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Veterans Legislative Seminar on October 16th

(Woodbury, NJ) - Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Joe Chila, liaison to the Office of Veterans Affairs invite veterans and their families to the annual Veterans Legislative Seminar this Saturday, October 16th from 9 am until 12 noon, at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology, 1360 Tanyard Road, Sewell.

This free event will feature invited guest speakers and an open forum where veterans can ask questions of their federal and state representatives. 

This year's invited guest speakers are Chinh Q. Le, Director Office of the Attorney General, NJ Division on Civil Rights, and Philip E. Freeman, Assistant Director. The focus of their presentation will be on the "Rights and Remedies Available to Veterans with Disabilities Under the NJ Law against Discrimination" (LAD). They will discuss what constitutes unlawful discrimination under the LAD in the areas of employment, housing, and places of public accommodation such as hotels and restaurants, and provide information about how a complaint is filed.

"We hold this event so our veterans can get answers straight from their elected representatives about issues that are impacting them and what action is taking place in Washington and Trenton," said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. "Every year the level of discussion is helpful to our veterans and to us, as elected officials," said Sweeney.

Confirmed attendance includes hosts Freeholder Director/Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, Freeholder Joe Chila, Congressman Rob Andrews, Congressman Frank LoBiondo, NJ Senator Fred Madden, Senator Don Norcross, and an aide to US Senator Menendez.

Freeholder Chila, liaison to the Department of Veterans Affairs, said that the County hosts the event to provide access to their state and federal leaders. "I believe Gloucester County has one of the finest Veterans Affairs Office in the state and offers many services to our veterans because we work closely with them and we have an open line of communication. It is not an everyday occurrence that you get to sit in a room with several Congressman and state senators and ask questions specifically on veterans' issues, but we make it a point to do this annually in Gloucester County so our veterans have access," said Chila