State / Territory Benefits - New Jersey

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Summary: The State of New Jersey offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Income Tax Exemptions on retired military pay and property tax, State Employment Preferences, Education and Tuition Assistance, Vehicle Tags, New Jersey Distinguished Military Medals, Burial benefits, Free State Park Admission, Free Private Beach Facilities, as well as Hunting and Fishing License privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

 

State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

State Taxes:

Retired Military Pay: Military retirement pay is exempt from New Jersey income taxes.

Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before September 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability broad exemption from federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: VA benefits are not taxable because they generally are for disabilities and are not subject to federal or state taxes.

Military SBP/ RCSBP/RSFPP: Survivor's benefit is not taxable for New Jersey income tax purposes.

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Property Tax Exemption: Eligible Veterans and their Spouses are exempt from paying New Jersey Property Tax. The exemption, unlike the deduction, is prorated from the date the Veteran or Spouse filed the application with all required documentation. Many tax assessors exempt the property tax January 1 of the next year. The same prorated process applies to the surviving Spouse. Retroactive payment may be granted from effective date for a Veteran with a 100 percent permanent VA service-connected disability rating and is determined by each city council by resolution. The governing body has the discretion to grant a retroactive payment. They are only mandated to exempt property tax from the date the application is filed with all required documentation.

Eligibility: Veterans who meet all of the following criteria:

  • Served during a specified wartime period. (Must have served at least 14 days in combat zone (one day if deployment results in injury). Combat zone qualification is most frequently indicated by an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal)
  • Received an honorable discharge or under honorable conditions.
  • Rated 100 percent permanent service-connected by the VA. The 100 percent rating cannot be temporary or as a result of hospitalization, surgery or recuperation.

OR Spouses who meet the following criteria:

  • Not remarried. Even if the marriage is terminated by death/divorce, the Spouse is no longer entitled. However, if the marriage is annulled, the surviving Spouse regains eligibility.
  • Veteran previously received exemption prior to death.
  • Veteran would have been found eligible if an application had been filed prior to death.

And one of the following criteria:

    • The Veteran had to be rated 100 percent permanent VA service-connected prior to death. A Spouse is not eligible if the Veteran was rated less than 100 percent permanent service-connected, but died of that service- connected disability.
    • The Veteran died in active service during wartime in any branch of the United States Armed Forces.

Application Process The application at the municipal property tax assessor's office is signed and filed with the following documentation:
Property deed
--Discharge (DD214)
--VA Property Tax Exemption Letter: The letter must be requested by contacting the VA at 1-800-827- 1000. Do not submit the VA Award Letter indicating the monetary award. That may delay the effective date of the exemption.

Do NOT submit any medical documentation except for the VA property tax exemption letter even if the tax assessor demands it. The VA deems a Veteran 100 percent permanent service-connected disabled, not the tax assessor.

The Spouse may need to submit the property deed, a marriage certificate, death certificate, and discharge (DD-214) to the tax assessor especially if the Veteran did not claim the exemption but would have been eligible. If the Veteran or surviving Spouse moves to another residence (dwelling house) in the same municipality, a new application must be filed to continue the exemption.

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New Jersey Property Tax Deduction: There is an annual property tax deduction of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00). Application must be filed with all required documentation prior to December 31 of the pre-tax year. Documentation includes the property deed and discharge (DD-214) for the Veteran. The Widow may need to submit the property deed, marriage certificate, death certificate and discharge (DD-214). Continuance of Deduction The tax assessor may at any time require the filing of a new application or request documentation to determine continuance of the deduction. However, the tax assessor cannot require a new application from every Veteran or Spouse every year. Deduction for Cooperatives: For cooperatives, the procedure is different. The manager or superintendent must complete forms indicating the names and locations of the Veterans or Spouses within the co-op to the tax assessor. The deduction is then granted to the co-op, the co-op is responsible to either reduce the rent by deduction amount or present a check to the Veterans or Spouses. Refunds for Deductions: No Retroactive payment for the deduction for any previous year(s) when an application was not filed with all supporting documentation.

Eligibility: For Veterans:

  • Served during a specified wartime period. (Must have served at least 14 days in combat zone (one day if deployment results in injury). Combat zone qualification is most frequently indicated by an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal)
  • Citizen of the United States
  • Resident of New Jersey
  • Honorably discharged or released under honorable conditions from active service in a war-time period, in any branch of the U.S. Armed Services.

For Surviving Spouses:

The surviving wife or husband of a veteran who was a citizen of the United States and resident of New Jersey and one of the following:

  • Was receiving the deduction prior to the Veteran's death.
  • Would have been eligible for the deduction had the Veteran filed an application prior to death.
  • Has died on active duty in a wartime period.

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Education Benefits:

Operation Recognition: High School Diplomas for Veterans: This program awards a state-endorsed New Jersey high school diploma to any New Jersey Veteran who left a New Jersey high school to enter military service during World War II, the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.
Eligibility: New Jersey Veterans who are:
-- Current New Jersey residents
-- Left a New Jersey high school directly to join the military between:
September 16, 1940 - December 31, 1946
June 23, 1950 - January 31, 1955
December 31, 1960 - May 7, 1975
-- Discharged honorably or under honorable conditions
-- Veterans who were a member of any branch of service including Merchant Marine and Coast Guard

-- Veterans who have since earned a GED are eligible.
-- Diplomas may be issued posthumously. Surviving Family members of eligible Veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Tuition Assistance: Pays up to 75% of tuition costs at accredited schools only with a maximum of $100.00 per undergraduate credit and a maximum of $170.00 per graduate credit. Tuition Assistance may not be used together with any other federal program (i.e. the GI Bill)
Eligibility:
New Jersey National Guardsman (Army or Air) who must:
--Have completed Initial Active Duty Training.
--Be in good standing with your unit.
For more information about the following three programs contact the NJARNG Education Center at 3650 Saylors Pond Road, Ft. Dix, NJ 08640 or by phone 609-562-0654 Fax: 609-562- 0699.

