Bronx's Samuel H. Young American Legion Post 620 wants to continue being helpful to community veterans, families
The Samuel H. Young American Legion Post 620 in the Bronx overflows with history having been around for over 100 years. Recently, they've had a decline in membership due to COVID-19.
The home to veterans and their families for all branches of the military not only offers a variety of programming, but is a place for veterans to get advice on benefits and legal matters.
"They don't know about the VA. They don't know what they're entitled to. They don't even know where to go, who to talk to and if they come into a place like the American Legion, we can guide them," says Post Commander Bill Franklin.
The center is also a clubhouse to play pool, watch a movie, grab a beer or just lend a friendly ear.
"It's a place for comradery. There are people that come in here and we can sort of tell when they want someone to talk to, including myself," says Franklin.
However, with many veterans aging and pandemic membership waning, they're inviting new members to join the family.
The commander of the post, Bill Franklin, says he understands many new veterans may not be interested right away, but wants them to know they always have a home.
"If you're not ready, we understand but when you are, we're here to help you," says Franklin.
The Legion will be participating in the Bronx Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 14 with the post open afterward for anyone to stop in.