Flag at Half-Staff
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Saturday, December 7, 2013
In accordance with United States Code Title 36, Chapter 1, Section 129, the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation (per Flag Code section 7(m)) for the United States Flag to be displayed at half-staff for the entire day on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Saturday, December 7.
Flag at Half-Staff
In memory of the passing of Nelson Mandela
President Obama has issued a proclamation for the United States Flag to be displayed at half-staff until sunset, Monday, December 9, 2013 in memory of the passing of Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa.
The 2014 edition of the membership caravan will include The American Legion's National Vice-Commander, Robert E. Newman who was elected as a national vice commander of the 2.4-million member American Legion at the organization's 95th national convention in Houston on Aug. 29, 2013.
The first stop on the Membership Caravan will be on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 at Ridgeway Post 596 (ETA 6:00pm). The last stop is scheduled for
Saturday January 18th 2014 at Forreston, Post 308 (ETA 11:30am).
Please take time to come to one of the stops nearest you.
FRAUD ALERT: Veterans should be aware of a marketing scam targeting callers trying to reach the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Call Center or GI Bill Call Center. A marketing company has established two fraudulent numbers that differ from the two official VA call center numbers by one digit. If the fraudulent number is dialed by mistake, the answering party will offer a gift card and try to obtain personal and financial information, including credit card information, from the caller. The answering party may even transfer the caller to the VA after the caller's information is obtained. Note that VA will never ask you for a credit card number or banking information over the phone. Before giving personal sensitive information over the phone make sure you know who you are taking to.
The numbers to be avoided are:
800-872-1000 (the VA National Call Center number is 800-827-1000)
888-442-4511 (the VA GI Bill Call Center number is 888-442-4551)
VA has notified law enforcement authorities to address this situation, and will provide additional information and guidance as necessary.
Source: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration
Washington and Central Illinois
Tornado Relief and Recovery
The IRS now requires American Legion posts to maintain dates of service and character of service records for all members. Please review the examination procedures for auditing veterans' organizations by clicking here. You will have to scroll past the table of contents to reach Veterans' Organizations 4.76.26.
The penalty for not having the required proof of eligibility is, apparently, $1,000 per day.
Note: References to social members do not apply to The American Legion because they are prohibited in our organization.
Here is a sample letter, the IRS Member letter (PDF) that Posts can send to all their members to start collecting DD214s. This sample, the IRS Member letter, is also available on the forms page of this website.
More information about this job:
Titan Security Group is a leading privately-held provider of security services and security-related technology solutions serving the Chicagoland area - our home town.
Titan Security Group has three unique divisions including Titan Electronics, Inc. Titan Electronics, Inc. provides electronic security system installation and service and is looking for a Security System Installer/PC Technician. We are in one of the fastest growing industries, operating in a highly entrepreneurial environment, and searching for talent!
Security System Installer/PC Technician responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Install and configure Access Control Systems, Analog & IP CCTV Systems, DVR's & NVR's, Burglar Alarms, Intercom systems, Telephone Entry Systems and associated equipment and software.
Assemble PC's and install OS and application software
Troubleshoot PC hardware, application software and OS problems
Travel to customer sites in personal or company provided vehicle throughout the Chicago area, Southern Wisconsin, and Northwest Indiana.
Interface with customer personnel to develop relationships, demonstrate systems, and provide training as needed.
Use technical manuals and interface with manufacturer's technical support teams to troubleshoot problems.
Other duties as assigned.
Registrations: Ability to obtain a valid PERC. This position also requires a driver's license with a clean driving record.
Language Skills: Must have ability to read, write, speak, and understand English.
Other Qualifications: Required skills include knowledge of computer networks, switches, IP addresses, routers, and modems. Ability to pass pre-employment drug screen and criminal background check.
Physical Demands: Must be able to work in outdoor environments and be comfortable working on step ladders, extension ladders and power lifts. Ability to routinely lift, push, or pull packages of up to 60lbs.
Wages & Benefits: $12.00-$16.00 per hour (depending on experience) plus discretionary year-end bonus, paid vacation and personal days, medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life and AD&D insurance, paid holidays, and 401(k) match. Skills-enhancing training and opportunities for career growth and promotion.
The position starts at $19.55 per hour and will go to $23 per hour after 9 months.
This position is responsible for the set-up and breakdown process and repair of all food processing equipment including but not limited to packaging equipment, slicing equipment and conveyors.
This position is responsible for performing a variety of building and grounds duties, both semi-skilled and skilled functions in proper maintenance. This requires multiple skills in basic electrical and plumbing repair, as well as good overall mechanical knowledge.
The natureof this job will also involve periodic exposure to outdoors conditions during the summer and winter months.
