Friday, October 26, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) brought in representatives from the Veterans Administration (VA) to help resolve claims or answer questions for veterans in need of assistance. The event was hosted at Harley Davidson in Rochelle Park.
“For me, America holds no commitment more sacred than that we have to those who have served our nation. I am committed to making sure I do everything I can in Congress to make sure we have the backs of our military and our veterans,” Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) said. “I want any veteran or military family in the Fifth District facing problems with a federal agency to contact my office.”
Gottheimer has championed North Jersey veterans in Congress, consistently voting to increase funding for veterans programs. In August, the President signed Gottheimer’s amendment into law to boost hiring of young veterans and improve care at the VA. Gottheimer also passed an amendment to extend the authorization for the Suicide Prevention and Resilience Program for National Guard members, their families, and veterans for 2018.
Gottheimer noted that his office is eager to help local veterans and military families cut through the red tape. In August, Gottheimer’s casework staff helped 3rd Class Petty Officer Edward Frick of Andover Township qualify for his real estate tax exemption. He has also helped secure medals for numerous World War II veterans who had either never received them, or their families had lost them. And in Fair Lawn, Gottheimer broke through the bureaucratic roadblocks for Marine Corps Corporal Lance Pilant, who was initially denied a certificate of eligibility from the VA, preventing him from closing on the purchase of his new home, but we were able to move the VA along and secure the home loan guarantee.
Any veteran in need of help is encouraged to contact Gottheimer’s office in Glen Rock at 201-389-1100 or in Newton at (973) 940-1117. Gottheimer’s office is eager to help veterans in the Fifth District with claims, backpay, medals, VA benefits, or any other matter.
Below: Gottheimer speaks with Fifth District Veterans at VA Claims Clinic.