Congressman Sires along with Congressman Donald Payne Jr. and (D-NJ) and Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) have announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will award a $2 million Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) grant to the non-profit organization, Soldier On. Funds will allow Soldier On to expand services that assist veterans who are at-risk of becoming homeless in Hudson, Essex, and Bergen Counties.
"I am pleased to congratulate Solider On's receipt of an SSVF grant and I thank them for their efforts in addressing the plight of homeless veterans. As our young men and women in uniform return from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan it is imperative that we do everything we can to help our veterans succeed" expressed Congressman Sires.
The VA's SSVF grant provides financial assistance to veterans and their families who at risk of losing their homes during times of financial difficulty and transitions in employment, allowing veterans to remain in their homes. In the past, Soldier On has been awarded three successful SSVF grants which serve 18 counties in New York, and Burlington, Monmouth, Middlesex and Ocean Counties in central New Jersey.
On January 28, 2013, Rep. Sires along with Rep. Payne, Jr. and Rep. Pascrell wrote a letter to the VA's Center on Homelessness Among Veterans National Director John Kuhn, detailing Soldier On's request to expand services into Northern New Jersey. On July 11, 2013, the VA announced it will award Solider On $2 million to expand services into Hudson, Essex, and Bergen Counties.
"I am proud to support Soldier On and thank my colleagues for their continual efforts in support of New Jersey's veterans," stated Congressman Sires.