American Legion leaders visit

By Dave Sherry

November 7, 2013 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 11:43 AM EDT

Endicott, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) American Legion Post 1700 hosted the New York Department heads of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion.

The Legion is a support network with more than two million members worldwide that helps to raise money to support veterans and service people.

Legion leaders say local posts play an integral role in that fundraising.

"The Department of New York in general, for example, donated 40,000 dollars to Operation Comfort Warriors, which is a program where 100 percent of the proceeds goes to take care of our men and women, soldiers, sailors, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guardsmen, who are recovering from wounds in the hospital. So Broome County is contributing mightily to that," Ken Governor, New York Department Commander, said.

This visit is a part of a county-wide tour of legion posts, which offered a chance to recognize a local Legionnaire.

Barbara Beebe was given a plaque for her service with the Heroes to Hometowns program and the Family Support Network.

"What we're trying to do is recognize the men and women in the American Legion who are doing exemplary service. So we've created an award called the Department Commander's Award of Excellence," Governor explained.

Along with stops at American Legion posts, the tour also stops at V.A. hospitals.

At each stop they discuss the importance of the American Legion and its programs.