From the desk of Commander Callaways...The Commander’s Breakfast was well attended! Posts, Districts, Division, EAAC, and Department Officers came together to assist those posts under 80 percent. Some posts and districts officers came with cards and handed them directly to the Department Membership Director (DMD). That was awesome!
There was a full house and it was a pleasure to add extra chairs to seat everyone for breakfast. We talked, laughed and met a few new faces. After breakfast it was time to roll up our sleeves and get to work.
A huge “thank you” goes out to Department SVC Wayne Fischer and DMD Chad Woodburn. (SVC Fischer made phone calls while DMD Woodburn provided numerous lists and instructions for the day.) Cmdr. Siciliano ordered the food; he and FO Darmetko picked it up and delivered it. A few officers arrived early and assisted with set-up. (Those hands were very helpful.) For all of you that were present, your attendance and participation was greatly appreciated; Thank YOU!!!
Going forward, it is up to you. What you do from today will determine the post's success. We encourage each of you to continue to strive to achieve the Legion year’s objective with membership. Remember, the American Legion’s success depends entirely on its members. We will be available to assist you; just ask.
For God, Family and Country.
Warm regards, Commander Callaway
VA Patients, Get your free Flue Shot at Walgreens - During flu season, protecting your health with a flu shot is easier than ever — and as close as your local VA or neighborhood Walgreens! VA and Walgreens care about your health and are partnering to offer enrolled Veteran patients easy access to flu shots.
VA and Walgreens are national partners, providing no-cost flu shots to enrolled Veterans of the VA health care system. During the program, which runs from today through March 31, 2020, enrolled Veteran patients nationwide have the option of getting their flu shot at any of Walgreens’ 8,200 locations in addition to their local VA health care facilities. No appointment is required; simply go to any Walgreens, tell the pharmacist you receive care at a VA facility and show your Veterans Identification Card and another form of photo ID.
LEGION Act signed into law - President Trump signs bill that honors 1,600 veterans from previously undeclared war eras and opens American Legion eligibility and benefits to 6 million potential new members. In a significant legislative victory for The American Legion, President Trump signed a bill July 30 that declares the United States has been in a state of war since Dec. 7, 1941.
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).
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.