American Legion 
Carl S. Martin  Post 635  Normal, Il. 
108 ½ North Street / PO Box 402,  61761-0402

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The American Legion was established in 1919 by WWI veterans to assist disabled veterans and their families.The American Legion is the nation's largest veterans SERVICE organization.

The services provided include help with VA claims, assistance in finding employment, support for current members of the military, and financial advice. The Legion also has a broad range of programs for Family, Youth, Community and National Affairs.

Any Veteran from Dec 7, 1941 to date can now join the 
American Legion...the number one voice for Veterans in Washington. 

Annual dues are $39  We offer snacks and a  meal after each meeting. We do not have a bar of grill.
Monthly Meeting Schedule

Monthly meetings of the American Legion are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, at 7:00 pm in the American Legion Building (Entrance next to the Garlic Press) 108 1/2 North St. Normal, Illinois 61761 
A chair lift is provided, for second floor access​  

 Attention Members: Please email us your email address so we can keep you updated. We can save a lot of money by reducing the number of letters sent via USPO. Our email address is:   

   Don't forget to ask for a Military Discount when shopping at Lowe's and Home Depot. You must register at Lowe's and Home Depot. Show your DD-214 or VA photo ID, they will place you in the system.  
Easy 10% discount at both stores. Some high ticket items are not discounted. 
Many restaurants give Veteran Discounts.
Anytime you shop, go to a restaurant, or at a business...ask for a Military Discount. You might be surprised.

 (330 ILCS 30/) Viet Nam Veterans Compensation Act.
  (330 ILCS 30/1) (from Ch. 126 1/2, par. 57.51) 
  Sec. 1. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the Viet Nam Veterans Compensation Act. 
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 3131.)

  (330 ILCS 30/2) (from Ch. 126 1/2, par. 57.52) 
  Sec. 2. Every person who has served on active duty with the armed forces of the United States on or after January 1, 1961 and prior to such time as Congress declares such persons ineligible for the Viet Nam Service Medal is entitled to receive compensation of $100 for such service if (a) he had been a resident of the State of Illinois for at least 12 months immediately preceding the time he entered such service, (b) he is still in active service, is honorably separated or discharged from such service, has been furloughed to a reserve or has been retired, and (c) he has received the Viet Nam Service Medal. Service in the merchant marine is not service in the armed forces for purposes of this Act. 
  No payment may be made under this Section to any person who, though in such service, did civilian work at civilian pay or who has received from another State a bonus or compensation of like nature so provided by this Act. 
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 3131.)


+++++American Legion offers help after emergencies++++++++++

As a member in good standing, you are eligible to receive immediate money for expenses after a tornado, fire, etc. This will be up to  $3000. So please make sure your dues are paid before 31 Dec. 
​Details on the National American Legion site:  
To link to our Facebook page, go to:

To link to our Instagram account, go to: @americanlegionpost635

Any member will be able to post messages, pictures, and videos so that others can see. Greg Struve maintains this web page: 
If you have something for the good of the Legion, or for Veterans, let Greg know and he will post it. Send to: 

Good news for Veterans that could not join the American Legion because they were not on active duty during certain periods. 
That has changed. The U.S. House passed the bipartisan LEGION Act on Tuesday, extending the recognized wartime era back to Dec. 7, 1941.
Please go here for details:

​                  Post 635 is named after Carl S. Martin. Here is his story by Jack Keefe                           

​                                      There are 3 pages. Click on each below.



Ever notice the mural on our back outside wall?  It was painted by local artist Dave Burnison. He also put together in a PDF file his story of how he put it together.  26 pages. Too much to post here. The entire story is available at the Post. Thanks go to one of our long time members; Jim Armstrong, who  started the project by getting Dave to paint the mural.

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