Burlington County veterans and their families have the opportunity to learn about the numerous programs, support services and benefits available to them during the upcoming Burlington County Veterans Expo.
The free event is organized by the Burlington County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Burlington County Commissioners and the Burlington County Department of Human Services Division of Military and Veterans Services. This year’s event will be held this Thursday, Oct. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Student Success Center at Rowan College at Burlington County, 1500 College Circle, Mount Laurel.
Dozens of agencies, nonprofits and vendors are expected to participate in this year’s expo, making it one of the largest events of its kind in South Jersey.
Among the agencies expected to be present are: Burlington County Military and Veterans Services; American Legion Family of Burlington County; Bridging the Gap for Veterans; Crescenz VA Medical Center; Disabled American Veterans; Hampton Behavioral; Helmets to Hardhats; Deborah Heart and Lung Center-HeroCare Connect; Military OneSource; Pride Industries; Semper Fido; Solider and Family Assistance Center- New Jersey National Guard Family Programs; Soldier On Support Services; Veterans Multi Service Center; and more.
Free medical screenings will also be offered at the expo, and the Burlington County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach Unit will be on location to make veterans photo identification cards. The IDs are available to any veteran who was honorably discharged from service and are often used by veterans to receive certain discounts or courtesies offered by some businesses and governments for veterans.
Veterans interested in obtaining a veterans ID card at the expo are advised to bring their DD214 discharge document and another form of photo identification.
The Burlington County Clerk’s Office will also be present to assist veterans with its services, including its DD214 registration program.
The free service is offered to all Burlington County veterans. Under the program, certified copies of their discharge papers are kept by the Clerk’s Office for whenever a veteran or a member of their family might need it. The records remain private and will not be released to anyone without the veteran’s consent or an authorized family member.
Light refreshments will be served at the event and veterans attending will receive a tote bag while supplies last.