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Contact Information for Veteran Support Services @PCCC

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Please do not hesitate to contact the Coordinator of Veteran Affairs with questions, concerns or ideas.

In person, stop by the Center for Student Success in Academic Hall on Main campus, and ask to speak with Sherry Shaker, or email, or call 973-684-6773.



List of discounts for Veterans in and around PCCC.


VISN 3: VA NY/NJ Veterans Healthcare Network

Veterans Health Administration: VISN 3: VA NY/NJ Veterans Healthcare Network
StationID Facility Address Phone
VA Medical Center
561 East Orange Campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System 385 Tremont Avenue   East Orange, NJ 07018 973-676-1000  
561A4 Lyons Campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System 151 Knollcroft Road   Lyons, NJ 07939 908-647-0180  
Community Based Outpatient Clinic
561GB Elizabeth CBOC 654 East Jersey Street, Suite 2A   Elizabeth, NJ 07206 908-994-0120  
561GD Hackensack CBOC 385 Prospect Avenue   Hackensack, NJ 07601 201-342-4536  
561GA Hamilton CBOC University Office Plaza - 3635 Quakerbridge Rd   Hamilton, NJ 08619 609-570-6600  
561BZ James J. Howard Community Clinic (Brick, NJ) 970 Rt. 70   Brick, NJ 08724 732-206-8900  
561GE Jersey City CBOC 115 Christopher Columbus Drive   Jersey, NJ 07302 201-435-3055 X 3305  
561GH Morristown CBOC 340 West Hanover Ave   Morristown, NJ 07960 973-539-9791 X 9794  
561GG Newark CBOC 20 Washington Place   Newark, NJ 07102 973-645-1441  
561GJ Paterson CBOC 275 Getty Avenue, St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center   Paterson, NJ 07503 973-247-1666  
561GF Piscataway CBOC 14 WILLS WAY, BUILDING 4   Piscataway, NJ 08854 732-981-8193  
561GI Tinton Falls Community Based Outpatient Clinic The Atrium, 55 North Gilbert St, Building 4, 1st floor, Suite 4101   Tinton Falls, NJ 07701 732-842-4751  
Vet Center
0112 Bloomfield Vet Center 2 Broad St. Suite 703   Bloomfield, NJ 07003 973-748-0980 Or 877-927-8387  
0141 Lakewood Vet Center 1255 Route 70; Unit 32N, Parkway Seventy Plaza   Lakewood, NJ 08701 732-905-0327 Or 877-927-8387  
0102 Secaucus Vet Center 110A Meadowlands Parkway, Suite 102   Secaucus, NJ 07094 201-223-7787 Or 877-927-8387  
0114 Trenton Vet Center 934 Parkway Ave. Suite 201   Ewing, NJ 08618 609-882-5744 Or 877-927-8387  
Veterans Health Administration: VISN 4: VA Healthcare - VISN 4
StationID Facility Address Phone
Outpatient Clinic
642G Camden VA Outpatient Clinic 300 Broadway, Suite 103   Camden, NJ 08104 877-232-5240  
Community Based Outpatient Clinic
460GD Cape May VA Outpatient Clinic (460GD) 1 Monro Avenue   Cape May, NJ 08204 800-461-8262  
642GA Ft Dix OPC at Marshall Hall (642GA) 8th and Alabama   Ft. Dix, NJ 08640 609-562-2999  
460HE Northfield VA Health Clinic (460HE) 1909 New Road   Northfield, NJ 08225 800-461-8262 X 2800  
460HG VA Clinic NJ Veterans Memorial Home (460HG) Northwest Boulevard   Vineland, NJ 08360 856-692-1588  
(642GD) Veterans Health Clinic at Gloucester County (642GD) 211 County House Road   Sewell, NJ 08080-2525 877-823-5230 Or 215-823-5230  
460HG Vineland Clinic 1051 West Sherman Avenue, Bldg 3 Unit B   Vineland, NJ 08360 302-994-2511 X 6500  
Vet Center
0230V Ventnor Vet Center 6601 Ventnor Ave. Suite 105, Ventnor Bldg.   Ventnor, NJ 08406 609-487-8387 Or 877-927-8387  
Veterans Benefits Administration: Eastern Area Office
StationID Facility Address Phone
Regional Office
309 Newark Regional Office 20 Washington Place   Newark, NJ 07102 800-827-1000  
Intake Site
309 Intake Site At Earle Naval Weapons NWS Earle Fleet and Family Support Center 
201 Hwy 34, Bldg C59   Colt's Neck, NJ 07722
310 Intake Site At Fort Dix HQ, US Army Garrison, HRM, Bldg 5418   Fort Dix, NJ 08640  
309 Intake Site At Fort Monmouth Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP)   Fort Monmouth, NJ  
310 Intake Site At Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station Fleet & Family Support Center   Lakehurst, NJ 08733  
310 Intake Site At McGuire Air Force Base Family Support Center   McGuire AFB, NJ 08641  

