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VA Health Benefits - To receive a VA Healthcare Eligibility Form 10-10EZ, Benefit Brochure or for any assistance, call 877-222-8387, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Internet access is available at www.va.gov/healtheligibility or benefit.va.gov, or you can call 800-983-0936.

Jersey Cape Military Spouses' Club - Membership in the Jersey Cape Military Spouses' Club (JCMSC) is open to all branches and all ranks (active duty, retired, reserves) of the military and to other individuals interested in the purpose of the club. The purpose of this organization is to promote the morale and well-being of uniformed personnel and their families, by engaging in any charitable and social activities decided on by the members, and to provide educational monetary awards for college-bound students. You can contact the Jersey Cape Military Spouses' Club by email at JCMilitarySpousesClub@gmail.com or by mail at P.O. Box 2354, Cape May, NJ 08204. Their website is http://jcmilitaryspousesclub.org

In-State Tuition For NJ Vets - Military veterans from all states will qualify for in-state tuition at New Jersey’s public colleges and universities under the "New Jersey Tuition Equality for America’s Military (NJTEAM) Act" (A3967), which implements a federal law requiring in-state tuition rates for recent veterans, and expands it to include veteran's spouses and children.

Free Legal Help For Veterans - Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ) is offering legal assistance for veterans in New Jersey needing help with military records corrections or discharge upgrades. To apply for this help, call 973-645-1955

Veterans Crisis Line - The Veterans Crisis Line is a toll-free, confidential resource that connects veterans in crisis, and their families and friends, with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders. Veterans and their loved ones can call 800-273-8255 and press "1", or chat on line at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net to receive free confidential support 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year (even if they are not registered with the Department of Veterans Affairs or enrolled in VA health care).

Veterans' Radio Program - The radio program, "Welcome Home Veterans", is aired on WIBG 1020 AM every Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Call in at 609-398-1020.

Dinners At Belleplain VFW - The Belleplain VFW Post hosts a dinner every Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., featuring home-cooked meals at the post, located at 556 Woodbine Avenue. The cost for a dinner is $10, and funds raised are used to benefit veterans in the area.

VA Call Center Helps With Billing - Veterans can now work directly with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to resolve debt collection issues resulting from inappropriate or delayed Choice Program billing. In step with MyVA's efforts to modernize the VA's customer-focused, Veteran-centered services capabilities, a Community Care Call Center has been set up for veterans experiencing adverse credit reporting or debt collection resulting from inappropriately-billed Choice Program claims. Veterans experiencing these problems can call 1-877-881-7618 for assistance.

Free Fishing And Hunting Licenses - The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife will annually issue the following items FREE to each qualified disabled veteran: a fire arm, bow and arrow, fishing or all-around hunting license, a pheasant and quail stamp, a state duck stamp and a trout stamp. In addition, disabled veterans may apply for FREE permits (for use during applicable hunting season): one bow and arrow deer permit, one firearm (muzzleloader or shotgun) deer permit and one spring and one fall turkey permit.

Veterans' Honorary Designation - To honor our military veterans, a special designation has been created for display on veterans' drive's licenses and non-driver ID cards. Visit any Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) agency and bring both of the following documents to received your veteran’s recognition sticker. The sticker will come with instructions for attaching it properly to your driver's license or non-driver ID card. Bring: 1. Your current NJ driver's license or non-driver ID card and 2. The original or a photocopy of your military discharge document.

Healthcare Eligibility Forms - To receive VA Healthcare Eligibility Form 10-10EZ, Benefit Brochure, or any assistance, call 877-222-8387 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Internet access is www.va.gov/healtheligibility or ebenefit.va.gov. You can also call toll free 800-983-0936.

Caregiver Support Line - With the VA's Caregiver Support Line, assistance is just a quick phone call away. Whether you're in need of immediate assistance or have questions about what services you may be eligible for, the caring licensed professionals who answer the support line can tell you about the assistance available from the VA, help you access services, connect you with the Caregiver Support Coordinator at a VA Medical Center near you, and just listen, if that's what you need right now. If you're just getting started with the VA, calling the Caregiver Support Line is a great first step to take to learn more about the support that's available to you. 855-260-3274.

