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11/10/2020 OUR POST 397 IS CLOSED AGAIN DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
 

07/20/20

 WE HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO INTENTIONS OF CLOSING OUR DOORS UNLESS;

Per House Committee body.

  1. Post will be closed immediately and sanitized inside and out. We will then reopen once sanitization is complete.
  2. Individual(s) testing positive will BE REQUIRED to present a negative test before re-entering Post. All exposed patrons/employees will not be able to enter Post for 2 weeks – per CDC guidelines possible incubation period.

The HC needs the income from Sales especially food. We need to ensure the safety of not only our members and employees but our patrons. The HC met last night to review options and “going forward” guidelines. In order to minimize possible exposure to keep the doors open, the HC is presenting the following mandatory guidelines that are recommended to us from CDC and instituting ourselves;

We apologize for requiring the observance of the guidelines but we DO NOT want to close our doors. I know that everyone has their own opinions but we are doing this for the Post. Please let us stay as united on this and keep the negatives aside. We don’t want to wear a mask like the other person does not but this is reality. We are no different from other responsible business’s. If folks really care, they will adhere to these required guidelines. The HC unanimously approved these guidelines for the good of the Post. We want for all employees to be safe and working. These guidelines give us a better chance to remain open and eliminate a “call” to CDC. Please help us keep the doors open and keep income flowing. Please feel free to reach out to me in the event you have any questions or concerns.

 

Rick McGee

Post 397 House Committee President.

314-809-0826


Our SAL is asking that you pay your annual dues now.  The annual dues are now $8.00.  The SAL paid $3.00 to the dues last year but we are unable to do that now.  Please send your dues to Rich Hackenberger as soon as possible.  


AMERICAN LEGION POST 397

of Creve Coeur, Missouri, 63141

IN Saint Louis County


VETERANS, NOW HEAR THIS!!! THE AMERICAN LEGION NEEDS YOU. YOU SERVED YOUR COUNTRY HONORABLY ONCE BEFORE AND NOW WE ARE ASKING YOU TO SERVE IT AGAIN. YOU CAN SERVE YOUR COUNTRY AND YOURSELF WITH HONOR ONCE MORE BY JOINING THE AMERICAN LEGION TODAY. JUST CLICK ON THE MEMBERSHIP BUTTON TO FIND OUT HOW.

AS LONG AS YOU HAVE SERVED AT LEAST DAY OF FEDERAL ACTIVE DUTY DURING ANY QUALIFYING PERIOD
YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR MEMBERSHIP 
TO THE AMERICAN LEGION !!!

CLICK HERE FOR AMERICAN LEGION MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM



Honor the Flag


We are open for lunch Monday thru Friday.

Our Monthly Meetings are First Thursday of Each Month at 7:00pm.


AS LONG AS YOU HAVE SERVED AT LEAST DAY OF FEDERAL ACTIVE DUTY DURING ANY QUALIFYING PERIOD YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR MEMBERSHIP TO THE AMERICAN LEGION !!!

Please Check out our Home Page Information


WHAT WE DO TO HELP OUR VETERANS AND COMMUNITY

Support for Active Duty Servicemen
USO: Financial assistance, Support USO Canteens at Airports
Assistance to military families of deployed servicemen
Assist military personnel in travel status
Community Service
Sponsor and support the American Legion Baseball teams
Support Veterans Administration Hospitals (recently donated two specially equipped TV sets to Jefferson Barracks VA Hospital
Sponsor of Boys Town and Patriotic Oratorical Contests
National Issues that we support
Flag Amendment
POW/MIA Issues
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CONTACT OUR POST

Post Telephone:(314)872-3186;934 Rue De La Banque, Creve Coeur, MO. 63141

Post FAX Number is 314-872-3607

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HOW TO OBTAIN RECORDS OF VETERANS

Be prepared to have as much information as possible
 
If you are a veteran or the next of kin of a deceased veteran
www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html
 
 
A good site for information - The site is a little busy but very informative
www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html 
 
and a phone number  314.801.0800
be prepared to wait for some time to get a customer service rep, but remember, forms still have to be filled out because of the privacy acts
 


Post phone number
314-872-3186
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ITEMS OF LASTING INTEREST

MILITARY CEREMONIES OR HONORS AT FUNERALS:
Make sure your family members know your desires and where your DD-214 form is located.  Whether it be a 10th District Guard of Honor service that takes place the night before at the Funeral home &/or Military Honors which takc place at the grave site.  These are two different services but you can have one or both.  The family must let the Funeral Director know your wishes.  Only the funeral director can arrange these ceremonies.

