American Legion  Carl S. Martin Post 635 
108 ½ North Street  
 Normal, Il. 

Mail to:
PO Box 402,  Normal, IL. 61761-0402

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 (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:

​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, extending the recognized wartime era back to Dec. 7, 1941.
Please go here for details:

Many of you have employees, friends, or even family members that are Veterans and may qualify for VA Benefits. Lately, the media has been blasted with claims about Marines in Camp Lejeune, 3M Hearing loss, Burn Pits, and many other illnesses derived from these exposures. Lawyers are NOT needed for these types of claims. A lot of fraud is transpiring in the community.  

Art Rodriguez
Chairman McLean County Veterans Assistance Commission
Senior Vice Commander District 17 American Legion
AMVETS Life Member