PASCRELL'S ANNUAL VETS FAIR BRINGS SERVICES TO OVER 140 VETERANS
As part of an ongoing outreach campaign to bring adequate services to New Jersey's veterans, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-08) welcomed over 140 vets to the Cedar Grove Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 6255 for his annual Veterans Fair.
"When I first arrived in Congress over ten years ago, I was shocked by the number of veterans who came to my office unaware of the most basic benefits available to them," stated Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. "The federal government has created a barrier between vets and the benefits they are entitled to receive by failing to aggressively reach out. My annual veterans' fair has helped knock down that barrier and has assisted vets gain access to counseling, medical benefits, business loans and housing assistance."
Joining Pascrell at the fair were a number of veterans' service providers, including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs New Jersey Healthcare System, the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Small Business Administration (SBA). Private telecommunications and insurance vendors with special veterans programs were also on hand to share their services.
"When New Jersey's veterans have a problem, Congressman Pascrell is always here to help," stated VFW Post 6255 Commander Clifford Quinn. "As long as I am the commander, Congressman Pascrell will always be welcome to use our Post as a place to help veterans. We are both one hundred percent with the vets."
Pascrell has been a vigorous advocate for veterans since being sworn into Congress in January of 1997. In addition to opening the Passaic County Veterans Outpatient Clinic in the summer of 2004, Pascrell authored the Veterans Right to Know Act, a bill from which crucial language was incorporated and made law as part of "Veterans Education and Benefits Expansion Act" on December, 27, 2001.
"Congress has taken some strides towards providing better veterans' outreach, but much work remains as thousands of soldiers continue to return home from Iraq and Afghanistan. It is my hope that this veterans' fair helped fulfill the needs of America's bravest patriots," concluded Pascrell.