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INTRODUCTIONWelcome to the New Jersey Veterans BenefitsGuide. This guide continues a tradition of providing relevant information to New Jersey’s Veterans community.Keeping you informed is part of the NewJersey Department of Military and VeteransAffairs (NJDMAVA) continuing outreach efforts. Through extensive research and preparation,NJDMAVA has assembled valuable material into thisedition of the Veterans Benefits Guide. Many New Jersey Veterans areunaware of the numerous federal and state program benefits, entitlementsand services they have earned in defense of this great nation.Our website at https://www.nj.gov/military/veterans/ acts as a portalto assist New Jersey’s Veterans in obtaining information they need to access benefits and services more efficiently and effectively.We encourage you to contact the Department’s Veterans Service Officers for additional information and assistance when applying for a program, benefit or entitlement.“Serving those who served” are more than just our watchwords atNJDMAVA; it is a promise that we will support those whose service andsacrifice have ensured this nation’s survival.New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs1-888-8NJ-VETS ns/If you are reading this publication online, you can clickon any of the images or URLs to go to the link.Follow us on:1

MEDVA HEALTH CARE BENEFITS HEALTH ELIGIBILITY CENTER ICFor eligibility and additional information: (877) 222-8387. You may alsoAvisit the website at: www.va.gov/healtheligibilityLMEDICALUnited States Department of Veterans AffairsVeterans Administration (VA)(800) 827-1000VA MEDICAL CENTERS (VAMC) / CLINICSNew JerseyVAMC East Orange Campus, 385 Tremont Avenue (973) 676-1000VAMC Lyons Campus, 151 Knollcroft Road (908) 647-0180Brick, James J. Howard Clinic, 970 Route 70 (732) 206-8900Camden Clinic, 300 Broadway, Suite 103 (877) 232-5240Cape May Clinic, 1 Munro Avenue (800) 461-8262 Ext. 2850Elizabeth Clinic, 654 East Jersey Street, Suite 2A (908) 994-0120Hackensack Clinic, 385 Prospect Avenue (201) 487-1390 / (201) 342-4536Hamilton Clinic, 3635 Quakerbridge Road (609) 570-6600Jersey City Clinic, 115 Christopher Columbus Drive (201) 435-3055Marlton Clinic, 3000 Lincoln Drive East (844) 441-5499Morristown Clinic, 540 West Hanover Avenue (973) 539-9791/9794Northfield Clinic, 1909 New Road (800) 461-8262 Ext. 2800Paterson Clinic, 11 Getty Ave, Bldg. 275 (973) 247-1666Piscataway Clinic, 14 Wills Way, Building 5 (732) 981-8193Sewell Clinic, 211 County House Road (877) 823-5230Sussex Outpatient Clinic, 222 High Street, Suite 103, (973) 756-1504Tinton Falls Clinic, 55 N. Gilbert Street, Building 4 (732) 842-4751Vineland Clinic, 79 W. Landis Avenue (800) 461-8262 Ext. 6500PhiladelphiaCorporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC3900 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19104(215) 823-5800 / (800) 949-1001VAMC Coatesville,1400 Black Horse Hill Road, (610) 384-7711DelawareVAMC 1601 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington (302) 994-2511 / (800) 461-8262www.va.gov/directory/ is the website for the New Jersey, Philadelphia, andWilmington VA Medical Center facilities, with contact numbers and explanations of benefits.EYEGLASSES, HEARING AIDS AND DENTAL CARE / HEALTHEyeglasses and hearing aids normally require a service rating of 10 percent or more.Routine dental treatment for teeth or jaws is provided to Veterans who are 100 percent service-connected, have a service-connected dental disability, or are former prisoners of war.For active duty and retired members of the Uniformed Services, their families and survivors; contact the TRICARE Region East office at (888) 777-8343 or visit https://tricare.mil/2