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DANTES Tuition Assistance: Pays up to 75% of tuition costs for external degrees (Distance Learning Only.) There was a Fiscal Year 2012 cap of $4500.00 per Nation Guard Service member.

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New Jersey National Guard Tuition (Waiver) Program - 30 Participating State Schools. 100% tuition waiver (up to 16 credit hours per semester) at any New Jersey state (public), college/university, community college on a space available basis. Available through graduate level.
Eligibility: All members and surviving dependents of New Jersey Guard Service members:
--Must apply for financial aid annually (FAFSA)
--Complete NJDMAVA Form 621-2-R "Commander's Certification" every semester.
--Maintain academic standards set by the school.
--Each school has their own policies and procedures for administering the NJNGTP. You must find out which office is responsible for the program and meet with a representative from that office before you register. This will ensure that you follow the school's policy. For assistance at each school, contact the Veterans Affairs Representative, the Financial Aid Office or the Registrar's Office.

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Vietnam Veterans Tuition Credit Program: Veterans attending any approved educational institution may apply for the Vietnam Veterans Tuition Credit Program. Under the program, partial reimbursement is provided to the institution to offset the cost of the Veteran's tuition. Maximum reimbursement is $400.00 per year for full-time students, $200.00 per semester for full-time students and $100 per semester for part-time students.
Eligibility: To qualify, the Veteran must have been on active duty between Dec. 31, 1960, and May 7, 1975, and have been a legal resident of NJ at the time of entrance into or discharge from the service, or for a period not less than one year immediately prior to application.

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POW-MIA Tuition Benefit Program: Free undergraduate college tuition is available to any Child born or adopted before , during or after the period of time his or her parent was officially declared a prisoner of war (POW) or person missing in action (MIA) after January 1, 1960.
Eligibility: The POW-MIA must have been a New Jersey resident at the time he or she entered the service or whose official residence is in NJ. The Child must attend either a public or private institution in NJ A copy of DD1300 must be furnished with the application.

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War Orphans Tuition Assistance: Children of those service personnel who died while in the military or due to service-connected disabilities, or who are officially listed as missing in action by the U.S. Dept. of Defense may claim $500.00 per year for four years of college or equivalent training.
Eligibility: To qualify, the Child must be a resident of New Jersey for at least one year immediately preceding the filing of the application and be between the ages of 16 and 21 at the time of application. The Veteran must have been a state resident.

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N.J. Vietnam Vets Memorial Foundation Scholarship Program: Graduating seniors have until April 11, 2014, to submit their applications and essays to qualify for one of two scholarships offered by the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation. The scholarships, each in the amount of $2,500, will be awarded to high school seniors from New Jersey who plan to further their education either at a college or university or trade/technical school.  

Winners will be notified in early May and will be awarded the scholarship on Monday, May 26, 2014 during the Memorial Day Ceremony held at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial.  

In addition to the scholarship application and proof of acceptance to a college or trade school, all applicants must submit an essay about his/her visit to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, located off the Garden State Parkway at exit 116 in Holmdel.  

To assist students in writing their essays, the Foundation offers free, Veteran-led guided tours of the Memorial are available on Saturdays at 11:00 Am and 1:00 PM, during scholarship season (February through April), to accommodate students submitting a scholarship application.  Applications may be mailed or delivered to the NJVVM Scholarship Program, 1 Memorial Lane, P.O. Box 648, Holmdel, NJ 07733.

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Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.
  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.
  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.
  • Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.
  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.
  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.
  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

Primary Point of Contact:
Capt. (Ret) John Aslanian, Commissioner
Address: 24 Burchfield Ave, Cranford, NJ 07016
Email: john.aslanian@army.mil.us
Phone: 908-812-8729

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Employment Benefits:

Employment Assistance: Public employees are authorized up to 90 workdays of military leave per year.
Eligibility: New Jersey National Guard Service member.

Employment Assistance: Public employees are authorized up to 30 workdays of military leave per year.
Eligibility: Members of the Reserves.

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Reemployment Timetable for Citizen Soldiers: Employers must provide military leave of absence to the citizen Soldier (up to 5 years cumulative active duty).

Less than 31 days of service-Report next work day after safe travel from home and 8 hours rest
31-180 days of service -Apply for reinstatement within 14 days of release from active duty
Over 180 days of service -Apply for reinstatement within 90 days of release from active duty

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Veterans Civil Service Preference: Candidates who served in the military during World War II, the Korean Conflict, or the Vietnam Conflict are eligible for civil service Veteran preference if all of the following conditions are met:

  • They served for at least 90 days of active duty (the 90 day requirement does not apply if one received a service-incurred injury or disability); and
  • They were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable; and
  • The period of service was within the time periods listed in 1 through 3 below:

1. World War II - On or after September 16, 1940, and must have begun on or before December 31, 1946.

2. Korean Conflict - On or after June 23, 1950, and must have begun on or before January 31, 1955.

3. Vietnam Conflict - On or after December 31, 1960, and must have begun on or before May 7, 1975.

Candidates who served in the military during the peacekeeping missions in Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf (Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm), Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom are eligible for civil service Veterans preference if all of the following conditions are met:

  • They served for at least 14 days on active duty OR served at least one day on active duty and received a service-incurred injury or disability; and
  • The service was in the geographic area or on a ship patrolling the territorial waters of the nation, or in the airspace over Bosnia and Herzegovina; and
  • They were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable; and
  • The period of service was within the time periods listed in 4 through 11 below:

4. Lebanon Crisis - On or after July 1, 1958, and must have begun on or before November 1, 1958.

5. Lebanon Peacekeeping Mission - On or after September 26, 1982, and must have begun on or before December 1, 1987.

6. Grenada - On or after October 23, 1983, and must have begun on or before November 21, 1983.

7. Panama - On or after December 20, 1989, and must have begun on or before January 31, 1990.

8. Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf (Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm) - On or after August 2, 1990 and on or before February 28, 1991

9. Somalia - On or after December 5, 1992, and must have begun on or before March 31, 1994.

10. Bosnia and Herzegovina - On or after November 20, 1995 (and must have begun on or before June 20, 1998).

11. Haiti - On or after September 19, 1994, and must have begun on or before March 31, 1995.

12. Operation Enduring Freedom - On or after September 11, 2001 who served in a theater of operations and in direct support of that operation.

