New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed a bill into law that may lead to a veterans hospital for our region.
The law (A-845) signed Monday morning creates an 18-member task force to devise a plan for the veterans hospital. It was co-sponsored by Assembly Democrats Jack Conners (D-Burlington/Camden), Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), Jason O’Donnell (D-Hudson) and Connie Wagner (D-Bergen).
“This is a great step forward for our veterans who deserve our best,” said Milam (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland). “Forcing our southern New Jersey veterans to travel long distances for health care is not acceptable. We need to do better, and this task force will help determine the best way possible to ensure veterans in southern New Jersey get the best health care possible.”
Southern New Jersey lacks a federal Department of Veterans Affairs inpatient veterans medical center, forcing veterans needing inpatient care to travel to veterans’ hospitals in northern New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware. The VA has small clinics in Ventnor, Cape May and Vineland, but they only perform some outpatient medical services and are often overwhelmed by a large number of veterans seeking care.