News & Events

Happy 100th Sandy Wentzell

Charles “Sandy” Wentzell is one of our Salem County Hero’s and he turns 100 years young this month!

Elsinboro VFW Post 253 shared Charles “Sandy” Wentzell turns 100 years young this month! Mark your calendar… on September 25, 2022 beginning at 1:00 PM, at the Elsinboro VFW Post 253, 20 Phillip Drive, Elsinboro. The public is encouraged to stop in and wish Sandy a Happy 100th Birthday! We heard he will be there for a while, but the official Happy Celebration is at 1:00 PM. We hope you can help VFW Post 253 make Sandy’s day extra special!

Sandy Wentzell Wentzell in uniform


Military personnel standing in front of a burn pit

The PACT Act was signed into law and is a profoundly important piece of legislation for veterans, potentially will help veterans. They added more than 20 burn pit and other toxic exposure presumptive conditions based on the PACT Act.  It covers 16 countries and 24 diseases.  Your eligibility depends on your service history and other factors.  We encourage you to apply.

Apply now or get more information

Camp Lejeune Justice Act

Camp Lejeune signage

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 was signed into law. The Act allows military veterans to file civil lawsuits against the US Government for harm caused by at least thirty days of exposure, including utero exposure, to water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejuene in North Carolina from August 1, 1953 to December 31, 1987. If in need of information contact our office.

Veterans Appreciation Picnic – Sept. 17, 2022

Salem County Department of Veterans Affairs & Advisory Board Members invite Veterans and Family Members to attend the VETERANS’ APPRECIATION PICNIC.

September 17, 2022
Noon – 4:00 P.M.
(Food will be served between 1PM-2PM)
Penns GroveVFW – 100 Margaret Street, Penns Grove, NJ 08069

Music provided by: Hybrid Mobile Entertainment

Informational Booths:

  • Salem County Sheriff Chuck Miller – Project Lifesaver
  • Salem County Dept. of Health & Human Services
  • Wilmington VA Hospital Mobile Clinic


Mail completed form to:
Salem County Department of Veterans Affairs
90 Market Street, Salem, NJ 08079

By Phone or Email:
Phone: 856-339-8603
Include your name, number attending and Veteran Shirt Size.

Pre-registered Veterans will receive a FREE T-Shirt.
Family members may purchase additional t-shirts at the event, first come first serve.

Download Picnic Flier / Registration Form PDF →

Veterans Picnic 2022 Registration Flier

SFC Robert H. Yancey Sr. Stand Down – Sept. 23, 2022

Veterans ONLY, Proof of Service Required

Date & Time: Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 from 8:30am – 1:00pm
Location: Cherry Hill National Guard Armory, Grove Street & Park Blvd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

The Following Services and Assistance Are Available:

VA Benefit Counseling, PTSD Counseling, Mental Health, Welfare, Social Security, Food Stamps, Legal Services, Addiction Services, Housing, Medical, Employment, Unemployment, Haircuts, Clothing and Provisions.

Pre-registration and transportation arrangements call: 1-888-865-8387, then press #1, or by email:

SFC Robert H. Yancey Sr. Stand Down 2022

Military Service Medal Ceremony – Nov. 3, 2022

You’re Invited!

Award ceremony honoring Salem County Veterans for their honorable service.

Public Ceremony
Salem Community College, Davidow Hall Theater, 460 Hollywood Avenue, Carneys Point, NJ 08069
When: Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 6:00PM (Sharp)
Doors open at 5:30PM
Public is encouraged to attend and salute our hometown honorees.

Event Details

Who is eligible to receive a medal:
Salem County Honorably Discharged Veterans
Families may recognize their loved ones Posthumously

How To Register

  1. Complete the application:
    From Website:
    Or Contact the County Veterans Service Office
  2. Required to submit a DD-214 with the application.

Honorees MUST register by August 5, 2022

Questions? Contact:
Joseph Hannagan
Salem County Veterans Service Officer

Veterans Services

Serving Our Heroes

90 Market Street, Salem NJ 08079

856-339-8603 (Main)
609-774-7450 (Cell)
856-878-4639 (Fax)

Business Hours

Mon – Fri from 8:30am – 3:30pm
Appointments recommended to assure availability.

Veterans Crisis Line

One call can make a difference.

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