American Legion Vermilion Post 29
Mailing address PO Box 401
Abbeville, LA 70511
Post Telephone 337-893-5366
Editor Travis J. Callahan
Once again we have lost another member of our Post.
Charles Ragland Godchaux
December 27, 1930-July 10, 2019
70 year member of Post 29
Click here to see his obituary
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:
Future Schedule of Events
September 16, 2019 Monthly Executive Meeting @ 4:30 PM in the Hall OfficeSeptember 18, 2019 Post 29 Monthly Meeting . The meal will be served beginning at 5:30 PM with the meeting beginning at 6:30 PM.
A Letter From A Friend
Post 29 is a member of the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce
Installation of Officers 2019/2020
Post 29 began its 100th year with the installation of new post officers.
Rudy Bourg, installing officer, thanks outgoing Commander Thomas Thompson for his years of service to Post 29
Assistant Finance Officer Gerald Gaspard thanks Super One Foods of Abbeville
for their great sponsorship of Post 29.
Accepting a Certificate of Appreciation is Store Manager Shane Judice
Gaspard presents a certificate of appreciation to the City of Abbeville
for their support of Post 29. Accepting is Councilman at Large
Francis Plaisance .
On January 29, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sitting en band, rendered it’s decision in the case of Alfred Procopio, Jr. v. Robert Wilkie, Sec. of Veterans Affairs, Appeal No. 2017-1821. Mr. Procopio served aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid from 1964 to 1967. In July 1966 the Intrepid operated in waters offshore the Republic of Vietnam, including Vietnam’s territorial waters. Mr. Procopio sought service connected disability for diabetes and probate cancer. His claims were denied and the denial affirmed by the lower appellate courts. However Federal Circuit reversed the lower court.
The issue was whether the territorial waters of the Republic of Vietnam were intended by Congress when it included “service in the Republic of Vietnam” within the provisions of 38 USC Sec. 1166. Section 1166 granted to service personnel who served in the Republic of Vietnam a presumption of service connectivity. The VA regulations required “a foot on the ground” before the presumption attached. The VA regulation effectively excluded “blue water sailors” from Section 1166’s presumptions.
Rejecting the agency’s regulatory interpretation, the Federal Circuit concluded that “Congress has spoken directly to the question of whether those who served in the 12 nautical mile territorial sea of the ‘Republic of Vietnam’ are entitled to [Section] 1166’s presumption if they meet the section’s other requirements. They are.” Mr. Procopio was entitled to a presumption of service connection for his prostate cancer and diabetes.
Post 29 Birthday Celebration March 20, 2019
year, on March 2, 2019 Post 29 celebrated the 100th year since it was chartered by
WW1 veterans from Vermilion Parish. This was the same year that the
American Legion was founded.
The Garden Club Tribute to Gold Star Mothers
May 27, 2019
Post 29 Commander Thomas B. Thompson takes part in the Abbeville Garden Club Tribute
to Gold Star Mothers and Families.
Pictures compliments of Michael Taylor, Service Officer of Post 29.
The re-dedication of the downtown
bridge to all the Military men of Vermilion Parish who lost their lives in War to
maintain the freedom of our Great Country.
The Ceremony conducted by Vermilion Post 29 was held at Magdalene Square in downtown Abbeville at 2:00 PM.
The bridge had been previously dedicated to those military men who died in World War I. The metal shortage of WWII required the removal of the brass markers for the war effort.
Today the bridge has new plaques showing the dedication to the Citizen Soldiers of Vermilion Parish lost in all wars and conflicts.
Old Glory hanging high over our event.
Thanks to The Abbeville Fire Department, very strong supporters of Post 29 and the City of Abbeville
With us on this special day is a very special man. Hartwell Champagne in the foreground and second from the right is a survivor of three
years in a Chinese Prisoner of War Camp during the Korean War.