13. Operation Iraqi Freedom - On or after 19 Mar 2003 in Iraq or in another area in the region in direct support of that operation.

14. Operations Southern and Northern Watch - 14 days on or after August 27, 1992

Eligibility: To be eligible for civil service disabled Veteran preference, candidates must be Veterans as described above and must have incurred a disability. The disability must be one for which they are eligible to receive ten percent or greater disability compensation.

The following are eligible for civil service disabled Veteran preference, if the Veterans would have been eligible for civil service Veterans preference: Spouses of disabled veterans who are not employed in a New Jersey civil service jurisdiction and agree to waive the preference for the duration of the Spouses' employment; surviving Spouses of disabled Veterans who have not remarried; and surviving Spouses and Parents of Veterans who died in service.

The surviving Spouse of a Veteran who did not die in the service is entitled to the same civil service Veterans preference to which the deceased Veteran would have been entitled until such time as the surviving Spouse remarries.

Note: Candidates whose only active service was for training in connection with a Reserve or National Guard obligation are not eligible for civil service Veterans preference.

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Veterans Status for Civil Service Pension Plans: A pension is available to qualified Veterans. To qualify for Veteran retirement benefits you must be in active employment until the effective date of retirement. These benefits cannot be deferred. Veterans who continue in employment covered by Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) until they are at least age 60 with 20 or more years of service credit are entitled to an annual benefit equal to one-half of the salary on which pension contributions were made in any consecutive 12-month period which would provide the largest possible benefit to the member.

Veterans who are at least age 55 with 35 or more years of service credit are entitled to an annual allowance based on the following formula: Years of Service times last 12 months salary equals Maximum Annual Allowance. Veterans' benefits cannot be deferred and members must meet all the requirements to qualify. Veteran members may retire on the same basis as non-Veteran members if it would result in a higher benefit.
Eligibility: Any qualified Veteran (see above.) Family members are not eligible. A Veteran must apply for Veteran's status for civil service pension plans after employment. The payroll stub will indicate "Veteran." To Apply: Use "Application for Veteran Designation for Pension" - NJDMAVA Form 05A-02. See Appendix K for a copy of the form. To apply for Veterans Designation file the claim form with a copy of your separation papers (DD Form 214.) Mail the form to the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Bureau, PO Box 340, Trenton, NJ 08625-0340. NJDMAVA will mail you a letter of qualification or denial.

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Purchasing Military Service for Civil Service Pensions - PERS: Military Service Before Enrollment - Members of Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) may purchase up to 10 years of active duty military service rendered prior to enrollment provided the member is not receiving or eligible to receive a military pension or a pension from any other state or local source for such military service.
The statute specifically provides that the employer shall not be liable for any portion of the cost to purchase. The member is responsible for the full cost of the purchase. Partial purchase is permitted.
Military Service After Enrollment - Members may purchase military service rendered after August 1, 1974 if:

--You were a member of a New Jersey State administered retirement system when you entered the peacetime military service, and

--You return to employment within the time periods prescribed by federal law in a position covered by a New Jersey State-administered retirement system when you are discharged from or otherwise end your military service, and

--Within one year following the date of return to employment or the date initial pension contributions are certified to begin, you apply for or inquire in writing about the purchase.

A member may obtain a quotation of the cost of purchasing additional service credit by submitting a written request to: Supervisor of Purchases, Division of Pensions and Benefits, PO Box 295, Trenton, NJ 08625-0295 or by calling 609-292-7524. It is the member's responsibility to obtain certification of the employment from the former employer for the service credit being purchased if it is not on file with the Division of Pensions and Benefits. No quotations of cost will be calculated until verification of employment is received by the Division of Pensions and Benefits.

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Other Civil Service Benefits for Veterans Preference:
Appointment of Veterans:
Whenever a disabled Veteran or Veteran shall be certified to an appointing authority from an open competitive employment list, the appointing authority shall appoint the disabled Veteran or Veterans in the order of ranking.
Application of statues to promotions: Nothing contained in New Jersey statue 11A:5-4 through 11A:5-6 shall apply to promotions, but whenever a Veteran ranks highest on a promotional certification, a non-Veteran shall not be appointed unless the appointing authority shall show cause before the board why a Veteran should not receive such promotion.
Preference in appointment in noncompetitive division: From among those eligible for appointment in the noncompetitive division, preference shall be given to a qualified Veteran. Before an appointing authority shall select a non-Veteran and not appoint a qualified Veteran, the appointing authority shall show cause before the board why a Veteran should not be appointed. In all cases, a disabled Veteran shall have preference over all others.
Preference to Veterans in layoffs: When a layoff occurs, preference shall be given first to a disabled Veteran and then to a Veteran, but the preference shall apply only where the disabled Veteran or Veteran has seniority in title equal to that of a non Veteran also affected by the layoff.
Hearing on dismissal of Veterans: Before any department head shall dismiss any Veteran, such department head shall show cause before the board why such Veteran should not be retained, at which time such Veteran or Veterans may be privileged to attend. The board shall be the sole judge of the facts constituting such qualification.
Veterans not to be discriminated against because of physical defects: Veterans suffering from any physical defect caused by wounds or injuries received in the line of duty in the military or naval forces of the United States during war service shall not be discriminated against in an examination, classification or appointment because of the defect, unless this defect, in the opinion of the board, would incapacitate the Veteran from properly performing the duties of the office, position or employment for which applied.

