American Legion Vermilion Post 29
Mailing address PO Box 401
Abbeville, LA 70511
Post Telephone 337-893-5366
Editor Travis J. Callahan
Meetings of Vermilion Post 29
Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month with a social hour and meal from 5:30 PM till 6:30 PM and the meeting starting promptly at 6:30 PM
A meeting of the Executive Committee is held at 6:00 PM on the third Monday of each month .
The Vermilion Post 29 Home
The hall can be used for a small company business meeting or training class
Or a larger meeting or event such as a family or class reunion with a capacity of 150 persons
Or a more intimate event such as a wedding
Here is the Hall rental phone number:
It is with sadness and pride that I set a link to the web page of those who died in Vietnam. Click on the page and then your state and then the city. Click on the name of those you seek to see his record.
The Latest News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Office of the Governor October 8, 2015
GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL Press Office: Doug Cain
Contact: 225-342-8006, (c) 225-921-4502
Governor Bobby Jindal Announces Thomas Enright as Interim Secretary of
Department of Veterans Affairs Today, Governor Jindal announced that upon the resignation of LDVA Secretary David LaCerte this afternoon, Executive Counsel Thomas Enright will be detailed to serve as the Interim Secretary of the Department until the end of the Jindal administration. Enright will also continue to serve in his role as Executive Counsel to the Governor.
Governor Jindal said, "Thomas has been a vital team player in our office and I know he will be a wonderful advocate for veterans across Louisiana. Having served his country in the military for many years, Thomas will be an excellent leader for the department—someone who deeply understands the importance of our responsibility to provide the essential care and respect our vets deserve.”
Enright was appointed Executive Counsel to the Governor in 2013. Prior to that role, he served as Executive Counsel of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. From 2008-2010, Enright served as the Deputy Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs. Previously, Enright served in the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office from 1997 through 2008.
Enright is a former active duty Marine Sergeant, serving in Desert Shield/Storm and also participating as an Aerial Gunner in Operation Eastern Exit – the evacuation of the American Embassy in Mogadishu, Somalia in January 1991. Since 9/11, he has deployed twice to the Middle East and Central Asia: one eight-month deployment to Afghanistan in 2003 and a twelve-month deployment to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait from 2007 to 2008. Enright enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1987 and was honorably discharged in 1991 at the rank of Sergeant. He then joined the Louisiana National Guard and, in 1992, he attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. In 1996, he transferred to the Army Reserve where he retired at the rank of Major in 2009. MAJ Enright is the recipient of two Bronze Star Medals, a Meritorious Service Medal, a Navy Commendation Medal with "V" device, an Army Commendation Medal, and numerous other personal and campaign awards.
The Commander's Corner
The Adjutant's Report
The Adjutant's Report
P.O. Box 401
Abbeville, LA 70511
to our members,
The American Legion National Executive Committee passed a resolution at the spring 2015 Indianapolis Convention to increase the per-capita dues by $5.00 a year. This would bring your Legion dues to $35.00 per year.
last dues increase came ten years ago and this increase is projected to last
for the next ten years without a dues increase.
We do know that the Legion works very hard for the benefit of the membership and we all know how much prices have increased over the last ten years, even down to the cost to mail a letter.
Your American Legion is a strong and united group of people who definitely have the attention of the elected politicians. The fact that Lafayette and Lake Charles are scheduled for new care facilities in the future is a testament to the strength of the Legion.
Along those lines I need to report that our 2016 membership renewal stands at 82.7 % as of 12-24-15.
The dues increase will occur in January 2016. We can all save a few dollars by renewing now and being paid up until January of 2017.
Wishing all a wonderful Holiday Season
For God & Country,
Vets Service Officer
Comrades Golden Richard, Murphy Sellers, and Karl Hollier are in Assisted Living facilities in Abbeville. Stop in to visit them when you can. There are veterans in all of the health facilities in Abbeville. Just ask at the desk.
Robert J. Gaspard is now well again and being removed from this list. Welcome back Johnny.
Recent Events 2015
December 16, 2015 Post 29 Christmas Social
Department Vice Commander Rudy Bourg addresses the attendees on the improving Medical Care Facilities within the V.A and the State of Louisiana.
This issue is very important to the Post 29 mission to assist all veterans in every way possible.
