'Veterans Information Day' brings services to vets

By Kelly McCarthy

November 7, 2013 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 7:10 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Veterans around the Southern Tier gathered for food, entertainment and information on locally available support services.

The American Legion post 1645 hosted a Veteran's Information Day. Tables offered answers to educational, financial, and support questions veterans might have.

The band 360 was performing at the American Legion. The group is made up of veterans from the Vet Center's guitar program that started three years ago.

"They needed an outlet," said Vice President of the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group Ben Margolius, "They needed something to be able to be with other veterans and the music has proven to be a great thing to help post-traumatic stress disorder veterans."

The event was organized by the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group. They coordinate with 75 different organizations to help veterans on a monthly basis, but say the hardest part is getting veterans to reach out for help.

"It's a great struggle to get veterans to self-identify that they have a problem," Margolius said, "Veterans are a proud group and they don't like to cry for help. But there's help out there and one thing we in the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group try to do is to tell veterans there's a lot of help there."

The Southern Tier Veterans Support Group is a non-profit that educates the community on veterans needs and educates veterans on community services.