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Operation Sisterhood


Resource Manual


This Resource Directory was made possible through a grant from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey.


We were born from war, established to support and respond to families in need following the War of 1812. Two hundred years later, Cornerstone Family Programs (CFP) commitment to building better lives and stronger communities remains steadfast.

As early as 1813, we knew how impactful a powerful group of motivated women could be when they worked together. Our female veterans embody that spirit. They put their lives on hold to protect and defend us from any and all that would do us harm.

Operation Sisterhood, a CFP program is committed to ensuring all women who have separated from the military have the resources they need to live happy, healthy and productive lives when they come home.

Today, we support female veterans (and their family members) by providing free of charge: comprehensive assessments, individual/group and family counseling, case management, community education groups, support groups and advocacy.

Table of Contents


Childhelp USA/National Child Abuse Hotline/Childhelp
Helping victims of child abuse is more than just a desire, it is their lifetime commitment. This commitment began when their founders, two young Hollywood actresses, encountered 11 homeless orphans abroad, and all of their lives changed forever. (800) 422-4453

National Call Center for Homeless Veterans
The hotline helps homeless veterans find the services and support they need. (877) 424-3838.

National Center for Victims of Crime

The mission of the National Center for Victims of Crime is dedicated to serving individuals, families and communities harmed by crime. (202) 647-8700
National Coalition for the Homeless
The National Coalition for the Homeless Is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and other committed to preventing and ending homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiences homelessness. (800) 799-7233

National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN)
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. RAINN provides programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. (800) 646-4673

VA Caregiver Support Line

The Department of Veteran Affairs Caregiver support line offers immediate

assistance and information about their various caregiver programs. The line is staffed by

Licensed professionals who can provide you with information about caregiver programs assist

You in accessing those programs, locate the nearest Caregiver Support Coordinator, and more.
(855) 260-3274

Veterans Crisis Hotline
A FREE confidential support hotline that is active 24/7. The crisis hotline is for everyone even if they are not using the VA healthcare program. (800) 273-8255 press 1 or text (838255).

New Jersey Based Hotlines

Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Paterson and Newark – Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)

Serving Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Union County Veterans. Catholic Charites can help with: rental assistance, moving costs, utility payments, childcare expenses, security deposits, supportive services, and transportation cost. (855) SOS-VETS or

(855) 767-8373

Community Hope
A safe space, housing program for veterans to address the issues that caused them to become homeless. (973) 463-9600

A VA Domiciliary hotline that offers help to those who are homeless, need treatment and rehabilitation, work training and employment. (908) 647-0180 ex 4983

NJ Vet 2 Vet
Offering peer to peer support and case management 24-7. (800) 838-7654

Vet Haven North
A New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs collaboration to ensure that homeless veterans are treated and cared for in a dignified, compassionate and professional manner. (908) 537-1999


Air Force Association (AFA)

Professional association for service members, veterans and their families of the United States Air Force.

  • www.afa.org

The Air Force Sergeants Association

Professional association for Air Force Active Duty, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve Command enlisted personnel and their families.

  • www.hqasfa.org

The American Legion

The nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsoring wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

  • www.legion.org


One of America’s leading veteran’s service organizations with over 250,000 members. AMVETS (American Veterans) has a proud history of assisting veterans and sponsoring numerous programs that serve our country and its citizens. Membership in AMVETS is open to anyone who is currently serving, or who has honorably served, in the U.S. Armed Forces from World War II to the present, including the National Guard and Reserves.

  • www.amvets.org

The Association of the United States Army Disabled Veterans of America (DAV)

The DAV is a non-profit charity that provides support for a lifetime for veterans of every generation and their families. The DAV also helps with connecting veterans to meaningful employment, hosting job fairs and providing resources to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in the American Dream.

  • www.dav.org

Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)

Legitimate and very serious threats to active duty, veteran, retirees and reserve pay and benefits are being considered by Congress. FRA has always been on the forefront defending military and veterans’ health care, compensation and benefits.

  • www.fra.org

Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

IAVA provides valuable resources and empowers veterans to connect with one another, fostering a strong and lasting community. Through education, advocacy and community, they strive to create a country which honors and supports veterans of all generations.

  • www.iava.org

The Marine Corps League

A veteran’s league for Marine Veterans who have been honorably discharged who would like to camaraderie with their brothers or sisters.

  • www.mcleague.com

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)

MOAA is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers. They are a powerful force speaking for a strong national defense and representing the interests of military officers and their families at every stage of their careers. MOAA provides its members and their spouses with a wealth of military focused information, services and resources for career transition. Whether you are transitioning to a civilian career from the military or moving from one career field to another.

