NV American Legion Post 76 - Spirit of Freedom

We serve the Western and Northwestern 
areas of Las Vegas, Nevada

Post 76 Las Vegas, NV, Nevada


ABOUT THIS POST

                                              CHARTER DATE: September 28, 1994

Post 76 was first Charted in 1994, and is one of  the many American legion post in Nevada. We are based in Las Vegas. Our meetings are generally held on the third Sunday of the month.


Welcome to the official website for American Legion Post 76 in Las Vegas, Nevada! The purpose of this site is to present information for local veterans [of all eras] and their families, along with information which can be of use to veterans around the U.S.  We will offer the ability to view our  newsletter online, list local and national resources, and list events that  Post 76 is involved with.


The links above will take you to the various partitions of this site. We will update information when appropriate and add more when we have more.  We intend this site to be easy to use, and full of useful or interesting facts.  Visit the pages in this site to see what help is available in Nevada, what events are upcoming in Las Vegas and around the country, and what the American Legion Post 76 is all about.


 

YOU’RE POST 76 OFFICERS


COMMANDER Joel Forman

Phone: (702) 360-5833

akan01@centurylink.net

1st VICE CMDR. Mike Percival Phone: (702) 534-1667

mgpercival7@gmail.com

2nd VICE CMDR. Jeffrey White

Phone: (702) 575-5305

jwhite140@cox.net

ADJUTANT Stephen Daugherty

Phone: (702) 445-7988

stevedaugh@aol.com

SERVICE OFFICERS Frank Timbers Phone: (702) 228-0889

frankt3755@gmail.com

Larry Eisenberg

Phone: (702) 528-2633

lveisman@yahoo.com

FINANCE OFFICER Stuart Cohen

Phone: (702) 673-0613

Stu32usa@gmail.com

CHAPLAIN Paul Hestand

Phone: (702) 401-8089

p4979h@gmail.com

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS Andy Agan

Phone: (702) 242-0602

aaganjr@aol.com

HISTORIAN Evie Hallas

Phone: (702) 255-9995

JUDGE ADVOCATE Bob Jagemann

Phone: (702) 476-4230

bobjagemann@aol.com

TRUSTEES:

Bob Jagemann (702) 476-4230

bobjagemann@aol.com

Jack Ford (702) 228-4810

acchief@aol.com

Marvin Morgenthal (702) 395-9874

nevadamarv@aol.com

Contact Us:

American Legion

Spirit of Freedom

Nevada Post 76

P.O. Box 34012

Las Vegas, NV 89133

Email: nvpost76@gmail.com

Upcoming events for post 76


 

DISTRICT 2 Meeting 10:00 am on Saturday June 6, 2015

[Post 31 – Boulder City; 508 California Avenue Boulder City, NV 89005]

E Board Meeting — June 11, 2015, 4:30 pm [1960 Faywood St. Las Vegas, NV 89134]

GENERAL MEETING — June 21, 2015, 1:30 pm at Durango Hills YMCA

PATRIOTIC PARADE in Summerlin — July 4, 2015 [meet at Cdr. Forman — 1960 Faywood Dr. at 8 am]

E Board Meeting — July 9, 2015, 4:30 pm at the Summerlin Trails Center.

GENERAL MEETING — July 19, 2015, 1:30 pm at Durango Hills YMCA

E Board Meeting — August 13, 2015, 4:30 pm at the Summerlin Trails Center.

GENERAL MEETING — August 16, 2015 1:30 pm at Durango Hills YMCA

E Board Meeting — September 10, 2015, 4:30 pm at the Summerlin Trails Center.

GENERAL MEETING — September 20, 2015 1:30 pm at Durango Hills YMCA


Announcing the

13th Annual

Lakes Memorial

Day Ceremony

May 25th, 2015 – 9:30 AM


Held promptly and solemnly at the Lakes South Park



Sponsored by American Legion

“Spirit of Freedom” Nevada Post 76

www.nvpost76.webs.com

and other Las Vegas American Legion

Posts and Nevada District 2.

Facilities and support provided by

The Lakes Association

Seating donated by

Bright Angel Church of Christ and

Transport by Thomas Automotive [Pensky]

Lake Sahara Las Vegas, NV 89117

PAST SPEAKERS & UPCOMING SPEAKERS


Post 76 Guest Speaker Program

We encourage you to come to our regular monthly meetings to enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow Legionnaires. We have a guest speaker at every meeting, and he/she is sure to capture your interest with the varied topics they present. A sampling of past speakers who have shared their experiences with us are:


a. Joanna Harrison, 

a representative from the Clark County Veterans Court. She is the Las Vegas Justice Court Coordinator for veterans and active duty personnel who enter the Clark County judicial system.  She is a former military wife who understands the issues veterans and their families face.  She recently helped create the LVJC Veterans Treatment court and seeks support from the community to actively assist veterans and their families. She and her staff intervene in the Clark County justice system when a veteran is involved and who might respond to certain professional rehabilitation procedures. The rules are strict and veterans in the program must meet stringent requirements to complete it and have their records expunged. Great advantages for veterans affected by the emotional trauma of being in war-related areas and scenarios. Judge Joe Bonaventure, who was recently selected as Chief Judge of Las Vegas Justice Court, accompanied Ms.Harrison and spoke briefly to the members about the advantages of the Veterans Court. 


