BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. – The Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders has adopted a resolution to enter a contract with the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to transport county veterans to and from medical appointments at the East Orange Veteran’s Affairs Hospital, according to a statement from the Freeholders.
The $26,000 agreement has been standard in recent years even as ridership by veterans has increased by nearly 20 percent, according to officials.
“This is a great service that the County provides to our veterans,” said David L. Ganz, a liason between the Freeholders and the state. “When a veteran doesn’t have access to health care, we are all dishonored. This is the least we can do for the men and women who have served our country.”
Freeholder Maura DeNicola said transporting the veterans is an absolutely necessary undertaking.
“As Freeholders, we have a responsibility to support the men and women who serve and have served our country in the armed forces,” DeNicola said. “It is an honor to pass this resolution which will allow for transportation … to veterans of Bergen County for medical purposes or veteran-related business.”
In addition to veteran transportation, the county offers meals on wheels for over 30,000 meals per month, officials said.
All Bergen County veterans are eligible to receive transportation services, which runs each day. Veterans are asked to call at least 10 days in advance to schedule a trip. Click here for more information or call 201-368-5955.
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