The American Legion Riders of Cicero, Ind., Post 341 presented a diabetic alert dog for a Tipton High School student with Type 1 Diabetes, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. on the north lawn of the Tipton County Courthouse.
The American Legion in partnership with East Union Christian Church helped raise the money required to purchase the highly-trained service dog, a black lab mix named Azalea, trained by Medical Mutts. The dog was donated to Melissa Phillips, daughter of retired Army non-commissioned officer Jimmy Phillips.
"We just really want to thank the Cicero American Legion, East Union Church, and everyone that helped make this a reality for Melissa," said Jimmy.
Additionally, the Cicero Chapter of The American Legion Riders presented a $3,000 donation to Operation Comfort Warriors, a Legion sponsored program that provides comfort items to wounded, injured and ill service members in military hospitals and transition units around the world.
American Legion 2012-2013 Past National Commander, Indiana’s own James Koutz. Koutz was on-hand to accept the check on behalf of OCW. The program was Koutz' personal project during his year as national commander of The American Legion. He's helped raise more than $1 million for the program to provide assistance to our nation’s wounded, injured and ill veterans.
"I want to thank you Legion Riders for everything you do, getting out there and raising money for our American Legion programs, especially Operation Comfort Warriors," said Koutz. "It's a program that is dear to me and over the years the Legion Riders have proved that they raise more money out there than anyone."
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