Ocean County Press Release
VETERANS SERVICES NOW AVAILABLE FIVE DAYS A WEEK AT THE SOUTHERN SERVICE CENTER IN MANAHAWKIN
OCEAN COUNTY'S Veterans Service Bureau is branching out.
A satellite office at the Southern Resource Center, 179 South Main Street (Route 9) is now open and staffed five days a week.
"Ocean County is home to more veterans than any other county in New Jersey and we are very pleased to bring this additional service to the southern half of the county," said Freeholder Gerry P. Little.
Little, who is liaison to the Veterans Service Bureau, said the same services available at the bureau's main office in Toms River are now available at the southern office.
Previously, the Southern Resource Center office had been staffed on a part-time basis.
"The Board of Freeholders saw a growing need to serve our men and women who have served their nation," said Freeholder Director Virginia E. Haines. "These additional hours will help our Southern Ocean County residents avoid the drive to Toms River."
While the southern office will be staffed Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm, Veterans Service Bureau Director John Dorrity asked anyone wanting to visit the office to make an appointment first.
"Some of the services we offer, including assistance with V.A. claims, can take some time," Dorrity said. "To avoid a wait, please call ahead first."
Appointments can be made by calling Denise from Wednesday to Friday at (732)929-2096.
Veterans in need of transportation to and from the office can also make those arrangements at the same time they make an appointment, Dorrity said.
Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Kelly said Ocean County has always taken care of its veterans.
"These brave men and women have made great sacrifices to defend our nation, our freedom and our families," he said. "Now that they have returned to civilian life, it is our duty to ensure that they receive all of the benefits they have earned and so richly deserve."
Services available at both the southern and main office include initiating and filing veterans' claims with both the state and federal government, filing for death benefits, burial benefits and other entitlements.
The Veterans Service Bureau also facilitates transportation to V.A. medical centers, lends wheelchairs and walkers to disabled veterans and can arrange counseling services for vets.
Working with nonprofits and other agencies the bureau can also assist returning vets with training and job placement services.
The Bureau's main office is located at 1027 Hooper Avenue, Building No. 2 in Toms River.