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LETTER: Air Force Veteran Says Freeholder Vicari Delivered on Veterans Issues

Ocean County Freeholder Joe Vicari (R - Toms River)

TO THE EDITOR: As a veteran, I know the importance of leadership.  I wish to share information on the strong leadership exhibited by Ocean County Freeholder Joe Vicari.

Freeholder Vicari knows the sacrifices made by our military forces and that they have given their all to defend our way of life, our families, and our freedoms.  Joe Vicari stands up for our veterans and gives his all to make sure the men and women who served our nation are cared for.  He is a strong advocate of the Ocean County Veterans Bureau in Toms River that helps the county’s nearly 68,000 veterans access care through the Veterans Administration.
Our Ocean County Veterans Bureau in Toms River is second to none!  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has services and benefits available, but the application requirements are wrought with details that are easily misunderstood.  Like Social Security or the Internal Revenue Service, the mission may be worthy, but one needs a “decoder” to understand the rules.  I am a female veteran and left military service 35 years ago, overwhelmed, and unaware of services available from the VA.  Having visited the Ocean County Veterans Bureau office frequently during the past 4 years for help, I can confirm that Toms River office hums with calls and visitors.  Veteran’s widows, spouses, veterans from the Great Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq/Afghanistan and non-wartime can get help with U. S. Department of Veteran Affairs benefit information in real time.

Ocean County Freeholder Joe Vicari (R – Toms River)

There is often a queue in Toms River and, I have no complaints, as it is well worth the wait to get straightforward information. The staff is dedicated and really embraces us.  I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to help service members, veterans, and their families navigate the complex agency guidelines that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs functions under.

While the average citizen might not realize what happens in our Ocean County Veterans Bureau, Freeholder Vicari observed the need for services in the community and opened an additional office in Manahawkin.   In a time when political will and leadership can be hard to find, Freeholder Vicari continues to go above and beyond for our veteran community.   It is important for the community to know about the availability of services for military families, but more so, to know who is working in our best interest in County government.

I will be supporting Freeholder Joe Vicari on Election Day, November 7th and would like veteran families and our community members to know why.

Thank you for the courtesy of publication.

Sincerely,
Kerri Long
United States Air Force Veteran

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