We are the Palatine, Illinois Post 690 of the American Legion, Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary. Our family of chartered organizations work together in providing a fraternal group of veterans, sons of veterans and those closely related to veterans.
The American Legion
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.
The Sons of the American Legion
Although Sons has its own membership, the organization is not a separate entity. Rather, the Sons of the American Legion (SAL) is a program of The American Legion. Many Legionnaires hold dual membership in the Sons of the American Legion.
The American Legion Auxiliary
Founded in 1919, The American Legion Auxiliary has nearly 1 million members from all walks of life. The Auxiliary administers hundreds of volunteer programs, gives tens of thousands of hours to its communities and to veterans, and raises millions of dollars to support its own programs, as well as other worthwhile charities familiar to Americans. It is all accomplished with volunteers.
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Post 690 Events, Announcements & News
More Photos Added
Over the last several weeks, we have added photos from Memorial Day, 4th of July, Veterans Movie Night, Wally Degner Plaza and more. Please visit Photos and see what Post 690 is all about.
Free Veteran's Movie Night
The Veteran Movie Night just keeps growing. Our July movie was so popular that we have decided to have more. The next movie will be on Monday, August 22, 2022. Even though the post is normally closed on Mondays, it will be open the evening of August 22nd for a free military movie selected just for veterans. This month's movie is Fury with Brad Pitt. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the movie will start at 6:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to meet some old friends and maybe make a few new ones. The event will be held in the Post 690 Club Room at 122 W. Palatine Road, Palatine. Please come and join us for this veteran only event. All veterans are invited--members and non-members.
Street Fest Bingo
Palatine's famous Street Fest is approaching fast. The American Legion Auxiliary will be hosting a special Street Fest BINGO game on Saturday, August 27th, 2022, from 12:00-4:00 pm. The game will be held in the parking lot of the American Legion, 122 W. Palatine Rd., Palatine. In case it rains (or snows) BINGO will be moved indoors to the Club Hall. Hope to see all of you there!
Wally Degner Plaza
If you have passed by the American Legion Post 690 recently you may have noticed some changes. Wally Degner Plaza is now under construction and we anticipate it will be completed soon. Not only has the cannon been repositioned but it is now surrounded by over 225 engraved bricks. The "Brick Project" is quickly concluding and a dedication ceremony is being planned. As soon as the ceremony details are finalized, we will provide you with the details. PS - There are a few photos of the plaza under construction in Photos.
SOUL Harbour Ranch
There’s a place in Barrington that provides therapy animals to hospitals, nursing homes etc. The last Sunday of the month they host an event for Veterans, this may be a fun time for our members especially if they have young children or grandkids.
"Monthly Sunday visits for veterans to visit SOUL Harbour Ranch. On the last Sunday of every month, Barrington area veterans are invited to visit with our registered therapy animals from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm for some “SOUL” time: “Sharing Of Unconditional Love.” We will hosting guest speakers from the 5 branches of the Armed Forces to share their experiences with our audience. Please email us if you would like to be considered as a guest speaker."
Appliance Repair Scholarships
With the support of Lowe’s Company Inc. and WD-40 Company, AMVETS and Generation T are offering scholarships of up to $5,000 to those who are enrolled in an eligible program. Dyer Academy informs us that their classes are eligible and eight of their former students have had their entire tuition costs covered via this scholarship.
Applications for the fall are now being accepted. Deadline for applying is September 24th.
• Veteran of the Armed forces (including reserves and National Guard)
• Spouse of Veteran
• Active Duty Service Member
• Spouses of Active Duty Service Member
• High school diploma or GED
• Must be enrolled in an eligible trades program
For more information go to the Dyer Appliance Training Academy website.
Are You a Veteran in Crisis?
The Veteran's Crisis Line is available for all veterans experiencing a personal crisis. Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All conversations are confidential. If you are a veteran in need of help, contact the Veteran's Crisis Line by telephoning 800-273-8255 then select 1 or 800-799-4889 for a TTY connection. You can also text 838255.
For a list of companies offering discounts and resources for veterans and active duty personnel go to VAantage Point. There is also another organization that offers many discounts and specials for veterans through a very reasonable monthly/annual subscription--Veterans Advantage. Check them out and see if they don't have something for you.
Originally founded by the Palatine veterans of World War I, Post 690 is located in downtown Palatine, Illinois. American Legion Post 690 has been serving veterans, veteran families and the public since 1924 when it was granted its charter. The post provides support through the post's American Legion, Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Proceeds from Post 690 hospitality, hall rentals and other events allows us to provide veteran related programs and services. Allowing us to serve you, allows us to serve the veteran community in need.
Stop in, find out more and and join the American Legion Post 690 Family. You can view our current and upcoming meetings and events here.
Post 690 hosts and manages the Club Room, open to the public everyday. The Club Room is a great place to meet your friends or to just come in and enjoy some American Legion hospitality.
The post has recently renovated The Club Hall which can be reserved for receptions, birthday parties and meetings. The Hall can be configured to meet your needs. Outside catering is available. Beverage and bartender service can be provided.
Post Building Opened
The membership of Palatine Post 690 of the American Legion is asking for donations to assist in its efforts to make improvements to the Legion Hall.
Donations to help with the improvements may be made payable to the American Legion Post 690.
A Donation Fund Form can be mailed to:
American Legion Post 690 Donations
122 West Palatine Road
Palatine, IL 60067
Donations may also be made through PayPal using the link below.
American Legion Post 690 is a 501(c)(19) designated organization under the Internal Revenue Code and your pledge payments may be deductible from personal income taxes to the maximum amount permitted by law.
Currently, we are collecting donations through Go Fund Me and PayPal. Please click below and contribute.
Commander Paul Clausell accepts a donation from the Palatine Rotary Club.