From left to right District 3 Commander Harold D. Tornroth, Post 29 and Area F Commander, Thomas B. Thompson,
and District 3 Vice Commander Rudy Bourg
Post 29 Member and Service Officer, Vanessa Tuttle explains the services available at her office in Abbeville for all veterans.
A fine meal was enjoyed by all
The all day 2015 Food Drive begins
Our wonderful caring donors were of all ages, the mature
and the very young. This young man asked his Mom to buy food for the veterans
instead of a treat for himself.
Post 29 thanks the caring and giving citizens of this area who made our drive so
very successful in 2015. Food for Needy Veterans Families was distributed to 45
households on December 22, 2015.
Future Schedule of Events
January 18, 2016
The Post 29 Executive Committee Meeting at 4:30 PM
January 20, 2016
The Post 29 Regular Monthly Meeting at 5:30 PM
Past Events of Post 29
November 18, 2015
The Regular Post Meeting and Scholarship Raffle Drawing was held on November 18, 2015 at the VermilionPost 29 Hall. We thank the people who purchased the tickets and the people who donated the prizes.
5th Place prize was a beautiful Hope Chest crafted and donated by Robert J. Gaspard
Winner Elizabeth Richard
4th Place prize was a Beautiful Handmade Quilt handcrafted and donated by Juanita Crochet
Winner Tiona Broussard
3rd Place prize was a Beautiful Quilt handcrafted and donated by Ann McKee
Winner C. J. Faulk
(Picture not available at this time)
2nd Place prize was $500.00 cash donated by Vermilion Post 29
Winner Shandra Connor
1st Place was $1,000.00 cash donated by vermilion Post 29
Winner Randy Chauvin
The Officers of Vermilion Post 29
Commander Thomas Thompson
First Vice Commander- Glenn Suire
2nd Vice Commander - William McKee
Finance Officer -Gerald Gaspard
Judge Advocate- Willie Hymel
Chaplain- Murphy Vincent
Adjutant Travis J. Callahan
Please Pay your dues for 2016 .
Everyone with membership cards with 2015 are current members but that membership will expire on January 1, 2016.
Unless your membership card is for 2015 then you are already expired.
If your card shows 2016 you are paid up until January 1 of 2017.
We are only at 79.5 % of 2016 memberships paid. We really need you.
Offical Dues statement from National is:
Membership in The American Legion is based on a calendar-year from January 1st to December 31st.
When a member pays their dues, they are paid up for that membership year. They will also receive twelve monthly subscriptions to The American Legion Magazine.The renewal process begins in July for the upcoming membership year. Renewal notices are sent out by National in July, October, January, March and May.
For God & Country
FOR GOD AND COUNTRY WE ASSOCIATE OURSELVES TOGETHER
FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES:
To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America;
To maintain law and order;
To foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism;
To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the Great Wars;
To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation;
To combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses;
To make right the master of might;
To promote peace and goodwill on earth;
To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy;
To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.
The Legionnaires of American Legion Vermilion Post 29 of Abbeville, Louisiana,
held an American Legion Birthday Celebration on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
Social hour began at 5:30 p.m. A fine meal was provided and a short program
celebrated the birthday of the formation of both the American Legion and
Vermilion Post 29 ninety-six years ago.
1st Vice Commander Glenn Suire welcomes the members and Guests to the 96th birthday celebration of Post 29. Commander Suire also read highlights from the history of Post 29.
Unit 29 gives our hard working cooks new oven mitts and dishtowels
Pictured from left are Russel Leblanc, Roland Leblanc, Gloria Callahan, President Unit 29, Neal Horiast , and Jeffery Cessac.
Squadron 29 Adjutant and Legionnaire Scott Weeks described the plans to get our young people involved in Legion programs.
An impressive young man, Emile Hebert, describes his program to honor Legionnaires as part of his
work toward earning his Eagle Scout badge .
It is indeed refreshing to meet a young man who reminded us that there are some great young people in this troubled world.
Abbeville Police Chief Tony Hardy explains the staffing of his department and the status of officers in training.
Area F Commander Boni Suire addresses the group
Rudy Bourg speaks on several aspects of Legion membership and the importance
of involvement by young people such as the Sons of The Legion.
Marian Davidson, District Three Auxiliary President , speaks about membership,
and with pride announces that her grandson, Wayne Luquette, a member of
Squadron 29, placed second in the prestigious American Legion Oratorical
Food Drive 2014 is a Success !
