VAN DREW BILL TO CREATE TASK FORCE ON VETERAN'S HOSPITAL PASSES FULL SENATE

vandrewThe full Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Jeff Van Drew that would create a task force to study and develop recommendations for expanding veterans’ health care services in southern New Jersey. Approval of the bill, comes one month after the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a hearing at the Somers Point VFW Post 2189 in Atlantic County, where dozens of veterans told stories of having to travel for more than an hour, sometimes taking day-long trips, to get to veterans hospitals for care. Members of the task force would include representatives of state government and the Legislature, as well as veterans with backgrounds in the medical field and a veteran from each of the following counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Ocean, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem. The 18-member panel would be required to submit its recommendations to the Governor and Legislature within a year of its initial meeting.

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