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Veterans

Local and State Resources for Caregivers of Veterans
Additional information for those who provide care for a veteran can be found in Chapter 3 of Section D in United Way’s “Pathways for Caregivers” guide.
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Northern New Jersey County Contact Points for Veterans

Essex County
Veterans Bureau
50 South Clinton Street, Suite 3200, East Orange NJ
973.395.8394

Morris County
Department of Human Services: Veterans Services
340 W. Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, NJ
Information: 973.285.6868 or click here

Somerset County
Department of Veterans Services
92 E. Main Street, Somerville, NJ
Information: 908.704.6329 or click here

Sussex County
Department of Human Services: Veterans Services
Interment Officer, PO Box 844, Stanhope, NJ. 
Information: 973.347.8333

Warren County
Department of Human Services: Veterans Services
Interment Officer: 8 Hughes Lane, Belvidere NJ, 908.475.2413
Assistant Supervisor: 6 Hemlock Lane, Belvidere NJ, 908.475.5098

Benefits for Traumatic Brain Injury
For veterans with service-connected traumatic brain injury (TBI) who also have one of five other illnesses (Parkinson's disease, dementia, depression, seizures or certain diseases of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands,) their second illness will also be considered as service-connected in figuring the amount of their VA disability compensation.
Information: Click here and search on VA to Expand Benefits for Traumatic Brain Injury

Bravest First
Youth & Family Counseling Service offers free individual, couples, family and group counseling for anyone who has served in the Military. Youth & Family Counseling Service is located at 233 Prospect St., Westfield.
Information: 908.233.2042 or email Carol M. Pedro at cpedro@yfcsnj.org  

DOD Caregiver Peer-to-Peer Support Initiative
Face-to-face, confidential, non-medical counseling to service and family members, including caregivers at Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force installations. Also voluntary peer-to-peer forums provide confidential, non-medical counseling to caregivers.
Information: Click here

Education Opportunities Online for Veterans
Thanks to the GI Bill, the men and women returning home will be able to transition into civilian life a little more smoothly, including earning secondary education. 
Information: Click here

Income Tax Exemption for Veterans
New for 2017, military veterans may be eligible for up to a $3,000 exemption on their Income Tax return. Spouses/Civil unions partners may also be eligible for deductions if filing a joint return. To qualify, veterans must submit a form to the state along with a copy of his/her DD214 form. This may be done during tax season or beforehand.
Information: Click here
  
Medical Foster Home Program, NJ
Offers veterans safe, long-term care in the home of an approved MFH Caregiver, with case management visits by Nurse Practitioner, Social Worker, Dietician, Physical Therapist and a Recreational Therapist. May also include a Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, and Doctor. Information: Terence Walden, RCS – VA NJ Health Care System, 908.647.018, x1554
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National Caregiver Support Line and Website for Veterans and their Caregivers
Primary resource/referral center to assist caregivers, veterans and others who help care for veterans with information on community caregiver support resources and referral to dedicated Caregiver Support Coordinators in every VA Medical Center. Also provides information about caregiver benefits associated with Public Law 111-163.  The Line is open Monday to Friday 8:00am - 11:00pm and Saturday 10:30am - 6:00pm EST. 
Information: Toll-free 855.260.3274 or click here

Social Security Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors
Information about how Social Security expedites disability benefits for wounded warriors.
Information: Click here

Surviving Spouses of Veterans & Automatic Burial Payments
New 2014 regulations permit the VA to automatically pay the maximum burial allowance to a surviving spouse without the need for an application.  For deaths related to military service, the maximum burial allowance is $2,000.00. For non-service connected deaths the allowance is $300.00 (unless the veteran was hospitalized by the VA at death, then it is $700.00).
Information: Click here

VA NJ Health Care System Caregiver Support Group: Lyons
Caring for the Caregiver: Telephone & Face to Face Support Group
For caregivers of veterans of all eras. Meets 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at the Lyons Campus, 151 Knollcroft Road, Lyons. Group can also be accessed via telephone call in.  Information: 908.647.0180, x4003

Veterans Aid & Attendance Pension Benefit (A&A benefit)                                                  The VA’s A&A program provides some low-income veterans who qualify for a VA pension with a modest supplemental benefit to help pay for assisted living or in-home personal care. This benefit provides up to $1,794 per month to a veteran, $1,153 to a surviving spouse or $2,127 to a couple. The money, which is tax-free, can be used for in-home care, board and care, an assisted living community or a private-pay nursing home. This is helpful for many vets and their families because neither Medicare nor Medicaid pays for assisted living care.                                                                                                                                         Information: Click here for eligibility and senior care options

Video on Veterans’ Benefits
For an overview of benefits, watch Session 5 of the Informed Caregivers Video Series, which can be viewed online.
Information: Click here

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