Free State Park Admission - 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 and who has completed Initial Active Duty Training.

Emergency Care In A Private Hospital - To receive emergency care in a private hospital, you must have used the VA Healthcare within the last 24 months. Notify any VA within 72 hours for transfer to a VA Medical Center, if in a stable condition. Call Wilmington V.A. Medical Center at 800-461-8262 or 800-450-8262 (fee basis dept.). The national number is 800-827-1000.

The National Resource Directory - The National Resource Directory (NRD) provides Wounded Warriors, service members, veterans, their families and others who support them access to more than 17,500 federal, state and local services and resources to support recovery, rehabilitation, and community integration. The NRD is available at https://nrd.gov

New Jersey Hearing Aid Project - Free refurbished hearing aids for eligible low-income seniors are available through an innovative initiative launched by the New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DDHH), Montclair State University, and Sertoma/Hearing Charities of America. Eligibility will be limited to those individuals who are at least 65 years of age, are New Jersey residents and who have an income not exceeding 250% of the federal poverty level: $26,655 if single, $32,680 if married. The project involves collecting used hearing aids, reconditioning the devices and dispensing to eligible New Jersey residents. When the hearing devices are no longer needed by project participants, they would be returned to the project and made available for another consumer. For more information call 609-588-2648, 800-792-8339 or 609-503-4862.

New Jersey Military CDL Skills Waiver Program - The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission is helping military personnel transition their military driving experience into civilian employment. By waiving the CDL (Commercial Driver License) Skills Test (behind-the-wheel exam), qualified military applicants will no longer need to provide a commercial vehicle in order to obtain a NJ CDL license. Veterans seeking the CDL waiver must meet certain requirements and present specific documentation, including:
* Satisfactory proof he/she was a member of a branch of the active or reserve component of the military within the last 90 days in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle equivalent to a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV).
* A current or expired military commercial driver's license and a valid New Jersey driver's license.
* A completed Military CDL Skills Test Waiver Form certified by a commanding officer.
* Successful completion of a CDL knowledge and vision test
* Presenting 6 Points of Identification and proof of primary address
* A CDL Holder Self-Certificate and Medical Examiner"s Certificate

Volunteer At The Animal Shelter - Veterans who would like to volunteer with dogs or cats are welcome to come to the Cape May County Animal Shelter. Vets with PTSD who work with shelter animals may find it very therapeutic. It's a win-win for everybody! The shelter is located at 110 Shelter Road, Cape May Court House. They are open daily 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call them at (609) 465-8923.

Online Shopping Exchanges - Honorably-discharged veterans will be eligible to shop all online exchanges beginning November 11, 2017. Go online to www.vetverify.org/index.xhtml and fill out the secure form to establish your eligibility.

Free Service For The Elderly And Disabled - CONTACT Cape-Atlantic is like a friend who calls daily to say hello and check that all is well. If you are interested in receiving their free telephone reassurance calls, contact Debbi Holland at (609) 823-0762 to find out more.

County Board Of Social Services - Many gift-giving programs funnel donations through the County Office Board of Social Services. If you are a client of the Board of Social Services, contact them to see if they can help you. Cape May County Board of Social Services, 4005 Route 9 South, Rio Grande, NJ. 08242, 609-886-6200.

U.S. Tech Vets - U.S. Tech Vets is a free online community facilitating veteran transitions to civilian careers with the technology industry and connecting employers across the country with veteran and military spouse candidates. Visit www.ustechvets.org to access thousands of job postings in the tech sector and find tools and resources to help you transition to a civilian career.

Wheels Helping Warriors - Your donated vehicle can go far in helping severely-injured veterans through the "Wheels Helping Warriors" organization. Donations are sold at auction, with proceeds going toward programs and services for veterans and their families. You may also receive a tax break. Pickup is free. Visit online: WheelsHelpingWarriors.org or call 884-206-9737.

