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N.J. VA hospitals, Hunterdon Veterans Services Office working to help vets during coronavirus

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – Hunterdon County Freeholder Board Deputy Director Susan J. Soloway, the Board’s Veterans liaison, and Rich Booth, County Veterans Services Officer (VSO), are sharing the message with county veterans that the Lyons and East Orange VA Hospitals are providing health services by appointment, VA claims are being processed and the county’s VSO is available to help veterans.

“It is important for our Veterans to know that they are still able to receive treatment, apply for benefits and that both the VA hospitals and Hunterdon County’s VSO are providing the necessary services our Veterans need at this critical time,” Freeholder Soloway said.

Booth accredited VSO for Hunterdon County, observing Governor Murphy’s directive, is working remotely. Booth is answering calls and emails during regular business hours, and can arrange to meet with a Veteran if paperwork needs to be signed, by practicing social distancing protocol. Email and postal mail is encouraged, but in an effort to avoid delay, accommodations will be made on a case by case basis.

“Veterans who need VA Hospital Services need to call ahead first. The Lyons and East Orange Hospitals are operating by appointment. To call the Lyons VA Hospital, dial 908-647-0180. To call the East Orange VA Hospital, dial 973-676-1000. Both hospitals are spacing patient visits and are working directly with the CDC to protect patients and staff, while continuing to provide most services,” Booth said.

Veterans can also use VA Telehealth options, (copy and paste into your web browser), Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.” The online ‘My HealtheVet’ program,…/my…/secure-messaging-spotlight, is also available and allows Veterans to refill prescriptions, update health caregivers on health conditions and can be accessed twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Soloway encourages all Veterans to use online and telehealth options in the wake of this public health emergency. “Being cautious during this period when information is evolving on a daily basis is the best practice. Keep yourself and those around you safe by staying home and only making essential trips. The virus can lead to very serious complications, such as pneumonia, which can be fatal.”

To get answers to questions about the coronavirus or COVID-19 and how the VA is responding, click here.

To contact VSO Booth, Veterans can call 908-788-1361 or email

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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