New American Legion Post Inside the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility

By Tom McClanahan |

Published 03/13 2014 11:48PM

Updated 03/13 2014 11:59PM

The Wabash Valley's newest American Legion post is for veterans who served their country but are now serving time behind bars.

Tom McClanahan was there at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility Thursday night for the formal ceremony.

Sydney, you could feel the respect for the organization during the process tonight for veterans who still care.

It's taken over a year and a half to come to this point at the state prison in Carlisle--the first official meeting of American Legion Post #398.
A group of nearly forty inmates are now members of a veteran's group that is still mindful of all service personnel.
State officials were on hand who have worked in helping start posts in five other penal installations around the state and hopefully the same result will happen here.

State American Legion Chaplain Michael Brady says, "We have seen a very positive influence within the correctional facility in that the guys have a sense of worth again."
Post # 398 Commander Derek Williams adds, "I hope that it would maybe instill, uh, community service, service within itself, give 'em a sense of responsibility, seeing some kind of respect in return maybe."

Derek Williams is the commander of the new post, likely because of his 21 years in the Navy and experience as a commander of the post in Washington, Indiana before he landed at Wabash Valley.
The group will now meet each month and begin working on community projects and give respect to their former brothers who are or have served in the military.

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