American Legion Vermilion Post 29

3319 Veterans Memorial Drive, 

Mailing address PO Box 401

Abbeville, LA 70511

Post Telephone 337-893-5366 

Editor Travis J. Callahan



Seasons Greetings from Vermilion Post 29

  Notice From Commander Thompson


The American Legion Posts in southeast Texas have been hit hard by the flood waters of Hurricane Harvey.  Monetary donations are being handled through the Legion's National Emergency Fund.  Post 29 sent three pickup truck loads of supplies to East Texas.

Future Schedule of Events

March 19, 2018  Monthly Executive Meeting @ 4:30 PM in the Hall Office 

March 21, 2018  Post 29  Monthly Meeting  with social hour  and a meal  beginning at  5:30   PM and the meeting beginning at 6:30 PM.

This is the 99th Birthday Celebration of Post 29 and the American Legion

 Families are welcome 

Remember that the Post Birthday and the Installation of Officers are social events and spouses and families are invited.

MARCH 19, 2018                            MARCH 21, 2018

                                                       (POST BIRTHDAY)


APRIL 16, 2018                              APRIL 18, 2018 (nomination of Officers)



MAY 14, 2018                                 MAY 16, 2018

                                                       (OFFICERS ELEC.)


JUNE 18, 2018                                JUNE 20, 2018



                    JULY 16, 2018                                JULY 18, 2018  (Installation of Officers)


The  Vermilion Post 29 Home

Please Consider renting the Post 29 Home for your next event.

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

Hall Rental

 The  Legion Hall is located at 3319 Memorial Drive, Abbeville, Louisiana, next to the Louisiana National Guard Armory. 

The citizens of Abbeville  and Vermilion Parish are invited to utilize the Post 29 American Legion Hall as a great venue for their events.  Anyone interested in renting the Post 29 American Legion Hall should  call the number below.

Here is the Hall rental phone number:


Welcome to these new members of the Post 29 Family

Eldis Sonnier

Kenneth Taylor

Michael Taylor

Leroy Clements

Timothy Green

In Memory

Once again we have lost a member of our Post.

Alfred Thibodeaux Sr. was a 28 year member of Post 29 and a veteran of WWII.

Our condolences to his family and especially his Daughter, Joyce Perry, who made sure that Comrade Alfred Thibodeaux's dues were always up to date.

Click here for his obituary.

Boys & Girls State Banquet 2017

From the left, Marian Davidson Chairperson of the Unit 29 Girls State program, Sma Boudreaux , participant, Catherine Primeaux of the Abbeville Woman's Club, Melissa Kim, participant,
and Post 29 Commander Thomas Thompson.

Not present were participants  Gabrielle Clark and Anna Zaunbrecher

Unit 29  thanks our wonderful sponsors The Women's  Club of Abbeville, Zonta  Club of Lafayette, The Bank of Abbeville, and Gulf Coast Bank

Left to right: Boy's State Co-chair Willie Hymel, Timori Shipley,  Kanzi Spraggins,  Patty Hymel , sponsor,
Thomas Poche', Dominick Nunez, and Post 29 Commander, Thomas B. Thompson

Pictures courtesy of Charles Dill

The Commander's Corner

As 2018 begins the long road to 2019 and our 100th anniversary as an American Legion post, we have a lot to look forward to at Vermilion Post 29.  We have retired the debt incurred for the replacement and repairs to the buildings air conditioning system.  Other repairs are undertaken as necessary and affordable.  Rentals are consistent and generate a steady stream of income for the post.  And our investments are generating additional income.  The Post is actively engaged in our communities and continues to strive to improve the lives of our needy veterans.  However, this is not to say that more cannot be achieved.  One of the disheartening developments over the past few years has been the decline in membership attendance at our monthly meetings.  Without your input how can the leadership formulate and implement solid plans for the growth of the Post and our membership?   The simple answer is that we cannot.  So, I implore you to take time out each month, no more than a couple of hours, and meet with your fellow Legionnaires.  Let us move the Post forward!  As all of you know, Stine Lumber is closing its Abbeville store over the course of the next few weeks.  The Post maintained an account, with a 10% veteran’s discount, at Stine’s which will now be cancelled due to the store closure.  But we are not left without recourse.  We will be opening an account within the near future with Brasseux’s Hardware located at 300 South State Street, Abbeville.  Our purchases will be subject to a 15% discount.  Mr. Gerrod Brasseux has stated that this 15% discount will extend to all veterans.  Just be sure to have some identification that evidences your status as a veteran.        


