COMMANDERS CORNER - American Legion Post 703

Fox Lake, Illinois 60020
(847) 587-2323
February 2015
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National American Legion commander Michael D. Helm is concerned about over-medicating wounded
The recently installed commander of the national American Legion said he’s concerned that wounded soldiers
are being overly treated with drugs for post-traumatic stress disorder and brain-related injuries.
“The American Legion is concerned that the use of drugs is not working,” Michael D. Helm said Wednesday
during a stop in Charleston.
“There are other things we can do,” he said, pointing to expanding the use of group therapy and other forms of
counseling that include veterans and their families.
“We can do better,” he said, pointing to drugs being a contributing factor to veterans’ homelessness and
Helm was elected national commander of the 2.4 million members American Legion in August during the 96th
national convention of the nation’s largest veteran’s organization.
Other areas of concern he listed included the weakening of defense priorities in the post-Iraq and Afghanistan
military. That includes areas such as pay, housing and benefits.
“We hope there’s a concern for all in Congress that the military remains strong,” he said.
Helm is an Army veteran who served during the Vietnam War. He was with the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort
Bragg, N.C., and earned his Ranger tab in 1972. He is a retired Postal Service rural mail carrier with more than
33 years of service.
Helm, of Norcatur, Kan., is touring parts of South Carolina this week. Stops included the Dorn Veterans Affairs
Medical Center in Columbia and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston. He also addressed a
lunch gathering at American Legion Post 147 on James Island.
There are seven American Legion posts throughout the Charleston region, with a membership of about 3,000,
said District 2 Commander Joe Lysaght. There are about 30,000 military veterans in total in the region.
Another initiative Helm said the legion supports is getting its members to help legal aliens in the U.S. to obtain
their full citizenship.
Submitted by
Bob Stelter
Our meeting will be February 9th.
Our Bingo Chairman, Terri Zawada, is resigning at the end of February. Thank you Terri for you hard work
these last several years! You did a great job and I know our bingo patrons will miss you.
Being that Terri is resigning, we need a new Bingo Chairman. We would like to get a couple of co-chairman so
that all of the work doesn’t fall to only one person. Bingo is on Thursdays at noon. If you are interested in
volunteering or know someone that may be interested, please contact me immediately. If we can’t find a
replacement, we may have to stop the bingo. We don’t want to do this due to the fact that bingo is our only
consistent fundraiser that we have for our Veterans.
Thank you,
Tracy Wasilewski
ALA Unit 703 President
SAL News
Well the Holidays are over and a new year is underway. Your SAL is on the move with spring projects. The two
in our cross-hairs are the second annual Gun Raffle and the VA fishing derby! The derby is Friday June 12,
volunteers will be needed for the event. The membership caravan came through our Post last month and led the
effort with 39 renewals and new members! We are now at over 90% paid. We need 100% to keep our projects
running, please respond to our letters and drop off your 2015 dues as soon you can - your 2014 card has
expired! We had a good turnout for our February meeting. We hope to see more of you in March. See you
around the Post.
Dale Reynolds, Commander
Sons of the American Legion
Feb 7th
Ron Payton
Guitar in the Bar 3-6 pm
Feb 7th
Please provide newsletter information to me
(by email only) no later than the 4th Friday
of each month. Your emails should be
forwarded to [email protected] . Thank
you in advance for your support.
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Feb 14th
Lake Region Swing Band
Doors open at 6:00 pm band plays from 7:00
till 10:00 pm $8.00 per person and $10.00
per couple
Feb 20th Magic Mike Karaoke
Starting at 8:00 PM
Feb 21st Chili Cook Off
Chili must be at the post by 4:00 pm judging
will be at 5:00 pm Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
Submitted by Mark Glosson
Did you know Post 703 has a Facebook
page? It features Post 703 events, Veterans
information and sometimes just funny stuff.
You can post information that other
members may want to see too. When you
want to know what is going on at the Post
and if you belong to Facebook search for
American Legion Post 703 Fox Lake, IL and
like the page. There is something new on
it every day.
Bob Stelter
Ha Ha Ha for the Month
Bill Clinton is out jogging around in some of
the seedier areas of Washington D.C. He
notices a good looking prostitute. She sees
him and calls out, “Fifty dollars!” He's
tempted, but the price is a little high so he
calls back, “Five!” She's disgusted and turns
away while Bill continues his jog. A few
days later, he finds himself jogging in the
same area and as luck would have it, the
prostitute is still there. But she won't come
down on her price. “Fifty!” she shouts. Bill
answers her, “Five!” No sale.
About a week later, Hillary has decided that
she wants to get into shape so she
demands to go jogging with Bill. They get to
the seedy part of town and the same
prostitute is still there. She eyes Bill and
Hillary together and yells, “See what you get
for five dollars!”
After being away on business for a week
before Christmas, Tom thought it would be
nice to bring his wife a little gift. "How about
some perfume?" he asked the cosmetics
clerk. She showed him a bottle costing $50.
"That's a bit much," said Tom, so she
returned with a smaller bottle for $30.
"That’s still quite a bit," Tom groused.
Growing disgusted, the clerk brought out a
tiny $15 bottle. Tom grew agitated, "What I
mean," he said, "is I'd like to see something
real cheap.” So the clerk handed him a
Remember our Veterans
February 2015
VFW Meeting
SAL Meeting
Ladies Auxiliary
Executive Board Meeting
Legion Riders Meeting
General Membership Meeting
VFW Meeting
SAL Meeting
Ladies Auxiliary Meeting
Executive Board Meeting
Legion Riders Meeting
General Membership Meeting
7:30 PM
5:00 PM
7:30 PM
7:15 PM
7:00 PM
7:15 PM
March 2015
7:30 PM
5:00 PM
7:30 PM
7:15 PM
7:15 PM
7:15 PM
Jose Becerra
Chuck Class
(815) 529-6010
Bob Gabriel
(847) 691-5990
Jerry Kandziorski
(847) 587-2323