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


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

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Your Post 635 Officers for 2021/22                  
Commander: Chris Riley                 
Sr Vice Commander: Rick  Tominov                       
Jr Vice Commander: Jeff Watson
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 as of 2017. So please make sure your dues are paid before 31 Dec. 
​Details on the National American Legion site:   
               It's that time again. The Annual Awards Banquet is this month.
Our Annual Awards Banquet is going to be held at the Ozark House on 28 April 2022 which is our regular 4th Thursday of the month meeting date. Cocktails will be at 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be opened at 6:30 p.m. with the meal being served at 7:00 p.m. The Ozark House will provide all of the food. We will be giving out membership awards for years of membership followed by Gifts to the Yanks pins for those who helped with the Poppy distribution last October, and any other awards from Commander Riley. Finally Commander Riley will announce and present the awards for 2021-2022 for Service Award and for Legionnaire of the Year Award.
Please let Commander Riley know if you will attend and if your spouse or significant other will also attend:

                       Bloomington Labor Day Parade 2022
                Ride the wagon to Miller Park again this year.
                Let Commander Riley know if you want to go.

Many Veterans did not receive a proper Military Funeral. May 30, 2022 there will be a special dedication for those Veterans at Evergreen Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. 
A flag will be folded, and then other Flags will be presented to the next of kin. 
​Please let Butch Ekstam know if you have someone that did not receive a proper military funeral:

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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:

                                            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.
Logan's Steak House has certain days they give Veteran Discount
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.)