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SERVING  THE  COMMUNITIES  OF  LOCKPORT,  LEMONT  &  HOMER GLEN
17 May 2016
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 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: 
Our annual "Poppy Days" Fundraiser will occur on Friday and Saturday, May 20,21. Please consider volunteering for a 2 hour shift at the entrance of one of the six local businesses in Lockport, Lemont and Homer Glen. Signup sheets are be posted in the Clubroom in early May. "Poppy Buddies," our members, friends or family members, are needed to help. We will need all the volunteers we can muster. Please plan now to help out. Information and sign-up sheets are posted in the Clubroom.

This year we will have a Poppy Fund Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 22 to help support the Poppy Campaign. For information on “Poppy Days” contact Bill Patterson at praxisllc@aol.com  
                                                                                                              Mike Meyers

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TO THOSE WE REMEMBER AND GIVE THANKS. . .

"THE BONUS MARCH"

World War I Veterans Block the steps of the Capital during the "Bonus March," July 5, 1932 

In 1924, Congress rewarded Veterans of WW I with certificates redeemable in 1945 for $1,000 each. By 1932, many of these former servicemen had lost their jobs and fortunes in the early days of the depression. They asked Congress to redeem their Bonus Certificates early. Over 15,000 of the so-called "Bonus Expeditionary Force"
came to the Capital in 1932. President Hoover refused to meet with the Veterans. During the deliberations with Congress, the Veterans built a shanty town on the Potomac River. After Congress rejected the Veteran's demands on June 17, they returned home. The Bonus Army conducted itself with decorum and spent their vigil
unarmed.

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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 

NATIONAL COMMEMORATION OF THE 50th ANNIVERSARY

OF THE VIETNAM WAR THROUGH DEC, 2016 (Nov. 1, 1965 - May 15, 1975)

"THIS DAY IN VIETNAM HISTORY," (WWW.HISTORY.COM)
NIXON DEFENDS INVASION OF CAMBODIA, 8 MAY 1970
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/

President Nixon, at a news conference, defends the U.S. troop movement into Cambodia, saying the operation would provide six to eight months of time for training South Vietnamese forces and thus would shorten the war for Americans. Nixon reaffirmed his promise to withdraw 150,000 American soldiers by the following spring.
The announcement that U.S. and South Vietnamese troops had invaded Cambodia resulted in a firestorm of protests and gave the antiwar movement a new rallying point. College students across the nation intensified their antiwar protests with marches, rallies, and scattered incidents of violence. About 400 schools were affected by strikes and more than 200 colleges and universities closed completely. The protests resulted in deaths at Kent State University and later at Jackson State in Mississippi.

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CURRENT EVENTS 

SUNDAY, 5:00 PM, "QUEEN OF HEARTS," 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.
"HOT DOG TUESDAYS." S.A.L.'s $1.50 HOT DOG FUNDRAISER
MAY 6, FRIDAY, 7:30-11:30 PM, "ROSIE AND THE RIVETS,"
Swing dance lessons from 7:30-8:30 pm. Live music and dancing from 8:30-11:30. Admission free; donations encouraged; 50/50 raffle.
    POPPY WEEK ACTIVITIES
MAY 20, 21, FRIDAY & SATURDAY, POST 18 FAMILY VOLUNTEER "POPPY DAYS - SAVE THE DATES - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
MAY 22, SUNDAY, 8:00-11:00 AM, POPPY DAYS PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
Tickets $7. Raffles and 50/50 drawing. ALL proceeds go to the Poppy Fund.
MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY, MAY 30, MONDAY, 11:00 AM, POST 18. PUBLIC INVITED. REFRESHMENTS TO FOLLOW 

FUTURE EVENTS

JUNE 14, TUESDAY (FLAG DAY), 11:00 AM, LUNCHEON FOR VETERANS FROM ILLINOIS VETERANS HOME
Post 18 organizations will host the luncheon and bingo for senior Veterans living at the Manteno Illinois Veterans Home (IVT), and, the Sunny Hill Home. The IVT Home will transport the Veterans to Post 18. Volunteers welcomed; sign up in the Clubroom.  
OCTOBER 8, SATURDAY, "WELCOME HOME VIETNAM ERA VETERANS CELEBRATION." DETAILS TO FOLLOW.

POTPURRI

AMERICAN LEGION EXPANDS LEGACY SCHOLARSHIPS
Through its Legacy Scholarships, The American Legion has been caring for the children of the men and women who honorably served their country and gave the ultimate sacrifice while on active-duty military service on or after 9/11. The scholarship's eligibility requirements are expanding and the amount of financial aid awarded is increasing. Children of post-9/11 veterans with a VA disability rating of 50 percent or higher are now eligible to apply to the Legacy Scholarship, which will award up to $20,000 in aid. Changes to the scholarship will go into effect starting with the 2017 application, which is due April 20, 2017. The Legacy Scholarship is now a needs-based one. For more information, visit the American Legion Legacy Scholarship
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J.J.C. MEDICAL CORPSMEN TO LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM
Joliet Junior College became the first Illinois college to offer an 8-week program for Navy and Air Force corpsmen that allows them to sit for the NCLEX-PN (state boards) and become Licensed Practical Nurses. For further information contact: Dr. Debbie Fitzgerald at 815.280.2857 or dfitzger@jjc.edu   
NEED A DD 214?
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s online:
http://vetrecs.archives.gov/ or try http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/ 
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

VIETNAM REFERENCE LINK

I am passing this along because it is probably the best 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

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)
AMERICAN LEGION FLAGS
VETERAN SERVICE RECORDS & DD214 REQUESTS:
        http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/
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
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:
        http://www.nwcfoundation.org/Files/Admin/Documents/Military%20Death%20Benefit%20Information.pdf
VETERAN'S LEGAL SUPPORT:

        John Marshall Law School - Phone: 312-717-2737