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


In Memory

Once again we have lost  another member of our Post.

Leslie D. Dickman

was a Life Member of the American Legion and a Vietnam Veteran
His burial will be out of state.
Post 29 sends our deepest sympathy to his loving  wife Rayette who was forever by his side during his long illness.



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:


Christmas Social 2019

The Post 29 Christmas Social was a wonderful event and very well attended.

Braiana Tomino became the youngest new member ever to join the ranks of Vermilion Post 29. As a High School Senior and only 18 years old she has already completed Basic Training with The US Army and is a National Guard member at this time. We are very proud to welcome Braiana  to Post 29.
On the left is her Sponsor, Sgt. at Arms Harry Callahan. Legionnaire Braiana Tomino,
and Commander Charles Dill.

Pictures compliments of Kristy Tomino

The Members of Post 29 and our guests were treated to a presentation by three exceptional young students  who participated in a contest at their school by writing an essay on their opinion of what the Pledge of Allegiance means to them.

I am encouraged for the future with  all four of these remarkable young people who were all given a Certificate of Appreciation.

First Place Winner in the sixth grade Coryn Glafcke




First place winner in Seventh Grade,   Braylon Thibodeaux

 First Place Winner in  Eighth Grade , Grace Henson


These members and guests enjoyed an excellent meal prepared by some very good chefs who donated their time and   the food supplies  used for the meal at zero cost to Post 29.

The Crew consisted of these fine people:

Chief Cook Chef Tommy Terrebonne
His son, Tate Terrebonne
Jason Roy
Chris Gautreaux
Kristy Hebert
Buddy White

Music of the season was provided at no cost to Post 29 by DJs  Lynn & Honey Vincent.

Thanks to everyone who made our Christmas Social so special.

The Veteran Family Food Drive December 17, 2019.

These members of Post 29 braved a temperature of 42 degrees and a wind of 22 mph to collect food to be distributed to needy veterans and their families next week.

Pictured are left to right:
Post 29 Chaplain Ken Taylor, Baseball Manager Dudley Broussard, Sgt. at Arms Harry Callahan, Service Officer Willie Hymel, Unit 29 President Gloria Callahan, Unit 29 Treasurer Diana Callahan, Food Drive Chairman Gerald Gaspard and Drive Co- Chair Kirby Dubois.

Present, but not pictured, Executive Committee Member Donald Domingue and Judge Advocate Thomas Thompson.

Future Schedule of Events


Post 29 Meeting schedule

January 13, 2020  Monthly Executive Meeting @ 4:30 PM in the Hall Office 

January 15, 2020   Post 29  Monthly Meeting .     The  meal  will be served beginning at  5:30   PM with the meeting beginning at 6:30 PM. 

Recent Events

 Vermilion Post 29 was the Grand Marshall of the 2019 Cattle Festival On Saturday October 12, 2019


Post 29 is a member of the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce


Installation of Officers 2019/2020

July 17, 2019

  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

And welcomes incoming Commander Charles Dill Jr.
Charles follows in the footsteps of his Father who was once
Commander of Post 29.

Officers Of Vermilion Post 29 for 2019/2020
Front row, L to R, Frank DeGraauw, Commander Squadron 29 Sons of the Legion, Charles Dill, Commander Post 29, Willie Hymel, Post Service Officer, Co-Chaplain Murphy Vincent, and Sgt at Arms Harry Callahan

Back Row LtoR Glenn Suire, 1st Vice Commander, Darryl Broussard, ECM, Donald Domingue, ECM, Michael Taylor 2nd Vice Commander, Robert J. Gaspard, Historian, Gerald Gaspard, Assisitant Finance Officer, Travis Callahan, Adjutant, Ken Taylor, Chaplain, Kirby Dubois, Finance Officer, and Thomas Thompson, Judge Advocate.

Not shown are Russell Leblanc and Elbert Dawson, Executive Committee Members.

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

Gerald Gaspard presents a certificate of appreciation to the City of Abbeville for their  support of Post 29. Accepting is Councilman at Large Francis Plaisance .

Entertainment was provided by our Friends the Envie Band.

The News


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

This 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 Vice Commander Glenn Suire takes part in the Abbeville Garden Club tribute
to the MIA at the War Memorial.

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.

May  27, 2019 The Bridge Re-dedication

 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.

The stage is set for the Memorial Service of the Bridge Re-dedication.
Thanks to Post 29 Assistant Finance Officer, Gerald Gaspard and his crew.

Gerald would like to thank a very special group of people. Off duty Firefighters volunteered to come to the hall and pick up chairs and then go to the square to set up the seating area.  They  then returned after the event to dismantle and return the chairs to the hall.

Eight Off Duty Policemen, also Veterans of the Military, were with us and provided security and support.

Post 29 really appreciates our Police and Fire Fighters. God Bless them in their choice to keep us safe.

Thanks to the National Guard members of the Honor Guard who provided  a dignified Posting and Retiring of our Precious American Flag for the event.

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.

The crowd begins to arrive for the memorial ceremony beneath the Beautiful Ancient Oaks.

Post 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 touching  ceremony.