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Employment or promotion of persons awarded Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Air Force Cross or Navy Cross: Any individual who has served in the Army, Air Force, Navy, or Marine Corps of the United States and who has been awarded the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, Air Force Cross or Navy Cross, while a resident of this State, and any individual who has served in the United States Coast Guard and who has been awarded the Medal of Honor or the Navy Cross while a resident of this State, shall be appointed or promoted without complying with the rules of the Merit System Board. The appointing authority to whom the individual applies for appointment or promotion shall, at its discretion, appoint or promote that person. Upon promotion or appointment, that person shall become subject to the rules of the Merit System Board. A person who qualifies under this section shall not be limited to only one appointment or promotion.

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Helmets to Hardhats: The New Jersey State Building and Construction Trades Council's Helmets to Hardhats Program (NJ H2H) is designed to help transitioning military personnel, National Guardsmen and Reservists find the careers in the building and construction industry. The program seeks to help military members find a career in one of 15 affiliated trades, such as electrical workers, carpenters and painters. They work in cooperation with the national Helmets to Hardhats program, adding a personal component to the program's on-line services. NJ H2H offers Veterans preparation for successful application to any of New Jersey's registered apprenticeship programs in the building and construction trades. Services include career counseling, entrance test preparation and referral to supportive services.

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License to Vend: Honorably discharged Veterans may obtain a no-fee license to vend any goods, wares or merchandise, or solicit trade within the state (NJSA 45:24-9). Licenses are procured from the county clerk's office (NJSA 45:24-10) and regulated by municipalities. Call your County Clerk to obtain additional information.
Food vendors must also comply with state and local health licensing requirements.
All vendors must register with the N.J. Division of Revenue, and collect and remit collected sales tax on required items.

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Licenses for Real Estate Brokers, Agents and Solicitors: Licenses for real estate brokers, agents and solicitors are also available at no charge to a Veteran who has war time experience and a service-connected disability certified by VA. The Veteran is required to take any prescribed qualifying courses and necessary state examinations.

The 1947 statute providing honorably discharged wounded or disabled war Veterans with a free license to operate as an insurance broker, agent or solicitor (NJSA 17:22-6) was partially repealed in 1972. In 1987, NJSA 17:22A- 21 FEES; Section d provided "The commissioner may, by rule or regulation, provide for the waiving of fees for disabled war Veterans of the U.S. Military Service."

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Unemployment Compensation:

Unemployment Insurance: New Jersey's Department of Labor and Workforce Development administers the Unemployment Insurance, providing temporary assistance to unemployed New Jersey workers.

To be eligible for unemployment benefits, you must have worked at least 20 base weeks in covered employment or you must have earned $7,300. For weeks worked in 2012, 2013, and 2014 the amount is $145. These wages must have been earned during a 52 week period that is called a base year.

If you have earned wages with the Federal Government or with a branch of the military, you must file your unemployment claim by telephone.

Before unemployment benefits can be paid to you, you must file a claim. There are three Reemployment Call Centers in New Jersey for filing new unemployment claims and reopening existing claims by telephone. The Reemployment Call Centers are open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Due to high call volume, the Division of Unemployment Insurance has reduced the days to file or reopen a claim for benefits by the last digit of your Social Security Number (SSN). Below is the scheduled day to call depending on the last digit of your SSN:

Last digit of SSN is 0 - 3 call on Monday.
Last digit of SSN is 4 - 6 call on Tuesday.
Last digit of SSN is 7 - 9 call on Wednesday.

Note: There are no restrictions on Social Security Numbers on Thursdays or Fridays.

Where to Call:

If your residence is serviced by one of the following One-Stop Career Centers, you will file your unemployment claim by calling the Freehold Reemployment Call Center at (732) 761-2020.

Dover

New Brunswick

Plainfield

Elizabeth

Newton

Somerville

Fleimington

Perth Amboy

Toms River

Morristown

Phillipsburg

Trenton

Neptune


Teletypewriter (TTY) users may file their unemployment
claim by calling (732) 761-2035.

If your residence is serviced by one of the following One-Stop Career Centers, you will file your unemployment claim by calling the Union City Reemployment Call Center at (201) 601-4100.

East Orange

Jersey City

Passaic

Hackensack

Newark

Paterson


Teletypewriter (TTY) users may file their unemployment
claim by calling (201) 601-4159.

If your residence is serviced by one of the following One-Stop Career Centers, you will file your unemployment claim by calling the Cumberland Reemployment Call Center at (856) 507-2340.

Atlantic City

Pleasantville

Vineland

Bridgeton

Salem

Westampton

Camden

Thorofare

Wildwood

Hammonton

Teletypewriter (TTY) users may file their unemployment
claim by calling (856) 507-2399.

If you worked in New Jersey and live in another state, you can file your unemployment claim by calling (888) 795-6672 (toll-free).

Your claim will be dated the Sunday of the week in which you call so make sure you call during the week you want your claim to begin. Our week runs Sunday to Saturday. Call volume is heaviest on Mondays, so for faster service, call later in the week.

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Department of Motor Vehicles:

License Extensions: If you are on active military duty, including New Jersey National Guard and Reserve, you are entitled to automatic extensions for your driver license, registration and inspection requirements.

  • Your license, registration and inspection documents will remain valid for as long as you are actively serving in the US Military
  • If you are demobilized, you will need to renew your expired documents within two weeks of your demobilization date
  • Law enforcement officials are aware of this extension. Please carry the extension letter along with your active duty military credentials at all times when operating a vehicle.

