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:
The nearest Veterans Services Office is located at:
Each office can assist you with your Veterans service needs.
- Transportation to and from VA medical facilities
- 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.