  • www.moaa.org

Military Order of the Purple Heart

For protection and mutual interest of all who have received the Purple Heart. Composed exclusively for Purple Heart recipients, it is the only veteran’s service organization comprised strictly of “combat” veterans. Funds are available for those in need of welfare, rehabilitation and/or service work.

  • www.purpleheart.org

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

The VFW is an organization that will help those who have served with travel services, sports and leisure discounts, financial services, medical services, transitioning to civilian life, technology and electronics, end of life services, insurance, haircuts and retail discounts.

  • www.vfw.org

Viet Nam Veterans of America (VAA)

The VAA is there to promote and support the full range of issues that are important to Vietnam Veterans. The goal is to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, to change the perception of Vietnam veterans.

  • www.vva.og

The Wounded Warrior Project

To Honor and Empower Wounded Warriors”, to raise awareness and enlist public’s aid for the needs of the injured service members, to help injured members air and to assist each other, to provide unique, direct program and service to meet the needs of the injured warriors.

  • www.woundedwarriorproject.org


My eBenefits (Online)

This is an online clearing-house for all of the benefits that may be offered to you. One can also access information from a VA sponsored hotline. In addition you can request your health and military records through their site. Below is their website and a couple of numbers that are important.

  • www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage

  • VA Health Benefits Call Center – (877) 222-8387

  • Veterans Benefits Administration – (800) 827-1000

Veteran Designation for NJ Driver’s License

New Jersey offers a special designation to display on the driver’s license or non-driver ID card. As of July 1st 2016, one can permanently have the designation printed on their driver license or non-driver ID. Look at the website below to find out the process.

  • www.state.nj.us/mvc/licenses/vet.htm

Counseling & Support

Bonds of Courage

Provides a network of support to ensure no troop, veteran or military family member is ever left alone. Please read the statement below about Carol:

An isolated, homebound disabled veteran without a bed, Carol’s attitude toward her situation was to “embrace the suck”. Her ready smile and gratitude for the smallest token was remarkable. When we brought her a new bed we found her cupboards empty. We soon returned with groceries, kitchen cutlery and household essentials. Because of her disability it’s hard for her to get out. We continue to visit her and are introducing her to a Veteran Battle Buddy to establish and maintain a lasting connection to others in her area.”

For more information, please contact:

  • www.bondsorcourage.org

Code of Support

Case coordinator work one-on-one with military members, veteran and their families to listen, assess and help solve their issues by identifying and leveraging the necessary public and private resources. The coordinators address such needs as: financial assistance, mental health and well-being, employment assistance, benefit assistance, family/child support, legal issues, caregiver support, education assistance, financial counseling, volunteer opportunities. To be eligible, military service members, veterans and their families. All veterans are served, regardless of dates of service or discharge status.

Please call the number below for information or to apply.

  • www.codeofsupport.org

  • (517) 418-6339

Cornerstone Family Programs Military Families

Cornerstone Family Programs offers two programs for military veterans:

Confidential Counseling and Outreach for Combat Veterans and Their Families. We provide counseling with clinicians trained in issues specific to service members, veterans, and their families. Services are confidential and are free of charge for veterans of combat zones and their families.

Operation Sisterhood. We are committed to ensuring all women who have separated from the military have the resources they need to live happy, healthy and productive lives when they come home (regardless of era served or discharge status):

We support female veterans (and their family members) with FREE:

Comprehensive assessments

Individual, group, and family counseling

Case management

Benefits screening and enrollment assistance

Community education groups

Support groups


If one would like to make an appointment, please contact the number below. www.cornerstonefamilyprograms.org

  • (973) 538-5260 ex 119

  • Karen Golden

  • 62 Elm Street

Morristown, New Jersey 07960

Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ, Inc.

The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey. Inc. primary purpose is to represent the best interest of compulsive gamblers and their families, recognizing that compulsive gambling is a treatable illness. For more information, contact:

  • (800) 426-2537

New Jersey Vet2Vet
New Jersey Vet2Vet is a 24 hour/7 days a week helpline coordinated by Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. The helpline is available to veterans, members of the Air/Army National Guard, and family members. Services include:

  • Veteran Peer Support

  • Family Support

  • Case Management

  • Referral to a Comprehensive Network of Mental Health Providers

  • Web-based Peer Support

  • Live Chat

  • Employment Resources

  • www.njveteranshelpline.org

  • (866) 838-7654

Soldier on Resilience Training
The Resiliency Program is designed to rebuild the mind and bodies of our veterans. The main focus of the program is to assists veterans with anger, anxiety, burnout, depression, fatigue, insomnia, and PTSD. The Resiliency Program is unique in that it is not a mental health program but rather a system to stimulate the body’s natural resiliency for health. The program’s approach has proven to be effective even when traditional therapies have failed. Please contact Christie Calderon.

