NEW JERSEY – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) opened a Community Access Point on the joint McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Base and will serve as a satellite office for the Trenton Vet Center, providing confidential counseling for eligible veterans and service members, according to Veteran Services Officer (VSO) Rich Booth,
Commissioner Susan J. Soloway, the Board’s Co-Veteran’s liaison, said, “Providing valuable information to the county’s veterans is an important role that VSO Booth takes very seriously. Through social media, newsletters and the VSO Open House, veterans have access to the latest changes in benefits, legislative information and county veteran events because VSO Booth is invested in the work that he does and the veterans that he serves.”
According to the VA, the additional Community Access Point site will increase the confidential counseling services available and reach more veterans. With more than 300 Vet Centers operated by the VA, veterans, families, members of the National Guard, the Reserves and their families, have access to onsite services in a therapeutic and friendly environment.
“Veterans need local access for medical and therapeutic services and recognizing this need, in the fall of 2019, I was able to contact a VA representative and petition on behalf of my clients for a medical facility here in Flemington. In April of 2020, the VA contracted with Hunterdon Healthcare to give veterans access to medical care at its 63 Church Street location in Flemington. Transportation is often an issue with older and disabled veterans so having something right here in Hunterdon County was important. While the Joint Base Community Access Point isn’t local for Hunterdon County Veterans, it is an indication that the VA is making efforts to increase access for all military men, women and their families to medical and mental health care which is a valuable resource,” Booth said.
The Vet Center will offer services by appointment only at 5418 South Scoot Plaza, McDonald Hall, Suite 131, Fort Dix, every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.. Those looking to schedule an appointment can call the Trenton Vet Center at 609-882-5744.
For more information about the Vet Center, VA benefits or how to be included in future mailings and notifications, VSO Booth is available at 908-788-1361 or email: email@example.com