SECAUCUS AND BEYOND -- U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-08th Dist.), a veteran of the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, was joined on Thursday by special guest Lt. Col. (ret) Joseph Bucco of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Secaucus Councilmember and Vietnam veteran William McKeever, veterans from throughout northern New Jersey, and various service providers at the Haledon Boys and Girls Club for the Congressman’s 14th Annual Veterans Resource Fair.
Various government agencies were on hand including the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (VA), along with veteran support groups including suicide prevention professionals from the Lyons Veterans Administration. Representatives from William Paterson University's Small Business Development Center were in attendance to assist veterans interested in starting their own business. VA Medical staff were also on hand to take blood pressure readings and give flu shots free of charge.
McKeever expressed the importance of holding events like this for veterans.
"Our primary concern is our older veterans," said McKeever. "It's critical that we make veterans aware of the benefits they are entitled to, including transportation to VA facilities.”
“When I first arrived in Washington, I made it a priority to enact legislation that would require the VA to inform all veterans of the benefits they earned,” said Pascrell, who authored the Veterans Right to Know Act which was signed into law in 2001. "During my fifteen years in Congress, I have fought to ensure that veterans in Northern New Jersey and throughout the nation receive the benefits they were promised and deserve."