NJ Veteran Journal
Summer 2005 Edition
New Jersey Veterans' Homes Update
From the NJDMAVA Veterans Affairs

The Department of New Jersey Jewish War Veterans (JWV) of the USA dedicated a monument at the NJ Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park April 3.

This monument is the result of a special project undertaken “to perpetuate the memory of all members of the armed forces, regardless of race, religion or creed, who made sacrifices to defend universal liberty, equal rights, and justice for all” according to Robert Richter, Commander of the JWV. The same monument had also been installed at both the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland and at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

The New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park recently established a relationship with the Edison Job Corps Academy for the operation of the “Canteen” (Food Services) at the facility. This will be a seven-day per week operation. Joseph Brandspiegel, CEO stated: “ We are very pleased to have established such a relationship with the Job Corp and are confident that with extending the hours, our residents, family members and our staff will benefit from this undertaking.

The dedicated staff can be counted on for outstanding service.

Having the support of Central Office also contributes towards our success in offering the care that we are noted for. Speaking of that, our US Department of Veterans Affairs’ survey during the week of March 14 went very well. Received accolades during this intense survey. We had
our annual Volunteer Luncheon April 19. This is the one time a year when we have the pportunity to thank our hundreds of volunteers for contributing towards the quality of life and care that our residents receive.

The USO show was held on Feb. 23, and, as usual, a grand success. As I continue my position as
the Vice President of the National Association of State Veterans Homes towards the Presidency next year, I can assure you that I will represent New Jersey by getting the information needed to maintain operations. There are many challenges nationwide, mostly regarding benefits/budget proposals. As an organization we work hard to represent the veterans across the country. Again, thank you for the support you continue to give us. We could not do it without all of you.

The New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland is in Phase II of construction. Projected completion is July 4 (unless there are delays in construction that can occur for numerous reasons). At the time of completion, Administration can take possession of the new building.
It will take approximately five weeks to move in all the new furniture and equipment in preparation for occupation by veteran home residents. Another three weeks is anticipated in order to relocate the residents and vacate the old buildings. The new facility should be in
operation by Aug. 29. Phase III, the demolition of the old buildings, will then be followed by landscaping.

The new state-of-the-art facility will consist of 240 long-term care beds, a 28-bed Assisted Living Unit, a 32-bed Alzheimer’s Unit. A mosaic tile “Wall of The Tides” will adorn the center courtyard, which will include a 12’ waterfall surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers.

Table of Contents
Abel New DCVA
Governor’s Letter
Vets Homes Update
NJ Medals Honor Veterans
Mental Health Hotline
Army Program For Vets
VA Reaches out to New Vets
Vets News You Can Use
One Shots
POW Expanded Benefits
VSO Listing
Front Page / General Info

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