A Special Thanks To Todd Labit , manager of our Wonderful Sponsor Super 1 Foods of Abbeville
left to right, Susan Connor, member of Unit 29 American Legion Auxiliary, Legionnaires Minos Connor, Kirby Dubois, Gene Harris, Donald Domingue, Gerald Gaspard, Willie Hymel, Mr. Todd Labit, Super 1 Foods Manager, and Commander Thomas Thompson.
Not shown are Legionnaires Jeffery Cessac, Toby Akers, Lee Alexander, Robert Johnny Gaspard, Earl Fontenot, Glenn Suire, and Travis Callahan .
Also not shown are Unit 29 members, Beverly Gaspard, Mickey Akers and Diana Callahan who helped to sort
the groceries and package the boxes.
Forty Five Christmas Food Boxes were distributed and a food donation to St. Michael's Veterans Shelter was made.
Toby Akers sorts food donations
Packaged non-perishable Food to be delivered to Saint Michael's Veterans Shelter
Packaged Frozen Poultry to be delivered to Saint Michael's Shelter
Click on the News for a Letter of Congratulations from Senator Jonathan Perry On the Recent Food Drive
Christmas 2014 Social December 17, 2014
Commander Thomas Thompson and Judge Advocate Willie Hymel welcome our members and guests at the Christmas Social
Suddenly Santa appeared, quick as a wink, surprising everyone.
Funeral and Burial Pre-Planning Checklist For You and Your Family
(Honorable Discharge Required)
Thanks To 2nd Vice Commander Rev. William Mckee for providing this service
Post 29 News
The Constitution and By Laws of Post 29 have been updated and ratified by the membership..
Post 29 is now a member of the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce.
Commander Thomas Thompson and 2nd Vice Commander William McKee Conduct the tribute to the POW and MIA of all wars.
The Light House
Girls State Participants 2014
Rose Hagood, President of the Woman's Club, which sponsored one of the girls and Marian Davidson Unit 29 Girl's State Chair.
The July 16, 2014 Meeting was our 2014-2015 Officers Installation of Legion Post 29 and Auxiliary Unit 29 and Installation Social .
The Family is always invited to our socials .
New Officers of Unit 29 take Office with Installing Officer Janet Lassigne
The Guiding Hand of Post 29 for a total of sixteen years and new Judge Advocate Willie Hymel
A Special Certificate of Appreciation was presented to the Abbeville Fire Department
for their presence at all our Post 29 outdoor ceremonies . Fire Chief Jude Mire accepts the certificate from Judge Advocate Willie Hymel.
Memorial Day 2014 Flag Disposal
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 29
Post 29 is also home to a very active Unit 29 in full support of Post 29 and Veterans everywhere.
Unit 29 of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 29
P O Box 306, Abbeville, LA 70510
Their membership is open to Wives, Sisters, Daughters, and Granddaughters of a Veteran. Contact any Officer of the Unit to join. Meetings are held every first Thursday of the month at the Post Hall Office. To contact Unit 29 see the list below.
Gloria G. Callahan (President) 893-8681
Marian Davidson (1st Vice) 893-5585
Diana Callahan (Treasurer) 893-9134
Installation of the Unit 29 Officers will be held will be held at the
July 16, 2014 Meeting and Social.
Click here to see the Unit 29 Web Page
Squadron 29, The Sons of the American Legion, is an organization of male children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of Legion members. The Squadron is in the process of restructuring, recruiting new members, and becoming a very strong organization through the efforts of the Son's Commander Tracy Connor and Adjutant Scott Weeks . Their first major project is the formation of a Post 29 Junior Baseball League. Please contact either of these two members of the Squadron membership committee, for information.
Tracy Connor cell phone is 337 335 8578.
Scott Weeks cell phone is 337-233-0443
Scott Weeks cell phone is 337-233-0443
Cane Cutters Baseball to host Veterans Appreciation Night see their page here
Two Videos that Are a tribute to you as A Veteran
Thank You For Your Service
Click here to watch your own video
Post 29 Sick Call
Members Golden Richard and Murphy Sellers, and Harold Davidson are on Sick Call.
REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN THE AMERICAN LEGION
EVERYONE MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF
DD 214 OR DISCHARGE.
