Military Support Group Of New Jersey

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Stratford Day Fair a Success

October 8th, 2011
A BIG Thank you to all of the volunteers who came out to help make our table at the Stratford Day Fair a success. We were able to raise about $300 which is going toward shipping the boxes I send out today!
thank you!
Karen Jennings, Marine Mom
Military Support Group of NJ Inc. (MSGNJ)
P.O. Box 118
Stratford, NJ 08084

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VetsFirst Policy Priorities for 2011

October 7th, 2011
VetsFirst Policy Priorities for 2011 Include Services for Vets with Disabilities
 by Douglas Karr


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:

  1. Fostering Community Integration and Independence
  2. Ensuring Timely Access to Quality VA Health Care and Benefits
  3. Recognizing the Sacrifices of Families and Survivors
  4. Promoting the Rights of Veterans with Disabilities within the VA and Worldwide

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.


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