The Union County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce that United States Navy Veteran W. Geoff Smith has been appointed as Coordinator for the Union County Office of Veterans Services.
“We appreciate our veterans, our active duty members of the Armed Services, and their families, and we are committed to reaching out, communicating, listening, and understanding. Geoff and his staff are there to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs assistance in navigating the complex system of military benefits and programs,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams.
The Office of Veterans Services is staffed by Veteran Service Officers, who are accredited by the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
In addition to providing one-on-one assistance, the Office of Veterans Services conducts outreach and community programs, including Union County’s annual donation of American flags, which are placed on thousands of military graves in cemeteries across the County each Memorial Day by local veterans’ organizations and members of the Commissioner Board.
Upcoming events include a golf clinic for veterans with disabilities, to be held at The Learning Center at Union County’s Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth on Saturday, September 10. In association with the Eastern Amputee Golf Association, the clinic assists in rehabilitation and well-being through the medium of golf and related activities.
The Office of Veterans Services also coordinates the Commissioner Board’s designated parking space program for veterans. Designated spaces are located at the Administration Building in Elizabeth, the Colleen Frasier Building in Westfield, Rahway River Park in Rahway, Ash Brook Golf Course in Scotch Plains, Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth, Warinanco Sports Center at Warinanco Park in Roselle, the Archery Range at Oak Ridge Park in Clark, Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside, and the 9-11 Memorial at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.
To contact the Office of Veterans Services call 908-527-4918 during weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or email W.Geoff.Smith@ucnj.org.
More details about the Office are available online at ucnj.org/veterans.
For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.
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