  • ccalderon@wesoldieron.org

  • (732) 308-0099

VA Caregiver Support Coordinators

These individuals are licensed professionals who will provide the caregiver with information

about the services and the support which are available to them. For more information, please go to:

  • http://go.usa.gov/xkJYx

Vet Center
The Vet Center provides mental health treatment for veterans who have served deployed in combat zones and their family members. Veterans who have experienced Military Sexual Trauma (MST) during their service, regardless of deployment status or reporting of MST, are also eligible. For more information please contact:

  • Bloomfield Vet Center – (973) 748-0980 or (877) 927-8387

  • Secaucus Vet Center – (201) 223-7787 or (877) 927-8387

  • Cornerstone Family Programs – (973) 538-5260 X124

Vet’s Chat and Chew

Chat and Chew is a program designed for all veterans and active military personnel to come together and learn about food and how it can make you feel. They will cook a meal, share tips and you will make some friends in the process.

The program consists of six weekly 2 hour session. Food information will be introduced that can help you start to feel better. You will create and share a meal together and learn food lifestyle changes from the technique of a nutrition consultant and learn how to cook the meal from a professional chef. Healthy, simple and inexpensive recipes will be introduced. All activities are designed to modify behavior and teach lifesaving technique that can be used.

There is also a food budget that one will receive and will also get the ingredients to make the meal at home. Please call Anne Burns or email her for more information.

  • www.vetschatandchew.com

  • Anne Burns

  • (201) 591-1130

Children & Families

American Red Cross, Reconnection Workshop
Many service members return from deployment and successfully readjust to their lives at home. Others experience difficulty in readjusting or transitioning back to their family life, their jobs and living in their communities. For more information, please contact:

  • Terri.illes@redcross.org

  • (609) 840-1033

The Center for Prevention
The mission of the Center for Prevention is to promote health, hope and recovery among all people by fostering a community in which individuals and families thrive.

Military Family Night Out is a free 14 week program presented by the Center for Prevention. Open to Veterans and active service members, this is an opportunity to bring parents and their children of all ages together. Also to acquire new ideas of daily living and connect with other military families and services in the community. Dinner is served to families every week. This free program is open to all people who served or serve in every branch of the military as well as families who have a loved one deployed. For more information, please contact:

  • Natalie@centerforprevention.org

  • (973) 383-4787

Early Childhood Resiliency Program
Cornerstone Family Program’s (CFP) Early Childhood Resiliency Programs supports children and their families at Morris County Childcare centers that serve infants through school age children. The CFP Early Childhood Educator works with parents and guardians to help them raise emotionally sound and healthy children. Counseling to parents includes the importance of fathers/stepfathers and the importance of play and positive discipline. We meet with families at the preschool, in the home, or where needed in the community. For more information, please contact:

  • Marjorie Herbet

  • herbetm@neighborhood-house.org

  • (973) 538-1229 ex 29

Family Assistance Center at the Morristown Armory
The Family Assistance Center helps military service members (Active, Guard, Reserve, Retirees, Veterans) and their family members access supportive services that are available in their local community. The center offer clients information, referrals and direct assistance with:

  • Obtaining identification cards

  • Understanding and applying for TRICARE

  • Legal Assistance resources and referrals

  • Financial Information and resources

For more information, please contact:

  • John Hales

  • www.nj.gov/military/familysupport/fac.html

  • John.a.hales.ctr@mail.mil

  • (973) 656-3592

Family and Children’s Services: Transforming Trauma
This program provides time limited counseling for children of veterans and service members at no charge. Service can be provided in the office in Elizabeth, NJ or in the client’s home. For more information, please contact:

  • Natasha Mora

  • (908) 352-7474

Family of Heroes
Family of Heroes is an online evidence-based resiliency and PTSD training simulation where family members learn essential skills to manage the challenges they may face in adjusting to post-deployment life. This includes managing expectations for their veteran’s return, learning to identify post-deployment stress, and managing conversations with goals of de-escalating arguments, negotiating family responsibilities and if needed, motivating the veterans to seek help with suicidal thoughts. For more information, please contact:

  • www.familyofheroes.com

  • (212) 657-9234

Mom 2 Mom
Mom2mom is a statewide program funded by the New Jersey Department of Child and Family Services and directed by University Behavioral HealthCare. It is a network of breastfeeding support and advocacy for military families. The purpose is to provide consistent, high-quality peer support through local chapters and liaison at U.S. Military Installations. Therefor to increase access to accredited lactation professionals and to provide a channel to raise awareness and solutions. Mom2Mom is committed to:

  • Maintaining the highest standards of accurate, up-to-date, evidence based information

  • Providing a friendly and encouraging atmosphere where anyone who supports breastfeeding is welcome and where each parent finds the support to reach their own individual breastfeeding goals

  • Supporting and celebrating diversity and equity for military breastfeeding families

  • Advocating for military and civilian policies, procedures and laws that provide breastfeeding military families universal access to resources, support and solutions to meet these goals.

For more information, please contact:

  • www.mom2momnj.com

  • (877) 914-6662

Morristown Neighborhood House
Cornerstone Family Program’s Neighborhood House, offers a variety of programs for children and teens:

  • Full day, year round child-care center and preschool is located at the “Nabe” in the center of Morristown. Enrollment applications are accepted year round for children ages 2 ½ to 5 years old.

  • After School Program for Kindergarten through 8th grade

  • Offering: Summer camp, an arts program and a recreation program.

For more information, please contact:

  • www.conerstonefamilyprograms.org

  • (973) 538-5260

Parents as Teacher (PAT)
Parents as Teacher is a voluntary home visiting program that enables trained professionals to connect with families to provide education and support that will improve a child’s health, development, and ability to learn. The Cornerstone Family Program PAT is free to all Warren County residents who are pregnant or have small children that are younger than 3 years old. For more information, please contact:

  • June Trueax

  • Jtrueax@cornerstonefamilyprograms.org

  • (973) 538-5260 ex 250

If you do not reside in Warren County, please visit the National Parents are Teachers website to find a program near you.

  • www.parentsasteachers.org


Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities in Paterson operates a clothing closet that works to find clothing for anyone in need. This program is by appointment only. For more information, please contact:

  • (973) 592-1393

Career Closet of National Council of Jewish Women/Essex
The Career Closet of NCJW/Essex, located in Livingston, NJ, provides needed interview and career-appropriate clothing to women who are returning to the workforce or starting work for the first time. Visit their website to learn more:

  • www.ncjwessex.org/center-for-women/career-closet

Contact Operation Sisterhood for a referral:

  • Karen Golden

  • (973) 538-5260 ex 119

Dress 4 Success

Dress for Success provides career clothing and employment workshops for women. Visit their website to learn more:

  • https://morriscounty.dressforsuccess.org/

Contact Operation Sisterhood for a referral:

  • Karen Golden

  • (973) 538-5160 ex 119


The GI Bill Comparison Tool

Transitioning to civilian life takes preparation, research and planning and the right tools. The GI Bill can be used towards:

  • Tuition and fees

  • Housing

  • Books

Please visit the website for a personalized plan on how to best use your GI Bill:

  • www.vets.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool

The GI-GO Fund

The GI-GO fund provides assistance to all military veterans, with a focus on veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, by helping them find employment, access to housing, and securing their educational and health benefits. The GI-GO fund can assist with:

  • Creating a resume

  • Online training

  • Legal and benefits issues

  • Housing and homelessness

For more information, please visit:

  • www.gigo.org

The Independent College Fund of New Jersey (ICFNJ)
The Independent College Fund of New Jersey (ICFNJ) is a cooperative effort of business and academic leaders to broaden the financial support for students attending institutions of independent higher learning in New Jersey. ICFNJ helps its 14 member institutions partner with the corporate community to fulfill the goal of educating students so they may contribute to the economic, ethical and intellectual aspirations of the State of New Jersey.

ICFNJ’s goal is to connect veterans who wish to pursue a college degree with opportunities at ICFNJ institutions and promote greater awareness of all the resources and benefits to help NJ Veterans to get a higher education.

For more information, please visit:

  • www.veterans.njcolleges.org

Syracuse University’s Institute for Veteran and Military Families (IVMF)
The IVMF is committed to advancing the post-service lives of America’s service members, veterans and their families by delivering unique and innovative programs in career, vocations, and entrepreneurship education and training to post 9/11 veterans and active duty military spouses, as well as tailored programs to veterans of all eras.

Programs include:

Career Preparation and Employment

  • Onward to Opportunity – offered on U.S. military installations across the county, provides in-demand, industry-validated training to transitioning servicemembers, all Guard and Reserve, and active duty spouses who are navigating the transition to civilian employment .

