The Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System recently unveiled two military themed benches for veterans at its Cambridge VA Outpatient Clinic. The benches were donated by the American Legion Dorchester Post 91 in honor of Glenn Robinson, past post commander, for his years of dedicated support to Maryland's Veterans. The benches feature the seals for each branch of the armed forces, in addition to a dedication plaque honoring Robinson.
Robinson, a Navy veteran, was instrumental in the opening of the original Cambridge VA Outpatient Clinic in April 1987 on the campus of the Eastern Shore Hospital Center before it moved to its current location on Chesapeake Drive in June 1999. He was employed as a Veterans Service Officer by the Maryland Veterans Commission from the 1960s to the 1990s, where he assisted veterans with VA benefit claims and provided guidance about other available resources. Robinson also served on the Dorchester County Veterans Cemetery Committee in the early 1970s.
"Mr. Robinson has been a champion for veterans living on Maryland's Eastern Shore for many years," says R. David Edwards, chief of Public and Community Relations for the VA Maryland Health Care System. "He also played a key role in the donation of more than $600,000 from the American Legion Dorchester Post 91 to veteran patients throughout the VA Maryland Health Care System as the donation chairman for the post."
Donations from the American Legion Dorchester Post 91 have funded numerous patient projects for the benefit of Maryland's veterans over the years, including shuttle buses, hearing aids, medical equipment and exam room furniture for the Cambridge VA Outpatient Clinic. Donations from the post also helped to support the purchase of holiday gifts each year for hospitalized veterans at the Baltimore and Perry Point VA Medical Centers and the Loch Raven VA Community Living & Rehabilitation Center.
During the ceremony at the Cambridge VA Outpatient Clinic, Jim Wilcox, donation chairman for American Legion Post 91, said, "These benches are a fitting and lasting tribute to Glenn Robinson for his many years of dedication and continued commitment to serving the needs of Maryland's veterans."
Photo Caption: Pictured from left to right during the bench unveiling at the Cambridge VA Outpatient Clinic are R. David Edwards, chief of Public and Community Relations for the VA Maryland Health Care System; Glenn Robinson, past commander, American Legion Dorchester Post 91; Robert Tieder, commander, American Legion Post 91; Jim Wilcox, donation chairman, American Legion Post 91; and George Williams, past commander, American Legion Post 91.