Friday, November 8, 2013

Helping Homeless Military Veterans Part I

Last month, for a second year in a row, Newark Community Solutions joined the G.I. Go Fund and other organizations that serve homeless military veterans for the Veterans Stand-Down at Newark’s John F. Kennedy Recreation Center. During the event, veterans received haircuts, photo ID cards, medical checkups and HIV testing, as well as counseling and information support groups about employment services, state and federal VA benefits, substance abuse programs, vocational rehabilitation, recovery programs, and hospice care. Veterans were also provided lunch cooked by New Jersey Army National Guard. Afterwards, they were given a full range of Army surplus and civilian winter clothing, including boots, underwear, ski caps, pants, and personal toiletries. Newark Community Solutions staff were on hand to help veterans address outstanding Municipal Court matters.  The GI Go Fund, a non-profit organization founded in 2006 that has been recognized for its unique and innovative solutions to addressing the homeless veteran population and Stand Down of North Jersey Inc, organized the event.

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