  • Veteran Career Transitioning Program – advisor-led, online program, delivered to post 9/11 veterans and military spouses: including 26 tracks with industry certifications: Career skills, Project Management and Information Technology are more popular. Participants receive a non-credit Syracuse University Certificate.

  • VetNet – online resource offering innovative networking tools, career training, job opportunities and entrepreneurship class-offered at no cost to the veteran and military family communities.

Entrepreneurship and Small Business

  • Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) – cutting edge entrepreneurship training program for post 9/11 veterans.

  • Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veteran’s Families (EBV-F) – Provides vocational and economic path forward for military spouses and family members or surviving spouse of a military member who gave his or her life in service to our country.

  • Veteran Woman Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) – A premier training program in entrepreneurship and small business management that provides tools, ongoing support and business mentorship to woman veterans, active duty servicemembers, and military spouses aspiring to become successful entrepreneurs.

  • Boots to Business (B2B) – Providers of SBA’s three-phase entrepreneurial education and training program as part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP).

  • Boots to Business Reboot – Modeled after the B2B program, Reboot provides veterans and spouses of all eras with the fundamentals of business.

For more information on all of the programs offered by IVMF, please visit:

  • https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/

Student Veterans of America (SVA)

SVA’s mission is to provide military veterans with the resources, support and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation. SVA is dedicated to:

  • Supporting Students on the Chapter Level

  • Funding Scholarships

  • Building Vet Centers

  • Protecting GI Bills

  • Conducting Groundbreaking Research

  • Building an Alumni Network

For more information, please visit:

  • www.studentveterans.org

  • (202) 223-4710


American Corporate Partners
American Corporate Partners is a program based on professionals (Mentors) mentoring post 9/11 veterans (Protégés). This is a yearlong program in which the Mentors will help the Protégés with:

  • Resume review and interview preparation

  • Career exploration

  • Work-Life balance

  • Networking

  • Small Business Development

  • Leadership and Professional communication

For more information, please visit:

  • www.acp-usa.org

The Center for Woman/NCJW Essex
Compassionate and dedicated professionals can help get a fresh perspective on the things that matter most to you –life skills, independence, self-esteem and career opportunities – in a warm and caring atmosphere by:

  • Learning the skill needed to enter the workplace

  • Finding the encouragement to cope with a new or unexpected life situation

  • Find the confidence to develop your own career path

  • Improve your personal relationships

  • Increase technology skills to move forward

Their knowledgeable and experienced staff will help you created a personalized program that fits you and your needs. To learn more, please visit:

  • www.ncjessex.org/center-for-women/career-services-overview

Department of Labor (DOL) –One Stop Career Centers

Specialists at the One-Stop Career Centers can assist veterans in finding employment opportunities. At these job centers veterans receive priority. For more information, please contact:

(201) 329-9600 Ext. 5640

60 State St

Hackensack, NJ 07601

  • Essex County One-Stop Career Center

(973) 395-3255

50 South Clinton St, 2nd Floor

East Orange, NJ 07018

  • Essex County One-Stop Career Center-Newark

(973) 648-4489

990 Broad St

Newark, NJ 07102

  • Hudson County One-Stop Career Center

(201) 795-8800

438 Summit Ave, 1st Floor

Jersey City, NJ 07306

  • Morris County One-Stop Career Center-


(862) 397-5600

30 Schuyler Pl, 2nd Floor

Morristown, NJ 07960

  • Morris County One-Stop Career Center-


(862) 397-5600

13 Emery Avenue

Randolph, NJ 07860

  • Passaic County One-Stop Career Center-


(973) 742-9226

200 Memorial Dr.

Patterson, NJ.

  • Sussex Passaic County One-Stop Career Center

(973) 383-2775

7 Hampton House Rd

Sussex County Mall, Route 206

Newton, NJ 07860

  • Union County One-Stop Career Center-


(908) 965-3923

921 Elizabeth Ave

Elizabeth NJ, 07201

  • Union County One-Stop Career Center- Plainfield

(908) 412-7980

200 West 2nd St

Plainfield, NJ 07060

  • Warren County One-Stop Career Center

(908) 859-0400

75 South Main St

Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

The GI-GO Fund

The GI-GO fund provides assistance to all military veterans, with a focus on veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, by helping them find employment, access to housing, and securing their educational and health benefits. The GI-GO fund can assist with:

  • Creating a resume

  • Online training

  • Legal and benefits issues

  • Housing and homelessness

For more information, please visit:

  • www.gigo.org

Hire Heroes USA

Hire Heroes USA provides individualized career coaching services to transitioning military members, veterans and military spouses with an uncompromising focus on results. Their services include:

  • Creating a tailored civilian resume that effectively highlights skills and achievements

  • Translating military experiences to civilian terminology

  • Providing effective job search, networking and interviewing techniques

  • Connection to companies who want to hire veterans

To learn more, please visit:

  • www.hireheroesusa.org

Jobs 4 Jersey

A website that will make it easier to find all the information you need. This is a state operated website where one can find out all about state provided jobs and job seeking resources.

