NJ Veteran Journal
Fall 2005 Edition
Veterans Homes Criteria
By Brig. Gen. Frank R. Carlini, Director, Division of Veterans Healthcare Services

Recently, there have been some questions about eligibility for admission into our New Jersey Veterans Memorial Homes.

Our homes are open to veterans of all wars who served on active duty (90 days total active duty service) and were honorably discharged. Veterans must have been state residents for at least two years prior to application for admission or were citizens of New Jersey at the time of entrance into military service. National Guard and Reserve Retirees who were never deployed but have 20 good years of service are also eligible.

The veteran’s spouse, including widows and widowers and Gold Star Parents, are also eligible for admission. A spouse, widow, or widower must be at least 50 years of age and must have been married to the veteran for a period of not less than 10 years. Residents’ pay according to ability based on income and accrued assets.

The process for admission begins with the submission of an application, which can be obtained from any of our homes. Family members and caregivers are encouraged to visit the home of their choice for assistance in the admission process. If you are interested in a tour, please contact the facility directly.

For more information, or if you would like an application for admission, please contact 1-800-624-0508, or 732-452-4133 (Menlo Park), 201-634-8539 (Paramus), or 856-696-4217 (Vineland).


New Jersey Veterans Home Update

Paramus Veterans Memorial Home
Ms. Doris Neibart, Chief Executive Officer of the Paramus facility, was recently inducted as President of the National Association of State Veterans Homes (NASVH) at the National Conference held in Washington State.

As president, Ms. Neibart will be meeting with the VA, Senators, and members of the House of Representatives to discuss these important issues. The President serves for a one-year term. Ms. Neibart had recently been the NASVH Vice-President.

The Association is dedicated to the “caring of America’s Heroes.” NASVH’s priorities for the next year are to continue to protect our veterans benefits for all those who served our country honorably, with emphasis on the proposed VA budget cuts, per diem drug reimbursement, and construction and grant programs.

Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home
Joseph Brandspiegel (right), Chief Executive Officer, Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home and Roger Vonah (left), driver, pose with some of the water collected for the hurricane Katrina relief effort. Photo by Christine McNulty.Mr. Joseph Brandspiegel, Chief Executive Officer, food service staff, and residents collected $1,300 for the Katrina relief effort.

They presented the check to the Salvation Army of New Brunswick, New Jersey on Sept. 23. Theresa Burrows, Juanita Ceralde, Joyce Lin, and Larry Maynes led the Food Service Department in a Bake Sale that raised $1,000 as part of this effort. Additionally, the Menlo Park facility also collected bottled water for the victims filling the home’s SUVs.

Vineland Veterans Memorial Home
Construction has been completed on the new Vineland home and it is a beautiful addition to our longterm care facilities.

All residents will now be housed in a single two story ultra-modern facility. Residents are scheduled to begin moving into the new home on or about Nov. 1. The final phase of the construction will be tearing down the three older buildings that compromised the Vineland facility and finishing the parking lots and grounds.


Table of Contents
Be Powerful, Be Heard
DCVA Message
Governor's Letter
WWII Memorial
Kiosk Highlights Benefits
Veterans Homes Criteria
Reconstitution Process
NJ Vets Benefits
Stand Down 2005
One Shots
Grave Blankets
VSO Listing

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