April 3, 2015
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TALLAHASSEE– The Florida Department of Corrections welcomed American Legion National Commander Michael Helm and his staff at Charlotte Correctional Institution on Wednesday, April 1. Commander Helm met with Warden Thomas Reid, the institution’s administration and veteran inmates.
“The Department of Corrections is proud to support our nation’s veterans,” Secretary Julie Jones said. “Providing our veteran inmates with rehabilitative programs, including educational and vocational resources, is critical in ensuring successful re-entry upon release.”
During the visit, Commander Helm spoke to veteran inmates and thanked them for their service, emphasizing the importance of unity and making strides to better oneself.
The Commander and his staff were shown a section of the institution displaying murals depicting important periods in US history, including World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War.
Charlotte Correctional Institution, as well as other Florida Department of Corrections institutions, provides tools and services to assist veteran inmates with their rehabilitation processes.
Please see the attached photo of American Legion National Commander Michael Helm during his visit at Charlotte Correctional Institution.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 22,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.