Jersey City to host veteran open house

The Apple Tree House
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The Apple Tree House

Jersey City Mayor and Marine Corps Veteran Steven Fulop and the Office of Veterans Affairs announced a new partnership between Jersey City and American Legion Post 419 this week.

To celebrate the centennial anniversary of the American Legion and to commemorate the new partnership among the Legion, the city’s Divisions of Veterans Affairs, Office of Cultural Affairs, and Apple Tree House, an open house event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10 from noon to 3 p.m.

The open house, which will be held at the  Apple Tree House at 298 Academy St., will serve as an introduction for local veterans who aren’t familiar with the local American Legion chapter.

The event is free and open to all honorably discharged veterans, as well as members of the Guard and Reserve.

In addition to veterans from the American Legion Beacon Post 419, representatives from the Jersey City Division of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Chat and Chew will also be present.

“Most American civilians don’t realize that our nation has been at war for nearly two decades,” said Post Commander for American Legion Beacon Post 419 Ruth Cordner.  “Every day, more and more veterans are returning to civilian life, and the American Legion is there to assist this growing population with their unique set of needs.”

Under Fulop, Jersey City was the first in the state to pledge to end veterans’ homelessness, joining First Lady Michelle Obama’s nationwide pledge.

This effort began with the building of the city’s first-ever housing for homeless veterans and continues with city initiatives which provide resources and services to all veterans.

“I’m one of the seven percent of Americans who are veterans,” Fulop said. “It’s important we do everything we can to recognize, thank, support, and honor those who have served. I’m proud that Jersey City can step up to assist the American Legion in its mission to serve our city’s veteran population.”

Starting this month, the Apple Tree House will be the new meeting place for Post 419.

For more information about this event, or the city’s resources for veterans, contact the Division of Veterans Affairs at (201) 547-4919.

To contact Post Commander Cordner, email JerseyCityPost419@gmail.com.