Broome County Executive Jason Garnar is seeking input directly from local veterans on how to improve an upcoming project.
Garnar held a forum and luncheon with veterans at Cornell Cooperative Extension today.
There they spoke about the new Veterans Service Facility project.
Broome County is currently in the process of purchasing the former Vestal Hills Country Club on Webb Road in the Town of Binghamton to create a one-stop shop for veterans services and programs.
Garnar says veterans have been thrilled with the concept and have even been asking about how they can volunteer at the facility when it’s up and running. “One of the reasons why we did this project is because veteran’s asked for this. Ever since they’ve heard the news they’ve been very excited, they can’t wait for the facility to be open. It’s tracked to be open next fall. They got some really great ideas.”
The facility would house Broome County’s Veterans Service Agency, Southern Tier Veterans Support Group and Clear Path for Veterans.
Garnar says so far they have $625,000 in grants from the Empire State Development fund and expect more grants along with donations from private companies to be announced to help fund the project in the near future.