Camden, N.J. — Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer announced the Office will host a symposium for military and veterans affairs Feb. 19 in Oaklyn as part of the Attorney General’s 21 County/21st Century Policing Project.
“Veterans put their lives on the line countless times for our country,” said Acting Prosecutor Mayer. “I’m proud to lead an office that supports these men and women by hosting a public forum to educate our veterans about the many services offered in Camden County for veterans in need.”
Representatives from various agencies, including the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the New Jersey Department of Military Veterans Affairs, Camden County Office of Veterans Affairs and Rutgers Office of Military and Veterans Affairs will be present among others at the Oaklyn VFW Post 4463 beginning at 6 p.m.
The event will link veterans, their families and friends with the support and services needed to reduce the risk of contact with the criminal justice system.
According to a 2012 National Institutes of Health Study, 9 percent of Veterans and service members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have been arrested since returning to their homes.
“The resources are out there for veterans, but not everyone knows about them,” said Acting Prosecutor Mayer. “By having multiple organizations in one place and giving each an opportunity to speak, we hope to educate the county on what kind of help is available for either themselves or a veteran they know.”
The event will run from 6 to approximately 8 p.m. at 5 Manor Ave., Oaklyn.