Thomas B. Thompson

8505 River Road

Abbeville, LA 70501

337-893-8172 (home)

337-412-4545 (mobile) 

 The Adjutant's Report

Travis Callahan

P.O. Box 401

Abbeville, LA 70511

Notice 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 brings your Legion dues to $35.00 per year.

The 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 now has a new VA health Care facility and Lake Charles is scheduled for a new care facility in the future is a testament to the strength of the Legion.

Along those lines I need to report that our 2018 membership renewal stands at 82% with 19  members that have not renewed.

 Please keep Post 29 strong by paying your dues. Please attend our meetings, we need everyone. Government pays attention to numbers. We cannot help our needy veterans if we cannot get the attention of government.

If your membership card shows the year 2018 you are paid up for this year.


For God & Country,




Free Parking for Disabled Veterans

HB318 by Representative John A. Johnny Berthelot provides free parking for disabled veterans at all Louisiana airports. Act 213 was signed into law by Governor John Bel Edwards and went into effect on Aug. 1, 2017.


How to Access Free Parking for Disabled Veterans at Louisiana Airports

The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs has received numerous phone calls regarding the implementation of  Act 213. We have tracked the different requirements of each airport and compiled that data here: Airport Parking Packet.

We are happy to announce that, as of today, all Louisiana airports have implemented plans to honor free parking for disabled veterans.

This afternoon, the New Orleans website’s Parking Information posted the following: “The Airport has received FAA concurrence on its Disabled Veteran Parking Plan. In order to receive the free parking benefit, the Airport will require certain forms to be completed in advance of exiting the Airport’s parking facilities.”

The forms are still not available, but will be put online this week, according to the website. You can find more details here: FlyMSY



At the May 17, 2017   Post Regular Monthly Meeting  

 These Officers were elected for 2017/2018

Commander-Thomas Thompson

First Vice Commander- Charles Dill

Second Vice Commander- Glenn Suire

Adjutant - Travis Callahan

Judge Advocate- Willie Hymel

Finance Officer- Kirby Dubois

Assistant Finance Officer- Gerald Gaspard

Sgt. at Arms- Harry Callahan

Chaplain- Murphy Vincent

Historian- Johnny Gaspard

Service Officer- Vanessa Melancon

Executive Committee

Jeffery Cessac

Donald Domingue

Elbert Dawson

Russell LeBlanc


The Scheduled 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 in the Hall Office at 4:30  PM on the Monday before the Regular meeting  each month .

  Service Officer

 Vanessa J. Melancon  is the Post 29  Service Officer .
 Vanessa is a LDVA Veterans Assistance Counselor II and can be contacted via this new email  address.

and by phone at her office 337-262-5628

Sick Call 


 Comrade Karl Hollier   is in an  assisted living  facility  in Abbeville. 

Comrade Alfred J. Theriot is now going to MD Anderson Cancer Hospital in Houston for treatment.

There are  veterans in all of the health facilities in Abbeville, Kaplan, and Maurice. Just ask at the desk.

Recent Post 29 Events
  97th Birthday Celebration March 15, 2017

Vermilion Post 29 and the American Legion were founded in 1919.

Jerome Puyau , Superintendent of Vermilion Parish Schools, was our guest speaker. He gave a detailed and impressive report of the status of the local school system .

Post 29 sponsors and appreciates the Scouts

Jeffrey Cessac wins a door prize for his grandchild

Maggie Callahan wins a door prize

Family Day at the Southwest Louisiana Veterans Home
May 6, 2017

  Vermilion Post 29 Legionnaires and Unit 29 Ladies attended the Family Day celebration at the beautiful Southwest Louisiana Veterans Home. The staff told me that 152 people had signed in and families and their vets were visiting all over the grounds. Here in the courtyard a petting zoo had been set up and the residents enjoyed the pets and the kids.

This is the finest Veterans Home I have ever visited and I have visited in several states. A close family friend of mine is in an Oklahoma VA Home which is a fine facility.

The Jennings Facility is clean beyond the norm. Post 29 is encouraging our members to go and spend some time just saying hello to the men and women who live here. Commander Thompson and other members have brought books for the residents.
We will soon plan a group visit.

Recently Post 29 was recently recognized in the Abbeville Meridional Newspaper when Commander Thomas Thompson and Assistant Finance Officer Gerald Gaspard presented a check in the amount of $500.00 to the Vermilion Council on Aging as part of the recent Post 29 Food Drive. Accepting the donation were Council representatives Mike Madona, Shirley Arceneaux, and Sue Matthews.
Picture for the presentation is not available at this time.

