Veterans Affairs

Scotch Plains Receives Designation as First Veteran Friendly Community in Union County

Scotch Plains Township became the first municipality in Union County to achieve 'Veteran-Friendly' status after passing a resolution complying with new standards set by the New Jersey State Veterans Chamber of Commerce.  Jeff Cantor, a retired Army colonel and founder and CEO of the chamber presented the resolution to the Council at Tuesday evening's Council Business Meeting.   


The criteria to be designated Veteran-Friendly — helping to boost veteran-owned businesses — include:   

  • Proactively notify veteran-owned businesses registered with the state of New Jersey of each public bid opportunity
  • In the procurement of goods and services, making a good-faith effort to award 6% of the total contract dollars to Veteran Owned Business Enterprises
  • In the hiring of employees, making a good faith effort to achieve a hiring goal of a minimum of 5% veteran workforce
  • Establish a minimum of three Veteran-Only parking spots in municipally-owned parking lots 

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Final Phase of Hometown Heroes Banner Program

St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church, in partnership with the Township of Scotch Plains, the Borough of Fanwood, American Legion Post 209 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10122, is continuing the Banner Program and is seeking to honor our local Veterans and those currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.   


The Banner Program Phase II will continue to recognize those Veterans (living and deceased) and Active Duty Military personnel who live or have lived in Scotch Plains or Fanwood.   


Banners for those who were a part of Phase I will be put up again in May and banners for those who are in Phase II will be added.  This is will be the final chance to participate in the Banner Program.  Also, please note that we cannot honor any requests to place a banner in a particular location.   


Eligibility Requirements


Individuals are eligible to participate if they are serving or have served in any one of the following branches of the United States Armed Forces:

  • Air Force
  • Army Coast Guard
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Merchant Marines
  • Women Airforce
  • Service Pilots (World War II) 

For more information, visit the Hometown Heroes of Scotch Plains-Fanwood Banner Program page

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Small, Minority, Women and Veteran Owned Contractors Networking Event | March 12

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