  • www.jobs4jersey.com

LinkedIn for Veterans
As part of their commitment to connect veterans with opportunity, LinkedIn offers U.S. service members and veterans a free 1-year Job Seeker Career Premium subscription. This includes access to LinkedIn Learning as well as premium insights to understand what's going on inside companies you're interested in and how you stack up against others applying for the same job. For more information, please visit:

  • www.veterans.linkedin.com

US Chamber of Commerce Foundation- Hiring Our Heroes

A nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. Their services include:

  • Digital tools to build a strong civilian resume, explore growing industries, get career advice from the experts, apply for jobs, and connect directly with employers.

  • Hiring Events across the US.

  • Resources for wounded, ill and injured servicemembers

  • Webinars

To learn more, please visit:

  • www.uschamberfoundation.org/hiring-our-heroes

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VOC Rehab)

VA’s Education and Career Counseling program is a great opportunity for veterans and servicemembers to get personalized counseling and support to help guide their career path, ensure the most effective use of their VA benefits and achieve their goals.

  • www.benefits.va.org/vocrehab

Work First

A state operated program, WORKFIRST NJ, emphasizes work as the first step towards building a new life and a brighter future. Their goal is to help people get off cash assistance, secure employment and become self-sufficient through job training and work activities.

  • www.state.nj/humanservices/dfd/programs/workfirstnj

Financial Assistance

American Legion, Temporary Financial Assistance

The Temporary Financial Assistance Program (TFA) awards cash grants to active military and veterans with children, to assist with living costs. Assistance is provided for the following:

  • Shelter

  • Food

  • Utilities

  • Clothing

  • Children’s medical care/surgery

  • Medication for children

  • Children’s dental care

  • Dietary needs for children.

The Program is designed to help stabilize the home environment for veteran families.

Veterans with children, ages 17 and below are eligible. Stepchildren and adopted children are eligible. Interested applicants must have served at least one day of active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States and have been honorably discharged. Applicants do not need to be members of American Legion to apply. Children, ages 18-20, can be considered for the program if the children has a disability requiring special needs.

For more information, please contact:

  • (317) 630-1323 or (317) 630-1200

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Is committed to addressing consumer financial challenges affecting servicemembers, veteran and their families. They do so through financial education, monitoring of complaints submitted by consumers to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and coordinating with other Federal and State agencies on military consumer protection measures.

  • www.comsumerfinanice.gov/servicemembers

  • (855) 411-2372

SOSVETS Unmet Needs Fund-Catholic Charities

SOSVETS Unmet Needs Fund was created to help veterans who have run into unexpected financial difficulties as a result of an identified and documented hardship. The program provides financial aid up to $1500 to assist basic life needs in the form of a onetime payment and no repayment is required.

For more information, please contact:

  • unmetneeds@catholiccharities.org

Health Care Services

VA Health Services

The VA New Jersey HealthCare System (VANJHCS), is comprised of two main campuses, one located in Northeastern New Jersey within the greater New York Metropolitan area in East Orange, and one in Lyons, 22 miles west of the East Orange Campus. The East Orange Campus has a fully operational hospital and emergency services.

The following special programs are available at the VANJHCS (East Orange and/or Lyons Campuses):

  • Agent Orange

  • Allergy/Immunology Program

  • Audiology and Speech Pathology

  • Cancer Screening

  • Cardiac Catheterization Lab

  • CAT Scan

  • Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program (CIIRP)

  • Day Treatment

  • Diabetes Education

  • Healthy Aging and Recovery Care Program (HARP)

  • Hemodialysis Program

  • Home Based Primary Care

  • Homeless/Domiciliary Program

  • Infectious Diseases Unit

  • Linear Accelerator, Low Vision Center

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

  • Mental Health Services

  • Methadone Maintenance

  • Nursing Home Care

  • Pain Management Program, Persian Gulf Family Support Program

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) unit

  • Primary Care Program

  • Prosthetic Pulmonary Function Lab

  • Radiation Therapy, Rehabilitation Programs

  • Renal Program, Same Day Surgery

  • Sexual Dysfunction Unit, Sleep Studies Laboratory

  • Spinal Cord Injury Unit

  • Substance Abuse Treatment Unit (SATU)

  • War-Related Illness and Injuries Study Center (WRIISC)

  • Woman’s Health Services

Please call the numbers below to make an appointment or get more information.

