FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 13, 2009

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tina Casey, 908-527-4346




Elizabeth, NJ – Union County is seeking volunteer mentors to participate in the Veterans Assistance Project, a new program that provides guidance and referrals to veterans who enter the court system.

“If you’ve been looking for a way to lend a helping hand, the Veterans Assistance Project can make all the difference in a person’s life,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “You’ll know that you guided someone through a troubling time and helped them come out stronger on the other side.”

Volunteer mentors reach out to military veterans charged with an offense other than a minor traffic matter. The program is particularly focused on charges that may arise from physical, mental, or personal issues, including drug and alcohol abuse.

A training session for new volunteer mentors will be conducted on February 18th in Elizabeth.
For information, contact Salvatore Mione, Union County Office of Veterans’ Affairs,

The Veterans Assistance Project is a statewide initiative of the New Jersey Departments of Military and Veterans Affairs, and Human Services.