Indy Honor Flight Information

INDY HONOR FLIGHT

To All Veterans and Veteran Organizations:
Just wanted to let you know that another flight of 70 World War II Veterans went to Washington, DC on Saturday, September 6th.
There are two more flights scheduled from Indianapolis and one from Evansville, IN.
At the conclusion of each flight (except for Evansville) there will be a Welcome Home Celebration at Plainfield High School around 8:30 – 8:45 PM.
You are all encouraged to attend this Welcome Home…there are no fees or costs associated with this event. There’s plenty of parking, there will be padded bleacher seats to sit on, the Indianapolis 500 Gordon Pipers will be there to keep things lively, Major Ryan Core will be the Emcee and the Honored Guests will be 70 World War II Veterans who will have just returned from a special day during which they got to see their Memorial and some other sights, culminating with a stop at Arlington National Ceremony where they will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
As an aside, the ages of these men and women veterans range from 83 to 96, and they served all over the European and Pacific Theatres of War.
I guarantee you, if you can make it, it will be an experience you won’t soon forget.
Remember, Saturday…October 18th, November 8th …Plainfield High School…arrive between 8:00 and 8:30 PM and be prepared to cheer these veterans home.

Semper Fidelis
Mike Wukitsch
Indy Honor Flight Liaison
Department of Indiana
Marine Corps League

Indy Honor Flight

See our calendar entries for each homecoming:
September
October
November

Presentating at the 2013 Legion Membership Workshop

Past District Commander Rich Brown, Post Commander Kevin Mezger, and Post Adjutant Eric Thomas participated in a few sessions at the 2013 American Legion Membership Workshop in downtown Indianapolis early in August.  Here are the slides from the presentation.

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Indiana Legislative Successes this Year

 Many thanks to all the Legionnaires that helped get this legislation passed!

Senate Bill 115 Signing

Signing of Senate Bill 115 with Governor Pence

New laws reinforcing Indiana’s commitment to members of the armed forces and our veterans:

  • SEA 177 – Allows for veterans returning from duty out of state or overseas to qualify for in-state tuition at Indiana’s public colleges and universities.
  • SEA 115 – Creates the “combat to college” program, which will provide veterans attending state colleges and universities with centralized services specific to their needs.
  • SEA 564 – Expands state contracting opportunities for veteran-owned businesses.
  • SEA 290 – Gives those who have been medically trained in the military an easier transition into emergency medical professions after they return to civilian life.

Collection Drive and Cookout For Homeless Veterans

HVAF of Indiana, Inc.

Veterans@IUPUICOLLECTION DRIVE and COOKOUT FOR HOMELESS VETERANS  

Saturday, June 22, 5:30 pm
Hoosier Veterans Assistance     Foundation
964 N. Pennsylvania St.
(Parking across 10th Street)

The Veterans@IUPUI, IUPUI Legion Post 360, and VFP49 are hosting a drive to collect items for the homeless veterans served by the HVAF.

The items most needed include:

Food and Hygiene Items Clothing and Personal Items
Manual can openers
Canned meat (tuna, chicken, etc.)
Canned fruit and soups
Pasta and pasta sauce
Peanut butter
Crackers
Peanut butter
Spaghetti
Spaghetti sauce
Bottled sports drinks
Toothpaste
Deodorant
Shaving cream
Razors
Underwear (NEW!)
Boxers, briefs, undershirts
All types and all sizes
Bath towels
Wash cloths
Umbrellas
Ponchos
Twin sheet sets
Twin blankets
Pillows
Pillow cases

Please bring your donations to HVAF on June 22, and stay for a cookout!  This is a time to talk and share with veterans who have not been as fortunate as many of us.  If you cannot come to the cookout, please drop your donations off at HVAF beforehand or at the Office for Veterans & Military Personnel (CE 050).

 

Thank  you,

 IUPUI Office for Veterans & Military Personnel
420 University Blvd., CE 050
Indianapolis, IN 46202
317-278-9163
Fax: 317-278-6477
gibenefi@iupui.edu

http://www.veterans.iupui.edu

 

 

See the event on our calendar:  http://www.legionpost360.org/ai1ec_event/collection-drive-and-cookout-for-homeless-veterans

February Chili Dinner at HVAF

In February we planned a chili dinner at HVAF. It was a wonderful and PACKED event. Below are some of the highlights. Look for our next event in May/June, a Cook Out at HVAF.

Here are a few photos from the event:

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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]

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.

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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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