Ocean County Press Release
TOMS RIVER – Ocean County veterans are being encouraged to attend the Salute to American Veterans event hosted by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

"This is an excellent opportunity for veterans to come out and meet fellow veterans from other various service organizations," said Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Veterans Bureau. "In addition, it is a chance to get information and assistance from these organizations as well."

The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 6 at the County Connection in the Ocean County Mall (near the JC Penney entrance), 1201 Hooper Ave., here.

"With a host of services available to our residents at the County Connection, this is an ideal spot to offer information sessions about veteran services," said Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Kelly, who serves as liaison to the County Connection.

There are eight veteran organizations scheduled to participate in the event, including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Marine Corps League, Vietnam Veterans of America, Jewish Wars Veterans, Disabled American Veterans, Ocean County Veterans Service Bureau and the New Jersey Department of Veterans and Military Affairs.

"Ocean County is home to the largest veteran population in the state," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Virginia E. Haines. "We are so proud of their service to our Country. This event is just a small gesture of our appreciation to their selfless acts and their courage.

"I encourage all of our veterans and their families to attend," she said.

The Ocean County Clerk's Office will be available for those looking to receive Veteran Identification cards or Gold Star Parent Identification cards. To obtain a Veterans ID card, veterans need to bring their Honorable Discharge DD-214 papers.

For Gold Star Parent ID cards, applicants need to bring proof of satisfactory that the applicant is a parent of a member of the armed forces who died while on active duty for the United States.

"From our Veterans Services Bureau to the military organizations to our County Clerk, Ocean County takes great pride in the men and women that have served and continue to serve this great Country," Little said. "This event is a great way to assist our veterans and their families."

In addition, Ocean County mall discounts for veterans will be available at the event as well.

For more information on the event, call the County Connection at 732-288-7777.

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