AMERICAN LEGION POST 397

of Creve Coeur, Missouri, 63141

IN Saint Louis County

OCTOBER & NOVEMBER 2019

 ACTIVITIES AND CURRENT EVENTS OF POST 397

OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS ARE FIRST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 7:00pm

NEW MENU::  HOT DOGS, BRATS & TJ PIZZAS AVAILABLE AT BAR EVENINGS & SATURDAYS!

WINGS NITE EVERY THURSDAY!


VIEW OUR CALENDAR PAGE FOR 2020(CLICK HERE)  

VIEW OUR NEW INSTALLATION PHOTOS HERE 10-5-19 (click here)  

VIEW OUR STEAK NITE PHOTOS SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 

CLICK HERE FOR AMERICAN LEGION MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM

PORK STEAK TUESDAY NOON LUNCH, 11:00AM-2:00PM
TACO TUESDAY EVERY NIGHT, 4:30PM-7:00PM

QUILTING EVERY WEDNESDAY 9AM TILL NOON!  
WING-DING (CHICKEN WINGS) EVERY THURSDAY 4PM - 7PM


QUEEN OF HEARTS EVERY TUESDAY AT 7:00PM 
CURRENT DRAWING AMOUNT
AT $5964 AS OF TUESDAY, 10/1/19
ONLY
21 CARDS LEFT IN THE DECK.   MORE CHANCES TO WIN!
GO TO THE POST FOR NEXT DRAWING AND TAKE A CHANCE! 
IT MIGHT JUST BE YOU TO WIN.


OCTOBER 2019
3   LEGION MEETING, 7:00PM 
4   FISH FRY DINNER
5    POST INSTALLATION, 6:00PM
14  AUXILIARY MEETING, 7:30PM
16  QUILTING 9-noon
18  FISH FRY 4:30PM
19  STEAK NITE
22  HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETING
23  QUILTING 9-noon
28  RIDERS AND SAL MEETINGS, 6-7PM
31 HALLOWEEN

NOVEMBER 2019
7   LEGION MEETING, 7PM
10 POST SOCIAL 
11 VETERANS DAY
11 AUXILIARY MEETING, 7:30PM
13  QUILTING 9-noon
15  FISH FRY 4:30PM (this is the last fish fry)
25  SAL & RIDERS MEETING, 6-7PM

25 RIDERS AND SAL MEETINGS

26 HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETING

28 THANKSGIVING DAY

30  DECORATE THE HALL FOR CHRISTMAS, 1:00PM


WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Michael Baron, Philip Harland, Steven Almer, david Hays and Rick Elkin

TAPS:  We are very sorry to report the passing of members Kenneth R. Mueller, Paul Jim Hummrich and Ronald Rogles.  The post sends its deepest sympathy to their families and friends.

 HONOR AND REMEMBRANCE:  All eligible Veterans are entitled to military funeral honors.  Whether it be a 10th District Guard of Honor service or military honors at the grave site (both are available).  The next of kin or otherwise appropriate individual must request the funeral honors.  They are not provided automatically.  Per Department of Defense (DOD) policy, the family must request that the funeral director contact the military.  Only the funeral director can arrange these ceremonies.
 


 POST COMMANDER 
FRADER SMITH  

POST 397 OFFICERS for 2020

POST COMMANDER  Frader Smith

Commander Frader Smith Asst. Finance
1st Vice Cdr Eric Lowing Chaplain Scott Owen
Asst 1st Vice Cdr Rick McGee Judge Advocate Gary Lange
2nd Vice Rich Elcan Service Off. Ed Kieffer
Asst 2nd Vice Rich Elcan Asst. Svc Off Rich Hackenberger
Adjutant Arder Jordan Sgt at Arms Troy Rimmer
Asst Adj Rick McGee Asst Sgt at Arms
Finance Off. Ben Hunter Historian Les Dennis
Delegate Eric Lowing Delegate Arder Jordan
Delegate Rich Hackenberger Delegate
Delegate Delegate Robert Mort
Alt. Delegate Rick McGee Alt. Delegate Charles Martinez
Exec. Comm. Victor Hezel Exec. Comm Robert Mort

NEW HOUSE COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR 2020: Frazer Smith, Chuck Martinez, Gary Biel and Randy English.