Eligible veterans applying for first time membership must submit the following information to Post Membership Committee:
1. Complete American Legion Membership application by clicking on "APPLICATION" button.
Print two (2) completed copies. Keep one copy for your records. Mail the other copy to above address, together with your dues payment. (Dues amount on application). Applications are also available at the Post.)
2. COPY OF DD214 OR DISCHARGE
3. Membership Dues Payment. Dues. (Amount Shown on Application). Make checks payable to our Post listed above. DO NOT SEND CASH.
4. If the information is correct, membership will be approved and then a membership card will be mailed to you.
5. Please see eligibility dates below.
Veterans applying for transfers from your current Post to our Post must submit the following:
a. Completed Member Data Form.
b. COPY OF DD214 OR DISCHARGE
c. COPY OF MEMBERSHIP CARD
6. Membership dues payment, if current year dues are not paid. If current dues are paid, please pay dues for next year's membership.
MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILTY in the American Legion is based on honorable service with the U. S. Armed Forces between:
6, 1917 -November 11, 1918) World War I
(December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946) World War II
(June 25, 1950 - January 31, 1955) Korean War
(February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975) Vietnam War
(August 24, 1982 - July 31,1984) Lebanon/Grenada
(December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990) Operation Just Cause
(August 2, 1990 - Today)* Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm
Because eligibility dates remain open, all members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to join The American Legion at this time, until the date of the end of hostilities as determined by the government of the United States.
Must have served at least one day of active military duty during one of the dates below and honorably discharged or still serving honorably. :
To obtain a copy of your DD-214 please see our Veterans Service Officer
Notice Notice Notice Notice Notice
We will provide all Post correspondence in both printed and electronic versions in the future. This will save the Post money on postage . If you can receive newsletters and messages via the computer, please send your e-mail address.
Click Here for the Web Page of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 29
To Obtain Copies of your military Personnel File
It is possible to request copies of your Military records from this link and follow the directions
Post 29 invited the many Veterans from the local Parish Assisted Living facilities for a meal . Unknown to us was that other ceremonies had been scheduled at some of the facilities at the same time. This will become a yearly event and I intend to develop a roster of our Veterans in the Parish homes for A Wall of Honor on this page .
Some of our cooks- L to R Donald Domingue, Jeffery Cessac, Earl Fontenot, and Neal Horaist
Memorial Day 2015
Comrade Tom Rigsby conducts the Memorial Day Tribute to the Military buried in Graceland Cemetery. He has conducted this ceremony over the past several years.
Willie Hymel and Earl Fontenot honor our POW and MIA.
Above pictures courtesy of Marian Davidson
The Brown Bag Lunch was held recently in the Square in Abbeville. Here the hard working Post 29 crew prepares for the first customers. The event was a huge success.
Neil Horaist and Russell Leblanc
Photos courtesy of Gerald Gaspard
Post 29 Legion and Auxiliary Unit 29 members prepare for the Halloween Scare in the Square with candy galore and a popcorn machine to delight the children.
Part of the very large crowd of ghosts and goblins waiting for treats as night falls. Legion and Auxiliary members gave out a tub full of candy , 8 lbs of popcorn, and many American Flag stickers
This is another event that puts Post 29 and the American Legion in the public eye where the citizens learn about just who we are. Many thanks to the hard workers who worked on these two projects.
Photos courtesy of Gerald Gaspard.
Post 29 News
Abbeville Cattle Festival Parade
Every year Post 29 rides the Legion float boarding at 11:00 from the Super 1 parking lot.
Thanks to our wonderful sponsor Super 1 Foods.
The Beautiful Veterans Home in Jennings, Louisiana
From the web page of the Veterans Homes. Picture provided by VA
God Bless our military in their support of freedom all over the world
Click on the medal
to Visit the Louisiana Military Hall Of Fame and Museum Web Page http://www.operationhomefront.net/
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Click on the logo Above for a very special page
Stars & Stripes News
American Legion Department of Louisiana
The National American Legion Page
Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page
Veterans Benefits Page
The American Legion Auxiliary of Louisiana ( Third District)
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Page
The U.S. Army Homepage
The U.S. Marines Homepage
U.S. Air Force Homepage
U.S. Navy Homepage
Link to POW-MIA Page
This page updated 2-4-16
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