Free Programs for Veterans

  • Veterans Technology Program @ Syracuse University  
    The Veterans Technology Program is a non-credit certificate program offered by the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. This FREE program (underwritten in its entirety by JPMorgan Chase & Co.) is available to both employed and unemployed, post-9/11 Veterans with a minimum of a high school diploma, and is comprised of four certificates. The courses are delivered entirely online, enabling Veterans to participate from any location and access their coursework at any time.
    This program is designed to enable Veterans to create development plans specific to their personal skill sets, interests, and goals, as well as gain understanding and insight into the corporate culture of globally distributed companies. Program participants will also learn to effectively prepare for and execute job searches, including company research, and résumé and cover letter writing.
  • Microsoft Digital Literacy  
    Whether you are new to computing or have some experience, this curriculum will help you develop a fundamental understanding of computers. The courses help you learn the essential skills to begin computing with confidence, be more productive at home and at work, stay safe online, use technology to complement your lifestyle, and consider careers where you can put your skills to work.
  • LearnKey self-paced eLearning
    LearnKey's "Certify for Life" program enables qualified U.S. veterans to receive video-based training, free of charge, after they've completed their initial training certifications through VA-sponsored programs such as VR&E and VRAP. The Certify for Life program is an initiative which LearnKey offers exclusively to America’s Veterans. This program will provide a Veteran who has received LearnKey training through the VA with free courseware updates for life. Certify for Life has the potential to save Veterans thousands of dollars in continuing education costs over the course of a career. Nationally recognized certifications convert directly to job opportunities and higher pay.
  • Freedom & Honor  
    Outstanding reintegration workshops at no cost to Veterans

Events for Veterans @PCCC

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Veterans Day Luncheon

Monday, 12 November 2012

12:00PM - 2:00PM

Paterson Room (rear of Cafeteria in Academic Hall)

Please RSVP to Rafaela Ramirez by Friday, November 9, to reserve a seat.



Fall 2012: 1st VA Meet & Greet; Monday 15 October 2012, 1700-1900, Paterson Room, Main Campus


Veterans Day 2012


Principles of Excellence

President Obama signed Executive Order 13607: Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses and Other Family Members on April 27, 2012. These principles were developed to strengthen oversight, enforcement, and accountability of education programs, and to ensure our service members, Veterans, and their families have the information they need to make informed decisions concerning their well-earned educational benefits.

The Department of Veterans Affairs sent a letter to college and university presidents on May 31, 2012 asking them to publically commit to providing this information to veterans and their families.  Officials from both the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Education will be working to develop a standardized format for schools to use to provide this information. 

Passaic County Community College President Dr. Steve Rose happily signed this agreement and PCCC is making efforts to make sure this information is readily available.

VetSuccess on Campus - New Jersey

  • The VR&E VetSuccess Program
    Assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VetSuccess offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.

