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


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 at 6:00 PM on the third Monday of each month .


Future Schedule of Events

Vermilion Call to Action 2016

April 1, 2016 - April 30, 2016

The Vermilion Parish Police Jury, City of Abbeville, Town of Delcambre, Town of Erath, Town of Gueydan, City of Kaplan, Village of Maurice, National Guard and Vermilion Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to give concerned citizens of Vermilion Parish the opportunity to help Louisiana Flood Victims with their recovery.


The partners in this project have coordinated a way to help those in need as our community was helped after Hurricanes Rita and Ike. Our community remembers the assistance received and now you have the opportunity to pay it forward.


Calling You to Action—On the attached flyer is a list of the most requested items needed for recovery. You can help by dropping off the listed items at any of the locations identified on the flyer. The National Guard will store and transport the items to impacted areas. 


The Vermilion Call to Action! 2016 Louisiana Flood Relief program will run through the entire month of April.


Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VermilionCalltoAction2016LousianaFloodRelief/?fref=ts


Lynn Guillory

Executive Director

Vermilion Chamber of Commerce


337-893-1807 (fax)


About the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce

Established in 1920, the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce’s (formerly known as Greater Abbeville-Vermilion Chamber of Commerce) mission is to “create a positive business and community environment” The chamber was recognized as the Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executive’s 2011 Chamber of the Year (Small Chamber Category.) In 2009 the chamber was recognized by the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business as the Louisiana Business & Technology Center Mobile Classroom Community of the Year. For more, visit www.vermilionchamber.org.

April 20 , 2016   Post 29 Regular Monthly Meeting   

May 16, 2016    Post 29 Executive Committee Meeting at 4:30 PM

May 18. 2016  Post Regular Monthly Meeting and Election of Officers

This is the  nominated  slate of Officers for 2016/2017

Commander-Thomas Thompson

First Vice Commander- Charles Dill

Second Vice Commander- William McKee

Adjutant - Travis Callahan

Judge Advocate- Willie Hymel

Finance Officer- Kirby Dubois

Assistant Finance Officer- Gerald Gaspard

Sgt. at Arms- Earl Fontenot

Chaplain- Murphy Vincent

Historian- Johnny Gaspard

Service Officer- Glenn Suire

Executive Committee

Harry Callahan

Donald Domingue

Glenn Suire

Russell LeBlanc

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

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 Legionnaires of Vermilion Post 29 of the American Legion are pleased to announce new rental rates for the Post 29 American Legion Hall located at 3319 Memorial Drive, Abbeville, Louisiana, next to the Louisiana National Guard Armory.  Weekend rates for Friday, Saturday and Sunday will remain at $325.00 per twenty-four (24) hour period, or $400.00 per forty-eight (48) hour period with a $100.00 security and damage deposit.  

However, effective immediately, a special rate has been implemented for weekdays.  The hall may be rented between Monday and Thursday for up to six hours at the rate of $150.00 per six hour period with a $75.00 security and damage deposit.  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:


Happy Birthday Vermilion Post 29

The 91st 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

Sadly we have  lost   two  more
Post 29 Members.  Murphy "Red" Sellers had been a member of Vermilion Post 29 for 72 years.

Click here for his obituary

William McDavid
a Post 29 member for the past eleven years.


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.

The Latest News


The Commander's Corner

Fellow Legionnaires:

Just a reminder that the American Legion dues will increase to $35.00 per year beginning January 1, 2016.  Some of you have not paid for 2015 and some even have not paid their 2014 dues.  I encourage you to remit to our Post Adjutant, Travis Callahan, your 2016 dues before January 1, 2016.  If you have not paid your 2014 and 2015 dues, please remit those dues as well to the Adjutant.  Our Financial Officer, Gerald Gaspard, reported that Post’s participation in the Christmas parade went very well.  I commend those who were able to participate in the parade and showcase our Post.  The first planning meeting for the 2016 Vermilion Government Day was held on Friday, December 4, 2015.  Representatives from Legion posts and auxiliaries from Abbeville, Erath and Kaplan were in attendance.  Our post is the host post this year and we will spearhead preparations for the event.

 Finally, I would be remiss if I failed to mention two recent  events of the Post.  We conducted a Veteran's Food Drive at Super One on December 17, 2015.    The Post gathered food for some of the needy veteran families  of Vermilion parish, and   distributed  food to 45 needy homes on December 22, 2015. 

The  annual Christmas Social of Post 29 was a success again with food and fellowship in abundance.    

It is the season for peace on Earth and goodwill to all men and women. 

Merry Christmas.


For God and Country

 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 would bring 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 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

 Vanessa Tuttle is The Veteran's Service Officer in Abbeville and located at 407 Charity Street in the Large Building which also houses the Capital 1 Bank branch.    Vanessa, herself a Veteran, is a member of Post 29.  

Vanessa says, "My office in Abbeville is open 5 days a week from 8 to 4. Monday and Friday will be good days to drop by if y'all need anything".


She can provide you with a copy of your DD-214 which we need to prove you are an eligible member of the American Legion as per U.S. Tax law.

Vanessa can be contacted at her Abbeville office 337-893-2072
or by email   vjtuttle@gmail.com

Sick Call 

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.




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.

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  


Historian-- Charles Dill
Service Officer Vanessa Tuttle

Sgt. at Arms-- Earl Fontenot
Color Bearers, 
Harry Callahan
 Jeffery Cessac

Executive Committee

Johnny Gaspard, 
Russell LeBlanc,
 Donald Domingue
Harry 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.

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 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





Cub Scout Troop 323 Banquet 2015


Food Drive 2015 is a Success !

Another donation from a friend of the Veterans

Thanks to another contributer

And another of our many citizens who helped us with our food drive.

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

More Food

Sorting the donated food were Toby Akers, Beverly Gaspard, Gerald Gaspard, and Mickey Akers

Packaged non-perishable Food  to be delivered to  Saint Michael's Veterans Shelter

Packaged Frozen Poultry to be delivered to  Saint Michael's Shelter 

At Saint Michael's Veteran's Shelter L to R Chad Prejean case worker, Gerald Gaspard , Post 29,
 Paul Domingue, Director of St. Michael's Shelter and Post 29 Commander Thomas Thompson

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.

 Santa assists Auxiliary 3rd District President Marian Davidson, and Unit President Gloria Callahan, as they draw  names for door prizes.  
(Santa's comments censored)

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 4 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 95 years others have worked very hard to assure that we Veterans are not forgotten and that we have a decent place to meet.


Commander Thomas Thompson and 2nd Vice Commander William McKee Conduct the tribute to the POW and MIA of all wars.










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

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 

Cane Cutters Baseball to host Veterans Appreciation Night see their page here

Cane Cutters

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




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








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 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  4-19-16


Click here to send mail to: Travis J. Callahan



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