Morris County Veterans Peer Support Group; Federal FEMA Reimbursements Extended

Sources: TapInto New Jersey;

A veteran peer support group is being offered to veterans, free of charge, thanks to the Morris County Veterans Services Office and NewBridge Services.

“A peer support group for veterans is a way to come together to share stories of the stressors of deployment and the impact this stress has had on their lives,” NewBridge CEO Michelle Borden said. “It allows for an opportunity to forge connections of hope, recovery and support and to know they are not alone.”

Veterans who were in combat or separated from family for extended periods may experience added life stressors, and peer support groups may help.

The sessions, which are facilitated by veteran Tim Slavin, are free to all veterans no matter their length of service or discharge status.

The group meets the first and third Thursdays of each month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. They meet at the Morris County Veterans Service Office at 540 West Hanover Ave. in Morris Township. The entrance is at the rear of the Morris View Healthcare Center.

For more information and to register, call NewBridge Services at 973-316-9333 or email services @ newbridge. org.

The federal government’s 100% reimbursement of COVID-19 emergency response costs to states, tribes and territories is being extended through July 1, the White House has announced.

White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients informed governors on a conference call that President Joe Biden is approving the extension of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) support to help continue efforts like vaccination clinics, mass testing sites and surging hospital resources to deal with local spikes of the virus.

“FEMA’s priority throughout the response to COVID-19 has been to coordinate and provide the necessary resources and personnel states, tribes and territories need to adequately respond to the pandemic,” FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell said. “Today’s extension of the 100% cost-share through July 1, 2022, builds on our efforts to assist impacted communities across state and federal levels.”

The extension is a sign that the White House continues to see a need for federal resources in combating COVID-19 even as Biden guides the country to through the latter part of the pandemic while case counts recede.

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