Registration Refunds: If you enter the US Armed Forces and have a valid New Jersey registration, you can get a refund for the remainder of the registration period.

To obtain a refund:

  • Write a letter stating the reason you are requesting a refund along with proof of service.
  • Complete and return a refund form (RU-9). Refund forms are also available at all MVC agencies or by calling (888) 486-3339 toll-free in NJ or (609) 292-6500
  • Return the original registration and the New Jersey license plates along with a copy of military orders and a copy of the out-of-state registration.

Service-Disabled or Blind Veterans: You may qualify for free registration if you meet the following classifications:

  • Are without sight as a result of war service and eligible for compensation from the state under N.J.S.A. 38:18-1
  • Currently have another service-connected disability and have qualified for a free automobile from the US Veterans Administration and:
    • You have a valid New Jersey driver license or a generated driver license number
    • The vehicle in question is equipped with special attachments or devices that may be necessary for its safe operation
    • The vehicle is properly insured by a New Jersey licensed company

To apply for free registration, visit any MVC Agency or call (888) 486-3339 toll free in New Jersey or (609) 292-6500 from out-of-state.

Mail the certified application with affixed seal or stamp of U.S. Veterans Administration to:

Motor Vehicle Commission
Government Unit
P.O. Box 016
Trenton, New Jersey 08666-0016

Once the free registration status has been established, all subsequent renewals can be completed by mail or at an MVC Agency.

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No Fee Automobile Registration: The Veteran must have a service-connected 100% disability rating and also be eligible for the automobile financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

In addition, the Veteran must have sustained the following injuries incurred or aggravated during active military service:

  • Loss or permanent loss of use of one or both feet
  • Loss or permanent loss of use of one or both hands
  • Permanent impairment of vision of both eyes to a prescribed degree. Veterans with best-corrected vision no better than 20/200 or less or field defect of 20 degrees or less are considered eligible.

To apply - Application for plates and registrations are processed by Motor Vehicle Services. Applications are available at local Motor Vehicle Agencies. For more information, call 888-486-3339..

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No Fee Automobile Registration for Medal of Honor Recipients: Medal of Honor recipients are eligible for a no-fee registration and will receive special license plates noting their award. For information call 1-888-486-3339. Please note: These plates are available through the mail or in person at the Special Plate Unit, NJ Motor Vehicle Commission headquarters at 225 East State Street in Trenton.

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Military Reserve Plates: Active or inactive military persons as certified by the appropriate military authority may purchase military reserve plates for passenger or commercial categories, but not for motorcycles. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine and Navy Reserve Units cost $25.00.

Other Military plates honor:

  • The National Guard ($15.00)
  • Disabled American Veterans ($15.00)
  • Combat Infantryman Badge ($15.00)
  • Medal of Honor (issued only to holders of the Medal of Honor at no charge)
  • Gold Star Family (no charge), apply through NJ Gold Star Mothers
  • Navy Cross ($15.00)
  • Silver Star (no charge)
  • Prisoners of War (no charge)
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars ($30.00).

Call MVC at (609) 292-6500 ext. 5061 or toll free in New Jersey at (888) 486-3339 ext. 5061 to request an application.

Mail the completed application to:
NJ Motor Vehicle Commission
Special Plate Unit
PO Box 016
Trenton, NJ 08666-0016

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Readjustment Counseling: This program addresses the readjustment problems of Veterans and offers treatment to combat Veterans of all war periods. Treatment extends to Family members affected by the Veteran's affliction. State Veterans Service Officers assist the Veteran with scheduling counseling and the filing of any applicable VA claims. Contracted clinicians, experienced in PTSD counseling, determine the best course of treatment for the Veteran and the Veteran's Family. Assistance is not limited by VA regulations or restrictions.

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Medical Benefits: State medical benefits provided for Soldiers on State Active Duty for greater than 30 days.
Eligibility: New Jersey National Guard members.

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Workers Compensation: National Guard Service members on State Active Duty receive worker's compensation. Injury and Death benefits are available through worker's compensation.
Eligibility: New Jersey National Guard Service member.

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Parks and Recreation Benefits:

Free Fishing and Hunting Licenses for National Guard Members: New Jersey National Guard members are eligible for free Fishing, Firearm Hunting, Bow Hunting, and Trapping Licenses.
Eligibility: New Jersey National Guard Service members.

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Licenses for Active Duty Service Personnel: Any person on active duty in the armed services of the United States, whether a state resident or non-resident, is entitled to hunt with a resident license. Service personnel may obtain a resident hunting license upon presenting proof of active duty to a license agent. A previous resident license (from this or any other state) of the appropriate type or proof of successfully completing the appropriate hunter education course is still required to obtain a hunting license.
Eligibility: Active Duty Service members.

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Fishing and Hunting Licenses for Disabled Veterans: The NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife will annually issue the following items FREE to each qualified disabled Veteran: a fire arm, bow & arrow, fishing or all around hunting license, a pheasant and quail stamp and a trout stamp. In addition, disabled Veterans may apply for free permits: one bow and arrow deer permit; one firearm (muzzleloader or shotgun) deer permit; one spring and one fall turkey permit for use during applicable hunting season. All rules and regulations pertaining to the lottery system and laws for each season still apply. Additional permits for added hunting opportunities may be purchased at the current rate of $28.00.
Eligibility: Veterans who are residents of New Jersey and who have been honorably discharged, or released under honorable circumstances, from active service in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States; Veterans who have been declared by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to have a service-connected disability of any degree. Applicants must provide verification of discharge and service-connected disability.

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Free admission to New Jersey State Parks for members of the New Jersey National Guard: The New Jersey Division of State parks and Forestry administers more than 325,000 acres of land. Facilities include 38 parks, 11 forest, three recreation areas, one golf course, 42 natural areas and 57 historic sites.

