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Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury Resources

In response to the many veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with war related injuries, including TBI, DRNJ’s goal is to promote awareness of our free services to veterans, National Guard and Reserve organizations. One of our programs, the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI) program, has been a recipient of federal funding since 2003. This program ensures that individuals with traumatic brain injury and their families have access to free legal assistance, advocacy services, and information and referral

Veterans Crisis Line enables veterans and their families to connect with a Department of Veterans Affairs responder through a free confidential helpline - Veterans Chat. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, even if the veteran is not registered with the VA or enrolled in VA health care. This service is available for any personal crisis, even if that crisis does not involve thoughts of suicide.

Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1
Text 838255 or chat online to receive confidential support
http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/gethelp/resourcelocator.aspx

VA NY/NJ Veterans Healthcare Network is a US Department of Veterans Affairs site that provides information about resources and services available to veterans in the New Jersey and New York areas. http://www.nynj.va.gov/

New Jersey Vet Centers provide counseling, outreach, and referral services to veterans readjusting to civilian life. Services are confidential and free of charge.

Bloomfield Vet Center
2 Broad Street, Suite 703, Bloomfield NJ 07003
Phone: 973-748-0980 Or 877-927-8387
Fax: 973-743-0380

Lakewood Vet Center
1255 Route 70; Unit 32N, Parkway Seventy Plaza, Lakewood NJ 08701
Phone: 908-607-6364 or 908-607-6364

Secaucus Vet Center
110A Meadowlands Parkway, Suite 102, Secaucus NJ 07094
Phone: 201-223-7787 or 877-927-8387

Trenton Vet Center
934 Parkway Avenue, Suite 201, Ewing NJ 08618
Phone: 609-882-5744 or 877-927-8387

Ventnor Vet Center
6601 Ventnor Avenue, Suite 105, Ventnor Building, Ventnor NJ 08406
Phone: 609-487-8387 or 877-927-8387

New Jersey Veterans Benefits’ Guide provides information to veterans about earned military benefits, and services available in New Jersey. http://www.nj.gov/military/veterans/njguide/njvet.pdf

Vets4Warriors provide 24/7 confidential, stigma free peer support by veterans to Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve service members, Veterans, Retirees, and their families/caregivers. http://vets4warriors.com

New Jersey Vet2Vet is a 24 hour/7-day a week helpline coordinated by Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. The helpline features peer counseling for Veterans, members of the Air/Army National Guard, and family members. http://www.njveteranshelpline.org/

Military Mom2Mom is a 24 hour/7-day a week confidential peer support helpline staffed by military parents and behavioral specialists to help ease the mental health burden of New Jersey families affected by military service. (844) 645-6261

National Resource Directory enables service members, veterans and their families to search for useful local and national resources. http://www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov/state/new_jersey

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center provides information about traumatic brain injury and strategies for dealing with this injury. Monthly and archived webinars are available on topics relevant to individuals with brain injury and their families. http://dvbic.dcoe.mil

The Veterans Health Council provides information about health issues related to military service, and information concerning compensation and medical treatment through the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). http://www.veteranshealth.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness Veterans and Military Resource Center provides support and resources to active duty military personnel, veterans with mental illness and their family members.
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Military.com provides information about earned benefits available to veterans in New Jersey including housing and education benefits. http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits/new-jersey-state-veterans-benefits

Stateside Legal provides information to military service members, veterans and their families about federal legal rights and legal assistance available in New Jersey. http://www.statesidelegal.org

The Social Security Administration provides information specifically for veterans on the application and eligibility process for disability benefits. Social Security emphasizes that receipt of military pay should not prevent a veteran from submitting an application for Social Security disability benefits. http://www.ssa.gov/woundedwarriors

A Disability Rights New Jersey publication about the Social Security application and appeals process that includes information useful to service members with disabilities Understanding the Social Security Application and Appeals Process for Individuals with Brain Injury and Service Members with Disabilities (pdf).

Operation College Promise provides information to service members about earned postsecondary educational benefits. http://www.operationpromiseforservicemembers.com

Disabled Veterans Employment Guide provides information to veterans about disability issues from a veteran and civilian perspective. The guide also addresses how to access eligibility-based education and employment services in the community. http://www.vetsfirst.org/veterans-employment/

Know Your Employment Rights Under the ADA - A Guide for Veterans is a publication for veterans about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).Veterans Resource Manual Employment Rights Under ADA - A Guide for Veterans

Postsecondary Education for Individuals and Service Members with Traumatic Brain Injury Handbook published by DRNJ Postsectondary Ed for Service Members Handbook


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