Legislation From Assembly Members Houghtaling & Downey Would Create Strategic Plan to Benefit NJ Veterans

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New legislation proposed by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey would establish the New Jersey Commission on Veterans’ Benefits, and charge the Commission with creating a five-year statewide strategic plan to ensure New Jersey’s veterans are receiving effective care and deliverance of benefits.

“Delays and inefficiencies in how we deliver benefits to our veterans is simply unacceptable,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth), “By gathering experts and public members who are veterans, this commission will give us a new outlook on how to best serve our veterans.”

The bill (A-4171) would create the NJ Commission on Veterans’ Benefits in the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs. The Commission would develop, maintain, and annually update a five-year statewide strategic plan on veterans’ benefits to include goals and measurable outcomes to ensure that all State departments and agencies are effectively delivering comprehensive service and support for veterans and their families. The Commission would be composed of thirteen members, including five public members who are veterans themselves. At least two of the five public members are required to be women veterans.

The Commission would also be charged with evaluating current services in the State that serve the veteran population, and create legislative recommendation to quickly address any deficiencies in the provision of benefits and services to New Jersey’s veterans.

“New Jersey’s veterans deserve the best care that we can give them, which is what this strategic plan would ensure,” said Downey (D-Monmouth), “It is of the utmost importance that we take care of those who put their lives on the line for us.”

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