Veterans centers expand in Morris, Warren counties as officials in NJ seek more

The U.S. Veterans Administration has opened a service center in Morris County and will soon add an outreach office in Warren County, bringing VA services closer to those who served and are now living in northwestern New Jersey.

Morris County’s Veterans Center Community Access Point is located at 540 West Morris Ave. in Morris Township, in office space provided by the Morris County commissioners. The Vet Center Outstation in Warren County will be in Hackettstown, but a location and opening date have not yet been selected.

The offices were announced at a news conference last week held by federal, state and county officials, where U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-11, said they were trying to address a “critical gap” of services for veterans in the area. “After countless letter writing campaigns, many meetings with VA officials, and tireless community outreach, today’s announcement … is a step in the right direction towards ensuring our veterans – and their family members – have access to the care they need,” said Sherrill, a former Navy pilot, according to a statement posted on the Morris County website.

A local veterans speaks with Veterans Administration Undersecretary Shereef Elnahal (second from left), Morris County Commissioner John Krickus and U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill (right) as new VA offices were announced in Morris Township and Hackettstown.

A Vet Center Community Access Point is a satellite location of the VA, typically established in donated spaces in conjunction with community organizations to provide readjustment counseling services to eligible veterans, service members and their families. The Morris Board of County Commissioners agreed to provide two rooms at the county’s Veteran Services Office, according to the statement.

The county has recently doubled its space for veterans services and added a fourth veterans service officer and an intern this year, added Commissioner John Krickus, a Marine Corps veteran.

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