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National Commanders dinner

National Commander James W. Oxford, Division Dinner Tour - National Commander Oxford will be visiting the First Division on May 15th,  Everyone is invited to have dinner with the commander.  Dinner will be hosted at Franklin Park Post #974,  9757 Pacific Avenue, Franklin Park, 6:00 pm Cocktails (No Host Bar), 7:00 pm Dinner ($10.00), Sorry No tickets sold at the door  [flyer]

 
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Commanders' Notes

From the desk of Commander Callaways... In recent days, we have all become familiar with concepts like ‘social distancing’, ‘self-isolation’ and ‘flattening the curve’ – all part of our individual and collective efforts to slow and limit the spread of COVID-19. We have been guided in this effort by the advice of local, state and national leaders and the public health authorities. 

Thus, we have suspended the Past Commanders’ Dinner on March 29, 2020 and the First Division’s meeting on April 1, 2020.
 
It is requested that each post and leader in the division preform Buddy Checks. Utilize the telephone to plan and implement with your individual posts leaders and volunteers, if you haven’t done so already. Ensure follow-ups with those involved in the Buddy Checks volunteers to ensure that your effort are accomplishing the task that was established by your post. 
 
Finally, our veterans have shown incredible resilience, leadership and understanding during a challenging and stressful time. Patience and adaptability in the midst of this crisis are an example to us all. Concern for fellow veterans and for society at large is inspiring. Simply put, at a time when our actions are accentuating the physical separation between us, the enduring strength of our veterans’ community is more evident than ever. It's who we are! I am confident that the American Legion, First Division will emerge a stronger, more resilient organization, thanks to you. 
 
God speed in your efforts; good health to you and your loved ones, as we move forward in confidence together. 
 
Warm regards,
Commander Callaway
For God, Family and Country.

 

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Operation Her Story

Operation HerStory is teaming up with Honor Flight Chicago(HFC), Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Illinois Joining Forces (IJF) and the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) to create the first all-women senior veterans flight from Illinois to Washington, D.C., in the October 7, 2020. This one-day trip will give the veterans the opportunity to visit the war memorials built in their honor, including the Women in Military Service For America Memorial and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, while enjoying camaraderie and fellowship with other women veterans. [more info and to Apply]

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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 42828 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
PO Box 280,
Riverside, IL  60546
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