(Bayonne, N.J.) – Today, Reps. Albio Sires (NJ-08) and Donald Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) along with Bayonne Mayor James Davis announced a Veterans Claim Clinic for veterans that will be held on October 5, 2016 at the Catholic War Veterans Post 1612 in Bayonne. This event will allow veterans to meet one-on-one with a representative from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to discuss benefits, claims, compensation, or entitlements.

“All too often, our veterans are discouraged by the steps it takes to receive the VA benefits they earned,” said CongressmanSires. “I am grateful that the Newark Regional Office of the VA has offered to meet with veterans one-on-one to listen to theirconcerns and to work with them on the issues they may have. Our veterans deserve quality care and shouldn’t have to cut through red tape just to get the services that they were promised.”

“We must always ensure that veterans, service members, and their families have access to the quality health care and resources they have earned and deserve,” said Congressman Payne, Jr. “Our veterans clinic will provide local veterans of all ages with an accessible, one-stop shop where they can get immediate, one-on-one assistance with VA representatives and access the services they need.”

The visit by the VA will allow veterans to meet one-on-one with a VA representative to learn more about compensation and entitlements, as well as to discuss ongoing claims and appeals. The visit is part of the VA’s efforts to “Enhance the Veteran’s Experience” by making the VA more accessible to veterans throughout New Jersey’s Congressional Districts. Meetings with a VA representative are by appointment only. 

“I want to thank Congressmen Albio Sires and Donald Payne, Jr. for sponsoring this event, which will provide our veterans with easy, convenient access to quality health care services,” said Bayonne Mayor James Davis. “Our vets put their lives on the line for our way of life. In appreciation, we should continue to reach out a helping hand, and provide vital services, like these, that improve their quality of life.”

The event will take place at the Catholic War Veterans Post 1612, which is located at 18 West 23rd Street, Bayonne, NJ 07002. Veterans interested in meeting with a VA representative can contact 202-225-7919 to schedule an appointment.