NJ lawmaker introduces bill to help veterans

Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan Jr. (D-South Plainfield) has introduced legislation to help veterans access services and benefits in New Jersey.

If passed, Diegnan’s legislation would establish a veterans service office in each of the state’s 21 counties. The county veterans service offices would then coordinated with federal and state agencies, as well as other programs assisting veterans in neighboring counties. Specifically the offices would provide information central to veterans on issues such as:

  • Employment
  • Education
  • Burial
  • Counseling
  • Housing
  • Social/Medical Services

Although the bill was introduced by Assemblyman Diegnan in May and referred to a Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee, no hearings have been scheduled to discuss the measure.

The goal of the bill is to utilize existing personnel and resources to achieve a more coordinated system of delivering services to veterans.