It's a non-profit organization whose members not only donate financially, but dedicate hours of their personal time to help the community. However, the Milltown American Legion Post 332 is now working to recover after being targeted in two separate break-ins in December.
Tina Alvey, president of the ladies auxiliary, fills food baskets at the Milltown American Legion. The 24 baskets contained food staples as well as ham, milk, eggs, paper and laundry products. Submitted photo
Cash was stolen on both occasions, and the break-ins occurred within eight days of one another. In one instance, members even know the time frame — between 4 and 4:50 p.m. on a Monday — based on when members were in the building.
The perpetrator took cash that was intended to buy groceries to fill the food baskets the Legion presents each year to families in need in Crawford and Harrison counties. The organization did not reduce the number of baskets filled as a result of the crimes.
John Petrysian, commander of the Sons of the American Legion, said the Legion family (Legion, SAR and Legion Riders) from Post 332 prepared 24 food boxes this year. Each contained between $70 and $100 worth of groceries.
In addition to having to make up the shortfall caused by the thefts, the Legion also had to pay to have the broken door and other structural damage repaired.
The break-ins have been reported to law enforcement, but no arrests have been made. Anyone with information about the crimes is urged to call the Crawford County Sheriff's Dept. at 812-338-2802.
Petrysian said the Legion is there to help improve the community. He said if there were someone in need, all they had to do was ask for assistance.
"If they would have knocked on the door and said they needed help, we would've given it," he said. "That's what we're there for."