FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 21, 2008

CONTACT: Tom Plante, 908-527-4746
Seb D’Elia, 908-527-4419


Veterans Can Learn about Benefits, Health and Legal Issues
at All-Day Outreach Event in Cranford, March 5

CRANFORD, NJ – Veterans and their families from throughout Union County will have an opportunity to find out about their eligibility for benefits and government programs at a special outreach event at the Cranford campus of Union County College on Wednesday, March 5. The all-day event will be held in the college’s North Lecture Hall, located at 1033 Springfield Avenue in Cranford, across from Nomahegan Park, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

This countywide information and outreach event is sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and coordinated by the Union County Department of Human Services, Office of Veterans Services. Veterans and their families will learn about the benefits they may be eligible to receive from Union County, the State of New Jersey, and the federal government.

“A wide range of agencies will assemble at the college for the first time to show our veterans that we appreciate their service and we care about their families,” said Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada. “We hope that this outreach event will be beneficial for our resident veterans, their spouses and dependents.”

Among the Union County government services represented on March 5 will be the county’s Department of Human Services, Division on Aging; the One-Stop Career Center; Paratransit; the Office for the Disabled; the Division of Social Services; Consumer Affairs; the Union County Surrogate’s Office; and the Office of the Union County Clerk.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will provide medical information and on-site medical screenings, such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The Social Security office will also be represented. In addition, Central Jersey Legal Services and the Community Health Law Project will have attorneys present to answer questions and provide information about legal rights.

Veterans and their family members who are unable to attend this event may call
Union County’s Office of Veterans Services at (908) 659-7407, or the toll-free Veterans Hotline at (866) 640-7115 for information and assistance.