WEBSITE ADVISORSLester Dennis 

 COMMANDER'S CORNER:  

Frader Smith Commander:  

 Visit our website: www.legionpost397.org Visit us on Facebook: American Legion Post 397 (Creve Coeur MO) POST TELEPHONE #: 314.872.3186


 

10/13/2019
Photos of "Ride for Wishes" event with Rich Elkin and Rich McGee at St Charles Motorsports.  Thank you both so much for doing this event !!!


 

LEGION MEETING 5-2-19 

 
1. New Member of our Post: Carolyn Truvillion, Retired Disabled Army Veteran 
2. 10th District Speaker Ed Ucimski about helping WWII Veterans financially by our Post members.


QUEEN OF HEARTS PHOTOS OF 2-19-19 (CLICK FOR EXPANDED VIEW)

RICK MCGEE EXPLAINING RULES
CDR ERIC LOWING STARTING THE DRAWING
SHOWING OF FIRST CARD THAT WAS DRAWN

AND THE 1ST CARD DRAWN IS NINE OF HEARTS.  


MEETING PHOTOS OF 2-7-2019 (click on photo for expanded view)


1.
Evelyn Cox talking about the Auxiliary News Letter
2. Betty Altnether talking about Girls State
3. Dept. of VA Affairs talking about the new YMCA program for all veterans.
4. Queen of Hearts poster on our Legion Bar showing rules. 


MEETING PHOTOS 8-2-18 
  The first photo is of Ken Gifford receiving the Outstanding Past CDR award for the 10th District.  The next is of the plaque award itself.  I asked Ken how many awards like that he has received in the past and he said this was the first.  Thats hard to believe but true!


 

Rick McGee, Rich Hackenberger and Marc Knapp.  Rich speaking of Marcs outstanding SAL Squadron Award of the Year.


MEETING PHOTOS OF 2-1-18

 

photo 1 -- New Member Dan Caffey, Army, Afghanistan Vet.  Thanks you for your Service Dan!

photo 2 -- Greg Mans talking about "Suits for Vets" benefit for all Veterans

photo 3 -- Congragulations to Marilyn Landis for taking over the Job at the Veterans' Home


Our newest member Louis Deutsch 2-14-18.  With CDR Eric Lowing and Chuck Martinez.  We are proud and happy to have us with you Sir!


New Member Rick A. Elcan, Army, Iraq War Veteran Camp Victory 2009-10

Army Wounded Veteran, Willie Warner with Rich Elcan.  They were friends in Germany.


 

FISH FRY Friday Night Fish Fry will resume in September We are looking for volunteers for both fish fry crews! Please contact SAL Commander - Rick McGee, Post Commander Eric Lowing, or Marc Knapp to sign up! You do not have to be a Post Member to volunteer! Please spread the word for anyone looking for volunteer opportunities.


 POST TELEPHONE #: 314.872.3186 
 Newsletters are available electronically. 

 


 

 MEMBERSHIP:National dues have been increased by $5.00 effective 1/1/2016.  Renewals may be made online through the American website (www.mylegion.org), at the Post meeting, or mailed to the Post at P.O. Box 410424, Creve Coeur, MO 63141.

Veterans can apply for VA health care at any time by calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387)

FLY YOUR FLAG: 
If you do not fly your flag daily, be sure to fly it on May 7 (VE Day), May 8 (Mother's Day), May 21 (Armed Forces Day), July 4 (INDEPENDENCE DAY), Veterans Day on Nov. 11 and May 30 (Memorial Day).  The Flag is half-staffed on Memorial Day from sunrise until noon.  It is displayed at full-staff from noon until Sunset.

 Frader Smith: Commander              Artie Jordan:  Adjutant       Asst. Adjutant: Richard McGee
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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. 
  

VA LAUNCHES ON LINE PRESCRIPTION REFILLS: The Department of Veterans Affairs has added online prescription refill service to its My HealthVet (MHV) web site at https://www.myhealth.va.gov. To use Online Refill, VA patients must have prescriptions written by VA doctors that have been filled at least once at a VA pharmacy, and need to register for an MHV account. Register by clicking on “Register Now” at the MHV web site. Once registered, log in and click on “My Care.” Then under “My Prescriptions,” either click on “View Prescription History” or “Refill Prescriptions.”

PRESCRIPTION SCAM SURFACES:  The Department of Veterans Affairs has reported that the "Patient Care Group" is conducting a scam operation against veterans who receive VA prescriptions. Callers claiming to be representatives of this group tell veterans that their prescriptions are being administered by the company. They then ask for credit card information so that the veterans can continue to receive their medications. VA officials said that the department has made no change to its prescription system, and that veterans should not provide any information to callers from this group.

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.

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