My Brother 's and Sisters of the Fighting First Division I Thank You for Your Support. The time is Now as We move forward into the 2016 - 2017 Year to formulate our Membership Strategy. Recruitment, Retention and Referrals! The Fighting First Division's 2015 - 2016 Year Was and Is Outstanding. The race is far from over. We have until June 27th. to be at 100+ %!! Together We Can Make This Happen!! Have Department send You a 2910 list of qualified members within your District. Most of these Legionaries are looking for a Post they can call Home! Contact Dee Dalton at 1 - 309 - 663-0361. At the moment the Fighting First Division remains in 2nd.Place in Department.
Next, Department Convention is literally days away. As J.V.C. My responsibility is the First Division's Hospitality Room at the Wyndham Springfield's Rendeveux Room. A little different twist this year. The Hospitality Room will open at 6: AM for the early risers to enjoy a Continental Style Breakfast before attending the Convention and its various programs.
New Officers - On June 4th at the First Division Convention Officers for 2016 - 2017 Legion year were Elected. The new officers will take their post after in Department Convention in July. Congratulations to Gary Whyte, Commander; Tony Siciliano, Sr. Vice Commander; Joe Lamper Jr. Vice Commander; and Bernard Bartmetko Finance Officer. The installation of officers is scheduled for August 7, 2016 at Franklin Park Post 974, 9757 Pacific Ave., Franklin Park, IL from 2:00PM - 6:00PM. More info to follow.
You no longer have to wait for a copy of your DD-214 - It's official; DD-214s are NOW Online. Please pass on to other vets. The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s online: http://vetrecs.archives.gov/ or try http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/
This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files.
Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents. Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the Standard Form 180, which can be downloaded from the online web site.
Because the requester will be asked to supply all information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information will be minimized. The new web-based application was designed to provide better service on these requests by eliminating the records centers mailroom and processing time. Please pass this information on to former military personnel you may know and their dependents.
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]
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).
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 & 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.