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Prison post donates $24,000 to community

American Legion Post 555, located inside the Miami Correctional Facility in Bunker Hill, Ind., about 70 miles north of Indianapolis, is one of six prison Legion posts in the state of Indiana. Since it was chartered in 2009, Post 555’s more than 70 members have donated nearly $24,000 to their local community, including a $1,000 donation to Legion’s Operation Comfort Warriors (OCW) program.

American Legion Past National Commander Jim Koutz visited Post 555 members in late July to personally accept the OCW donation.

"I was asked by many fellow Legionnaires, ‘Why would you want to have a Legion post in a prison?’ My answer, ‘Because they were veterans first,’" Koutz said.

Post 555 members are able to fundraise and give back to their community by hosting food drives within the correctional facility. Inmates there work for state prison pay, which is 12 to 20 cents an hour.

"Yes, these men are incarcerated, but they are veterans who were proud to serve their country and are now proud to serve their community," Koutz said.

Members of Post 555 and Miami Correctional Facility staff members recently shared their thoughts on the value of having a Legion post inside a prison. Watch the video here.

"There is pride in everything that they do," said Mark Sevier, superintendent of the Miami Correctional Facility. "Being a member of the Legion is part of their makeup in making them a better person."

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Michael Sheward

December 31, 2013 - 7:14pm

There is a veteran organization in Virginia Prisons at Haynesville Correctional Center. They are called "Veterans Outreach Group"(VOG). They do many things throughout the year, such as collecting school supplies and donating them to local area schools and at Christmas time they sponsor a family in need to honor them with a banquet and present for Christmas by raising funds, it's called Project Joy. They were on the front page of the Free Lance Star.

James Leavitt

December 13, 2013 - 12:26pm

Just for information purposes. I now of several Post in Ohio that threw out members who became incarcerated. The VVA took these folks in and even included the Korean, WWII, vets. I never new if this was an official position of the Department Of Ohio or just a Post thing.

James Leavitt

December 13, 2013 - 12:13pm

Vietnam Veterans (VVA) does something similar in a few Ohio prisons.

Carl Philip

December 5, 2013 - 10:14pm

Bravo, definitely good for them to have good and constructive things to do and think about. Doing right and helping others, to help themselves. I agree and also wonder, are there Posts in Virginia prisons? Keep up the good work on getting your freedom back, for good.

Joe McCann

December 5, 2013 - 6:53pm

Are there Prison Posts in other states (other than Indiana)? It sounds like a great idea, give the prisoners something constructive to do, other than gangs or drugs or whatever. Of course it would require motivated individuals, which may not be the norm among prisoners in general. For the members of this Post, Way to go! Best wishes on your release.

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