Duties include: perform skilled electrical work with the ability to install, troubleshoot and repair a wide range of electrical components to include circuit wiring, lighting fixtures, ballasts, receptacles, switches, solenoids, low voltage power supplies, etc.; performs skilled plumbing work with the ability to install, troubleshoot and repair plumbing fixtures such aslavatory faucets, valves, shutoff valves, check valves, etc.; other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS: Education: HS Diploma or equivalent; any associate technical maintenance or vocational school degrees a plus.
Experience: 2 + years maintenance. Computer Skills: Basic computer skills.
Communication Skills: Good verbal and written communication skills.
Special Skills: possess the ability to function effectively in a team environment and interact productively with all levels of team personnel and outside contractors.
Subject: .30 Caliber Blank M1909- Ammunition Safety Message
AMMUNITION SAFETY MESSAGE
A mishap occurred during the first week of May 2013 in which two M1 Garand rifles blew apart. This occurred during the rendering of honors at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. As a result of this mishap, two American Legion members received serious injuries. This mishap was caused by the use of .30 caliber grenade launching cartridges instead of the authorized M1909 .30 caliber blank cartridges issued by the US Army Joint Munitions Command. The only visible difference between the blank cartridge and the grenade cartridge is that the blank cartridge has 6 crimps and the grenade cartridge has 5 crimps. The grenade cartridge generates much more pressure and is not designed or intended to be fired with a blank firing adapter.
Do not fire .30 caliber grenade cartridge in the M1 Garand Rifle
Only .30 caliber blank ammunition issued by the US Army Joint Munitions Command is authorized for use.
If your ammunition pedigree or origin is questionable, inspect your blank ammunition for the presence of grenade launching cartridges
If you have questions, please direct them to Mr. Robert Weissman, U.S. Army Armament
Research and Development Center- (973) 724-3056, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: The M1 Garand Operation and Maintenance Guide - 2013 (PDF) is available on our forms page.
THE AMERICAN LEGION
CERTIFICATE OF COMMENDATION
As both college tuition rates and the threats
of terrorism around the world seem to
be continuously rising, many high school
graduates are choosing to serve in the United
States Armed Forces immediately following
high school. The American Legion believes
that these young men and women who choose
to protect our freedoms deserve our respect,
admiration and gratitude. In order to allow
local posts to show their gratitude to these
young men and women, The American Legion
Flag & Emblem Sales offers "The American
Legion Military Commitment Certificate of
When the Illinois River began cresting a few weeks ago, rising waters forced the evacuation of dozens of homes along the river in the city of Marseilles, Ill. It also caused American Legion Post 235 to spring into action.
The Illinois River crested near 30 feet, its highest level ever; flood stage is 20 feet. Several Illinois counties were classified as disaster areas. Following the April 18 flooding in Marseilles, Post 235 set up as a central location for food items to be donated. Post members, Salvation Army officials and community volunteers spent hours putting together bag lunches to take directly to flood victims who had begun the process of rebuilding their lives.
The post also started serving three hot meals a day to flood victims, police, fire and other emergency personnel, and any other volunteers who came to Marseilles to lend a hand. And it did so without hesitation, 60-year Post 235 member Gene Thompson said.
American Legion Post #235 in Marseilles, Illinois opened it's doors to flood victims in their community, offering sack lunches and hot meals to those affected.
Retirement Planner: Special Extra Earnings For Military Service
Source: Social Security Administration
Since 1957, if you had military service earnings for active duty (including active duty for training), you paid Social Security taxes on those earnings. Since 1988, inactive duty service in the Armed Forces reserves (such as weekend drills) has also been covered by Social Security.
Under certain circumstances, special extra earnings for your military service from 1957 through 2001 can be credited to your record for Social Security purposes. These extra earnings credits may help you qualify for Social Security or increase the amount of your Social Security benefit.
Special extra earnings credits are granted for periods of active duty or active duty for training. Special extra earnings credits are not granted for inactive duty training.
If your active military service occurred
From 1957 through 1967, we will add the extra credits to your record when you apply for Social Security benefits.
From 1968 through 2001, you do not need to do anything to receive these extra credits. The credits were automatically added to your record.
After 2001, there are no special extra earnings credits for military service.
Note: In January 2002, Public Law 107-117, the Defense Appropriations Act, stopped the special extra earnings that have been credited to military service personnel. Military service in calendar year 2002 and future years no longer qualifies for these special extra earnings credits
How You Get Credit For Special Extra Earnings
The information that follows applies only to active duty military service earnings from 1957 through 2001. Here's how the special extra earnings are credited on your record:
Service in 1957 Through 1977
You are credited with $300 in additional earnings for each calendar quarter in which you received active duty basic pay.
Service in 1978 through 2001
For every $300 in active duty basic pay, you are credited with an additional $100 in earnings up to a maximum of $1,200 a year. If you enlisted after September 7, 1980, and didn't complete at least 24 months of active duty or your full tour, you may not be able to receive the additional earnings.