Military women’s registry, an Idaho prison post and more in March magazine
The March issue of The American Legion Magazine is now online, with a feature article about a community service-focused American Legion post at the Idaho State Correctional Center, a Q&A with Military Women’s Memorial President Phyllis Wilson and more. The clickable digi-mag is available through MyLegion.org.
• In “Model Prisoners,” Jeff Stoffer visits American Legion Post 201 at the Idaho State Correctional Center, showcased as a model for prison posts nationwide by Workbay, a company that connects career seekers and employers – including those transitioning from incarceration to life outside. Military veterans account for some 200,000 prisoners across the country, and The American Legion has posts inside more than 30 facilities in at least 13 states. “If you bring The American Legion into prisons, you’re going to benefit the inmates, you’re going to benefit the prison, and you’re going to benefit the community,” says Charles “Abe” Abrahamson, adjutant for the American Legion’s Department of Idaho. “When these guys get out, they have such a head start on everybody else. That’s what they’re here to do.”
• Military Women’s Memorial President Phyllis Wilson talks about raising the MWM’s visibility, its nationwide push to collect and document the stories of the 3 million women who have served in uniform, the full integration of women in today’s armed forces and more. Read the full Q&A here.
• When Suzi McCreery of Palm Springs, Fla., purchased her home in an estate sale, she unknowingly acquired a collection of papers from Milton J. Foreman, a World War I hero and one of the early founders of The American Legion.
• In “Geopolitical Geometry,” Alan W. Dowd outlines the security diamond, several security triangles and other Indo-Pacific partnerships committed to containing China – and keeping Cold War II from turning hot.
• National Commander Vincent J. “Jim” Troiola encourages posts to observe American Legion Family Day on the last Saturday in April by hosting public events centered on issues that matter most to the Legion. Focusing on the Legion’s Be the One initiative to reduce veteran suicide, for example, is an opportunity to connect with those who are struggling. “Like them, Legionnaires have worn the uniform, and many of us can relate to what they’ve experienced and endured,” he writes. “Whether they know it or not, they have an American Legion Family.”
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