An important hearing for veterans will be taking place this Friday in Somers Point. The Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee will meet in Somers Point to examine the need for a veterans’ hospital in South Jersey. Because there is no federal Department of Veterans Affairs inpatient veterans medical center in southern New Jersey, those needing inpatient care must travel long distances to veterans’ hospitals in northern New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware. The committee will consider legislation (S-1189), sponsored by Senator Van Drew, that would create the “New Jersey Veterans’ Hospital Task Force,” a 17-member panel to study and develop recommendations for the construction and operation of a facility in southern New Jersey. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. at the Somers Point VFW Post 2189, 500 Bethel Road.