Post 29 continues our mission of service to Veterans and our Community.

Click the links below for Testimonials to the Service of Post 29 to the Community

  Christian Service Center thanks Post 29

Louisiana Department of Veterans Home Thanks Post 29

Food Drive for Needy Veterans

The Post 29 Food Drive for Needy Veterans was  held on December 17, 2016
at the Super 1 Store in Abbeville.

We   distributed the donated food on December 20, 2017 at the Hall Office.

The Boy Scouts sponsored by Post 29 got an early start and have conducted their portion of the drive. They have been very successful. They spent two days  at three Erath businesses and I am posting the pictures they provided.

Some of the participants and their adult helpers

Post 29 Boy Scout food donation 2016

Post 29 Boy Scout cash  donation 2016

The Drive at Super 1 Foods of Abbeville, LA

Preparing to start the 2016 Veterans Family Food Drive at Super 1 Foods
Thanks again to our fabulous Sponsor and store manager Todd Labit

Cash donations are always recorded

Thanks to our wonderful contributors

Even the very little ones took part in our drive

Thanks to everyone who took part in our drive. You made Christmas brighter for our needy veterans.

Veterans Breakfast at the Hall

Veterans gathered at the Post Hall for a meal together and to celebrate Veterans Day 2016.

Commander Thomas Thompson with Martha Grant and her assistant Kim Riche. They are with Acadian Hospice and Pallative Care in Lafayette. Ms. Grant spoke to the assembled veterans about the services provided to veterans and how they could help as volunteers in the Veterans to Veterans Program.

If you would like to help, contact Martha Grant @337-500-1763

Post 29 Scare on the Square 2016

Once again Post 29 treated the Goblins to popcorn and candy



Vermilion Post 29 is made up of many people, with many talents, and each is a patriot. It is a wonderful feeling to be in a room full of people with all the same mindset, to be a good American. As we do all the things we can do to make the world a better place, we must never forget those that served before us, and those to surely come after us. Our mission is to serve our community and our veterans never leaving behind one of our people.

Travis J. Callahan



On September 21, 2016 Vermilion Post 29 & Auxiliary Unit 29  held the yearly Banquet to honor our Boy's and Girl's State attendees and the Post 29 Legion Baseball team.

Girl's State Attendees

  Joy Christina Spraggins, sponsored by Bank of Abbeville  and Light House Christian Preparatory School

Mary Grace Heying sponsored by Abbeville Rotary Club

Micole Jones, sponsored by  Marilyn Hargrave on the left and Vermilion Unit 29 represented by Unit President Gloria Callahan on the right. In the background is Girls State Chairperson Marian Davidson

Sponsor Rose Hagood , Girl's State Chair person Marian Davidson, and sponsor Catherine Primeaux

Also attending but not present were:
 Taylor Marie Abshire,   sponsored by The  Woman's Club of Abbeville
Rebekah Ann Bourgeois sponsored by her mother,  Jobeth Bourgeois,  
and Sarah Claire Daily sponsored by her parents Randy and Jodie Daily 


Post 29 Judge Advocate Willie Hymel awards Boy's State attendee Alex Keith Bedwell with his certificate

  Vermilion  Catholic High School and   Sponsored by The  Rotary Club of Abbeville 

Post 29 Judge Advocate Willie Hymel awards Boy's State attendee Javen Isaac Bolden with his certificate

   Light House Christian Prepatory School and   Sponsor Fred Hoyt


Attended Boy's State but not present tonight

Grant Broussard,    Vermilion Catholic High School ,  Sponsor   Terry Landry State Farm Ins.

Oliver Link Hebert,  Vermilion Catholic High School,  Sponsor    Patricia Guckeen

Patricia Guckeen, sponsor of Oliver Link Hebert.

American Legion Baseball 2016

Dudley Broussard  with a plaque for Post 29 Baseball. The inscription reads:

Senior American Legion Baseball
Southwest Division Champions
Abbeville Post 29
Gulf Coast Bank & Trust

Memorial Day 2016

May 30, 2016 was a great day for the Abbeville area as monuments to our veterans were installed at four  locations.

Comrade Tommy Rigsby conducted a beautiful ceremony at Graceland Cemetery in Abbeville where a memorial to the POW/MIA was unveiled.

Then the group drove to the Veterans Memorial in downtown Abbeville 

and unveiled these two tributes .

