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Veterans in the area say there should more resources to help them

(WBNG) — Veteran service providers and veterans met in the Southern Tier to discuss what works and what doesn’t when it comes to helping those who served overseas.

A group session was held at Cornell Cooperative Extension Tuesday morning.

“There’s never enough resources I don’t think,” said Jonathan Wanglund, a Peer Support Coordinator for Clear Path for Veterans. “No matter how many we can put out because everybody needs different things.”

Clear Path for Veterans in Binghamton is a nonprofit that helps veterans and their families.

“Whether it’s as a peer, as a friend, somebody they can talk to and look towards,” Wanglund explained. “Whether it be helping them out to get different resources in the community educationally.”

Wanglund is also a veteran and served his time in the Air Force. He says there should more services to help veterans in the area.

“Housing is a huge one,” he said. “I think sometimes support services in regards to getting people to feel comfortable with their peers, getting that information out there.”

Jeffrey Whitlock, also a veteran, attended the session at Cornell Cooperative Extension as well. He has a similar opinion.

“More support, like transition,” said Whitlock. “Getting out of the service. What am I going to do now? Do I go back to my old life? Is there a new life? What I did in the service, is it something that I can apply now?”

The Broome-Tioga Workforce in Binghamton is one place to get help with job opportunities.

“Any veterans that are in need of services receive priority,” said Broome-Tioga Workforce Executive Director Sara Liu. “So they are first in line to meet with a career counselor. If they need job matching help, or interviewing tips, whatever it is, they are first in line to meet with one our career counselors.”

Esperanza Gutierrez

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