Spring 2012 Edition NJDMAVA Veterans

About NJ Veteran Journal:
The New Jersey Veteran Journal is an official publication of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and is intended to serve New Jersey's veterans, their families, friends and concerned individuals and groups. All correspondence should be sent to:

Veteran Journal Editor
PO Box 340
Trenton, NJ 08625-0340

Furniture delivery
Story by Staff Sgt. Armando Vasquez, Photos by Mark C. Olsen, NJDMAVA Public Affairs

The volunteers from Norix Furniture, the American Legion of New Jersey and the New Jersey Youth ChalleNGe Academy cadets.

With the generosity from the American Legion of New Jersey and assistance from Cadets from the New Jersey Youth ChalleNGe Academy, the Veterans Haven in Winslow Township, N.J. received on July 19, 2011 much needed furniture for their nearly completed addition.

Volunteers unloaded the furniture and then carried it up several flights of stairs to their final destination inside the Veterans Haven.

Veterans Haven assistant superintendent, Sean P. Van- Lew, was extremely grateful for the donated furniture and help during the unloading of the furniture.

The furniture donation was Robert Looby's 2010 American Legion of New Jersey Commander's Project.

"The Cadets were respectful, polite, motivated and well prepared," said VanLew in an e-mail. "They assimilated themselves into the existing work detail, and attacked the project with a vigor and voraciousness that it seems only ChalleNGe cadets bring to the table. They represented themselves and the academy very well. I am proud of them, and grateful to them for their hard, back breaking work."

New Jersey has among its homeless population an estimated 7,000 to 8,000 veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

The Veterans Transitional Housing Program (Veterans Haven) is a New Jersey State operated facility for homeless veterans. After being medically evaluated at a VA Medical Center, eligible veterans must agree to a long-term program focusing on psychological, social and vocational rehabilitation.

Veterans admitted to Veterans Haven come to a 55 bed, addictions-free program with a staff that are sensitive to the multiple needs they present.

With the new addition to the facility, the Veterans Haven will expand its program by an additional 44 beds.