As a veteran, I know the importance of leadership. I wish to share information on the strong leadership exhibited by Ocean County Freeholder Joe Vicari.
Freeholder Vicari knows the sacrifices made by our military forces and that they have given their all to defend our way of life, our families, and our freedoms. Joe Vicari stands up for our veterans and gives his all to make sure the men and women who served our nation are cared for. He is a strong advocate of the Ocean County Veterans Bureau in Toms River that helps the county’s nearly 68,000 veterans access care through the Veterans Administration.
The average citizen might not realize what happens in our Ocean County Veterans Bureau. Ocean County Veterans Bureau in Toms River is second to none! The Toms River office hums with calls and visitors. Veteran widows, spouses, veterans from the Great Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq/Afghanistan and non-wartime can get help with U. S. Department of Veteran Affairs benefit information in real time. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has services and benefits available, but the application requirements are wrought with details that are easily misunderstood. I am a female veteran and left military service 35 years ago, overwhelmed, and unaware of services available from the VA. Guidance from this office helped me find a myriad of supports, but the office is busy and veterans may have to schedule appointments with a long lead time.
Freeholder Vicari observed the need for expanded services in the community and opened an additional office in Manahawkin.
In a time when political will and leadership can be hard to find, Freeholder Vicari continues to go above and beyond for our veteran community. It is important for the community to know about the availability of services for military families, but more so, who is working in our best interest in County government. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to help service members, veterans, and their families navigate the complex agency guidelines that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs functions under.
I will be supporting Freeholder Joe Vicari on Election Day, November 7 and would like veteran families and our community members to know why.
Kerri Ann Long
U.S. Air Force Veteran
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