Senator Menendez Repeats Call for Action on Veterans Healthcare During Visit to Shore Memorial Hospital

Senator Menendez Repeats Call for Action on Veterans Healthcare During Visit to Shore Memorial Hospital

Announces “Veterans Information Day & Job Fair” to be held Sept. 14th

New Jersey - During a visit to Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) again called on U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs officials to take new steps to provide veterans of South Jersey access to quality healthcare more locally. Senator Menendez cited a recent proposal by Shore Memorial Hospital as one possible solution to the problem of area veterans being forced to travel long distances in order to receive certain treatments.

In November 2010, Senator Menendez and Congressman Frank LoBiondo sent a letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki stating: "Currently, the veterans of the Atlantic and Cape May County areas are forced to travel a minimum of 90 minutes to the nearest full service VA Medical Center. The long distance creates delays and unnecessary barriers to care for veterans who live in this region. Veterans with medical conditions face particularly difficult circumstance traveling long distances."

"My overriding goal is to ensure that all New Jersey veterans have access to the healthcare they deserve," said Senator Menendez. " I commend Shore Memorial Hospital for stepping up to provide a solution, and I again call on the VA to consider this and any proposal that would allow South Jersey veterans to receive care more locally. It has always been my belief that when it comes to our veterans, it's our duty to not only remember their service and say thank you once or twice a year, but also to deliver on the promises of a grateful nation. I continue to hear from the South Jersey veterans' community that the transportation plan currently provided by the VA is simply inadequate in terms of providing area veterans with reasonable access to care, and so I will continue to work to find a better solution. This fight is not over."

Senator Menendez also released the details of a "Veterans Information Day & Job Fair" scheduled for Wednesday, September 14th from 3:30-6:30pm at the Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing. The event, sponsored by Senator Menendez in conjunction with the Atlantic County Office of Veterans Services and the Atlantic County One Stop Career Center, is designed to allow veterans of all ages to find jobs and learn more about the many benefits available to them. It will also feature a special panel discussion set to begin at 5:30pm where veterans will have the opportunity to ask questions and express concerns directly to a panel of VA officials and community leaders.

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