Gottheimer is Hosting a Veteran Resource Fair to Help North Jersey Veterans with Essential Resources and Perks

Gottheimer is Hosting a Veteran Resource Fair to Help North Jersey Veterans with Essential Resources and Perks

Joined by local organizations and agencies that help solve veterans’ issues

Above: Gottheimer with North Jersey veterans at his Veterans Resource Fair.

PARAMUS, N.J. — On April 9, 2022, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) hosted a Veterans Resource Fair to connect North Jersey veterans with more than a dozen agencies and community organizations local, state and federal, to help veterans and their families access essential resources. including health care, job opportunities, benefits, education, etc. Our nation’s brave veterans deserve access to the benefits and resources they fought for.

Gottheimer was joined by Bergen County Veterans Services, Bergen County Board of Social Services, Bergen County Housing Authority, Ramapo College, Bergen Community College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Bridge Medical Center, Taxpayer Advocate Service, NJ Division of Taxation , the NJ Division of Unclaimed Property, the NJ Department of Treasury, the VANJ Health Care System, the US Department of Labor and the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.

Gottheimer and his case team were on hand, talking with veterans and their families to help address issues like cutting red tape to access Social Security, VA benefits, past service medals, and more.

“There is nothing more important in this job than my responsibility to have the backs of those who have served our great country. Whether it’s the VA, a mental health issue, or helping a veteran find a job when you get home,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “I want to make it clear to everyone here that my door is always open for any problems you may have. We are always available to help you with things such as cutting red tape to access social security, VA benefits, and more.

Gottheimer continued, “Our fight for our democracy and our veterans is far from over, and I will never stop fighting for veterans. It is our duty as Americans not only to honor our veterans – all soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and women, and Coast Guard men and women – but to do all we can to fight for them – so they have the care they need, the benefits they have been promised and the support we all owe them.

Since arriving in Congress, Gottheimer has fought to ensure veterans have access to the resources they have earned. The first bill Gottheimer passed in Congress was to expand the hiring of veterans after 9/11, and he also led enacted legislation to address veteran and National Guard suicide.

Gottheimer cut red tape with the VA Community Care Network so eligible North Jersey veterans could be referred for health care services at Fifth District ImageCare Centers and Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. — allowing for shorter travel times and better access to care.

Last month, working with members of the Bipartisan Problem-Solvers Caucus, Gottheimer helped pass the Honoring our PACT Act in the House of Representatives, to help veterans exposed to burning fireplaces and toxic exposure – covering veterans dating back to 1991 and Operation Desert Storm, and through our more recent post-9/11 conflicts. Included in this bipartisan bill were key Gottheimer provisions to address the mental health effects of burning fireplaces for veterans and to ensure that VA information on toxic exposure illnesses is published in multiple languages, to help even more of our North Jersey residents, such as Korean Americans, Chinese American Veterans, Latinos and many more.

Additional legislation Gottheimer has recently fought for to help our nation’s veterans, service members, and their families includes:

  • Increase access to education: The bipartisan Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act to help expand access to GI benefits for members of our military who serve in the National Guard and Reserves, as they do not have the same access to vital benefits of the GI Bill.
  • Expanding access to mental health care: The bipartisan Student Veteran Counseling Center Eligibility Act, which will expand access to mental health services for veterans using their GI benefits at colleges and universities through established veterinary centers.
  • Improving access to education for families of veterans: Col. John M. McHugh’s bipartisan Survivor Tuition Equity Act, which will require public colleges and universities to provide in-state tuition to surviving families of military personnel who have died or become disabled, or which were previously ineligible to receive VA education benefits.
  • Supporting families of veterans: The bipartisan Protecting Moms Who Served Act, which requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to implement a Maternity Care Coordination Program that coordinates, supports and trains community-based maternity care providers to meet the unique needs of pregnant and postpartum veterans.

“Our goal in Bergen County Veterans Services is to help every veteran in the county achieve mental and physical safety,” said Shaun Hutchinson, acting director of Bergen County Veterans Services.

“The VA New Jersey health care system should work with Rep. Gottheimer’s office and other community partners to provide veterans directly with needed information about benefits and services in Northern New Jersey,” said Dave Brimmer, community outreach coordinator in the Office of the Director of the VA New Jersey Health Care System (VANJHCS)

“New Jersey Legal Services coordinates and supports the statewide Legal Services System, which provides free legal assistance to low-income New Jerseyans, including veterans, with their civil legal problems. . Through its work, the LSNJ strives to ensure substantive and procedural justice for people living in poverty. The Tax Legal Assistance Project within the LSNJ provides assistance in federal tax matters. This includes collections, U.S. Tax Court cases, audits, stimulus fund issues, and most Internal Revenue Service issues,” said Marcia Suarez, director of the Clinic for Low-Income Taxpayers.

“The Treasury Department and the entire State of New Jersey sincerely appreciate the sacrifices of our military veterans and active military members. While we can never fully repay these sacrifices, we are working diligently to make life easier for the military community, including easing financial burdens through tax benefits and other programs, and providing services to ease the transition to civilian life. We encourage everyone to check out our website for more information on these essential resources”, State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio said.

Watch Video of the Gottheimer Veteran Resource Fair here.

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