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Andrzejczak, Albano, Eustace, & Wilson Bill to Improve Health Care Access for New Jersey Veterans Clears Final Legislative Hurdle
Plan Designed to Help Southern NJ Veterans; Ease Waiting Times Throughout the State(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Bob Andrzejczak, Nelson Albano, Tim Eustace, and Gilbert "Whip" Wilson sponsored urging the federal Department of Veterans Affairs to support the recommendations of New Jersey Veterans Hospital Task Force was given final legislative approved 39-0 by the Senate.
The bill (ACR-177) is based on recommendations from the New Jersey Veterans Hospital Task Force, which studied the idea of constructing and operating of a veterans' health care facility in southern New Jersey.
During its meetings, the members of the task force received testimony from veterans about the significant challenges faced by veterans seeking healthcare and the at-times demeaning process they had to go through to meet their healthcare needs, including traveling considerable distances from their homes in southern New Jersey, in some cases resulting in trips of more than 100 miles and five hours travel time, and then spending additional time waiting for a meeting with a doctor.
"Clearly, we have a significant need for more healthcare opportunities for veterans living in southern New Jersey who must travel to veterans clinics in East Orange, Delaware or Philadelphia to have their healthcare needs addressed," said Andrzejczak (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland), who was a sergeant in the U.S. Army. "This is unfair to these New Jersey veterans who have served their country with distinction and deserve to have closer, more accessible healthcare as they grow older and travel becomes more difficult."
"These veterans deserve our best, and unfortunately they're not getting that when they're forced to travel long distances to have their health care needs met," said Albano (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland). "We need everyone to get on board and push forward with these basic recommendations to improve the quality of life for our veterans. It's the right thing to do."
"Caring for our veterans must be a priority," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Ensuring all our veterans in New Jersey are treated properly will benefit everyone, including by among other things reducing waiting lines at northern New Jersey facilities. These are basic concepts and should be embraced by everyone."
"South Jersey veterans deserve better, and this bill is a step in the right direction," said Wilson (D-Camden/Gloucester). "Anything we can do to repay the debt we owe these brave men and women is the right thing to do."
The bill expresses to the Department of Veterans Affairs the Legislature's support for the following:
Authenticated copies of this resolution will now be signed by the Speaker of the General Assembly and the President of the Senate would be transmitted to the Secretary of the federal Department of Veterans Affairs.
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