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Vietnam Veteran's History

Vietnam War Commemoration's History -My name is Devon Kathleen Hardy, and I work at the Vietnam War Commemoration's History and Legacy Branch. More specifically, I manage the Commemoration's oral history project. The oral history team will be traveling to Chicago next week to conduct oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans at WGN-TV, and Mr. Thomas Zasadil provided me your contact information, as he hoped you might be willing to share this information with the posts in the 9th district. I just sent him an e-mail about the project, but he asked me to also send you an e-mail, which you can hopefully share with interested veterans. Thank you so much for your willingness to assist; I truly appreciate it!

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The Wall

The Wall That Heals  ATTENTION LEGION RIDERS  The Wall That Heals (mini Vietnam Wall Memorial) escort is Wednesday, September 27th. We will be riding under State Police escort from 3002 IL RT 120 McHenry to Des Plaines.  Show up time is 9:00am, meeting 9:30am & kickstands up 10:00am. They are providing box lunches and patches for all riders, so, I need a pretty good head count of who will be going. We can meet at Post 134 (6144 W. Dempster, Morton Grove) at 7:30am with kickstands up at 7:45am and ride together if you want.  It is requested that all who participate wear the "Legion Rider Uniform" which is black pants (black jeans are ok), white button down shirt, black shoes or boots and vests. I am hoping that the Riders in Cook County will have a good showing.   Call Joe Lampert with any questions (847) 417-8672.   FULL SCHEDULE 

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Commander's Request

Please Mark Your Calendars!   October 8, 2017 is The 1st. Division Officers Training Program. This program is open to all Post, District and Division Officers.   Commanders, Sr.Vice Commanders, Jr. Vice Commanders and Adjutants. This Program is designed to help us better understand our current responsibilities.  And to those who are interested to get an idea of what it's all about. Feel free the door is open to you. Please RSVP.

Place - American Legion Post #974 Franklin Park. 9757 W. Pacific Avenue, Franklin Park Illinois. 60131.

Time - Registration 8: AM. A Continental style breakfast. Coffee and Donuts.  Program will begin promptly at 9:30 AM.   A lite Lunch will be provided. No Cost!!  Program will end no later than 4: PM.  Again , Please RSVP.

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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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Leadership Seminar

The First Division is hosting a Leadership Seminar on October 8th  at Franklin Park Post # 974. Doors open at 8:00AM, Start time 9:30.  This gathering is for the leadership of the First Division, its Post and District Commanders (Senior and Junior Vice Commanders are also invited). There will be information presented to help you in understanding the responsibilities of your position in the American Legion, even more important the main portion of this get together is for open discussion between the leaders of different Posts within the First Division. Let’s share ideas, break some myths and help each other in our Legion Journey!  Dress Code: Legion Casual [Legion Polo Shirts – Slacks, Bring your Caps!      RSVP to Commander Anthony Siciliano at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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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Veterans Upward Bound

Roosevelt University partners with the Department of Education to develop “Veterans Upward Bound” program.   In order to find success in today’s society, many veterans are required to enhance their skills. As a result, further education is often the key to starting a second career. Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is a free-of-charge program (funded by the U.S. Department of Education) that helps veterans, who have not completed a bachelor’s degree, to prepare for enrollment at the college of their choice.

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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 new program being rolled out by the Cook County Recorder of Deeds and the Cook County Department of Veterans Affairs. After Veterans Day, November 11th 2014, we will begin 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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