MEDICAL&VETCENTERSHEALTH CARE FOR WOMENMany VA hospitals have VA Women Veterans Health Centers whose servicesinclude gynecology, sexual trauma counseling, mammography screening, andtransition assistance programs for women separating from the Armed Forces. Call(800) 827-1000 to find out if your local VA hospital has a Women Veterans HealthCenter or visit the website at: www.womenshealth.va.gov. For information on VAMammography, visit: www.va.gov/health/mammography.WOMEN VETERANS CALL CENTERThe Women Veterans Call Center staff is trained to provide women Veterans,their families, and caregivers information about VA services and resources. TheCall Center can be reached at (855) 829-6636 and is available Monday throughFriday 8 AM - 10 PM ET, and on Saturdays from 8 AM - 6:30 PM ET.VA NJ WOMEN VETERANS HEALTH CARE PROGRAMFor information on services and programs, call (973) 676-1000, (ext) 2716,or visit: www.newjersey.va.gov/services/women/index.asp.VA IDENTIFICATION CARDThe VA provides eligible Veterans with a Veterans Identification Card (VIC)for use at VA medical facilities. Only Veterans who are eligible for VA medicalbenefits will receive the card.The card’s purpose is for identification and check-in at VA appointments.It is important to keep the VIC safe and secure. Some bar code readers, including cell phone applications, can scan the bar code on the front of the card, revealing the Veteran’s social security number, making the Veteran subject to identity theft. If the card is lost or stolen, contact the VA medical facility where theytook their picture to request a new card be re-issued. The Veteran should receivea new card in 7-10 days. If the card is not received in that time, call VA at (877)222-VETS (8387).VETERANS IDENTIFICATION CARDThe VA also offers a card certifying proof of service. It can be obtained onlyby applying online at www.vets.gov.LOCAL VET CENTERSVet Centers offer broad readjustment services for combat theater and otherVeterans. They focus on counseling for military traumas, employment and familyissues. They also provide referral services for VA benefits, medical assistance, andliaison with community agencies. Individual and group counseling are availablefor Veterans and their significant others.The centers also provide substance abuse information, referrals and job counseling and can be reached at (800) 905-4675.To find your local Vet Center, call (800) 827-1000, or visit online at:www.vetcenter.va.govNew Jersey3Bloomfield Vet Center2 Broad Street, Suite 703Bloomfield, NJ 07003(973) 748-0980

Lakewood Vet Center1255 Route 70, Unit 22NParkway Seventy PlazaLakewood, NJ 08701(908) 607-6364 / (732) 905-0327VETSecaucus Vet Center110A Meadowlands Parkway, Suite 102Secaucus, NJ 07094(201) 223-7787CENTERSSouth Jersey Vet Center2900 Fire RoadEgg Harbor Township, NJ 08234(609) 487-8387Trenton Vet Center934 Parkway Avenue, Suite 201Ewing, NJ 08618(609) 882-5744DelawareWilmington Vet Center2710 Centerville Road, Suite 103Wilmington, DE 19808(302) 994-1660PennsylvaniaBucks County Vet Center2 Canals End Road, Suite 201BBristol, PA 19007(215) 823-4590Philadelphia Vet Center NE101 E. Olney Avenue, Suite C-7Philadelphia, PA 19120(215) 924-4670Philadelphia Vet Center801 Arch Street, Suite 502Philadelphia, PA 19107(215) 627-0238New YorkMiddletown Vet Center726 E. Main Street, Suite 203Middletown, NY 10940(845) 342-9917Staten Island Vet Center60 Bay StreetStaten Island, NY 10301(718) 816-44994

SUPPORT&SUICIDEPREVENTIONPOST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDERThe State of New Jersey offers a program that addresses the readjustmentconcerns of Veterans and offers treatment to combat Veterans of all war periods.Treatment is extended to the family members affected by the Veteran’s condition. State Veteran Service Officers can assist with scheduling counseling andfiling of any applicable VA claims. Contracted clinicians, experienced in PTSDcounseling, can determine the best course of treatment for the Veteran and theVeteran’s family.For more information contact a local Veteran Service Officer or call (888)8NJ-VETS (888-865-8387).NJ VET TO VET HELPLINENJ Vet to Vet is operated by Rutgers University and funded by the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. It is apeer-counseling program for assessing a Veteran’s mental health needs. The toll-free helpline is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week,for Veterans and their families. Services include: Veteran peer support, family support, clinical assessment, case management, referrals to a network of mental health providers, web-based peer support,and live chat. Call (866) 838-7654 or visit http://ubhc.rutgers.edu/vet2vet/.PTSD COACHPTSD Coach is a free, easy-to-use mobile application developed by the VA.Research studies have shown that PTSD Coach can reduce PTSD symptoms,especially when used as part of therapy. PTSD Coach is not meant to replaceprofessional care. Visit www.ptsd.va.gov/appvid/mobile.SUICIDE PREVENTION(800) 273-8255 (TALK)Recognizing suicide warning signs:- Thinking about hurting or killing yourself- Looking for ways to kill yourself- Talking about death, dying, or suicide- Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, etc.- Hopelessness, anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, mood swings- Feeling like there is no reason to live- Rage or anger- Increasing alcohol or drug abuse- Withdrawing from family and friendsPick up the phone if you are experiencing an emotional crisis and need totalk to a trained VA professional.(800) 273-8255 (TALK)SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENTVet Centers and VA Medical Facilities have substance abuse treatment programs. See page 2 for a list of locations. You may also contact Alcoholics Anonymous at: (800) 245-1377.5

