Military Support Group of NJ Inc. (MSGNJ)
P.O. Box 118
Stratford, NJ 08084
Whether acquired during military service or after returning home, a disability affects every aspect of a veteran’s life. Some vets need caretakers to enable them to perform the activities of daily living and to remain productive. Appropriate prosthetic and orthotic devices, the rehabilitative care needed to use them properly, service animals, and prompt health services are often denied to veterans with disabilities due to lack of reliable funding. Those who have developed mesothelioma, the deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure, need prompt, appropriate medical care and compensation for lost income. Since 1946, VetsFirst has fought for the right of veterans and their families to receive adequate health care and compensation. This year’s policy priorities focus on four areas:
In order to accomplish these goals, VetsFirst lobbies Congress in support of bills that promote quality health care and access to services for veterans with disabilities. They recently met with staff of key politicians, including Marlin Stutzman of Indiana, who chairs the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee; Congressman Jon Runyan of New Jersey, who chairs the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee; and Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle of New York, who chairs the Subcommittee on Health of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee in Washington DC. They also visited the offices of Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Eliot Engel of New York. Both Senator Schumer and Representative Engel are in key positions to minimize cuts to Medicaid, which many post service disabled veterans rely on for medical care. They discussed reform of the VA’s benefits claims process, and passage of the Veterans Equal Treatment for Service Dogs Act. While our veterans’ organizations work tirelessly to secure better medical care funding and access to services for all veterans, individuals can also help. Writing to a Congressman is a very effective tool in this effort and costs very little. The price of a postage stamp and some paper can give every veteran access to a Congressman or Senator eager to please constituents. Hand written letters gain more attention because they cannot be mass-produced. A telephone call is always another option.