Operation Stand Down in Morristown

The sixth annual Morristown Veterans Stand Down will take place Thursday, September 28 from 11am to 1pm at the Ukranian American Cultural Center, located at 60 North Jefferson Road in Whippany.

This event offers New Jersey’s homeless and at-risk veterans personalized, one-on-one guidance to over 50 free federal, state, public and private supportive services, as well as information and resources. The event also provides social and personal care, including haircuts, legal resources, health and dental screenings, clothing, nutritious meals, housing referrals, information on VA benefits and employment assistance.

Free transportation for veterans is available for residents of the following counties:

Bergen County:
10:00 AM pickup – Returning veterans after event
1 Bergen County Plaza
Hackensack, NJ (building next to the Courthouse)

Essex County:
9:30 AM pickup – Returning veterans after event
East Orange VA Building #1
385 Tremont Avenue
East Orange, NJ (in front of main building)

Morris County:
10:00 AM pickup – Returning veterans after event
Morristown Train Station
122 Morris Street
Morristown, NJ (at front entrance to train station)

Passaic County:
10:00 AM pickup – Returning veterans after event
401 Grand Street
Paterson, NJ (City Administration Building)

Somerset County:
8:30 AM pickup – Returning veterans after event
Lyons VA Building #53
151 Knollcroft Road
Lyons, NJ

*Sussex County:
9:45 to 10:00 AM pickup – Returning veterans after event
Chatterbox Restaurant Park-and-Ride
1 State Highway 15
Augusta, NJ
*Veterans must contact the County in advance to sign up for the bus by calling (973) 579-0480. Bus will return with Veterans after event ends.

Stand Down in Morristown is organized and coordinated by the nonprofit organization
Community Hope. Their mission is helping individuals, including veterans, and their families, overcome mental illness, addiction, homelessness and poverty by providing housing and support services.

Apps For Veterans

This being Veteran’s Day it seems only fitting and right to take time to thank all our veterans. The information below is my small way of giving tribute to the fine men and women who have served in our Armed Forces. The following are resources I found while surfing the Web.

A number of smartphone apps have been developed for veterans. They include: 1) Position Report (POS REP) an application that connects veterans via GPS to an interactive social network. To download the app visit the POS REP website at http://pos-rep.com. (Source: September 9, 2013 article in military.com.) 2) Hiring Our Heroes. Featured last month in the U.S. Veterans magazine and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation webpage. 3) A White House blog article from 2012 details a number of “Apps for Heroes”. For details see the White House blog article and a link to VA Blue Button apps. 4) PTSD Coach. See National Center for PTSD for details. 5) Claims Coach, provided by the American Legion giving guidance through the process of filing for VA benefits.

Military and Veterans Benefits Insider’s Guide, includes 2013 Veteran’s Day discounts and free meals for veterans and their families. MilitaryBenefits.info is a non-government website.

Traditional websites for veterans are: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. A successful nonprofit serving a number of counties in New Jersey offering supportive and housing services for veterans is Community Hope, located in Parsippany. For more information call 855-483-8466. Other nonprofits offering outreach to New Jersey veterans and their families are Soldier On, 866-406-8449; and Volunteers of America Delaware Valley, 856-854-4660.