  • East Orange Campus – (973) 676-1000

  • Lyons Campus – (908) 647-0180

VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (C.B.O.C)

These locations provide health care services for veterans who do not live within a commuting distances of East Orange Campus or Lyons Campus. For more information about the services offered at the clinic closest to you, please contact:

  • Hackensack – (201) 342-4536

  • Jersey City – (201) 435-3055

  • Morristown – (973) 539-9791 or (973) 539-9794

  • Elizabeth – (908) 994-0120

  • Patterson – (973) 247-1666

  • Sussex—Opening soon

My HealtheVet (Online Service)

My HealtheVet is VA’s online personal health record. It was designed for veterans, active duty servicemembers, their dependents and caregivers. My HealtheVet helps you partner with your health care team. It provides you opportunities and tools to make informed decisions and manage your health care. Their website is below, please follow their guidelines to ensure maximum use.

  • www.myhealth.ca.gov

Zufall Health Clinic

The Zufall Health Clinic is a fully licensed, Federally Qualified Health Care (FQHC) providing affordable medical and dental care to patients in Morris, Sussex, Hunterdon, Warren, Somerset, and Essex counties. Zufall accepts patients from all ages, newborns to seniors, regardless of income or insurance.

  • www.zufallheath.org

  • (973) 328-3344


Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)

If you are homeless or at risk of homelessness, please reach out to these programs for assistance:

  • Catholic Charities in Archdiocese of Newark and Patterson had many locations, please call for more information – (855) 767-8387

  • Community Hope – (855) 483-8466

  • Solider on – (866) 406-4669

The GI-GO Fund

The GI-GO fund provides assistance to all military veterans, with a focus on veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, by helping them find employment, access to housing, and securing their educational and health benefits. The GI-GO fund can assist with:

  • Creating a resume

  • Online training

  • Legal and benefits issues

  • Housing and homelessness

For more information, please visit:

  • www.gigo.org

Habitat for Humanity

This organization provides no cost mortgages for qualifying homeowners for quality community houses. They build houses and refurnish houses to make them suitable and safe for the people that will live there. For more information, please visit:

  • www.morrishabitat.com

Homeless Veterans Rapid Response Team

One in every five homeless person is a military veteran. Many face PTSD and chronic illness of body, mind and spirit. Operation Chillout is an all-volunteer coalition dedicated to relieving the suffering caused by the crisis of homelessness.

Vets serving Vets: advocacy and referrals, winter and summer survival gear, monthly home cooked meals for PTSD Units at Lyons VA hospital.

Please call the number below for more information.

  • (908) 509-1462 or (609) 619-0861

  • www.operationchillout.org

Homes for Veterans

An organization available to make changes to home hopes of making disable veteran’s lives easier, below is their website and phone number if this is a service that you or your family may need.

  • www.homeforveterans.us

  • (201) 660-8364

Hope for Veterans

Hope for Veterans Program, located on the Lyons VA campus and operated by private charity, is among one of the largest and most comprehensive transitional housing programs for veterans struggling with homelessness. At their 95 bed facility, they help male and female veterans address the issue of mental illness, addiction and poverty that have left so many homeless and destitute. Veterans can reside here for up to 2 years as they can be helped to rebuild their lives. They also operate the Alfred J Thomas home, an 8 bed residential program in Bergen County.

  • www.communityhope-nj.org/veterans-programs-hope-for-veterans-home.php

  • (908) 647-5717 X 325

For more information on the Alfred J. Thomas Home for Veterans, please contact:

  • Alfred J Thomas Home for Veterans

  • (973) 249-5020

  • 100 Summerset Street

Garfield, New Jersey 07026

  • Serving males, 8 beds

For more information on Hope for Veterans, please contact:

  • Hope for Veterans Program

  • (908) 647-5717

  • 151 Knollcroft RD, Bldg. 53

Lyons, New Jersey 07939

  • Serving males, 89 beds and females, 6 beds


The VA has a case management program made to ensure that veterans are able to acquire and maintain permanent housing. This program has a strict set of eligibility requirements and criteria, therefore it would be prudent to call in advance to learn about your eligibility before taking the time to apply. For more information, please contact:

  • Nicola.burnett@va.gov

  • (908) 647-0180 X 6654

NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency

The NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency offers low interest rate HMFA mortgages that provide veterans and their families with increased buying power and a savings of thousands of dollars in interest over the life of a loan. Most HMFA homeownership loans are originated in private lenders that are approved to participate in the programs.

