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DIVISION UPDATES

Adhering to current COVID-19 executive orders, the Office of Veterans Services continues to be available for assistance.

  • The office is open to the staff and answering phone calls directly at 908-704-6329 along with e-mails and all other inquiries.
  • For Veterans presenting with ONLY if you have symptoms of COVID-19, free testing is available. Click here for the VA NJ Health Care System website for up-to-date information --> VA NJ Health Care
  • For most updated info direct from the VA, visit their website --> https://www.newjersey.va.gov/
  • VA phone, call 1-800-827-1000
  • Online Gateway to Veteran Benefit information --> VA/DoD Benefits

For veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program at Soldier On continues to be operational via phone. Veterans needing enrollment into the program and services can call their 24/7 hotline at 866-406-8449.

Attention all home owning veterans!!

Ballot Question 2 which expanded the $250 property tax deduction to peacetime veterans overwhelmingly passed on election day.  Previously the deduction was limited to those veterans with wartime service. Now all veterans with honorably discharged active duty service may apply.  Reservists and National Guard personnel must be called to active service to qualify; active duty for training remains ineligible.  Surviving spouses who have not remarried may also apply for the deduction.

Effective December 4, 2020 peacetime veterans can apply for the deduction.  Applications need to be filed with their municipal tax assessor or collector by the end of December 2020 for the 2021 tax year.  Proof of service, residency and property ownership are required.  The following link has the form and instructions:

https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/other_forms/lpt/vss.pdf

 

COMMUNITY HOPE

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) provides rapid re-housing to homeless veterans in addition to keeping veteran households from losing their housing when they are facing eviction.  We assist in the housing search; provide access to emergency housing when possible in the interim; intervene with landlords; provide support and case management services that can include assistance with medical care, mental health or substance use treatment, child care, and job training.  Temporary financial assistance may also be available to help with such expenses as security deposits, back rent, utility payments or bedding and household essentials.

 Please call 855-483-8466 or email  SSVF@communityhope-nj.org.

Please visit our website at: https://www.communityhope-nj.org/what-we-do/hope-for-veterans/supportive-services-for-veteran-families-ssvf/


Peter Niemiec, Director

Phone:            908-704-6329
Fax:
908-575-3910
Mail:
27 Warren Street, P.O. Box 3000, Somerville, NJ 08876
Email:
veterans@co.somerset.nj.us

 

  • Provides counsel, information, and referral to county veterans of military service and their families.
  • Assists with the application process for benefits from the Veterans Administration and other federal and state agencies.
  • Orchestrates the issuance of internment memorial markers and grave flags.
  • Maintains a close liaisonship with county veterans' organizations.
  • Provides assistance for memorial and patriotic ceremonies.

Visit the Wall of Honor to see the Somerset County residents who are currently serving in the U.S. military.

Read our most recent Somerset County Veterans Services Update - a summary of the many programs and services provided through this office.

Current Resources accessible to Veterans:

Veterans Benefits Administration, Pension & Fiduciary Service - Enhanced Pension Benefits

Published on Nov 28, 2012