American Legion 
Carl S. Martin  Post 635  Normal, Il. 
108 ½ North Street / PO Box 402,  61761-0402
Phone: 309-452-1671

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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 W. North St. Normal, Illinois 61761  Click here for directions.
chair lift is provided, for second floor access to disabled persons.
News & Events     


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y 12, 2016 Open nominations for Officer positions and Executive BoardMay 12, 2016 Open nominations for Officer positions and Executive Board positions

May 26, 2016 Final nominations and election of Officers and Executive Board members.

June 9, 2016 Installation of new Officers and Executive Board members at the end of meeting. positions

May 26, 2016 Final nominations and election of Officers and Executive Board members.

June 9, 2016 Installation of new Officers and Executive Board members at the end of meeting.​

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Your Post 635 Officers for 2017/18                  Vince Sanzotta swearing in 
​                                                                                        New Officers for 2017/18
Commander: Tom Laskowski                 
Sr Vice Commander: Chris Riley                         
Jr Vice Commander: Mike Ellsworth
Adjutant: Jerry Vogler                               
Finance Officer: Carl Powell

++++++++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 $3000 in 2017. So please make sure your dues are paid before 31 Dec. 
​Details on the National American Legion site:   
                                    Awards Dinner April 26, 2018
Many were recognized this year for standing in front of Walmart in Normal to hand out Poppy's. Donations are for Gift to the Yanks. We purchase presents for all Veterans in Nursing Homes In Normal, and the Honor Guard will hand those presents to them just before Christmas each year. 

Legionnaire of the Year. The Post Commander selects a member who in the previous 12 months illustrated his commitment to and support of Post 635.
A member can only be selected once for this prestigious award.
A tie for the first time: 
Presenting the Awards is our Post 635 Commander, Tom Laskowski. 

Floyd Aper:          

Carl Powell:    

Congratulations to these outstanding members!
The Service Award. Similar requirements as above. Criteria is for activities and service that is performed at a higher level. 
This year the Service Award winner is: 

John Schroder.  

Congratulations for a tremendous commitment. 
​ Alliegiant Air Flights.....Go here for Vet specials:
Next year is a very special year for the American Legion. It is our Centennial Year.
Flag & Emblem Sales has Centennial Celebration Items available to purchase:
The National Viet Nam War Veterans Day ceremony was held in Springfield 29 Mar, 2018. 
Post 635 long time member Mike Rimshas is pictured with Illinois Governor Rauner:

​Here is a link. Copy and paste in your browser.
                                                Photos of Post 635

​Don't forget to ask for a Military Discount when shopping at Lowe's and Home Depot. You must register at Lowe's. Show your DD-214 or VA photo ID, they will place you in the system.  
Home Depot will ask for DD-214 or VA photo ID. Easy 10% discount at both stores.
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.)