Newark Regional Benefit Office
The Newark VA Regional Office is one of fifty-seven offices located throughout the Nation that provide services and benefits to honorably discharged veterans of the U. S. Military and their dependents.
The Newark VA Regional Office services the 485,000 veterans residing in the State of New Jersey and their dependents. The Office processes claims for Compensation and Pension, Survivor's benefits, and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment of veterans who reside in the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, Sussex, Warren, Morris, Hunterdon, Somerset, Union, Middlesex, Mercer, Monmouth, and Ocean. Claims for veterans who reside in the counties of Burlington, Camden, Atlantic City, Gloucester, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem are under the jurisdiction of the Philadelphia Regional Office and Insurance Center. The Newark RO handles all claims for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment in the State of NJ.
During fiscal year 2008 the Office was responsible for payment in excess of $611,000,000 in Compensation and Pension benefits to over 46,000 beneficiaries in New Jersey. The Newark Regional Office participates yearly in the Homeless Veteran Stand Down, and Benefits Delivery at Discharge to Active Duty and reservist returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Recenty, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki established service-connection for Vietnam veterans and three specific illness based on the latest evidence of an association with the herbicides referred to Agent Orange. The illnesses affected by the recent decision are B cell leukemias, such as hairy cell leukemia; Parkinson's disease; and ischemic herat disease.
The Regional Office is reaching out to veterans to file claims for injury or illness incurred while in service, or to file claims for increase if the injury or illness has worsened over time. Veterans Service Representatives are available at 1-800 827-1000 to assist veterans in filing their claims. additionally, the following service organizations are also available to represent and assist veterans:
Veterans Service Organizations
American Legion (973) 297-3377
American Veterans (215) 381-3294
Disabled American Veterans (973) 297-3378
Jewish War Veterans (973) 297-3388
Military Order of the Purple Heart (973) 297-3389
National Association of County Veterans Service Officers (732) 929-2096
New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (1 888-8NJ-VETS),
Paralyzed Veterans of America (973) 297-3228
United Spinal Association (973) 297-3387
Veterans of Foreign Wars (973) 297-3226
Vietnam Veterans of America (973) 297-3227