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Membership Caravan - January 14th

Paul Martel

This year's Membership Caravan will be headed up by Past National Vice Commander Paul Martel .  On Sunday January 14th the caravan will be coming through the First Division.  The first stop will be at  8:30AM, Tattler Post # 973, 4355 North Western Ave., Chicago,  at 12:00PM we will be stopping at  Commodore Barry Post # 256, 6919-23 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago and finishing up the day at 6:00PM at Edward Schultz Post # 697, 18255 Grant St, Lansing . This is a Legion Family Event.  Members for the Legion, Legion Auxiliary and SAL are invited to take part in the Caravan.  Bring in your membership cards renewals to turn in.

 

 

 

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Department - By-Laws Changes

These are proposed changed to the Department of Illinois Constitution and By-laws  - Resolution #1, dated 2017 – Change Economic Commission to Veterans Employment Education Commission, Requires the name change only, page 20 in current Constitution & By-Laws book as stated above.

Resolution #7 originally dated 2015, approved by the DEC 2017, “To dissolve Districts with less than 1000 members” This will be added to the Constitution & By-Laws book under Article VIII

Resolution #7 dated 2017 – “Leadership Ad-Hoc to Official Committee”  Adopted as a full committee to be listed under Internal Affairs Commission  Legion Leadership – 5 members, 1 each Division  [more info]

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Stand Down

A Stand Down to help Veterans and anyone in need will be held on Sunday, January 14, 2018, 11:00AM – 3:00PM, at the Franklin Park American Legion Post 974.  The post is located at 9757 W. Pacific Ave. in Franklin Park Illinois, 60131.  A hot meal will be served.  Toiletries, clothing, food and blankets will be distributed.  VA Benefit Counseling and Housing Assistance will be available.  The admission is free, and all are welcome.   Donations gladly accepted.  For further information, please call 847-560-0459

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Commander's Request

From Don Horn Commanders Aide - I was asked to pass along some information from Commander Siciliano. As you have heard from our Service Officer, Commander Siciliano was under the weather and was hospitalized. The Commander was released home, feels better and is in good spirits. He still needs his rest to recover, and get his strength plus endurance back.  I do expect him to return to full activities over time.

From Commander Anthony - My Brothers and Sisters of Fighting First Division, I Thank You All For Your Prayers!!! The 2nd , 3rd, 4th. and 5th. Division's Along With the Department of Illinois as well. My Brothers and Sisters of the Mighty Ninth District, Thank You For Your Prayers Too!!!      

The LOVE within our Legion Family is alive and well!!  Feeling this Family LOVE is the first step to permanent healing!      Now, I throw it back to you with LOVE!! God Bless You !!!!
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Free Flue Shots

VA Patients, Get your free Flue Shot at Walgreens -   During flu season, protecting your health with a flu shot is easier than ever — and as close as your local VA or neighborhood Walgreens! VA and Walgreens care about your health and are partnering to offer enrolled Veteran patients easy access to flu shots.

VA and Walgreens are national partners, providing no-cost flu shots to enrolled Veterans of the VA health care system. During the program, which runs from August 15, 2017 through March 31, 2018, enrolled Veteran patients nationwide have the option of getting their flu shot at any of Walgreens’ 8,200 locations in addition to their local VA health care facilities. No appointment is required; simply go to any Walgreens, tell the pharmacist you receive care at a VA facility and show your Veterans Identification Card and another form of photo ID.

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Now Hiring

Looking for a Service Officer – The American Legion is looking for a Service officer in the Chicago area.   Description:  Assist Veterans/dependents in applying for available federal benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Office by initiating or reopening claims.   Previous Experience is helpful, but not necessary     [More Info]

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Join our list

It's easy to join our mailing list.   Just send your Email address by text messaege:  Text FIRSTDIVISION to 22828 to get started.  First Division Contact Information T;(224) 800-1177 - E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. [Flyer]

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Agent Orange VA Benefits Expanded

American Legion's Dispatch - Agent Orande VA benefits expanded -  The Department of Veterans Affairs recently published a new regulation that expands eligibility for some VA benefits for Air Force veterans and Air Force reserve veterans who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange through regular and repeated contact with contaminated C-123 aircraft that had been used in Vietnam as part of Operation Ranch Hand (ORH). 

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Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Card

Cook County Military & Veterans Discount Program is announced.  We are writing to inform you about an exciting program by the Cook County Recorder of Deeds and the Cook County Department of Veterans Affairs. Back in 2014 we will began issuing the Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Card. Our goal is create a network of businesses throughout Cook County that offer discounts and incentives to active duty military and veterans, and encourage businesses to offer these discounts year-round. 

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Cook County Recorder urge all veterans to record their DD-214 military discharge records

As we celebrate Memorial Day, Flag Day and Independence Day, I would like our veterans and their families to consider the security of one of the most important documents they possess, their DD-214 military discharge records.
One year ago this Flag Day, my office celebrated the opening of our Veterans Services Office. This was a very proud moment for me, because my family has a proud history of serving this nation. My father and husband have served - as well as my brother and sister - and my son presently serves this great nation as a Captain in the United States Army.

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Info

Mail to:
American Legion, First Division
Cook County Council
4531 S. Woodlawn  Ave.,
Chicago, IL  60653

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Jr. Vice - Gigi Callaway 
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