Traumatic Brain Injury Program - Approximately 300,000 veterans sustained a TBI (traumatic brain injury) as a result of serving in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The TBI Program, funded by NYC City Council, is offering services to fill this gap in treatment. For information, call (855) 698-4677 or e-mail militaryfamilyclinic@nyumc.org.

Seamless Care For Traveling Veterans - Planning on traveling? Take your VA healthcare with you, with Seamless Care for Traveling Veterans. Your Traveling Veteran Coordinator or your Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) at your local Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) can help you. You can call anytime, but it's best to notify your Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT), which is located within your primary care clinic, of your travel destination(s) and temporary address at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to departure or as soon as possible. Give your contact telephone number, arrival and departure dates, and any specific care concerns. Your VA PACT will consult with the Traveling Veteran Coordinator to manage your care at an alternate VA facility. When you contact your PACT, have the following information available:
* the travel destination(s) and temporary address(es)
* a valid telephone number
* arrival and departure dates
* specific care concerns
For more information, contact VA Traveling Vet Coordinator Colleen Donahue: email colleen.donahue@va.gov, Office (302) 994-2511 EXT 4488, Cell (302) 994-2511 EXT 7859. The Veterans Liaison at Congressman LoBiondo’s office is Mike Francis, (609) 625-5008.

Veterans Crisis Line - The Veterans Crisis Line is a toll-free, confidential resource that connects veterans in crisis, and their families and friends, with qualified, caring Dept. of Veterans Affairs responders. Veterans and their loved ones can call 800-273-8255 and press "1", or chat on line at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net to receive free confidential support 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year (even if they are not registered with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs or enrolled in VA health care).

Volunteer Lawyers For Justice Free Legal Help For Vets - Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ) is offering legal assistance for Veterans in New Jersey needing help with military records corrections or discharge upgrades. To apply for this help, call 973-645-1955.

Jersey Cape Military Spouses' Club - If you are a military spouse and are new to the area or have been in Southern New Jersey and are just now finding out about the club, consider joining the Jersey Cape Military Spouses' Club (JCMSC). Membership is open to all branches and all ranks (active duty, retired, reserves) of the military. You can contact the Jersey Cape Military Spouses' Club by email at JCMilitarySpousesClub@gmail.com or by mail at P.O. Box 2354, Cape May, NJ 08204.

Veterans' Radio Program - The radio program, "Welcome Home Veterans", is aired on WIBG 1020 AM every Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Call in at 609-398-1020.

CVAC - Providing Assistance In Difficult Times - The Citizens And Veterans Advisory Council (CVAC) of Cape May County is a group whose mission is to help military veterans in crisis situations. About 40 volunteers step up to the plate and help in all kind of ways, whether it be financial, driving a vet to a doctor’s visit or cleaning a house. The council has paid for the repairs of an automobile for a vet who couldn't afford to pay it himself. They've paid utility bills, bought food and paid for housing for the homeless. Their members are from all walks of life, occupations and fraternal organizations, such as the American Legion, DAV, VFW, ELKS and the Knights of Columbus. They have made connections with hospitals, home care people, public service agencies and other charitable organizations, which allows them to quickly solve problems when veterans need them the most. CVAC desires to provide emergency help when people need it today. If you want to help out or learn more about CVAC, attend a meeting on the 4th Thursday of each month at the American Red Cross Building, 34 E. Mechanic Street, Cape May Court House, at 11:00 a.m., or call Johnnie Walker at 609-425-8608.

Telephone Reassurance Program - Do you know someone who is elderly or disabled and living alone? CONTACT Cape-Atlantic makes free daily phone calls to check in on these people, and to make sure there are no medical emergencies. Their goal is to enable senior citizens and the disabled to continue living independently at home, for as long as possible. If you are interested in receiving a free daily call, or know someone who is, call Jody Simon at 609-823-0762. CONTACT is glad to be your friend.


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