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BeCI Incarcerated Veterans’ Host Meeting with American Legion Post Members

BeCI Incarcerated Veterans’ Host Meeting with American Legion Post Members

The Belmont Incarcerated Veterans’ Organization (BIVO) and the American Legion Post 159 recently met and have joined together in a cooperative effort.  This “Veterans Helping Veterans” initiative provides a wide range of opportunities and benefits for the members of both organizations.  Already, BIVO has provided funding to Post 159 for American flags, which were placed on veterans’ graves at Union Cemetery in St. Clairsville by Legion members and BeCI military veteran staff on Memorial Day.  A number of other projects, including BIVO members making the red poppies which are distributed by the American Legion each year, are under consideration.  As part of this initiative, Post 159 has opened its doors to welcome BIVO veterans to become members of their post.  Membership allows incarcerated veterans to access the full range of benefits offered by the Legion when they are released from prison.  By supporting patriotic and charitable activities locally, and in the greater veteran community, Post 159 and BIVO look forward to extending their relationship “In the spirit of service to others, not self,” as stated at the beginning of both the Post 159 and BIVO mission statements.

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