Friends and Fellow Veterans, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for the great support you have given the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The pace over the past six weeks has been especially demanding; whether it was troop departures, Welcome Home Ceremonies or Veterans Day, you have been there to support us. Thank You!
Once again, we need the help of each and every Veteran activist in spreading the word about our latest initiative, The Veterans Outreach Program. Featured on the cover of this issue, we are undertaking this effort for two distinct reasons: to educate more of our veterans on benefits and to address issues raised in a series of recently released federal reports.
First, as I travel the state and talk with Veterans, it is surprising how many are not aware of the programs and services this Department provides to them and their families. The Outreach Program is designed to bring that message to as many people as possible, by staffing an informational display in heavily trafficked locations. You can help by spreading that word as well, anytime you meet and speak with another Veteran.
Second, a series of recently released
reports stated that New Jersey’s
Veterans receive less compensation
from the U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs than Veterans in other states; a
Of New Jersey’s 600,000 Veterans, only
eight percent receive such benefits.
This means that 12,000 NJ Veterans
who could be receiving benefits are
not! Through the Veterans Outreach
Finally, on behalf of Your Veterans Team, please accept our Best Wishes for the Healthiest and Happiest of Holiday Seasons!
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