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

Earlier from 2011 to 2018, Judge Perry was a Republican Member of the Louisiana State Senate for District 26 when he worked with Senator Fred Mills to pass Act 230 , SB Bill 88 which became law to re-dedicate the bridge in down town Abbeville. 

Others taking Part in the preparation and Celebration

Gerald Gaspard and Glenn Suire Officers of Post 29

Post 29 Judge Advocate Willie Hymel and wife Patty Hymel, and on the right Post 29 Finance Officer Kirby Dubois.

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

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 new Commander Frank DeGraauw .  

 Commander Frank DeGraauw

PO. Box 401

Abbeville, LA 70511



To inquire about the squadron please send Mail to :

Travis Callahan

Acting Adjutant Squadron 29

PO. Box 401

Abbeville, LA 70511


Click here to see the Squadron29 web page

Recent Events

Christmas Social 12-19-18

A good time was had by all at our Christmas social event.

The New Veterans Cemetery

Members of Post 29 and Auxiliary Unit 29 attended the groundbreaking of the new Veterans cemetery on the grounds of the  Southwest Louisiana Veterans Home.

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

Vermilion 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 Boy's State Chairman Gerald Gaspard with Clavern Joseph Adams

Post 29 Boy's State Chairman Gerald Gaspard with Garrette Paul Marceaux

News !

Post 29  celebrated 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

 To provide relative to state highways; to designate Louisiana Highway 352 (Henderson
 Highway) in St. Martin Parish as the "Pat Huval Memorial Highway"; to designate
 the Old Abbeville Bridge crossing the Vermilion River on Louisiana Highway 14
 East (Port Street) in Abbeville, Louisiana, in Vermilion Parish, as the "Vermilion
 Parish Veterans Memorial Bridge"; and to provide for related matters.
 Be it enacted by the Legislature of Louisiana:

 Section 1.  Louisiana Highway 352 (Henderson Highway) in St. Martin Parish is
 hereby designated as the "Pat Huval Memorial Highway".

 Section 2. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the Old Abbeville Bridge
 crossing the Vermilion River on Louisiana Highway 14 East (Port Street) between Louisiana
 Highway 335 (South Henry Street) and Main Street in Abbeville, Louisiana, in Vermilion
 Parish is hereby designated as the "Vermilion Parish Veterans Memorial Bridge".

 Section 3.(A)  The Department of Transportation and Development is hereby directed
 to erect and maintain appropriate signs of these designations provided local or private
 monies are received by the department equal to the department's actual costs for material,
 fabrication, mounting posts, and installation of each sign, not to exceed the sum of five
 hundred fifty dollars per sign.
ACT No. 230

  The Department of Transportation and Development is further hereby directed
  to include the following dedication, in letters large enough to be readily observable by the
 public, on the signs to be erected and maintained that designate the "Vermilion Parish

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.

Letters from Our Congressman to Commander Thompson

From: Congressman Clay Higgins <LA03CHima@mail.house.gov>
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2018 6:50 PM
To: thomas1949@cox.net
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.



Clay Higgins
Member of Congress



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.




Clay Higgins

Member of Congress




2018/2019 Vermilion Post 29 Officers Installation

Installing Officer and great friend of Post 29, Rudy Bourg, congratulates Thomas B. Thompson on being selected as Commander of Post 29 for another year.

Abbeville City Councilman Brady Broussard  and Reba Broussard purchase door prize tickets from Post 29 Sgt. at Arms Harry Callahan

Post 29 members , the late Jeffrey Cessac, seated,  and Judge Advocate Willie Hymel.
In the background is Post 29 member Jeffrey Harrington.

Post 29 Comrades left Leroy Clements, and Wasey Broussard,
right  front to back Dudley Broussard, and Jeffrey Cessac.

Post 29 members Harold Davidson and Eldis Sonnier share a joke.

in the background is Ms. Winnie Broussard, Post 271, the installing Officer for Unit  29.

Pictures courtesy of Charles Dill, 1st Vice Commander of Post 29.

 For your Information.
Veterans Affairs Services Office
407 Charity Street, Abbeville, Louisiana, 70510
Tue-Thu 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

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

Past Events

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

We are now proud that we are now   a 100 year old  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.


We are now collecting dues for 2020. Our renewals stand at 65% as of 10-20-19.

 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 2019 you are paid up for this year, but we are collecting dues for the new membership year which will begin on January 1, 2020.


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 16, 2018   Post Regular Monthly Meeting  

 These Officers were elected for 2019/2020

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

 Co-Chaplain Murphy Vincent

Chaplain Ken Taylor

Historian- Johnny Gaspard

Service Officer- Vanessa Melancon

Executive Committee

Timothy Green

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


Recent Post 29 Events

  99th Birthday Celebration March 21, 2018

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 is  held in December every year at the Super 1 Store in Abbeville.

We   distribute the donated food during the Christmas week  at the Hall Office.

Please watch this space for the exact date of the 2019 Food Drive.

Each year the Boy Scouts help with the food drive.

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

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 2019

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

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.

Sadly Post 29 lost Tommy Rigsby in 2019

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.


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 their record.


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


Please Pay your dues for 2020 . 


Unless your current membership card is for 2019 or 2020 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   

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 all 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




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, 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/


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  12-21-19


Click here to send mail to: Travis J. Callahan


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