American Legion Vermilion Post 29
Mailing address PO Box 401
3319 Veterans Memorial Drive,
Abbeville, LA 70510
Post Telephone 337-893-5366 (recorder)
Editor Travis J. Callahan
Home Telephone 337-893-9134
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 Vermilion Post 29 Home
Humer L. Miller, a member of the American Legion for many years has left us.
Click here for his Obituary
have had many questions about renting the
hall. Here is the person to contact:
Willie Hymel 337-652-6300
Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month with a social hour from 5:30 PM till 6:30 PM with a meal at 6:30 and the meeting starting at 7:00 PM
A meeting of the Executive Committee is held at 6:00 PM on the third Monday of each month .
News for Veterans From Commander Thompson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2014
LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS SECRETARY LACERTE INVITES VETERANS TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH VA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AT TOWN HALL MEETINGS TO BE HELD IN AUGUST
The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) today announced an August schedule of town hall meetings with LDVA Secretary David LaCerte to be held across the state. The purpose of these meetings is to allow Louisiana Veterans to share experiences they have had with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system including VA clinics, hospitals, and mental health services.
"VA's new secretary Robert McDonald recently announced that all VA medical centers are required to host one town hall meeting in their community before the end of September ," says Secretary LaCerte. "As Secretary of LDVA and a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, I am pleased that VA officials are finally engaging Veterans in a two-way conversation. On the state level, I will continue to meet personally with Louisiana Veterans so that I can learn about the issues they are facing and will continue to push my federal counterparts to start giving Veterans the care they deserve."
Secretary LaCerte met previously with Veterans in Bossier City, Monroe, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lake Charles, Lafayette, Houma, Leesville, Alexandria, Colfax and Shreveport. Today's announcement extends the town hall meeting schedule into August in order to allow more Veterans to participate in their local area. Additional meetings for the month of September will be forthcoming.
LDVA will compile the information Veterans share at the town hall meetings and will share findings with local, state, and federal elected officials as well as key staff at VA in hopes of influencing positive change and increased transparency.
The August schedule of meetings is as follows:
The mission of LDVA is to provide comprehensive care and quality service to Louisiana’s veterans and families with regard to health care, education, disability benefits, long-term care and burial honors. For more information about LDVA programs and services or to find the LDVA parish service office nearest you, please call toll free 1-877-GEAUX-VA (1-877-432-8982) or visit www.vetaffairs.la.gov
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
aka The Grey Fox
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.
Cane Cutters Baseball to host Veterans Appreciation Night see their page here
Some people have asked that we spread this message among our members.
We feel that Veterans should get priority when applying for these jobs.
AT&T is Hiring Wire Technicians
It is a great time to be a part of the AT&T family. We are looking for highly motivated technicians to join our team. As a Wire Technician, you will install U-verse in homes in your area. These jobs come with competitive salaries, great benefits and the opportunity for advancement. You will receive valuable training and be provided with a company truck and tools to perform your job.
Some of the requirements are:
· The ability to lift 80 pounds.
· Possess a valid driver’s license and good driving record.
· The ability to work a flexible schedule; including evenings and weekends.
· Effectively communicate with customers.
If you are interested, you may apply online at www.att.jobs/InstallLouisiana.
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 are on Sick Call.
New Vets Service Officer
The May 21, 2014 Meeting was the annual election of officers.
This is the List of Newly Elected Officers:
Commander Thomas Thompson
First Vice Commander- Glenn Suire
2nd Vice Commander - William McKee
Finance Officer -Gerald Gaspard
Judge Advocate- Willie Hymel
Adjutant -Travis Callahan
Chaplain- Ray Hargrave
If your Membership card shows 2014 then your dues are paid till December 2014.
It is possible to Pay your dues for 2015 in advance since the membership cards for 2015 have arrived in the mail. Thanks to the 45% of our members who have renewed early.
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.
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. :
Click Here to request your military records free
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.
October 8, 2013
At Saint Michael's Shelter for Homeless Veterans
Post 29 Commander Willie Hymel Center presents a New American Flag compliments of The Abbeville Woodman of the World to the Director of the shelter, Jonathan Lizner.
The canopy was donated by American Legion Post 29 and the Lt. Paul Dronet Detachment of the Marine Corps League, Erath, Louisiana
Picrured are LtoR Thomas Thompson Post 29, Gerald Gaspard of Post 29, Commander Willie Hymel of Post 29 , Director Lizner, and Bill McKee of Post 29. Thompson, Hymel, and McKee are members of the Marine Corps League as well as members of Post 29.
2013 Boy's and Girl's State Participants
Picture compliments of Charles Dill
Members of Post 29 and The Marine Corp William McKee II and Gerald Gaspard fold the flag while Thomas Thompson explains the tradition.
This is the Approved American Legion Procedure
Comrade Jeffery Cessac is presented the Blue Cap Award 2013 by Commander Willie Hymel
( Picture compliments of Charles Dill)
Post 29 Participates in health fair
Picture Compliments of Marian Davidson
Linzer, Director of Saint Michael's Center for Homeless Veterans,
explains the operation of the center. Post 29 is partnered with
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.
The current newsletter will be on this page until it is replaced by a later issue . The URL will remain the same. We hope that you help us to reduce the amount of paper we generate and to save on the cost of postage by reading your newsletters and messages on this site. Please send black and white or color pictures that you find noteworthy and I will try to post them here. I am also wanting to post historical military pictures here. That feature alone is impossible on the printed version because a single color picture increases cost to print the newsletter by 300%
Click here for current Post 29 newsletter
Click on the image below to read and print our Post 29 Constitution and By Laws
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
Abbeville Post Office Renamed To Honor a Local Soldier
Sergeant Abshire was the most decorated Vermilion Parish Soldier from the Vietnam War
The Brothers and Sister of Sergeant Abshire and Congressman Boustany
Picture compliments of Marian Davidson
Congressman Charles Boustany sponsored and delivered the documents to Honor Sergeant Abshire from Washington , DC
The Youth of the Marine Corps proudly serving their country and in Abbeville to honor another hero.
Some of the members of Post 29 and Unit 29.
Picture compliments of Marian Davidson
Post 29 invited the Veterans from the local Parish Assisted Living facilities. 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 .
Are you a fan of the TV program Swamp People?
Perhaps you are unaware that Kristi Broussard is a member of Post 29.
Some of our cooks- L to R Donald Domingue, Jeffery Cessac, Earl Fontenot, and Neal Horaist
Memorial Day 2013
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 first 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
On October 13, 2012 Post 29 rode the Legion float boarding at 11:00 from the Super 1 parking lot.
Thanks to our wonderful sponsor Super 1 Foods.
Send your coming events news and schedules to the e-mail address at bottom of this page
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
Dates of future events to be determined and posted here.
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 August 1, 2014
Click here to send mail to: Travis J. Callahan