Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – We are writing to invite you to collaborate to bring attention to work being done to protect veteran and service members from abusive financial practices.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created following the financial crisis of 2008 in order to defend the American public against mistreatment from financial service companies.  We recently released a report demonstrating how active duty service members and military veterans are often victims of abusive and predatory financial products, and how the CFPB has made strides over the past 6 years to protect them. We partnered with Senator Duckworth, Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Military Family Association, Student Veterans of America, and more, in releasing the report.

Unfortunately, there are efforts underway in Congress to weaken and undermine the CFPB and its ability to protect consumers. Critical to our campaign to defend the CFPB is bringing more public attention to it and its work - as we know the public strongly supports the CFPB when educated about the work it does.

We have interest from a Chicago Television news producer in doing a story about our report, but we need a personal story from a service member of veteran to help tell the story.  So, we are looking for a veteran or current service member who has had some challenge with a bad practice from a financial services company that would be willing to go on camera and share their story.


Commander's Request

It's important that all the District Officers are updated for the 2017/2018 Legion Year. This Legion Year The 1st. Division will have its own Directory.  Please submit to Kendal Bishop Adjutant and cc that information to my attention as well. The goal is to have the Directory ready for our September 6th. Division Meeting at Tinley Park. Thank You in advance for your cooperation.   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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.


1st Division Installation

Installation of Officers -My Brothers and Sisters of The FIGHTING FIRST! CONGRATULATIONS!! We are #1 in the Department of Illinois Standings Your Hard Work, Commitment and Leadership is what made it happen!! DON'T STOP NOW. Take this opportunity to build your membership cushion for the upcoming 2017-2018 Year. Recruit, Renew and Retain JUST ASK!

July 22, 2017 Mark Your Calendars. The First Division's Installation will be a joint Installation with the Sons of The American Legion.

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

Time - 5 to 6 PM Social Hour and Cocktails! Cash Bar.

6:00 PM Ceremonial Team Captain Joe Houdek will lead his Honor Guard in the Presentation of the Colors. Introduction of Tom Henniger to sign our National Anthem.  His team will present the Service Flags with Tom Henniger to sing the theme of each Service that, that Flag represents.

6:30 PM Commander Gary Whyte will open the Meeting.

6:45 PM. Dinner

7:30 PM. The Installation begins. Installing Sgt At Arms Past 9th.District Commander and 1st. Division Sgt At Arms Al Pizarro. Master of Ceremonies Past 1st. Division Commander and 1st. Division Sgt At Arms Pete Hirt..

SAL'S Installing Officer Commander Eugene Gort.

Legion's Installing Officer Past Department Commander Richard Groharing.

Cost $25.Per Person, Make your check payable to the 1st. Division. On the memo line indicate INSTALLATION. Mail to the attention of Bernie Darmetko Finance Officer. P.O. Box #280 Riverside Illinois 60546.

Any questions please feel free to call me 312-623-4216 Email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank You, God Bless You, God Bless America   First Division Commander Elect Anthony J. Siciliano.

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White Sox Tickets

Let’s go to the ball game. - The Chicago White Sox again have generously offered one free ticket to the majority of Sox Home Games this year. Veterans/Reservists/National Guard and Active Duty Soldiers and Sailors may participate by coming to a designated Cook County Recorder of Deeds office and obtaining a Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Card and presenting such card at Guaranteed Rate Park Ticket Office (Gate 4 Only).

Card recipients are also eligible for discounts at over 200 different merchants across Cook County.

Brian M. Cross, Veteran Services Office, Cook County Recorder of Deeds, 118 N. Clark St. - Suite 230

Chicago, IL 60602-1387, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 312-603-5788       [flyer]


Notice of Expulsion

Notice of Expulsion - The Department Executive Committee heard the recommendation of the DEC Sub-committee that considered Sylvester J. Hendricks’ appeal of the actions taken by Post 2091 and the 3rd District. The Department Executive Committee upheld the actions taken by Post 2091 of expelling Mr. Hendricks from the Post and the 3rd District action of expelling him from The American Legion. The approval of the Department Executive Committee shall be final and conclusive.


Veteran's Warning from Camp Lejeune

Did you serve at Camp Lejeune sometime between 1953 - 1987?  It was found that the water source at the base was contaminated with industrial solvents that are linked with certain health conditions.    Based on the Veterans Administration review of current medical science findings, VA Secretary McDonald intends to propose creation of a presumption of service connection for the folling conditoin:  Kidney Cancer, Liver Cancer, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma Scleroderma, Parkinson's Disease or Aplastic Anemia/Myelodysplastic Sydromes  [more info]


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). 


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.


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. 


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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