  • www.nj.giv/military

The Salvation Army: Operation Red Shield

Provides assistance to current military personnel, dependent families members, and veterans. Information, referrals, advocacy, Pastoral counseling and needs-based financial assistance are available on an individual basis.

Please call the Salvation Army for more information.

  • (888) 302-6100 or (908) 851-9300

Transitional Housing Program for Homeless Veterans
The Veterans Haven program is a New Jersey state operated program. Eligible veterans, who have been medically evaluated by the VA, must agree to be part of a long-term program. The program focuses on social, psychological, and vocational rehabilitation of the veterans. For more information, please contact:

  • Veteran's Haven North

200 Sanatorium Road, Suite 101

Glen Gardner, NJ 08826

908-537-1999 or 877-648-0091

  • Veteran's Haven South

301 Spring Garden Rd

Winslow, NJ 08095

609-561-0269, 609-567-5806 or



Team Red, White and Blue

Their mission is to enrich the lives of America’s Veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activities. Their organization is make up for veterans, active duty military and civilians. All our events are family friendly and are there for fun and friends. Please contact Jules Daigle about events and for more information.

  • Jules.diagle@teamrwb.org

  • www.teamrwb.com/get-involved/join-the-team


The GI-GO Fund

The GI-GO fund provides assistance to all military veterans, with a focus on veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, by helping them find employment, access to housing, and securing their educational and health benefits. The GI-GO fund can assist with:

  • Creating a resume

  • Online training

  • Legal and benefits issues

  • Housing and homelessness

For more information, please visit:

  • www.gigo.org

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice

Based in Newark, this organization provides free legal workshops. Should it be needed, will find a way to give pro-bono legal advice and representing. Below we have provided their website and phone number so you can research the services they offer.

  • www.vljnj.org

  • (973) 645-1955

VLJ’s telephones are available Monday-Thursday from 9am-12pm and 1pm-4:30pm

Welcome Home Vets

Welcome Home Vets connects veterans in need with pro-bono representation. For more information, and to inquire about additional service, please visit:

  • info@welcomehomevetsofnj.org

  • www.welcomehomevetsofnj.org

Legal Services of New Jersey

This is an income based program that connects consumers to lower cost legal representation. For additional information, please call:

  • (888) 576-5529

Legal Helplines

  • American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence – The Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence has committed two decades on policy initiatives and training for lawyers who represents victims of domestic &sexual violence. (202) 662-1000

  • Battered Woman’s Justice Project – Promotes systemic change within the civil and criminal justice systems to ensure an effective and just response to victims and perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and the children exposed to this violence. (800) 903-0111

  • Legal Momentum – Their mission in to ensure economic and personal security for all women and girls by advancing equality in education, the workplace, and the courts. Providing an expert legal voice to seek justice for women in law and government policy. (212) 925-6635

  • Womenlaw.org – A national Domestic Hotline providing few legal advice about domestic abuse, sexual assault and knowledge about the law. (800) 799-7233

  • National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women – For the Defense of Battered Women is to secure justice for battered women charged with crimes related to their battering and prevent further victimization of arrested, convicted or incarcerated battered women. (800) 903-0111

Veteran Service Officers Services

Veteran Service Officers (VSOs) are trained and certified volunteers or professionals who can assist veterans and their family members with the VA benefits and claim process.

VSO services are FREE of charge. Membership in their respective organizations is NOT required.

VSO’s include, but are not limited to:

American Legion

  • www.legion.org

New Jersey Department of Military and Veteran Affairs (DMVA)

  • www.nj.gov/military/veterans

Veterans of Foreign Wars

  • www.vfw.org

County Veteran Service Office

  • Morris County – (973) 285-6868

  • Sussex County – (973) 347-8333

  • Union County – (908) 659-4707 or (866) 640-7115

  • Middlesex County – (732) 745-4051

  • Warren County – (908) 475-5098

  • Essex County – (973) 395-8394

If you are looking for a county not listed about, please inquire at the following website – www.nj.gov/military/veterans/njguide/appendix-b.html

Newark Veteran Service Office

  • www.benefits.va.gov/newark

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