Legion Helps Veterans

By Haley Burton

December 4, 2012 Updated Dec 5, 2012 at 11:18 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The American Legion plays an active role in helping veterans get the help they need when they return home.

Robert Gardner, the Commander of the Broome County American Legion, was the guest speaker at the Binghamton Rotary lunch.

Gardner talked about what the American Legion is doing for returning veterans, nationally, statewide and locally.

"Veterans who return are going to need a lot more resources because they aren't familiar with the area anymore. They are going to need to be able to connect with certain things as far as health benefits and family benefits," said Gardner, "The job situation right now for veterans returning home is very critical. That's one the things the National American Legion is trying to make sure job fairs are set up as far as that goes."

Gardner says local American Legions have been supporting others downstate after Hurricane Sandy. He says four Legions in the New York City area were damaged. Truck loads of supplies have been sent to help.

Gardner was elected Commander of the Broome County American Legion in May 2012 at the County Convention in Binghamton.

He entered the United States Navy Reserve in 1963. He has held elected and appointed offices in the American Legion at the post, county and district levels. He is currently Post Adjutant at post 974 in Whitney Point where he also served as Commander.

Additionally, he is chairman of the Children and Youth committee for the American Legion 6th District and President of the Oxford Veterans Home Volunteer Guild.