Legion Family Membership Team is going strong. A special salute goes out to the ladies of our Auxiliary reaching a membership high of 201. Great job! 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. . .
Post 18 Memorial, Spring 2018

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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             MAY 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
            - $4 beef sandwich w/ chips. $1 dollar draft beers all day.
TUESDAYS, "HOT DOG TUESDAYS." S.A.L.'s $1.50 HOT DOG FUNDRAISER

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

THURSDAYS, $1.00 TACOS


MAY 12, SATURDAY, SPAGHETTI DINNER & "NEIL DIAMOND" TRIBUTE SHOW AT THE POST
    ERIC DIAMOND LIVE - "NEIL DIAMOND" TRIBUTE AND NOSTALGIA SHOW, MUSIC AND DANCING
    Tickets: Early bird $15; at the door $20. Time: 6:30 door opens, 7:00 dinner and 8:00 show.
    Tickets available in the Club Room. LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE!
MAY 20, SUNDAY, 11:00 - 5:00 PM, CAR SHOW, (Front parking lot)

MAY 2018 POPPY CAMPAIGN - SAVE THE DATES! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
        - MAY 18, 19 & 25 POPPY COLLECTIONS - (Fri, Sat & Fri) at local businesses.
                2 hr. shifts. Sign-up sheets in the Clubroom
        - MAY 20, SUNDAY, PANCAKE BREAKFAST & CAR WASH, 8-11:00 AM, "POPPY CAMPAIGN" BENEFIT

MAY 28, MONDAY, MEMORIAL DAY
        - Lockport City Ceremony 10:00 at Lockport Cemetery
        - Post 18 Ceremony, 11:00 AM, at the Post Memorial followed by Post 18 Family Picnic. Bring a dish to pass. Live music
                by Greg's "Fender Benders."
                                                                                                  
                                                                                                    FUTURE EVENTS

JUNE 3, SUNDAY, 2nd DIVISION DINNER & INSTALLATION, 6:00 to 8:00, OPEN AT 5:00 pm
JULY 21, SATURDAY, ALEGION 11th DISTRICT INSTALLATION & DINNER, POST 18
        
Cocktails 5:00; Dinner 6:00; Installation 7:00 pm

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), MAY 5th 1970, "US FORCES MOVE INTO CAMBODIA"

In Cambodia, a U.S. force captures Snoul, 20 miles from the tip of the “Fishhook” area (across the border from South Vietnam, 70 miles from Saigon). A squadron of nearly 100 tanks from the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and jet planes virtually leveled the village that had been held by the North Vietnamese. No dead North Vietnamese soldiers were found, only the bodies of four Cambodian civilians. This action was part of the Cambodian “incursion” that had been launched by U.S. and South Vietnamese forces on April 29.


NEW TRICARE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE IN FALL
The Office of Personnel Management announced today that the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) will be offered for the first time to TRICARE eligible retirees and their families during the 2018 Federal Benefits Open Season. Active duty family members will be eligible to enroll in FEDVIP vision insurance. The schedule of events in 2018: Oct 2018 plan rates available, Nov 12-Dec 10 - Federal benefits open season
Jan 1 2019 - FEDVIP plan begins

NEW AUXILIARY WEB SITE NOW AVAILABLE
President, Lyn Vlcek
Our Auxiliary now has it’s own face book page.  Visit us 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. The ALA meets at 7:00 PM, 2nd Monday of each month.

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.

AGENT ORANGE NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE
The latest release of the yearly Agent Orange Newsletter features information on VA environmental health registries, clinical and education services, presumptive service connection for skin conditions, research efforts, and more. Read this newsletter at https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/publications/agent-orange/agent-orange-summer-2017/index.asp

NATIONAL VIETNAM VETERANS DAY BECOMES OFFICIAL - MARCH 29TH
In 2017, Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) co-sponsored a measure to declare March 29 Vietnam Veterans Day, to honor US service members who served in the war in southeast Asia. The measure passed the House of Representatives on March 21 and the Senate on February 3. President Donald Trump signed the measure into law on March 28, designating the following day, March 29, Vietnam Veteran’s Day.

NATIONAL RESOURCE DIRECTORY
Source for all VA programs for military, veterans and families. https://nrd.gov/      

HINES VA IN JOLIET INFO - GLASSES
The optical dispensary can fill requests for glasses from recent VA exams. Lenses and frames are available at no cost. Additional cost for special lens coatings and select frame styles. One pair per year authorized with annual eye exam.  No appointments required. Available Mon, Weds & Thurs from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM. 

VA "BURN PIT REGISTRY
Service members and private military contractors who worked around “burn pits” downrange, and later suffered from lung and respiratory issues, may soon get a breath of fresh air. A January court ruling by a judge under the U.S. Department of Labor determined that open-air burn pits are connected to lung disease, according to the decision by the department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges. The burn pits — where chemicals were released into the air from trash, abandoned hardware, and other waste being incinerated — were used throughout U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan over the course of the wars there. Additional info at:
https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-army/2018/02/15/burn-pits-downrange-caused-lung-disease-in-service-members-court-rules/
https://veteran.mobilehealth.va.gov/AHBurnPitRegistry/#page/home 

DEFENSE POW/MIA ACCOUNTING AGENCY
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2018 —
Navy Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Durell Wade, killed during the attack on the USS Oklahoma in World War II, has now been accounted for. On Dec. 7, 1941, Wade was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Wade.

“HEAVY WEAPONS COMMITTEE REPORT”  
Submitted by Bill Patterson, Chair

"Marines Buy Thousands of M27 Rifles At Bargain Price" (Excerpted)
Military.com 30 Apr 2018 By Matthew Cox

 The Marine Corps recently awarded a contract to buy thousands of new M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles for a savings of more than 50 percent compared with what it has paid in the past for the Heckler & Koch-made weapon. The contract, worth up to $29.4 million, was awarded to H&K in Ashburn, Virginia, to supply the service with as many as 15,000 M27 IARs and spare parts, according to an April 27 press release from Marine Corps Systems Command.

The additional M27 IARs will be fielded to active and reserve infantry platoons in 2019 to replace the M4 carbine, according to the release. The fielding of additional M27s is expected to provide an immediate increase in overall combat capability for both current and future operating environments,"

Unlike the M4, the M27 IAR is fully automatic to provide a higher volume of fire. The service had decided to outfit every member of the Marine Corps infantry squad with the M27 in place of the current M4 carbine infantry service rifle.

POST EVERLASTING

Jacqueline “Jacque” Dynia, February 9 1967- March 27 2018.
Jacque, was a longtime member of American Legion Unit 18 Auxiliary and the American Legion Riders Post 18 in Lockport. Beloved wife of Andy, a 
member of American Legion Post 18 and the American Legion Riders, Post 18.


Jerry R. McElweeMarch 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). 

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POTPURRI

NATIONAL RESOURCE DIRECTORY 

Source for all VA programs for military, veterans and families:   https://nrd.gov/

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