Spring/Summer 14 Newsletter

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Legion Dues Due

Dues for the 2015 fiscal year, Jul 1st 2014 to Jun 30th 2015, are now due.  This year $26 of your dues will be sent to the National and Illinois state headquarters to support their activities and programs.  Recently, your dues have assisted in providing the American Legion with a united, national voice to address VA hospital problems.  More than the remaining $4 is spent on Highland Legion Baseball, youth recreation baseball, oratorical scholarships, Legion Boys State, HHS and Mater Dei post proms, Children’s Miracle Network, the USO, and other worthwhile local and national programs.

Post Meetings

Post meetings are on the second Monday each month at 7:30 PM and are scheduled for Sept 8th, Oct 13th, Nov 10th, and Dec 8th.  Tony Haislar will be installed as the commander at the August 11th meeting.  Join us for the joint installation with the Auxiliary Unit 439, followed by a post “lunch”.

The “North Wall”

A mural honoring veterans from each service branch and the major military action since WWI is being painted on the north wall by local artists Julie Korte and Veronica Jones.  A dedication ceremony will be held at 7:00 PM on Monday, September 8th before the regular monthly meeting.  Join us for the dedication, followed by the monthly meeting and refreshments.

1st Sunday Breakfasts

The post holds a 1st Sunday ALL-U-CAN EAT breakfast. The menu includes fresh scrambled eggs, biscuits, bulk pork sausage gravy, fruit, pancakes, Korte’s breakfast sausage, and drinks for only $7.00.  Future breakfast dates are Sunday Oct 5th, Nov 2nd, and Dec 7th.  Since this is our major fundraiser, please support our post by joining us for breakfast.

Post Website

Information about the post and its activities can now be found at the new Post website at www.leeiten439.com.  Thanks to Steven Money, Commander Post 439 Sons of the American Legion, for his efforts with this project.

Legion Programs

Our Post supports Legion baseball(2 teams/approximately 40 players), Legions Boys State, Sons of the American Legion, the Police Academy, Scholarship Awards, Oratory Contests, and these activities:

1. Post 439 Auxiliary:  This organization is open to all female family members, who have a family member eligible for Legion membership.  The Auxiliary supports Legion programs and serve veterans and their families.  If you know someone eligible for Auxiliary membership or want more information, please contact Auxiliary President Sandy Green at 618-791-6603.

2. Sons of the American Legion:  This organization is open to all male family members, who have a family member who is eligible for Legion membership.  If you know someone eligible for membership or want more information, please contact Son’s Commander Steve Money at 314-643-0972.

3. Honor Guard:  Serves at military funerals, when requested, for all local veterans.  If you are interested or have questions, please contact Val Buchmiller at 618-401-5571 or 654-2556.

4. Color Guard:  Marches in local parades, posts/retires the colors at school and civic events, and serves at other local ceremonies as requested.

5. Gifts to Yanks:  Provides Christmas gifts to all veterans, not only Legion members, who are in local nursing homes or assisted living facilities.  Several Legion members are also planning on visiting sick and disabled veterans on a regular basis.

6. Legion Riders Motorcycle Club:  If there is interest, our Post would like to sponsor a Legion Riders MC.  The Riders escort veterans at their funerals, ride in parades, and raise funds for a Legion charity which assists in providing college funds for children of veterans killed in action.

7. Korea and Vietnam Veterans Associations:  If there is interest, our Post would like to affiliate with local Korea and Vietnam Veterans Associations.

If you are interested in or would like to assist in any of these programs, please contact the individuals listed or the Post Commander at 618-654-4062

Other News:

Adjutant Position:  The Adjutant (Post secretary) position will be vacant July, 2015. If you are interested in serving as Adjutant, please contact Jim Hobbs at 618-654-8287.  He will describe the duties and mentor/train you for the remainder of the year.

National Data Base:  A printout is being mailed to you of your national membership information.  Please correct omissions/errors, or update the information, on the form and return it to Jim Hobbs (13307 Field Crest Road, Highland, IL  62249) or the Post (1150 New Trenton Road, Highland, IL  62249) or call Jim at 654-8287.

Serving veterans and their families:  If you know of a need or an area of service that our Post can perform for veterans and/or their families, please contact the Commander.  A primary purpose of the American Legion is to serve who have served.

Note:  If you have not submitted the post a copy of your DD214 or military discharge documents to comply with an IRS requirement, please submit it to the post.

 

Tony Haislar, Commander Post 439

 

The following information was obtained at the American Legion Convention and copies of all manuals and brochures are available at the Post.

  • Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General:  Provided a Legal Rights of Illinois Service Member and Benefits for Illinois Veterans manuals.
  • Lisa Madigan:  Provided booklets titled:  Illinois Mortgage Lending Guide, Illinois Family Military Leave Act, The Line of Duty Compensation Act:  Helping Service Members’ Families in Need, Keeping Kids Safer Online and Identity Theft (hotline 866-999-5630). She also provided a Homeowner Helpline(866-544-7151) and a Consumer Fraud Bureau (800-243-0618) phone numbers.
  •  Lisa Madigan:  Provided manuals titled Every Cent Counts and Every Cent Counts for Seniors which provides tips for protecting your finances.  The nearest regional office is in Belleville at 201 West Pointe Drive., Ste. 7 (618-236-8616).
  • Dan Rutherford, Illinois State Treasurer:  Administers the ICash and Operation Reunite programs that reunite citizens with assets and/or military medals and awards being held by the State.  the site are:  www.icash.illinois.gov and www.treasurer.il.gov.
  •  VA Home Front:  Former military members at the risk of being homeless can call 877-424-3838 (1-877-4AID-VET) or visit www.va.gov/homeless
  • Federal Trade Commission:  The FTC is tasked with protecting consumers.  You can file a complaint at www.ftc.gov/complaint (877-FTH-HELP), report identity theft at www.ftc.gov/IdentityTheft (877-ID-THEFT), or obtain a free copy of your credit report at www.AnjnualCreditReport.com (877-322-8228)

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