TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator John A. Girgenti to establish a ten member task force to study the construction and operation of a Veterans’ hospital.
“As more newly returned combat veterans turn to Veterans’ Hospitals for health care, it’s important that we provide them with world-class care,” said Senator Girgenti, D-Bergen and Passaic. “It’s important that we take care of those who have been fighting in a war that protects our freedom. Creating this task force will thoroughly examine and determine the how to best address the needs of our vets, especially the latest generation.”
The bill, S-314, would establish the “New Jersey Veterans’ Hospital Task Force” which would evaluate, and make recommendations on the construction and operation of a veterans’ health care facility in Southern New Jersey.
According to Senator Girgenti’s bill, the ten members of the task force would include the Adjutant General of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, the Congressman representing Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties, two members of the public upon the recommendation of the New Jersey Hospital Association, and one veteran each from Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.
Senator Girgenti noted that the task force would be required to issue a report to the Governor and the Legislature, no later than 12 months after its initial meeting.
“The members of the task force will help us improve our hospital facilities and they way we care for our Vets.” said Senator Girgenti.
The bill now heads to the Assembly for consideration.