Congressmen Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10) and Albio Sires (D-8), as well as Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis, helped host a free veterans clinic at Catholic War Veterans Post 1612.
“Without our veterans, we don’t have a country. We don’t exist without our veterans. Sometimes we kind of forget about our veterans, sometimes we start to use the word hero in everyday life when it’s not something that should be used in everyday life,” reflected Davis.
” … Basically, if any veterans have any problems, cases, they can come here and directly talk to the people from the veterans administration. What this does, it cuts the red tape and basically they can hear directly from the veterans administration on what is going on,” added Sires.
The free clinic, which was also put together with the help of CarePoint Health and the Newark Regional Veterans Administration, offered free glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol screening, as well as financial assistance.
Nancy Aleman, the director of community outreach for CarePoint, also stated that a new plan that veterans can enroll in would allow them to receive care from any of their three facilities in Bayonne, Jersey City and/or Hoboken, free of charge.
“You know, our veterans have sacrificed a great debt to make sure that we have the lifestyle that we have here in the United States,” Payne exclaimed.
“It’s just our opportunity to just say thank you, to make sure that they know the services that are available to them from the veterans administration, to make sure they’re receiving everything they deserve and just to honor them and say thank you for their service.”