Soldier On has been working to assist veterans in New Jersey since 2012 with funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grants. Soldier On is active in nine counties throughout northern and central New Jersey: Middlesex, Burlington, Ocean, Hudson, Monmouth, Essex, Mercer, and Bergen. Through our outreach program, Soldier On provides case management, referral services, and temporary financial assistance to veterans and their family members who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Soldier On works with other federal, state, and community programs to better serve the veterans that we work with. Hundreds of veterans in Middlesex County have benefitted from a specific alliance of which Soldier On is an integral part. The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders worked with the Middlesex County Office of Human Services’ Division of Housing, Community Development and Social Services, to institute the Veterans Housing Assistance Program (VHAP). Soldier On, along with community organization Community Hope, works closely with Middlesex County and VHAP to provide an array of services to veterans throughout the county.
Every two weeks case conference calls are help during which veterans’ services staff, Soldier On staff, and Community Hope staff coordinate and work together in order to provide more comprehensive assistance for homeless and near-homeless veterans. These calls help the participating organizations to fill service gaps for those veterans who need assistance in a variety of ways, utilize each other’s resources in the most productive way, and avoid duplication of efforts.
The Middlesex County Veterans Services Program, Soldier On, and Community Hope have been chosen as the sole recipients of the National Coalition on Homeless Veterans (NCHV) Partnership Award for the partnership that they have formed and model that they have created. The award was presented to the recipients May 29, 2014 at the NCHV conference in Washington DC.