Children and youth face many challenges in today’s society, but one constantly remains in the media spotlight — bullying. The American Legion has created an educational comic book, “Bridging the Gap,” to help middle school age children recognize, prevent and stop bullying.

“Bridging the Gap” features six main characters and includes two stories that are interwoven throughout the book. One story focuses on physical bullying and the other on cyberbulling. Each story focuses on how to:

• Define and recognize bullying behavior

• Understand and protect the rights of others

• Prevent and stop bullying of yourself

• Prevent and stop bullying of others

• Stop cyberbulling

Legion posts and family members are encouraged to raise awareness about bullying in their community by distributing copies of “Bridging the Gap” to local schools. The comic book can be purchased online by going to for 75 cents apiece, or 59 cents apiece for the purchase of 100 or more.

The Legion’s four other educational comic books for children and youth include: “Our Country’s Veterans,” “Our Country’s Flag,” “I Pledge Allegiance” and “Light of Liberty.”