Ocean County Press Release
OCEAN COUNTY'S veterans' population will continue to receive assistance from the county's Veterans Service Bureau via the phone, Freeholder Gerry P. Little announced.

"While our county buildings are closed to the general public in most instances, we will continue to have staff at the Veterans Service Bureau to answer phone calls effective as of the morning of March 17," Little said.

The county enacted a State of Emergency on Monday closing all public buildings to the public for all non-essential business.

Veterans Service Bureau Director John Dorrity said he and members of his staff will be fielding calls from his Toms River office, but no formal interviews will be conducted.

"Somebody will be here answering the phone but everyone needs to know that all of our outreach programs have been cancelled," he said.

Veterans' staff will not be at the County Connection in the Ocean County Mall or at the Ocean County Southern Service Center in Stafford Township. The County Connection is closed entirely due to Governor Murphy closing inside shopping malls until further notice.

Vet Center and all other outreach programs are also cancelled.

Additionally, Dorrity said VA hospitals and Brick, Lyons and East Orange have been cancelling nearly all appointments.

"They cancelled two appointments for me personally," he said. "My advice is if you have an appointment at a VA facility, call first."

The VA strongly urges Veterans to call before visiting. Alternatively, Veterans can sign into My HealtheVet to send a secure message to VA or use telehealth options to explain their condition and receive a prompt diagnosis.

For more information on Veterans Services, call 732-929-2096.

For other county services the public should call the county's central switchboard at 732-244-2121. Also, additional contact information on all county government departments is available on the Ocean County website at www.co.ocean.nj.us.

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