Upcoming April Events

7th Annual Operation: Hire A Hoosier Vet Career Fair

April 10 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds – Indiana’s largest military and veteran focused career fair is back bigger than ever. Job seekers come prepared to find your next job… and employers be prepared to be blown away by the experience and skills an veteran can bring to your company. Registration is HIGHLY encouraged for both veterans and employers.  [mantra-button-color url=”http://www.legionpost360.org/ai1ec_event/7th-annual-operation-hire-a-hoosier-vet-career-fair/?instance_id=” color=”#47AFFF”]See Event[/mantra-button-color]

Wartorn: 1861-2010 (Shining Light Film Festival Screening)

April 12 at the IUPUI Campus Center Klipsch Theater – Civil War doctors called it hysteria, melancholia and insanity. During the First World War it was known as shell-shock. By World War II, it became combat fatigue. Today, it is clinically known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a crippling anxiety that results from exposure to life-threatening situations such as combat.  With suicide rates among active military servicemen and veterans currently on the rise, the HBO special WARTORN 1861-2010 brings urgent attention to the invisible wounds of war.  [mantra-button-color url=”http://www.legionpost360.org/ai1ec_event/wartorn-1861-2010-shining-light-film-festival-screening/?instance_id=” color=”#47AFFF”]See Event[/mantra-button-color]

Post 360 featured on American Legion website

Andy Romey, Assistant Editor of the Magazine Division, wrote a story about our Post from interviews with some of our members.  It’s currently up on The American Legion national website.

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Photographer Tom Strattman took some photos at our Post Birthday Celebration at HVAF. In the photo is Sandra Tinch, Past District 11 Commander Rich Brown, Post Adjutant Eric Thomas, and Post Member Jose Sandoval.

Veterans Day Appreciation

Below is a list of businesses that offer free or discounted goods or services on or around Veterans Day for Veterans and Active Duty personnel.

  • Applebee’s – free meal, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012: Last year, Applebee’s served over one million free meals to military veterans and active servicemembers. Applebee’s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. There will be 7 entrées to choose from, beverage and gratuity not included. Military ID or proof of service required. More.
  • Bar Louie, Free meal on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. 2012. Active duty military members and veterans can receive a free meal, up to $10 in value, and a free non-alcoholic beverage. Available at all locations, military ID or proof of service is required (source). Find a location near you.
  • BD’s Mongolian Grill, Nov. 5-11, 2012. 1/2 off Stir-fry with valid military ID. Only at participating locations. Find the location nearest you.
  • California Pizza Kitchen, Nov. 11-12, 2012. Free meal and non-alcoholic beverage for veterans and active military with valid ID or proof of service. Find a location near you.
  • Champps Americana, Nov. 11, 2012. We’re celebrating our Veterans with an All American Meal! All Veterans and Active Military will receive a free burger. Proof of service required. Offer not valid for the Pepperjack Bacon Stack Burger or Kobe Burger. Dine in only, valid at participating locations. More info, Find a location near you.
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise, Nov. 12, 2012. Free meal from select menu with military ID or proof of service. Beverages and gratuity not included. Find a location near you.

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Veterans Week at IUPUI, Veterans Day Parade, and Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day

Next week is a busy week for events!

Veterans Week at IUPUI


Veteran Day Recognition Events

Saturday November 10th, 2012 – 10:30a on the North Steps of the Indiana War Memorial begins the festivities.  See our event here for more details.


Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day: Healing through the Humanities

Sunday November 11th, 2012 – 12:00pm-5:00pm at the Indiana War Memorial

Full event details here… below is a bit about one of the artists that will be there and is involved in Veterans week at IUPUI as well.

Artist and Marine veteran Ehren Tool reconciles through clay

Ehren Tool, visiting lecturer and studio technician at the University of California Berkeley, was totally fine when he returned from service as a Marine veteran of Desert Storm in 2001. He didn’t want to talk about it, and he especially didn’t feel the need to be around other veterans.

Over time, he said, the callow civilian translation of the unspeakable acts of war—“of my uniform and my gas mask turned into video games”—began to bug him. Like a healed-over sliver of glass, something was itching to get out.

Tool had not had an art class since high school, but he was pulled toward art, clay in particular. “Ceramics is a perfect medium to talk about war,” he said. “It’s of an appropriate scale, a very personal thing. Ceramics is hand to hand. You push your finger in, it makes the mark. You pull a trigger with your finger. The transformation of clay by fire, in human terms, is forever. You shoot somebody, it’s forever.”

Tool will speak at two public events during his time as a visiting artist at Herron School of Art and Design.

In conjunction with the Spirit and Place Festival, on Sunday, Nov. 11, he will be a part of “Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day: Healing through the Humanities” along with students from Herron’s first cohort of art therapy master’s degree candidates and Director of Art Therapy Juliet King. A panel discussion begins at 1:45 p.m. at the Indiana War Memorial, and Tool will be on site to create cups in response to the day’s events. These works will be shown in subsequent exhibits at the IUPUI Campus Center and in Herron’s Eskenazi Fine Arts Center. To register for this event, go to http://www.spiritandplace.org/Festival.aspx?access=Details&Year=2012&EventScheduleID=647.

Since 2001, Tool has made 14,000 cups. “The cups make a place to have a conversation,” he said, a vessel for filling, and for emptying. The cups contain images for those who have experienced war, and for those who can never really know what it is like.

On November 14, Tool will speak at Herron in the Basile Auditorium of Eskenazi Hall at 6:00 p.m.

The art Tool makes began as a catharsis of his war experiences and “overlaps with guys coming back now,” he said. “War is unlike anything else. You come back a bad man, or not bad enough, so it’s always good to talk to a fellow vet. War is a really dark space and it can be hard to leave it. If my talks help anyone else, it’s icing.”

September Membership Meeting

Good Evening, Fellow Legionnaires,

American Legion University Veterans Post 360 held its September Membership Meeting this morning at Legion Post 34 in Broad Ripple. Members present discussed a number of issues and matters of interest to the Post.


LEADERSHIP: Among the topics discussed was a realignment of leadership positions in accordance with changing member schedules and availability. Nominations were received and voted upon. The Post leadership roster going forward is as follows (* indicates new position):

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Two New Events for May

The first event is the SVO Shooting Range Trip organized by Post360 Judge Advocate (and SVO newest President), Juan Trejo. It is this coming Saturday, May 5th.  You don’t have to own a firearm to participate, so check out the link to get the scoop!


The second event is scheduled for May 19th and it will be at Eagle Creek Park.  It’s the SVO Orienteering Trip organized by Post360 Finance Officer, Todd Ancher.  This will be a family friendly, fun event that will be guided by Indiana Crossroads Orienteering.  It’s a no-cost event, more details at the calendar link.