Houghtaling and Downey Bill Would Provide Funding for Vital Veteran Services

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Monmouth County Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey have introduced new legislation to establish the “Veterans Assistance Grant Program” to provide additional funding for vital veteran services. The grant would be available for New Jersey-based nonprofit organizations and would go toward services that benefit the state’s veterans, including mental health services, job training, and more.

“Nonprofit organizations are often the best at allocating money effectively and reaching those who need their services the most,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth), “These grants will enable those organizations to expand their services that can benefit veterans the most.”

The bill (A-4157) creates the “Veterans Assistance Grant Program” in the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs. Grants would be provided to governmental agencies and nonprofit organization to help pay for certain veteran-related services. The bill requires the grant funds to be utilized to provide mental health services, family counseling, job training and employment services, and/or housing assistance services to veterans who live in New Jersey.

“Even a seemingly small amount of grant money can make a huge difference for nonprofits who want nothing more than to help local veterans,” said Downey (D-Monmouth), “Taking care of our state’s veterans is a long-term commitment, and this grant program helps solidify that promise,”

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