Many thanks to the Abbeville Garden Club, Tom Rigsby of Vietnam Post 3798, the City of Abbeville, and Vermilion Post 29 in the joint venture to honor our Veterans and their families.

The group then drove to the Military Hall of Fame Museum where two addition memorials were dedicated within the building. 

The group then moved to  the National Guard Armory where a Roadside Monument, dedicating  that  portion of Highway 14/Veterans Memorial Parkway as a Blue Star Highway, was unveiled.

Happy Birthday Vermilion Post 29

The 97th  Birthday of Vermilion Post 29 and the American Legion was celebrated on March 16, 2016 at the Post Hall.

Commander Thompson presents the 2016  Vermilion Post 29  Citizen of the Year Award to Charlene Beckett for outstanding service to our community.

 Commander Thompson receiving, on behalf of Vermilion Post 29, the Community Partner Award from Janice Meaux, Secretary of Chapter 007 of the  Woodmen of the World.


In Memory of my friend Farrell James Vice of Abbeville, LA

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.


Here is a special tribute to the men and woman who served in Vietnam.

Past News


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 Commander and Area F Commander, Thomas B. Thompson, 

and District  3 Vice Commander Rudy Bourg

Post 29 Member and Service Officer, Vanessa Melancon  explains  the services available for all veterans  through the Veterans Administration.

A fine meal was enjoyed by all


Past Events of Post 29

May 30, 2016 Members of Post 29 and Unit 29 participated in several dedications of memorials to the POW/MIA and a  Blue Star memorial at the Military Museum and on  Highway 14 at the Armory.


Please Pay your dues for 2017 . 

Everyone with membership cards with 2016 were  current members but that membership ended  on January 1, 2017.

Unless your membership card is for 2017 then you are already expired.


The 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   

Preamble to the Constitution


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.

Happy Birthday


The Legionnaires of American Legion Vermilion Post 29 and the Ladies of Unit 29 

  held an American Legion Birthday Celebration on Wednesday, March 16, 2016.

 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-seven 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





Cub Scout Troop 323 Banquet 2015




Click on the News  for a Letter of Congratulations from Senator  Jonathan Perry On the 2015 Food Drive



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.


New Century Club Formation
In 3 years Post 29 will celebrate its 100th year since the charter was issued in 1919. We are planning a very large ceremony to commemorate this milestone. With age comes wisdom, but in the case of our Post Hall, age also requires more maintenance. It has been decided to 
initiate The Post 29 Century Club for Building Maintenance.

As editor, I want to explain and lead the charge on this very worthwhile project.

All members who can afford to do so can donate $100.00 to the Post 29 Century Club. All donations will be announced in the local newspaper on a monthly basis. At our Celebration in four years, a Donor's Plaque will be unveiled in a prominent and permanent location on the Post 29 Hall wall.

 It would be possible to donate more than $100.00, during the next five years and the breakdown would be as follows:
Century Club Members have donated $100.00 (can be individuals or corporate sponsors)

The Millennium Club members have donated $1,000.00 either as a one-time gift or as an accumulated amount. The Post 29 Finance Committee will be overseeing this project.

Many people assume that payment of their dues provides money for Post 29 operation, but the amount of the dues returned to the Post is only $5.50, which only helps  pay postage and printing costs during the year. Funds to operate Post 29 come only from Hall Rental.  Due to several factors we must be very selective of who rents the hall .

So I ask that you join me as I make my $100.00 donation today. For the past 97 years others have worked very hard to assure that we Veterans are not forgotten and that we have a decent place to meet.



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

Click here to see the Unit 29 Web Page

Son's of The American Legion Squadron 29

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


Click here to see the Squadron29 web page 

Two Videos that Are a tribute to you as A Veteran

Thank You For Your Service


Click here to watch your own video




How To Join The Legion





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.)


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.
                                 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:

(April 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. :

Click here to  download and print the two page application form

By U.S. Tax Law we  need a copy of your DD-214 to prove you are an eligible member of the American Legion

To obtain a copy of your DD-214 please see our  Veterans Service Officer


Editors Note:

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.   

Travis Callahan






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


Thanks To Our Cooks who give so freely of their time


Some of our cooks- L to R Donald Domingue, Jeffery Cessac, Earl Fontenot, and Neal Horaist
not pictured is Ronald Leblanc.







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/


Special Legion Links 

Click to open each page 


Click on the logo Above for a very special page

 Stars & Stripes News


Operation  Homefront

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

Trace Atkins  





 Link to POW-MIA Page                                                           


This page updated 1-15-18


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