Veterans Benefits

If you were receiving veteran’s benefits, either for disability or a pension, and you were incarcerated for more than 60 days, you will have to get reinstated after you are released. If you were not receiving benefits and you are a veteran, you may be eligible for benefits or for other programs and services, including health care. You can contact the P.R.E.P.A.R.E social worker in your institution located in the social services department for assistance. You can also contact the Veterans Administration for questions about benefits at (800) 827-1000; the health benefit number is (877) 222-VETS . The 24-hour veterans mental health hotline is 1-866-VETS-NJ4U.

The closest VA Benefit Administration is located at:

110A Meadowlands Parkway, Suite 102
Secaucus, NJ 07094
Phone: (201) 223-7787

Regional Office

20 Washington Pl., 3rd Floor
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (609) 989-4320 or 1(800) 564-1595

The nearest Veterans Services Office is located at:

934 Parkway Ave Suite 201
Ewing, NJ 08618
Phone: 609-882-5744
Contact: Edward Mazzeo, Veteran Service Officer
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
And
151 Eggert Crossing Road, Room 136
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Phone: (609) 671-6697or6696

Each office can assist you with your Veterans service needs.

  • Transportation to and from VA medical facilities
  • Employment
  • Vocational Rehab
  • Mercer County One Stop Career Center
  • Social Services
  • War Veterans Re-Adjustment Counseling
  • Affordable Housing Emergency and Transitional Housing
  • Vet Center Clinic

Visit this local VA office to reinstate benefits or apply for new programs and services.

The following are some websites that can assist you in looking for information about veteran services:

Federal Veterans Information: www.va.gov

New Jersey Dept of Veterans Affairs: www.state.nj.us/military

New Jersey Veterans Guide: http://www.nj.gov/military/veterans/njguide/2016-NJ-Veterans-Benefits-Guide.pdf

VA Home Loans: www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans

Veterans Counseling Hotline: http://www.nj.gov/military/veterans/hotline.html

Be aware that the VA takes considerable time to make decisions. On average, it can take 273 days to process a new application for benefits.