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SERVING  THE  COMMUNITIES  OF  LOCKPORT,  LEMONT  &  HOMER GLEN
Updated 13 April, 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: 
We had a record Fish Fry season and made a serious dent in the cod, sea bass, walleye and catfish population. Thanks to our many Fish Fry fans for making this our most successful season. Our last Fish Fry was Friday, April 6 but look forward to seeing everyone back next fall. A very special thank you goes to our volunteers and staff for their great work. Also, they generously donated all their tips to maintain the Post Memorial. A Commander couldn't have a better team!

As of March 23, we made our GOAL of 100% in Membership. We currently have 508 Paid Post Members for 100.4% with new members still joining. Last year we finished with 506 Paid Members. This was a real Post 18 effort. Special credit goes to Vic Martinka, Post Membership Director, who manages our membership activities. Great job Vic!! 

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. . .
Wounded Medivaced, Nam Can, IV Corps,VN, 1970

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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APRIL 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


APRIL 14, SATURDAY, "K9s FOR VETS" PRESENTATION CEREMONY & FUND RAISER
6:00-11:00 PM, presenting 4 dogs to Vets. Tickets: advance $20; at door $25. Cash bar, free buffet,
 music, dancing & more.
FUTURE EVENTS

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 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 & CAR WASH, 8-11:00 AM, "POPPY CAMPAIGN" BENEFIT

MAY 28, MONDAY, MEMORIAL DAY
        Ceremony, noon, at the Post Memorial followed by Post 18 Family Picnic. Bring a dish to pass. Live music by Greg;s "Fender Benders."

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), APR 6, 1972, "U.S. FORCES RESPOND TO N. VIETNAMESE OFFENSIVE"
Clear weather for the first time in three days allows U.S. planes and Navy warships to begin the sustained air strikes and naval bombardments ordered by President Nixon in response to the massive North Vietnamese offensive launched on March 30.


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). 

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. 

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
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 

SENATE APPROVES GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM MEMORIAL IN D.C.WASHINGTON
The Senate 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.

DEFENSE POW/MIA ACCOUNTING AGENCY
Army Cpl. Thomas H. Mullins, 18, of Harriman, Tenn., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried March 29 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mullins was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. In November 1950, his unit engaged with Chinese forces near Unsan, North Korea. Approximately 600 men were killed, captured or missing. Mullins was declared missing in action on Nov. 2, 1950. He was later reported to have died while being held in POW Camp 5, Pyokdong, North Korea

“HEAVY WEAPONS COMMITTEE REPORT” 
M2 .50-caliber “MA Deuce” is Still Going Strong in Her 90s (Excerpted)
By Robert F. Dorr, December 3, 2014, DefenseMediaNetwork
https://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/ma-deuce-is-going-strong-into-her-90s/ 

All five U.S. military service branches use some version of the venerable .50-caliber (or 12.7-millimeter) M2, nicknamed the “Ma Deuce,” which has been on duty since it narrowly missed World War I by entering service in 1919. The military has many specialized versions, typified by the GAU-18/A carried by U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters and fed via a disintegrating metallic-link ammunition belt. A typical M2 weighs about 60 pounds with its tripod, and is 5 feet 5 inches in length. The current version has a rate of fire of 1,150 rounds per minute.
 The M2’s slow rate of fire isn’t necessarily a disadvantage. Though it limits the gun’s anti-air effectiveness, it makes the weapon more controllable against ground targets. That has even led to combat situations where the M2 has been successfully employed in one-shot sniper mode, using a telescopic sight. Discovery of the M2 sniper option is widely credited to legendary USMC sniper Carlos “White Feather” Hathcock in Vietnam. 

     
John M. Browning (1855-1926), considered by many to be the greatest firearms designer in history, was responsible for the M2. Browning, however, did not foresee that his machine gun would be widely used in the air as well as on the ground and at sea. The U.S. Army introduced the initial version of the M2 to combat units in 1919. The initial model was known as the M2HB, the suffix letters signifying a “heavy barrel.” During and after World War II, the gun appeared on aircraft, tanks, Jeeps, and armored personnel carriers. M2s carried by vehicles were often positioned on a circular M36 truck ring mount, which enables a gunner to fire in all directions.

According to legend, wartime M2s used on fighter aircraft initially carried belts of ammunition that were 27 feet in length; hence the term “the whole nine yards.” During Operation Desert Storm in 1991, American and Iraqi forces on opposing sides used M2s. The M2 has proven a valuable weapon for convoy escort duty, air base defense, and combat rescue in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Submitted by Bill Patterson, Chair

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.

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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