29 Service Officer Michael Taylor reads from the very long list
of those Vermilion Citizen Soldiers lost in all wars . The
reading of the names was done by several members of Post 29 with a
ringing of the Ships Bell with each name. A very dignified and
On the left Karen Hoyt , Abbeville Garden Club and on the right City Councilman Francis Plaisance
The Three men most responsible for the new Memorial,
Left to Right, Post 29 Commander Thomas B. Thompson, Johnathon Perry, District 4F Judge on the Louisiana Court of Appeals,
and Fred Hoyt, Former State Senator and Local Business man
Others taking Part in the preparation and Celebration
Gerald Gaspard and Glenn Suire Officers of Post 29
The New Memorial Plaques in place.
Left to right Gerald Gaspard Post 29, Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza, Post 29 Commander Thomas B. Thompson, Charles Dill Post 29 1st Vice Commander, and Abbeville City Councilman Francis Plaisance.
Picture courtesy of Elaine Dill.
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
Diana Callahan (Treasurer) 893-9134
Click here to see the Unit 29 Web Page
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 new Commander Frank DeGraauw .
Commander Frank DeGraauw
PO. Box 401
Abbeville, LA 70511
To inquire about the squadron please send Mail to :
Acting Adjutant Squadron 29
PO. Box 401
Abbeville, LA 70511
Christmas Social 12-19-18
A good time was had by all at our Christmas social event.
The New Veterans Cemetery
of Post 29 and Auxiliary Unit 29 attended the groundbreaking of the new
Veterans cemetery on the grounds of the Southwest Louisiana
People begin gathering for the ceremony which soon filled the large seating area.
The Governor takes part in the groundbreaking.
Girl's and Boy's State
Post 29 and it's Auxiliary, Unit 29, hosted an Appreciation
banquet for the young citizens of Vermilion Parish who participated in
the recent Girls and Boys State Programs.
We at Post 29 are very aware that these participants may very well lead our communities and country in the years to come. They are our hope for the future .
Abbeville High Girl's State Participants
Unit 29 Girls' State Chairperson Marian Davidson introduces the Girls State Participants
L to R Guidance Counselor Lyndelle Theriot, Pamela Le, Morgan Trahan, Drema Bares , and Nina Tran
Abbeville High students and parents donated the funds so these young ladies could attend.
Erath High Girl's State Participant
Alaina Nicole Callahan and her sponsor and Grandmother, Unit 29 President Gloria Callahan
Lighthouse Christian Preparatory School Girls State Participant
Aleah Perro, sponsored by the Abbeville Rotary Club, was unable to attend the Banquet.
Boy's State Participants
Post 29 will celebrate its one hundredth birthday in 2019. Post 29 was founded in the same year that the American Legion was founded and is one of the oldest American Legion Posts in the Country.
Post 29 Historian Robert "Johnny" Gaspard and his committee set about planning for the Birthday celebration and on a special project to designate the Old Highway 14 Bridge in downtown Abbeville as a Veterans Memorial Bridge.
The Bridge had been so designated many years ago .When World War II caused a shortage of metal the brass plaques were removed and utilized in construction of military equipment for the war effort.
Historian Gaspard and his Committee petitioned the State of Louisiana to re-designate the bridge as a Veterans Memorial Bridge in 2019.
Recently Historian Gaspard received word that this has been approved.
2018 Regular Session ENROLLED
Letters from Our Congressman to Commander Thompson
Congressman Clay Higgins <LA03CHima@mail.house.gov>
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2018 6:50 PM
Subject: Hurricane Preparedness Information
Dear Mr. Thompson,
As we enter the 2018 hurricane season, I would like to provide you with information regarding the resources available to you and your family in the event of a hurricane or tropical storm.
As you may know, the 2018 hurricane season began on June 1, 2018, and lasts until November 30, 2018. During this time, it is critical for Louisianians to ensure their homes and businesses are prepared in the event of a severe storm. This includes securing windows and outdoor belongings, ensuring all personal documents are recorded and kept in an accessible location, and having adequate food, water, and other survival supplies. Additionally, it is important to be prepared if the need to evacuate arises. Ensuring your automobile is fully fueled, knowing evacuation routes, and having an organized go-bag of disaster supplies and other important items can save the lives of you and your family. Planning ahead and being prepared for any circumstance will ensure that your family, your home, and your workplace remain safe and secure.