The New Jersey Division of State Parks and Forestry does not charge an admission fee for entrance into a State park or forest by any resident of the State who is an active member of the New Jersey National Guard who has completed Initial Active Duty Training.

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Free Beach Facility - New Jersey National Guard members can use the privately owned beach located at SeaGirt, New Jersey. Guard members can avoid the crowds at public beaches and enjoy summer activities with friends and Family.
Eligibility: New Jersey National Guard Service members.

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA): The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) offers low interest rate HMFA mortgages that provide Veterans and their Families with increased buying power and a savings of thousands of dollars in interest over the life of the loan. HMFA offers residential mortgages to United States Veterans through the Veterans Administration (VA) home buyer program. Private lenders that are approved to participate in the programs originate most HMFA homeownership loans.

Veterans can apply for an HMFA mortgage for any of the following: first time and urban home buyers, police and firefighters, purchase and rehabilitation mortgages, and reverse mortgages for seniors. More than 55 participating lenders with hundreds of locations throughout the state offer HMFA mortgage products, and can help determine the right mortgage for you.

VA home buyer loans often require no down payment and HMFA offers a below-market, fixed interest rate. Closing costs may not be included in the loan; however the seller is allowed to pay most costs, which makes it possible for a Veteran to buy with virtually no cash down. Closing costs generally include VA appraisal, credit report, escrow, title evidence, recording fees, a 1% loan origination fee and discount points.

A reverse mortgage loans allow seniors (62 and over) to access the equity in their home without a monthly repayment schedule for as long as they live in the home. Loan proceeds can be taken in a lump sum, monthly payments, line of credit or some combination of these options. Loan amount is determined by property value and borrower age. Counseling is required. No restriction on value of property. No income requirements or verification.
Eligibility: New Jersey residents must first be eligible for a federal VA guaranteed home loan.

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Veterans Transportation Program: This program assists the Veteran in need of transportation. The program originated due to the distance many N.J. Veterans had to travel to get to a VA facility for medical care. Free transportation is offered to VA medical centers and clinics, other hospitals, private physicians, VA Regional Office and local Veterans Service Offices in most counties. The State Veterans Service Officer in the county should be contacted to explain the details of the program, level of service in that county, qualifications and requirements, and assist in scheduling the transportation.

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Veterans Haven: The program is divided into three phases: treatment; self-reclamation; and community reintegration. Each phase lasts three to six months and is tailored to individual treatment needs and vocational interests. The Transitional Housing Program for homeless Veterans currently has two locations, Veteran's Haven North is located on top of a scenic mountain in Glen Gardner and Veteran's Haven South is located in Winslow, halfway between Atlantic City and Camden.
Eligibility:
Eligible Veterans are referred from a VA Medical Center after receiving a medical evaluation. To be admitted into the program, the Veteran must agree to a long-term program focusing on psychological, social and vocational rehabilitation. The program is drug and alcohol free, and has a staff comprised of professionals in the fields of mental health, addictions, social work, vocational rehabilitation and nursing.

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Stand Down Operations: Stand Down helps the New Jersey's homeless Veterans "combat" life on the streets by providing a broad range of necessities, including food, clothing, medical, legal and mental health assistance, job counseling, and referrals, but most importantly, companionship and camaraderie.

Membership is open to Veterans and volunteers over the age of 18 who are willing and able to give of their time, efforts and resources in assisting programs for homeless Veterans.

Program Goals:

  • Provide immediate short-term relief from the trauma and stress of homelessness and a safe haven for a short period;
  • Bring services and assistance into the field directly to the homeless Veteran; provide access to short term services and assistance such as food and clothing;
  • Provide access to longer-term solutions such as VA and social services benefits;
  • To build strong long term interagency and volunteer community working relationships;
  • To raise local and national awareness of the plight of homeless Veterans with the hope of increasing community involvement;
  • Start the healing process by returning self respect to a lost segment of our nation's Veteran's population;
  • To encourage replication of the program in other cities across the United States.

If you are interested in volunteering your time, efforts or resources in the Stand Down Program, call 1-888-8NJ-VETS.

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New Jersey Veteran Memorial Homes: The Division of Veterans Healthcare Services operates three modern long-term care nursing homes located in Paramus, Menlo Park, and Vineland. Comprehensive services and a deep concern for the residents go hand-in-hand at New Jersey's three state-operated veterans nursing homes. Around-the-clock medical and nursing care is provided by a full-time staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and trained nursing assistants. Rehabilitative services, such as occupational and physical therapies, speech therapy, and recreational activities are provided under the direct supervision of licensed therapists. Wide ranges of other medical services are also offered.
Eligibility:
The facilities are open to Veterans of all wars who served on active duty and were honorably discharged, qualified National Guard/Reserve Retirees, the Veteran's Spouse, and Spouses and parents of members of the military who were killed in action during a period of war (Gold Star Parent). A Spouse/Widow/Widower must be at least 50 years of age and must have been married to the Veteran for a period of not less than 10 years. Preference is given to applicants who were state residents for at least two years immediately prior to application for admission. Applicants must meet certain asset limitation criteria. Residents pay according to ability based on income.

