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Director of Veteran’s Healthcare Services

Sean P. VanLew Sr.

Director Sean P. VanLew Sr.

Sean P. VanLew Sr. is the Director of Veteran’s Healthcare Services for the Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs and supervises the management of the three veteran’s memorial homes located in Paramus, Menlo Park and Vineland.

Director VanLew began his career with the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs at the New Jersey Youth ChalleNGe Academy at Fort Dix in 1995. In 2008, Director VanLew was assigned to Veteran’s Haven, a 53-bed transitional housing program for homeless Veterans in Winslow, N.J., as Assistant Superintendent. In 2010, Director VanLew became the superintendent of the facility and supervised a $5.4 million dollar expansion project which increased its capacity to 100 beds.

In 2012, Director VanLew was tasked to open a second transitional housing program in Glen Gardner. On Sept. 1, 2012, Veteran’s Haven North opened with Director VanLew serving as the superintendent.

Director VanLew is a combat veteran, who served with the 3rd Armor Division in the Federal Republic of Germany and then with the 101st Airborne Division as an anti-tank infantryman during Operations’ Desert Shield/Desert Storm. After active duty, Director VanLew served for six years in the New Jersey Army National Guard.

His military decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with one Oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Saudi Arabian Medal for the Liberation of Kuwait, and the Kuwait Medal for the Liberation of Kuwait. Additionally, Director VanLew earned the Combat Infantry and the Air Assault badges.

Director VanLew earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education in 1997 from Kean College.

(Current as of May 2017)