ON-LINE DD-214 APPLICATIONS:
The National Personnel Records Center has provided the following web site for veterans to gain access to their DD-214 online.  http://vetrecs.archives.gov/


AMERICAN LEGION DEPARTMENT OF MISSOURI SCHOLARSHIP AWARD>
For more information on this view our Scholarship page


HOUSING GRANT BENEFIT FOR INJURED SERVICE MEMBERS EXPANDED
Service members who are seriously injured or disabled can now receive special adaptive housing grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs, which range from $10,000 to $50,000, as many as three times  as long as the total grant
money they receive is within limits specified by law. Previously, veterans could only use the grants once. "This change ensures that every eligible veteran and service member has the chance to use the maximum amount afforded to them by
our grateful nation," says VA Secretary Dr. James B. Peake. More than 16,000 veterans will soon receive letters from the VA notifying them of their eligibility for the expanded benefit. VA has averaged about 1,000 adaptive housing grant applications per year during the past 10 years. Since the program began in 1948, it has provided more than $650 million in grants to about 34,000 seriously disabled veterans. For eligibility requirements and other information, contact the VA at (800) 827-1000 or at www.home loans.va.gov/sah.htm on the Web. Local chapters of veterans' service organizations can also provide details. 

NEW VA ID CARD: 
Because identity theft is the major fraud reported by Americans in 2003, the Dept. of Veterans Affairs has designated a new identity card for veterans that will safeguard confidential information.  The card will have the vets photo on the front and identify them as enrollees in the VA health care system.  The card should be requested from the local medical center.  Existing cards are valid until a new card is issued. 

LAW HELPS TROOPS DEAL WITH CREDITORS:  All service members are protected under the Service members Civil Relief Act.  There have been reports of military members having their homes repossessed.  This type of activity is illegal and should be reported to their local military legal assistance officers for assistance in enforcing their rights.

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT: Need a Job? or assistance in getting a job?
Contact: Jeffery G. Fink, Veterans Representative, Division of Work Force Development, Missouri Career Center, 2780 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63314. Telephone (314)877-2748 or Email jfink@east.wfd.state.mo.us

TAX CREDITS FOR TROOPS:  Troops deployed to combat zones now can apply for tax refunds based on earned income tax credits and additional-child tax credits, explained Army Lt. Col. Janet Fenton, executive director of the Armed Forces Tax Council. The earned income credit, Fenton explained, primarily involves lower-income filers with children. The additional-child tax credit, she added, may provide refunds for
children under age 17. Service members who want to apply for the credit refunds
must file a federal tax return, Fenton noted. Enlisted troops serving in
combat areas already have all of their military pay excluded from federal taxes,
Fenton pointed out, while officers in combat zones can exclude up to $6,529 of
their monthly pay.

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE FOR WOUNDED VETS:  Officials unveiled this initiative for injured service members returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.  They will get individualized job training, counseling and reemployment services.  REALifelines is a joint commitment by the Dept. of Labor, the Military Medical community and local agencies.  Labor Department officials are investing $500,000 into the first phase of the program.  REALifeline counselors will help veterans identify barriers to employment and set up individual recovery and reemployment plans. There will also be a national tracking system to ensure follow-up services are provided and are successful.  A national call center will soon be available.  As many as 3,500 one-stop career centers will be available at Department of Labor sites nationwide.   


VA OUTREACHES TO WOMEN VETERANS:  The Department of Veteran Affairs has developed initiatives for women veterans that assure they received benefits.  For example, most VA regional offices, medical centers and veteran centers must now have a woman Veteran Coordinator.  In addition, women VA patients receive complete physical exams upon admission, including breast and pelvic exams.  Check the national toll free number at 800-827-1000  or the Center for Women Veterans home page at http://www1.va.gov/womenvet/.

THANKS AUXILIARY UNIT 397 for the "Path of Honor" brick that you had placed around the flag pole at JB in the name of our post. 


NEW DATABASE LOCATES BURIED VETERANS, SPOUSES:The Dept. of Veterans Affairs has posted a database on the web containing 3.2 million records for veterans and their spouses who have been buried at most of the 120 National Cemetaries since the Civil War.  Visit www.cem.va.gov and click on Nationwide Grave site Locator.

KOREAN DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL:  Eligibility includes the land area of Korea and contiguous waters out to 12 nautical miles, and air spaces above land and water areas.  Dates are from 7/28/1954 and are open ended. 

G.I. BILL UPDATE: Since the October 2002 increase of GI Bill benefits, service members and veterans can now receive up to $900 per month to finance their education.  The increase, along with over $300 million on scholarship money designated for military personnel and grants from individual military-friendly schools, provides service members and veterans with even more options for pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees. Get More Information


VETERANS' BURIAL BENEFITS INCREASED: (source armed forces news.com) The Veterans' education and Benefits Expansion Act of 2001 increases from $1,500 to $2,000 the burial and funeral expense allowance for veterans who die as a result of a service-connected disability. The act also raises the cemetary plot allowance for certain other disabled veterans from $150 to $300. (The plot allowance is paid when a veteran who is buried in a non-government cemetary was either eligible to receive VA disability compensation or a VA pension; or was discharged from military service due to disability; or died in a VA hospital. The law also directs the VA to honor requests for government markers for veterans buried in private cemetaries even if their graves have headstones or markers furnished at private expense. Previous law prevented the VA from providing markers on that situation. The new provision for markers applies to veterans' deaths on or after Dec. 27, 2001.