Local veteran group gets national boost

By Justin Andrews
By Matt Hicks

June 18, 2013 Updated Jun 19, 2013 at 7:06 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A local veteran support group is getting a leg up when it comes to helping the community.

The Southern Tier Veterans Support Group has become the first non-profit out of New York state to become part of the nationwide Community Blueprint Network.

Officials with the support group said this will provide a variety of new resources to help with the problems of local veterans.

"Our organization, when we started it a couple of years ago, we were kind of learning on our own. So allowing us to network with groups across the United States will not only allow us national exposure, but also allow us to get into contact with people who maybe have solved problems that we're dealing with right now," said Al Eaton, president of the STVSG.

The group provides a wide range of services to local veterans throughout seven Southern Tier counties and two counties in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier.

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