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  • Death Benefits for New Jersey Veterans

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  • Disability Compensation for New Jersey Veterans

  • Discharge Upgrades

  • Education Benefits for Veterans in New Jersey

  • Filing State Income Taxes When You're in the Military

  • Military Funeral Honors for New Jersey Veterans

  • No-Fee Automobile Registration for Certain New Jersey Veterans

  • Professional Licenses for Veterans in New Jersey

  • Property Tax Exemptions for Veterans in New Jersey

  • The Service Members Civil Relief Act: Legal Protections for Armed Forces Members on Active Duty

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    • News Releases (from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)

    • Veterans Benefits Fact Sheets (from the U.S. Veterans Administration)

    • VA Benefits in Brief (from the U.S. Veterans Administration) - describes basic benefit programs

    • Veterans Benefits Timetable (from the U.S. Veterans Administration)

    • Military Benefits (from Military.com)

    • New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

    • New Jersey Veterans Guide (from the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs)

    • Newark Regional Office (from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)

    • Ask VetsFirst –Trained National Service Officers and paralegals will answer your questions about veterans benefits and resources that may be of help to you.

    • Military OneSource
      1-800-342-9647
      The recommended site by the Department of Defense for soldiers and families in need of crisis assistance.  Trained consultants are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

    • New Jersey Veterans Helpline
      1-866-VETS-NJ-4 (1-866-838-7654)
      This free, confidential helpline is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by trained veterans and professional counselors who can provide help with any problems that may arise when soldiers return home.

    • Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline
      1-800-273-TALK, Veterans Press 1
      The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has founded a national suicide prevention hotline to ensure veterans in emotional crisis have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors by chatting via computer. To operate the Veterans Hotline, the VA partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Veterans can call the Lifeline number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and press "1" to be routed to the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline.

    • For free psychological counseling services not connected to the military for soldiers, veterans, and family:

      • Give an Hour - A state and national network of providers make themselves available for free in-person mental health consultations or telephone conversations for U.S. military personnel and families affected by the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      • The Soldiers Project
        1-877-576-5343
        Licensed mental health professionals offer free psychological treatment to military service members (active duty, National Guard, Reserves, and veterans) who have served or who expect to serve in OEF and/or OIF. They also provide treatment to members of their families and other loved ones in their private offices. Their therapists are all volunteers, and services are entirely confidential. They do not report to any government agency.

      • National Veterans Foundation

        1-888-777-4443
        A nationwide hotline for veterans and their families for problems ranging from mental health crisis management to people looking for their nearest Veterans Affairs clinic. Staffed by personnel from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (PST).

    • For veteran-to-veteran peer support:

      • Vets 4 Vets
        1-520-319-5500
        A national organization of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans that works on building informal communities through peer-to-peer conversations.

      • The Wounded Warriors Project
        1-877-832-6997
        An organization that helps severely injured service members help one another, provides programs and services to meet their needs, and raises public awareness and support.

    • Becoming a Citizen in the U.S. Military (from About.com)

    • Locating Military People (from About.com)

    • How to Qualify for the Homebuyer Credit Extended into 2010 (from TurboTax) - A November 2009 law extends the popular first-time homebuyer credit of up to $8,000 and creates a new credit worth as much as $6,500 for long-time homeowners who purchase a new principal home. Military service members and certain other federal employees serving outside the country have an additional year to qualify for a homebuyer credit. Eligible taxpayers must enter into a binding contract to buy a principal residence on or before April 30, 2011.

    • National Center for PTSD
      PTSD information line: 1-802-296-6300.
      Email:
      The National Center for PTSD helps U.S. Veterans and others through research, education, and training on trauma and PTSD. The National Center for PTSD does not provide direct clinical care or individual referrals.

    • Military OneSource
      1-800-342-9647
      Military OneSource is a free service provided by the Department of Defense for active-duty, Guard, and Reserve service members and their families. The service is completely private and confidential, with few exceptions. The service includes help with education, relocation, parenting, stress, and just about any need. Master's level consultants offer confidential support and practical solutions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    • Military Pathways™
      Military Pathways provides free, anonymous mental health and alcohol self-assessments for family members and service personnel in all branches including the National Guard and Reserve. The program is available online, over the phone, and at special events held at installations worldwide.

     

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