TOMS RIVER – With more than 60,000 veterans calling Ocean County home, veteran service organizations will hold a meet and greet event at the County Connection at the Ocean County Mall on Nov. 8.
“It is such a privilege to have such a large population of veterans living in our County,” said Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Veterans Service Bureau. “This event brings together our veterans and those service organizations that can assist them in a number of ways. There will be a chance to become a member of the organizations or just gather information.”
In conjunction with the Ocean County Veterans Service Bureau, a number of service organizations for veterans will be conducting a sign up event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 8 at the County Connection, which is located by JC Penney at the Ocean County Mall, Hooper Avenue, here.
“We want our veterans to come out and learn about the different organizations available to them,” Little said.
The organizations expected to be in attendance include The Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, and The Vietnam Veterans of America.
“This is a great opportunity for our veterans to meet other veterans, and to learn about the organizations that are in Ocean County,” said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, who also serves as chairman of Senior Services. “With the County’s large senior population, many of our veterans have served in World War II, the Korean War and other conflicts. The County Connection also is a great place to learn about the programs and services we have for seniors living here.”
The veteran service organizations can introduce veterans to a range of benefits including social activities, assistance such as scholarships and discounts, or even physical fitness groups.
“I want to encourage our veterans to take part in this opportunity to find ways to get involved with organizations that are specifically for our Armed Forces veterans,” said Ocean County Freeholder John P. Kelly, liaison to the County Connection. “The County Connection makes it a convenient location for Ocean County residents to take advantage of this event. We are looking forward to a good turnout.”