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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9/11 National Day of Service Projects

9/11 National Day of Service Grant Projects – 1-time opportunity to apply for an American Legion Auxiliary $1,000 service project grant!    Application DEADLINE June 30!    Time’s really tight, here’s the scoop:

The American Legion Auxiliary has just been awarded a CNCS grant to make 50 awards of $1,000 each for 9/11 National Day of Service Projects.

Grants will be awarded for service projects and 9/11 remembrance activities that must take place between Friday, September 8, 2017 and Wednesday, September 13, 2017.  Each grant of $1,000 requires a $250 cash or in-kind services match (making the grant total $1,250 on paper.) Applications are due June 30th !  

The application and instructions/guidelines are attached.  The application isn’t difficult – it’s a 3-page fillable form.  For the $250 required match, you can show donated goods or a $250 additional cash contribution as the match.  It’s pretty simple.  Also, The American Legion, Sons, and other nonprofit organizations or schools can apply for an ALA 9/11 Service project grant, but they must show that they are collaborating with an American Legion Auxiliary unit, district/county, or department.   


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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