b. Donna Forman

is the owner of and Janet Edberg is the dog trainer for Pets for Vets, a service that pairs dogs with Veterans for physical or mental disabilities and also for children of Vets, especially for PTSD sufferers. They train the dogs to notice when owners are not relaxed by sensing their anxiety levels and helping them relax and enjoy a more normal life, going outside, etc. They train only dogs, which requires funding to operate. At first they are companion dogs--not service dogs; there is a process involved to further the training of dogs. A Veteran is given the dog, training for him/her, a bed, and 1 month food supply at no cost. Pets4Vets pays for everything.

PTSD dogs, after training, are allowed to go anywhere (do need a doctor’s note). It is proven that having a dog lowers blood pressure; it is a wonderful service for our Veterans.

There is usually a waiting list with a 6-week training course required per dog/person. Under Federal law there is a timeframe for training, which is up to the trainer, for public service dogs; all that’s required is 1 full task to assist--Janet has a minimum of 5 tasks.

VA Hospital can ask for certification of completion of training to have dog in facilities; unfortunately it is very hard to distinguish between real and fake service dogs. The ADA does not specify training certificates.


c. Victor Agtonton,

 VA Special Programs Section, Agent Orange Point-of-Contact

-- Explained process by which veterans can make Agent Orange-related claims.

-- Noted that there are 14 specific medical maladies that are connected with Agent Orange exposure.

-- Provided explanation of all areas, besides boots-on-the-ground in Vietnam, that the VA recognizes as potential for exposure.

-- Provided brochures for information, points-of-contact and claims procedures.


d. Ashley Gordon

 United Healthcare/Tricare Representative for Nevada.

-- New to Las Vegas, came from Hill AFB, UT

-- Explained the difference between Tricare Standard and Prime

-- Provided brochures for info and enrollment

-- Explained the differences in pharmacy services from receiving prescriptions at Nellis AFB versus CVS/Target, etc. Also included information on home delivery and the benefits of utilizing that service.

-- Went over Tricare for Life and connection to Medicare Parts A & B.


e. Bob Donaghy,

 who is a Legion member of Post 40, a Legion Rider, a Road Captain of Nevada Patriot Guard, as well as a great guy presented details of his involvement with Horses4Heroes. This is program to help vets deal with mental issues such as PTSD. The alarming suicide rate among all ages of active, retired, and discharged military stoked Mr. Donaghy’s fervor to help those afflicted with this insidious impairment. He actively seeks patients who have PTSD symptoms, and their families, to get into the program and experience the healing effects that can come from being closely involved with horses.


f. Alvin Cuasay, 

who is a representative of Goodwill Industries, addressed members on his involvement with Goodwill’s Career Connections program. Mr. Cuasay, who is a retired Navy veteran, provided much interesting detail on how his group can assist veterans in transitioning from a military culture to a civilian culture, where job prospects are to be found. His services extend to active duty and retired military and their families.

We strive to have guest speakers that cater to the interests and needs of our members. In the near future we will have an Outreach Coordinator from the State of Nevada, Aging and Disability Services Division to provide information on recognizing and dealing with Medicare and Social Security fraud.


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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Aug 4 at 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Thursday, Aug 6 at 8:40 AM - 9:40 AM
Friday, Aug 7 All Day
Thursday, Aug 13 at 8:40 AM - 9:40 AM

ABOUT THIS POST

CHARTER DATE: September 28, 1994

POST NAMESAKE:

The membership came up with the name "Spirit of Freedom". It went well with our number 76. It would also reflect upon the freedom gained from the 1776 Government of the King of England, who would not allow the "Second class citizens" of the Colonies to be considered equal to those living in England.

Our logo applies our Post number and name, showing who we are and what we stand for.
With this magnanimous donation of several hundred dollars, we were able to move forward with our endeavor. The design artist was given the following facts:

1. Our number and its reference to the 1776 era.
2. The Minute Man soldier with rifle, representing the citizen, the veteran soldier, always ready to defend our country and protect our freedoms.
3. That we are members of the American Legion.
4. That we are a Nevada Post, the State should be represented as well as Las Vegas.
5. The designer included in his first draft, the State motto, "Battle Born."
6. We wanted 13 stars, to represent the original States. No matter how hard he tried, the artist could not do this one without the start looking like dots. We had to settle for 11 stars including the one marking the
City of Las Vegas, for the representation. Since we began in the 9th month and have 11 stars - does that make us the first 9/11 Post?