After a storm has come and gone, it is important to understand what resources are available to you, your family, or your business through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Please visit https://clayhiggins.house.gov/hurricane-prep for additional preparation tips, local contacts organized by parish, links to road closure and weather alerts, and information regarding the resources available to you following a storm through FEMA and SBA. Additionally, I encourage you to follow me on Facebook, where I will provide updates regarding sandbag locations and other important information should we face any severe storms this hurricane season.
It is an honor to serve you in Congress. Your suggestions are always welcome. Please do not hesitate to contact me at https://clayhiggins.house.gov/. Should your or your family need assistance with a federal agency in the wake of a disaster or otherwise, please contact my Lafayette office at 337-703-6105, or my Lake Charles office at 337-656-2833.
Given our shared support for American veterans, I would like to update you on my recent work in the U.S. House of Representatives to strengthen the services available to those who served our country.
As a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and a veteran myself, I believe that all veterans deserve access to their rightfully earned benefits and will continue to actively work to eliminate bureaucratic hurdles at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 5674, the Veterans Affairs Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (VA MISSION) Act of 2018. This legislation consolidates several VA community care and choice programs, provides veterans with the freedom to choose their doctor, expands the post-9/11 veterans caregiver program to include veterans of all generations, and creates an Asset and Infrastructure Review (AIR) process to ensure that VA facilities are best serving veterans. The VA MISSION Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives with my strong support on May 23, 2018.
Additionally, you may be interested to know that the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3997, the Free Veterans from Fees Act, on June 5, 2018. This simple legislation would waive the application fee for certain permits for a veterans demonstration or special event at war memorials on federal land. It is important that we continue to honor American veterans for their service and sacrifice, and allowing greater access to federal facilities is a simple and fair way of doing so. Please be assured that I will continue to support improvements to the VA and will continue to honor veterans in the U.S. House of Representatives.
As the House Veterans Affairs Committee continues to work to improve its services and eliminate unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles for veterans seeking their earned benefits, please know that I remain committed to supporting the needs of today's veteran population. If you would like more information on my work in Congress to serve America's veterans, please visit clayhiggins.house.gov/issues/veterans. Additionally, should you or your family ever need help with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, please call my Lafayette office at 337-703-6105, or my Lake Charles office at 337-656-2833. It is an honor to serve you in Congress. Your suggestions are always welcome, and please do not hesitate to contact me at clayhiggins.house.gov.
Member of Congress
Welcome to these new members of the Post 29 Family
The Military Museum located on the Abbeville Chris Crusta Airport needs your service history and those of your family members.The information is printable. After viewing close the page to return to the Post 29 Home Page
Click here for details
Boys & Girls State Banquet 2017
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
P.O. Box 401
Abbeville, LA 70511
Notice to our
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
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,
At the May 16, 2018 Post Regular Monthly Meeting
These Officers were elected for 2018/2019
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
Co- Chaplain Ken Taylor
Historian- Johnny Gaspard
Service Officer- Vanessa Melancon
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
of the Executive Committee is held in the Hall Office at
4:30 PM on the Monday before the Regular meeting
each month .
Drive for Needy Veterans
29 Food Drive for Needy Veterans was held on December
17, 2017at the Super 1 Store in Abbeville.
distributed the donated food on December 20, 2017 at the
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.
the participants and their adult helpers
Boy Scout food donation 2016
Veterans Breakfast at the Hall
Veterans gathered at the Post Hall for a meal together and to celebrate Veterans Day 2016.
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 2018
Once again Post 29 treated the Goblins to popcorn and candy
Memorial Day 2017
May 30, 2017 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.
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 their record.
Please Pay your dues for 2019 .
Unless your current membership card is for 2018 or 2019 then you are 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
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.
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.
Two Videos that Are a tribute to you as A Veteran
Thank You For Your Service
Click here to watch your own video
REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN THE AMERICAN LEGION
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:
(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. :
To obtain a copy of your DD-214 please see our Veterans Service Officer
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.
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
Some of our
cooks- L to R Donald Domingue, the late Jeffery Cessac, the late Earl
Fontenot, and Neal Horaist
not pictured is Ronald Leblanc and Russel 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/
Click to open each page
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 8-22-19
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