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Congressman Kean secures permanent housing for double amputee Army veteran

Implores Veteran Community to Contact District Office for Help

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – Congressman Tom Kean, Jr. (NJ-07) earlier this month met with veteran U.S. Army Private Robert Shaw III and his new care team as he moved into an accessible apartment in the Valley Brook Village Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) community on the campus of Lyons VA Medical Center.

Shaw suffered a horrific accident during a routine medical procedure in 2021, which resulted in the amputation of both of his legs above the knee. As a result of the terrible accident, Shaw’s life was thrown into chaos. He lost his apartment and was moved from facility to facility for years. 

“Mr. Shaw’s story of resilience and hope is inspiring,” Kean said. “No American hero who bravely served our county should have to endure what he did. Securing permanent housing together with the VA, HUD, NJ DHS, and other partners is important so we can give this veteran a place to call home.”

“It’s so great to be home. Thank you to all the people who made this happen,” Shaw said. “Thank you to my Congressman and his incredible staff. I know I will need a lifetime of help and support, please don’t forget about me.”

Shaw sought help from Congressman Kean’s District Office after years of struggling through red tape and medical rehab.

“Mr. Shaw endured both physical and mental torment, which is inexcusable,” Kean said. “While I have heard from many veterans with very positive experiences with the VA, any case where the VA falls short is one too many. I implore veterans, their families, and their friends to reach out my office for assistance at any time, for any reason.”

If you or someone you know needs help with the VA or any other federal agency, contact Kean’s office at 908-547-3307.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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