Former Marine Corps Lance Corporal Andrea Binkley was born on May 22, 1985 in Knox, IN. After graduating from Knox Community High School in 2003, LCPL Binkley enlisted in the US Marines as a Cryptologic Arabic Linguist.
After graduating from Marine Corps Recruit Training at Parris Island, SC on October 25, 2003 and Marine Combat Training at Camp Lejeune, NC in November 2003, LCPL Binkley was transferred to the Marine Corps Detachment at the Presidio of Monterey, CA to attend the Marine Corps Intelligence School, Defense Language Institute/Foreign Language Center under the command of the Marine Corps Training and Education Command (TECOM) in Quantico, VA to study the Arabic language and its dialects.
Following a series of injuries sustained during recruit, combat, and subsequent training, LCPL Binkley was Honorably Discharged on March 15, 2005 from the US Marine Corps, but she maintained a fervent passion for her country, fellow Marines and Service Members, and their families. While enlisted, LCPL Binkley earned two meritorious promotions, a letter of commendation, and the National Defense Service Medal.
In the civilian years that followed, Ms. Binkley continued to serve her active duty counterparts and veterans alike through working at the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton, CA and Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. It was in Hawaii in 2008 that Ms. Binkley started her work with homeless Veterans through outreach programs with the VA.
After returning to Indiana to settle close to family, Ms. Binkley sought out Millerís Vets and the Hon. Judge Robert L. Miller, Sr. to continue her work with veterans. Ms. Binkley joined Millerís Vets as an Associate Adjutant in August 2010 and assumed the position of Drill Master in September 2012.
Ms. Binkley is currently also engaged in her career as a Long Term Care Administrator as well as maintaining her community and veteran advocacy positions as a member of the Veterans Advisory Council to the Second Congressional District of Indiana and a member of Young Professionals Against Poverty.