All Veterans (as of now, the definition of a “veteran” is anyone with a DD-214 that shows Honorable Discharge) who are residents of New Jersey can get a $3,000 personal tax deduction from their income on STATE taxes for 2017. In order to get this deduction, the Veteran needs to submit a copy of their DD-214 and a form to the NJ Division of Taxation. The below link has all of the info and the form.

Please note that (1) the website says that it may take up to 3 months for this to be processed, so don’t wait until April 15th to submit it; and (2)you have to print the form, sign it, and then scan it as a pdf in order to submit it on line. If you submit it online, then you will get 3 emails: confirmation that you submitted it; confirmation Taxation received it; and then a claim number from Taxation.



85th National Convention of the Military Order of the Purple Heart in Dallas, Texas, Elects Patriot NEIL VAN ESS as National Commander

Neil Van Ess is a member of Local 600 and on the State PBA Veterans committee.  Click “HERE”



DoD to Open Online Exchange Shopping to Veterans

The Defense Department announced today that veterans will soon be able to shop online at military exchanges. The policy change will extend limited online military exchange shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans of the military.  Click “HERE” to be directed to the DoD Exchange Online




The Marine Corps encourages all those who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune in 1987 or before to register to receive notifications regarding Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water. ClickHERE” to register.



Bugles Across America

Bugles Across America, NFP was founded in 2000 by Tom Day, when Congress passed legislation stating that Veterans have a right to at least two uniformed military people to fold the flag and play Taps on a CD player. Bugles Across America was founded to take this a step further.  In recognition of the service these Veterans have provided to their country, we felt that they each deserve a live rendition of Taps played by a live bugler. To this end, we are actively seeking capable volunteers to provide this valuable service to Veterans and their families.

Bugles Across America now has over 7500 bugler volunteers located in all 50 states and growing number overseas. Since the Department of Veterans Affairs is expecting more than 1/2 million veterans to pass every year for the next 7 years, Bugles Across America is ALWAYS recruiting new volunteers.



Veteran Tickets Foundation

WHO WE ARE – Veteran Tickets Foundation AKA Vet Tix (CFC# 44909) is a nationally recognized 501c3 Veterans Support Organization whose mission is to “give something to those who gave.” Vet Tix teams up with major sports teams, leagues, promoters, organizations, companies, venues and everyday event ticket holders to provide free (and discounted) tickets to the more than 26 million active Military, Veterans and their families.

WHAT WE DO – We support our Active Duty Military, Veterans and their Families with entertainment, lasting memories and reintegration opportunities by providing FREE event tickets to sporting events, concerts and family activities.

Vet Tix is proud to have already given out 785,438 event tickets across all 50 States, plus Washington, DC, to all currently serving Military, Veterans and their families.

WHY WE DO THIS – When our Active Military and Veterans go to an event for FREE we want them to feel a collective “Thank You” from all of us to all of them. See our “Saying Thanks” page to read what these tickets mean to our Troops past & present.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE AND HOW TO GET VERIFIED – Vet Tix believes that every person who honorably served our great country should be thanked for their service. Visit the sign up link below for full details.

Currently Serving Military, Honorably Discharged Veterans, PNOC of KIA

Use this link to sign up



Combat Wounded Coalition Clothing Kit

Combat Wounded Coalition offers a free clothing kit to combat wounded personnel. This clothing kit contains fashionable clothing including shirts that depict the Purple Heart Medal and other designs from Combat Wounded Coalition. This kit is provided free of charge to all combat wounded personnel (Purple Heart Recipients) from all conflicts. Combat Wounded Coalition can also provide clothing modifications for a wounded warrior. This clothing can be uniforms or civilian clothing and will be modified free of charge.  Click “HERE”