    For More Information regarding VA Benefits, Call Toll-Free 1-800-827-1000.
  • The Post-9/11 GI-Bill  
    The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

    As of August 1, 2009, the Post-9/11 GI Bill is effective for training. Approved training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill includes graduate and undergraduate degrees, and vocational/technical training. All training programs must be offered by an institution of higher learning (IHL) and approved for GI Bill benefits. Additionally, tutorial assistance, and licensing and certification test reimbursement are approved under the Post- 9/11 GI Bill.
  • Post 9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program  
    Post 9/11 GI Bill pays up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition and fees. You may have tuition and fees that exceed that amount if you are attending a private institution, graduate school or attending in an out-of-state status. If you are enrolled at a Yellow Ribbon participating institution and the tuition and fees exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition or fees, additional funds may be available for your education program without an additional charge to your entitlement.
  • Montgomery GI Bill  
    The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) is available for those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. MGIB encompasses both the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (Chapter 30) and The Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606) . Under Chapter 30, Active Duty members enroll and pay $100 per month for 12 months; and are then entitled to receive a monthly education benefit once they have completed a minimum service obligation. Under Chapter 1606, a reservist must be actively drilling and have a 6-year obligation in the Selected Reserve to be eligible.
  • Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
    Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

    For additional information see Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program Pamphlet or contact your local VA Regional Office for additional assistance by dialing our toll-free number, 1-888-442-4551.

Resource Links

  • Student Veterans of America
    An organization that also runs on a chapters format. SVA seeks to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation. Go to the SVA website and see if there's a chapter on or near your campus. They will surely be doing programming for Veterans Day, so ask to partner!
  • CLEP for Military
    CLEP allows veterans to receive college credit by earning qualifying scores on any one or more of 34 exams, allowing them to move directly into upper-level courses, saving time and money. Veterans can make the most of their GI Bill benefits by applying those funds toward needed courses. Earning credit quickly provides flexibility in managing the complex demands of jobs, families, and college-level course work.
    Depending on their benefits election, some veterans can claim full reimbursement for CLEP exams and exam administration fees under provisions of the Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-454), which enhances the education benefits of the Montgomery GI Bill. For more information about who is eligible for the CLEP benefit please visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs benefits.
    Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain. Each year there are a reported 1.7 million civilian brain injuries in the United States. In the military between 2000 and the first quarter of 2012, more than 244,000 service members sustained a TBI. Brain injury, caused largely by improvised explosive devices (IEDs), has become the signature wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most brain injuries are mild, and most people recover in a matter of weeks. provides military-specific information and resources on traumatic brain injury to veterans; service members in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, and Reserve; and their families.
    Searving Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan

    Something's changed. It could be you. It could be home. It could be your family and friends and the people that you know. Whatever or whoever it is, you know you've got to find your place in this world again. And that isn't always easy. It takes more than taking off a uniform to feel comfortable in civilian life again. But you're not alone. Men and women who've made the transition before you are here to help.

    Explore this site. And feel free to share it with your friends and family. You'll find the information to help you, whether it's charting a new career path, learning how to manage your time and budget, exploring educational options and financial aid, or dealing with family and personal issues. This is your place. This is your site. We're proud to serve you.
  • VOW to Hire Heroes Act 2011
    The Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, provides seamless transition for Servicemembers, expands education and training opportunities for Veterans, and provides tax credits for employers who hire Veterans with service-connected disabilities.

  • VRAP High Demand Occupations (PDF)
    The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)
    provides training towards an Associates Degree, Non-College, Degree, or Certificate that leads to a high demand occupation, as determined by the Department of
  • Operation PAVE: Paving Access for Veterans Employment
    PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment) provides one-on-one vocational assistance and support to all veterans and their families as well as assistance to employers committed to hiring veterans.

Principles of Excellence @TESC, NJ

Thomas Edison State College has been providing specialized educational opportunities for members of the United States military for more than 30 years, and continues to develop degree programs and certificates specifically for enlisted personnel that optimize military training and experience.

Since 2007, the College has been named one of the country's top ten military-friendly institutions by Military Advanced Education magazine.

The College is a long-standing member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) and holds a Memorandum of Understanding with Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)as an external degree partner.

Thomas Edison State College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association and Schools and offers several programs designed around the unique needs of members of the U.S. armed forces, regardless of where they are deployed, and veterans and their families.

Help with VA Claims

  • Veterans Assistance Department @ The Mesothelioma Center  
  offers free assistance with filing your VA claim and can make the process much easier. Our Veterans Assistance Department offers extensive experience in filing VA claims and can help any veteran coping with mesothelioma. For more information or free assistance regarding VA benefits, programs and eligibility, please call 800-590-1922 or fill out our online form.

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