FIRST COMMANDER: William Powers

NOTABLE MEMBERS:

Jack Ford:
Alternate NEC 2006-2011
Department Commander 2005-2006
Department 1st Vice 2004-2005
Department 2nd Vice 2003-2204
Department Sgt-at-Arms 2002-2003
Department Service Officer 2000-2003
District 2 Commander 2002
District 2 1st Vice Commander 2001
Post Commander 2000-2002
Post 1st Vice Commander 2000
Post 2nd Vice Commander 1998
Post Sgt-at-Arms 1997

Served on the following national committees and sub-committees:

Distinguish Guests
Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation
Economic Matters
Employment and Veterans Preference
Claims and Ratings
Hospital and Medical Services

Additionally serves as the Board of Directors Chairman for the Nevada Boys State program, The National Representative for VA Voluntary Service program and represents The American Legion as a member of the Commanders Advisory group at the VA Hospital.

Robert Jagemann:
District Judge Advocate 2009-2010
Vice Chair, National Distinguished Guests Committee, 2009-2010
Department of Nevada Legislative Committee, 2012-2014
National American Legion Press Association [NALPA], 2009-present
Member – Clark County School Board, Naming of District Facilities 2010 (Secured name for Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy)

WHAT MAKES OUR POST UNIQUE:

Post 76 serves the western and northwestern area of Las Vegas, Nevada.
We hold General Meetings at 1:30 pm on the 3rd Sunday of most months at the:
Durango Hills YMCA Community Center
3521 N. Durango Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89129
(702) 240-9622
Map it
(Just north of W. Cheyenne Ave.)
Every quarter we hold a social event in lieu of the General Meeting at different locations. Watch this website, our Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/American-Legion-Post-76-Las-Vegas/1379... or the quarterly newsletter for updates on special social events.
Executive Board Meetings on the second Thursday of the month at 4:30 pm are held at:
The Summerlin Trails Community Center
1910 Spring Gate Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89134

Post 76 supports NO VETERANS ALONE each Thursday, as we join the Nevada Patriot Guard, Women Veterans of Nevada and Vietnam Veterans of America, at the Southern Nevada Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, to honor Veterans who are being buried by the County and have no relatives or friends to attend their funeral. Post 76 also supports Wreaths Across America.
Post 76 in cooperation with the Fleet Reserve Association and The Lakes Association sponsors a Memorial Day Observance including speakers, honor guards, ceremonial flag folding and terminating with the passing of a wreath from Veterans representing war eras from WWII to the present to JROTC commanders who then board a boat and place the wreath on the water.
The Post has sponsored Christmas parties for foster children from the Olive Crest organization, providing Christmas gifts, a light buffet, and pictures with Santa Claus to each of the children and their families and foster families.
Post 76 has a gun club where members, friends and families get together to non-competitively shoot and socialize.
Legionnaires from Post 76 volunteer their time to support the Veterans Administration Voluntary Services, Nevada Veterans Foundation, Family Readiness Groups for local Reserve and National Guard Units, Veterans Service Fairs, Retiree Appreciation Days at Nellis AFB, Information Fair at Creech AFB, Boy Scout Merit Badge programs, and Boy Scout air rifle and safety training.
In 2009, Post 76, in the true Spirit of Freedom, was honored to have debated and proposed an appropriate name to honor the only high school in Las Vegas and surrounding Clark County to be named for our local men & women serving in the armed forces, during all war periods; the Veterans Tribute Career & Technical Academy [VTCTA].
The Spirit of Freedom Post 76 proudly took a strong leadership position in 2010 to expedite the creation and development of a much needed, and long overdue, USO lounge for transiting service men & women to relax, meet with loved ones, and enjoy many creature comforts while traveling through Las Vegas' McCarran Airp

- See more at: http://centennial.legion.org/nevada/post76?p=about#sthash.YVaKbf3w.dpuf

Post Commanders and Adjutants

Post 76  Las Vegas, NV, Nevada

May 1, 2013

Year Commander Adjutant
1994-1995 William Powers, Paul Kelly
1995-1997 Jerry Simpson, Paul Kelly & Ken Mason
1997-1999 Joe Folsom Casey Martin & John Rost
1999-2000 John O'Sullivan, John Rost & Jeffery Mills
2000-2001 Roy Funke & Jack Ford, John Rost
2001-2002 Jack Ford, John Rost
2002-2005 Torres Ramey John Rost
2005-2006 Harry Keneman John Rost
2006-2007 Torey Ramey John Rost
2007-2008 John Rost Paul Hemsley Sr.
2008-2009 Robert Jagemann Paul Hemsley Sr.
2009-2010 Robert Jagemann Paul Hemsley Sr.
2010-2011 John “Ted” Pugh, Jack Ford
2011-2012 John “Ted” Pugh, Jack Ford & Roger Henning PhD
2012-2013 Paul Hestand Roger Henning PhD
2013-2014 Joel Forman Roger Henning PhD

2014-2015 Joel Forman Stephen Daugherty

 

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