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Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery: Free internment and perpetual care, in this cemetery is available to Veteran residents of New Jersey, their Spouses and dependent Children. The cemetery is located at 14 Chesterfield Arneytown Rd, Wrightstown, NJ 08562. 603-758-2400. Burial entitlements include a plot, grave liner, interment service, use of the chapel and maintenance in perpetuity, all at no charge to the Veteran or Veteran's Family. The U.S. bronze grave marker is provided by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The state provides the granite base.
Eligibility: Applicant to be interred must be a legal resident of the state of New Jersey at the time of death or have lived at least 50% of his or her life within the state. New Jersey residents who are eligible must be one of the following:
-- Service members who died while on active duty.
-- Veterans whose last active service ended under other than dishonorable or undesirable conditions.
-- Members of any reserve component of Army or Air National Guard or the Reserve Officers Training Corps of the Army, Navy and Air Force who dies under honorable conditions while on active duty for training or performing full-time service.
-- Members of a reserve component who has attained 20 years of service creditable for retired pay.
-- Certain World War II Merchant Marines and those who have attained Veteran status.
-- The Spouse, Widow, or dependent Child of any eligible New Jersey Veteran. Eligible Children must be unmarried and under the age of 21 or be an unmarried adult Child who became incapable of self support before reaching the age of 21 because of mental or physical impairment.

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Death While Eligible for Pension or Compensation: VA will pay a $300.00 burial and funeral expense allowance for Veterans who, at time of death, were entitled to receive pension or compensation or would have been entitled to compensation except for receiving military retirement pay. Eligibility also may be established when death occurs in a VA facility, a nursing home under VA contract or a state Veterans nursing home. Additional costs of transportation of the remains may be paid.
VA will pay a $300 plot allowance when a Veteran is not buried in a cemetery that is under U.S. government jurisdiction under one of the following circumstances:
--The Veteran was discharged from active duty because of disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
--The Veteran was in receipt of compensation or pension or would have been except for receiving military retired pay.
--The Veteran died in a VA facility.

The $300.00 plot allowance may be paid to the state if a Veteran is buried without charge for the cost of a plot or interment in a state-owned cemetery reserved solely for Veteran burials. Burial expenses paid by the deceased's employer or a state agency will not be reimbursed.

There is no time limit for filing reimbursement claims of service-connected deaths. In other deaths, claims must be filed within two years after permanent burial or cremation. For information on monetary benefits, call 1-800-827-1000.

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Military Funeral Honors: Military Funeral Honors are provided by the Department of Defense at no cost to the Family. The military service request at least 48 hours advance notice in order to organize the funeral honors detail. The core elements of the funeral honors ceremony, which will be conducted on request, include a minimum two-person detail, flag folding, flag presentation and playing of taps, which may be from a recording. The Veteran's parent service representative will present the flag.
Eligibility: Military members on active duty or in the Selected Reserve; Former military members who served on active duty and departed under condition other than dishonorable; Former military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and departed under conditions other than dishonorable; Former military members discharged from the Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.

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Burial at Sea: Burials at sea services are performed on naval vessels while deployed on official maneuvers. Due to operational commitments, allow a minimum of eight weeks for committal to take place. The commanding officer of the vessel will notify the Family of the date, time, longitude and latitude of the committal.
Eligibility:
--Members and retirees of the United States uniformed services.
--Veterans discharged honorably or under honorable conditions.
--United States civilian marine personnel of the Military Sealift Command.
--Dependents of members, retirees and honorable discharged Veterans of the United States uniformed services.

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Reimbursement of Burial Expenses in a Service-Connected Death: VA will pay a burial allowance up to $2,000.00 if the Veteran's death is service-connected. In some instances, VA also will pay the cost of transporting the remains of a service-disabled Veteran to the national cemetery nearest the home of the deceased that has available gravesites. In such cases, the person who bore the Veteran's burial expenses may claim reimbursement from the VA.

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Burial Flag: A United States flag may be issued for burial or memorial purposes in connection with the death of an eligible Veteran. Funeral directors will often obtain this flag for the Family. This is the same flag that is presented during military funeral honors.
Eligibility:
The same Veteran eligibility criteria used for burial in a VA cemetery is used for burial flags.

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Presidential Memorial Certificate: This is a parchment certificate with a calligraphic inscription expressing the nation's grateful recognition of service in the Armed Forces. The Veteran's name is inscribed and the certificate bears the signature of the President.
Eligibility: Honorably discharged, deceased Veteran. There is no time limit to apply for the certificate. To apply, the Family may request a Presidential Memorial Certificate either in person at any VA regional office or by U.S mail. Requests cannot be sent via e-mail. There is no form to fill out when requesting the certificate.

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Catastrophic Entitlement: A monthly entitlement of $62.50.
Eligibility:
The Veteran or Widow/Widower is eligible if the Veteran meets all the following criteria:

  • Is a wartime Veteran. See page 8 for New Jersey approved war dates.
  • Was a legal resident of New Jersey at the time of initial induction into the Armed Services of the United States.
  • Provides proof of discharge from the Armed Services indicating character of service that was other than dishonorable or undesirable.
  • Was a legal resident of New Jersey at the time of application and continues to reside in New Jersey except for reasons of health or employment. Proof of residency may be a New Jersey driver's license, a New Jersey voters registration card, a paid New Jersey real estate tax bill with the appropriate name(s), a deed to New Jersey property in the appropriate name(s), utility bills with Veteran's name and New Jersey address thereon or other similar documentation.
  • The Veteran must be in receipt of a 100% permanent service-connected disability rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that resulted from wartime service resulting in one of the following seven catastrophic disabilities or a combination of medical symptomatology of one or more of the catastrophic disabilities resulting in a 100 percent rating:
    • Loss of sight;
    • Amputation of both hands, both feet or one hand and one foot;
    • Hemiplegia and permanent paralysis of one leg and one arm or either side of
      the body;
    • Paraplegia and permanent paralysis of both legs and lower parts of the body;
    • Osteochondritis and permanent loss of use of both legs;
    • Multiple Sclerosis and the loss of use of both feet or both legs;
    • Quadriplegia

The Widow/Widower of those Veterans who were in receipt of the entitlement prior to their death or would have been entitled to make such application, are also eligible.

