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.

Veterans Job Fair @NJPAC April 12, 2016

The following was issued by The G.I. Go Fund a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides assistance to all military veterans with an emphasis on employment, housing, and securing educational and health benefits.

You’re invited to the 8th Annual Newark Veterans Job Fair at NJPAC.

The GI Go Fund is hosting our 8th Annual Newark Veterans Job Fair at NJPAC to provide jobs, college opportunities, and benefits to military personnel, veterans, and their families. The event will be held from 10 AM to 2 PM. The event is being held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Click on the link for directions to NJPAC.

Please register for the event by clicking on one of the two buttons below.

Veteran Registration link

Employer/Vendor Registration link

APRIL 12, 2016
10am – 2pm

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)
1 Center St,
Newark, NJ 07102

Download Event Flyer

If you have any questions or would like to register by phone call 866-389-4446.

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.

Veterans Event – Operation Stand Down – Morristown, NJ – January 18 & 19

A number of veterans and community agencies will host Operation Stand Down at the Morristown Armory on January 18-19, from 8AM to 5PM. A Stand Down, according to the groups’ press release, is a community-based intervention program designed to bring together in a single location homeless or needy veterans to begin to address their individual problems and to rebuild their lives.

At Stand Down events – patterned after the initial event in San Diego, California in 1988 – hundreds of homeless veterans are provided with a broad range of necessities, including food, clothing, medical, legal and mental health assistance, job counseling and referral, and most importantly, companionship and camaraderie. It is a time for the community to connect with the homeless veteran population and address this crisis that affects each and every town, city and state in this country.

For further information visit the Operation Stand Down Morristown page at http://www.shrm-morrisnj.org.

The Morristown Armory is located at 430 Western Avenue, Morristown, New Jersey.