SUPPORT SERVICESSupportive Services for Veterans’ Families (SSVF)Soldier On(866) 406-8449, www.wesoldieron.org/Community Hope(973) 463-9600, www.communityhope-nj.org/Volunteers of America(856) 854-4660, www.voadv.org/Coaching Into Care(888) 823-7458Operation Red Shield – The Salvation Army(888) 302-6100, www.nj211.org/Homeless Veterans(877) 4AID-VET (877-424-3838)Veterans Caregivers Support Line(855) 260-3274, www.caregiver.va.gov/Community Justice Center (Trenton)(609) 218-5120, atholic Charities(855) 767-8387, www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/Jewish Family Services(609) 822-1108Red lWounded Warrior Project(877) 832-6997, www.woundedwarriorproject.orgSalvation Army(908) 851-9300, https://newjersey.salvationarmy.org/USO (United Service Organizations)(888) 484-3876, www.uso.orgADDITIONAL RESOURCESNew Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs(888) 8NJ-VETS /6

SUPPORTSERVICESUS Department of Veterans Affairs(800) 827-1000, www.va.govVA Affordable Care Act(877) 222-VETS (8387), www.va.gov/health/aca/GI Bill(888) 442-4551, www.benefits.va.gov/gibillVA Life Insurance(800) 669-8477, www.benefits.va.gov/insurance/CHAMPVAMedical care for Veterans’ dependents and survivors call (800) giver-benefits/champva/Helpline (Agent Orange & Gulf War)(800) 749-8387Direct Deposit(877) 838-2778Headstone (status of claims only)(800) 697-6947New Jersey State Family Programs r Lawyers for Justice(973) 645-1955, www.vljnj.org/Legal Services: Military Assistance Project(267) 449-6067 www.militaryassistanceproject.orgVETERANS DIVERSION PROGRAMActive and former Service Members charged with certain criminal offensesmay be eligible for diversion to mental health and rehabilitative treatment rather than face traditional criminal prosecution. Veteran mentors assist Veterans tonavigate the justice system and get the help they need. The program offers access to counseling services for drugs or alcohol dependency, job placement assistance, medical services, and VA benefits. The preferred method to apply isonline through the NJDMAVA website at: rsion-program/.HOUSING7The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) VeteranResource Center (HUDVET) provides housing for homeless, disabled andlow-to-moderate income Veterans, and general home ownership assistance.For more information, call (202) 708-1112; Email: [email protected], or visit:www.hud.gov/hudvet.

HOME LOANSVeterans can apply for a VA home loan with any mortgage lender that participates in the VA home loan program. For more information, call (800) 884-5560,or visit: www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans.HOMELESSThe National Coalition of Homeless Veterans provides help for homelessVeterans nationwide. Call to find a local shelter at (800) VET-HELP.For information about the VA New Jersey Health Care System Program forHomeless Veterans, call (908) 647-0180 ext. 1-4217, (973) 645-3769.HOME KEEPER PROGRAMNew Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)(800) 2CENLAR (800-223-6527), www.njhousing.govTRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAMSNJDMAVA Veterans Haven-North and Veterans Haven-SouthNJDMAVA’s two transitional housing facilities, Veterans Haven-North inGlen Gardner, Hunterdon County, and Veterans Haven-South in Winslow Township, Camden County, provide effective, long-term rehabilitation services andemployment training for their residents. Veterans Haven North can be reached at(908) 537-1963 and Veterans Haven South can be contacted at (609) 561-0269.Hope House for Women with Children(201) 420-1070Homeless Multipurpose Center, Philadelphia(215) 923-2600STAND DOWNAssists New Jersey’s homeless Veterans’ “combat” life on the streets by providing necessities ranging from food and clothing to medical, legal and mentalhealth services. The committees are always looking for volunteers. If you needassistance or would like to volunteer, call (888) 8NJ-VETS (865-8387).NEW JERSEY TAX BENEFITSIncome Tax Exemption for VeteransYou are eligible for a 6,000 exemption on your income tax return if you area military Veteran who was honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances from active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States on or anytime before the last day of the tax year. Your spouse (or civil union partner) is alsoeligible for an exemption if he/she is a Veteran who was honorably dischargedor released under honorable circumstances and you are filing a joint return. Thisexemption is in addition to any other exemptions you are entitled to claim and isavailable on both the resident and nonresident returns. You cannot claim this exemption for a domestic partner or for your dependents. This exemption can onlybe claimed by qualifying Veterans; it does not pass through to a surviving vetexemption.shtml.Property Tax Exemption / Deduction for VeteransThe New Jersey Property Tax Exemption requires a Veteran to serve during a specific war time period. New Jersey amended wartime service criteria for the 100 percentDisabled Veterans’ Property Tax Exemption effective January 16, 2018. Wartime servicein a specified geographic location for a minimum number of days is no longer required.HOMELESS&TAXBENEFITS8