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Disability Compensation: The VA compensation program provides you monthly benefits if you are disabled because of an injury or disease incurred in or aggravated during your military service and for certain conditions which may develop after your release from active duty. Benefits are authorized based upon the severity of your claimed disability(ies). If your service-connected disabilities are evaluated as 30 percent or more, you are entitled to additional allowances for your dependents. Contact State Veterans Service Offices listed in appendix B for more information on federal VA compensation and pensions.

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Veterans Affairs Facilities in New Jersey

Veterans Health Administration
VA Health Care System
East Orange: VA New Jersey Health Care System

VA Medical Centers
East Orange: East Orange Campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System, 385 Tremont Ave, 973-676-1000
Lyons: Lyons Campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System, 151 Knollcroft Rd, 908-647-0180

Outpatient Clinic
Camden: Camden VA Outpatient Clinic, 300 Broadway, Suite 103, 1-877-232-5240 / Fax: 215-823-4514

Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Brick: James J. Howard Community Clinic, 970 Rt. 70, 732-206-8900
Cape May: Cape May County CBOC, 1 Monro Ave, 800-461-8262 x2850 / Fax: 609-898-9400
Elizabeth: Elizabeth CBOC, 654 East Jersey St, Suite 2A, 908-994-0120 / Fax; 908-994-0131
Hackensack: Hackensack CBOC, 385 Prospect Ave, 201-342-4536 / Fax: 201-342-8741
Hamilton: Hamilton CBOC, University Office Plaza, 3635 Quakerbridge Rd, 609-570-6600
Jersey: Jersey City CBOC, 115 Christopher Columbus Dr, 201-435-3055 x3305 / Fax: 201-435-3198
Joint Base Mcguire-Dix-Lakehurst: Ft. Dix OPC at Marshall Hall (642GA), Bldg 5437, 8th & Alabama Streets, 609-562-2999 / Fax: 609-562-5426
Morristown: Morristown CBOC, 340 West Hanover Ave, 973-539-9791 / Fax: 973-539-9242
Newark: Newark CBOC, 20 Washington Place, 973-645-1441
Northfield: Atlantic County CBOC, 1909 New Rd, 800-461-8262 x2800 / Fax: 609-872-1567
Paterson: Paterson CBOC, 11 Getty Ave, Bldg #275, St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center, 973-247-1666 / Fax: 973-247-7995
Piscataway: Piscataway CBOC, 14 Wills Way, Bldg 4, 732-981-8193
Sewell: Veterans Health Clinic at Gloucester County (642GD), 211 County House Rd, 877-823-5230 / Fax: 215-823-5265
Tinton Falls: Tinton Falls Community Based Outpatient Clinic, The Atrium, 55 North Gilbert St, Building 4, 1st floor, Suite 4101, 732-842-4751
Vineland: Cumberland County CBOC, 1051 West Sherman Ave, Bldg 3 Unit B, 800-461-8262 x6500 / Fax: 856-794-2760
Vineland: VA Clinic NJ Veterans Memorial Home (460HG), Northwest Blvd, 856-692-1588

Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Bloomfield: Bloomfield Vet Center, 2 Broad St, Suite 703, 973-748-0980 / Fax: 973-743-0380
Ewing: Trenton Vet Center, 934 Parkway Ave, Suite 201, 609-882-5744 / Fax: 609-882-5743
Lakewood: Lakewood Vet Center, 1255 Route 70; Unit 32N, Parkway Seventy Plaza, 908-607-6364 / Fax: 732-905-0329
Secaucus: Secaucus Vet Center, 110A Meadowlands Parkway, Suite 102, 201-223-7787 / Fax: 201-223-7707
Ventnor: Ventnor Vet Center, 6601 Ventnor Ave, Suite 105, Ventnor Bldg, 609-487-8387 / Fax: 609-487-8910

Veterans Benefits Administration
Regional Office
Newark: Newark Regional Office, 20 Washington Place, 1 800-827-1000

Intake Site (Pre-Discharge Claims Assistance)
Colt's Neck: Earle Naval Weapons, 201 Hwy 34, Bldg C59
Fort Dix: Fort Dix, HQ, US Army Garrison, HRM, Bldg 5418
Lakehurst: Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station
McGuire AFB: McGuire Air Force Base

National Cemetery Administration
National Cemetery
Beverly: Beverly National Cemetery, 916 Bridgeboro Rd, 215-504-5610 / Fax: 215-504-5611
Pennsville: Finn's Point National Cemetery, 454 Ft. Mott Rd, 215-504-5610 / Fax: 215-504-5611

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Military Installations in New Jersey

Active
Army
Picatinny Asenal
JBMDL - Ft. Dix

Navy
Earle Naval Weapons Station
JBMDL - Lakehurst

Air Force
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

National Guard
New Jersey Army National Guard
New Jersey Air National Guard
177th Fighter Wing
108th Wing

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Resources

http://www.cem.va.gov/cem/pmc.asp

http://www.goang.com/Benefits?tab=2

http://www.nj.gov/military/veterans/index.html

http://www.njarmyguard.com/

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

http://www.njbctc.org/h2h/

http://www.njfishandwildlife.com

http://www.njslom.org/natl_guard_leave_rights.html

http://www.retirementliving.com/taxes-kansas-new-mexico#NEWJERSEY

http://www.ssa.gov/woundedwarriors/

http://www.state.nj.us/military/veterans/njguide/index.html

http://www.state.nj.us/military/veterans/njguide/VetsGuide2006.pdf

http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Vehicle/MilitaryPersonnel.htm

http://www.vba.va.gov/survivors/agencies.htm

http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?State=NJ&dnum=ALL

http://mic3.net/pages/contact/Map/newjersey.aspx

http://www.dol.gov/elaws/vets/realifelines/stateinfo.htm?state=NJ

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Document Review Date: 26 February 2014