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AMVETS headquarters moves to Somers Point - Ocean City Sentinel: News

AMVETS headquarters moves to Somers Point

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Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 2:22 pm

SOMERS POINT — Any veteran or service member in New Jersey can receive help obtaining health benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), find employment or take a class through the new American Veterans (AMVETS) state headquarters in Somers Point. 

The headquarters relocated from Willingboro to 415 Shore Road in Somers Point earlier this month. 

Fred Vineyard, 1st vice commander of AMVETS Post 911 in Somers Point, said the largest AMVETS post in the state is in that area, which is why the headquarters was moved. 

This post, Vineyard said, is Post 911, which has more than 350 members. There are about 20 AMVETS posts throughout the state.   

The new headquarters is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. four days a week — Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Fridays, Atlantic County Veterans Service Officer Robert Frolow will be on site to help veterans. 

Frolow can assist with issues ranging from filing a claim with the VA to obtaining insurance through the agency, as well as use VA home loan benefits, apply for the New Jersey Disabled Veteran Real Estate Tax Exemption and more.  

The headquarters will include a classroom, career center, a kitchen and office space. 

It is open to current service members and former members who were honorably discharged from any branch of the military. This includes the National Guard, reserves branches, the Coast Guard and the Merchant Marines. 

At the headquarters, veterans and military members can receive assistance with several issues, including obtaining honorable discharge papers if they were lost, receiving a service dog, getting information about military funerals and employment help. These resources are offered for free. 

“It’s like a one-stop shop in here,” Vineyard said. 

According to James Spreng, department commander of the New Jersey AMVETS, they can offer assistance finding shelter, food and with medical needs. 

Staff at the headquarters can refer people to several other organizations. Spreng said at the former headquarters, they were able to refer veterans contemplating suicide to organizations that helped them. 

In January, the headquarters will start offering courses. The first course is a resume writing and interviewing skills led by Alan Beatty, vice president of human resources at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point. 

The course is free and is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the headquarters. 

Anyone interested can register by calling the headquarters.   

Veterans can also take courses to receive either a Black Seal or Blue Seal Boiler Operator license, according to Vineyard.  

The headquarters has access to a national job bank that veterans can use from the office. 

They are also working to offer equestrian therapy classes for veterans in the future, Vineyard said. 

“We’re here to help all veterans, whatever they need,” Spreng said. 

Volunteers and donations, particularly laptops, are needed. 

Anyone interested in donating can send donations to AMVETS, P.O. Box 413, Somers Point, NJ, 08244. 

For more information, call the headquarters at (609) 526-4356 or email amvets@amvets-nj.org. 

Additional information about AMVETS can be found at amvets-nj.org.

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