SERVICEORGANIZATIONSIf the Veteran was on active duty during any of the statutory service periods listed on theform, he or she meets the wartime service criterion for exemption. Other requirements,such as honorable discharge, property ownership, disability, etc., are unchanged. Thisamendment does not apply to the Annual Veterans Property Tax Deduction.Disabled Veteran Exemption requires a 100 percent VA Certificate of Disability. The exemption should be permanent and total, partial or temporary is nonqualifying. The property must be owned and occupied by the claimant, and mustbe their legal residence in this state.An annual Veterans Property Tax Deduction up to 250 requires citizenship,state residency, active wartime service in the U.S. Armed Forces, honorable discharge, property ownership, and the timely completion of an application. If living,the Veteran must own the property in whole or in part to qualify for the deduction.The surviving spouse qualifies if all criteria are met. Eligibility for the deductionis established as of October 1 of the pre-tax year. The application can be filed atthe local tax assessors office with appropriate documentation.GENERAL ASSISTANCEThe New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs provides advocacy for Veterans, benefits counseling and a variety of other services. For moreinformation, call (888) 8NJ-VETS (865-8387), or visit www.nj.gov/military.SERVICE ORGANIZATIONSThese organizations assist Veterans through the VA system and advocate forVeterans’ rights. They are not affiliated with the government.American Legion(609) 695-5418, www.njamericanlegion.org(973) 297-3226, www.legion.orgAMVETS(609) 526-4356, www.amvets-nj.org(877) 726-8387, www.amvets.orgCatholic War Veterans(609) 392-2303, www.ddeptnj.cwv.org(703) 549-3622, www.cwv.orgDisabled American Veterans(609) 396-2885, www.davnj.org(877) 426-2838, www.dav.orgIraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America(212) 982-9699, https://iava.orgJewish War Veterans(609) 396-2508, www.jwv-nj.org(202) 265-6280, www.jwv.orgKorean War Veterans of America(217) 345-4414, www.kwva.usMarine Corps Leaguewww.dnjmcl.org, www.mclnational.org9

Military Order of the Purple Heart(973) 297-3389, www.purpleheart.orgVeterans of Foreign Wars(609) 393-1929, www.vfwnj.org(816) 756-3390, www.vfw.orgVietnam Veterans of America(973) 663-3008, www.vvanjsc.org(301) 585-4000, www.vva.orgNew Jersey Association of Veteran Service Officers (NJAVSO)(732) 929-2096, http://njavso.orgEMPLOYMENTThe Department of Labor Veterans Program provides counseling, testing,placement and other assistance through local offices.New Jersey Department of Labor-One-Stop Career CentersVisit: plan/support/njccsites/one stop career centers.shtml.New Jersey Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists provide services to Veterans at One-Stop-Career Centers throughout the state.For the One Stop Career Center near you, call (877) USA-JOBS or visit:https://www.nj.gov/labor/.Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP)The DVOP provides job and training opportunities, with emphasis on Veterans with service-connected disabilities. DVOP specialists provide outreach andoffer assistance by promoting community and employer support for employmentand training opportunities, including apprenticeship and on-the-job training.LVERs are state employees located at the state’s local employment service offices who provide assistance to Veterans by supervising the provision of all services,including counseling, testing and identifying training and employment opportunities.US Department of Labor Veterans-Employment and Training Serviceswww.dol.gov/vetsRE-EMPLOYMENT ISSUESNew Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (NJ ESGR)Returning to pre-military job, call: (609) 562-5550VETERANS AND DISABLED VETERANS PREFERENCETo be eligible for Veterans Preference under New Jersey Law, Veterans musthave served on active duty during one of the following periods.1. World War II: 90 days active duty on or after September 16, 1940 andmust have begun on or before December 31, 1946.2. Korean Conflict: 90 days active duty on or after June 23, 1950 and musthave begun on or before January 31, 1955.3. Vietnam Conflict: 90 days active duty on or after December 31, 1960 andmust have begun on or before May 7, 1975.EMPLOYMENT&VETERANSPREFERENCE10

VETERANSPREFERENCE11Proper documentation is required: WD Form 53-55, DD Form 214, HonorableDischarge Certificate, and VA Disability Award Letter (if applicable).To be eligible for Veterans Preference under New Jersey law for the following peacekeeping missions, one must have served in Lebanon, Grenada, Panama,the Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Haiti, Operation Enduring Freedom, orOperation Iraqi Freedom, or on board any ship actively engaged in patrolling theterritorial waters of that nation for a period of at least 14 days beginning on orbefore the date of termination of that mission or operation.1. Lebanon Crisis: 14 days on or after July 1, 1958, commencing on or