Veterans who live in Ocean County and surrounding areas will have a new, state-of-the-art VA Clinic in Brick Township to visit if the recently launched Go To Bat For Vets Campaign succeeds in its goal. The campaign is a community-based effort that is being led by local veterans and Brick Township Council President Lisa Crate.
“Our veterans and their families need and deserve this state of the art facility, and having it built right here in Brick would provide not only the services our veterans are seeking but a convenient location for anyone living in Central or South Jersey. Working together with the community, we can show the Veterans Administration that now is the time to act, make a decision, and bring the new VA Clinic to Brick. Our veterans can’t afford to wait any longer,” said Council President Crate.
The campaign is asking residents to show their support for veterans and the effort to have the VA Clinic built in Brick by making a video of themselves taking their best swing – baseball, softball, wiffle ball – and then challenging friends to the same and sharing on social media with the hashtag #gotobatforvets.
“Brick Township really is the perfect place for a new VA Clinic. We have a site that is convenient to the Garden State Parkway, is in the hospital support zone and is ready to go,” said Mayor John Ducey. “What we need now is a groundswell of support to convince the Federal Government and the Department of Veterans Affairs to build it here.”
The proposed site for the VA Clinic in Brick Township is bordered by Route 88, Jack Martin Boulevard and Burrsville Road. The site can fit a 75,000 square foot building with more than 400 parking spaces. It is within 3 miles of multiple parkway entrances and exits.
A VA Clinic on that location would also provide economic benefits to the community. “In addition to the potential for new jobs, a VA Clinic on that site would help area restaurants and other businesses,” said Mayor Ducey.
Anyone interested in helping with the Go To Bats For Vets campaign can visit their website at https://www.gotobatforvets.org/ or the Go To Bats For Vets Facebook Page. There is also an online petition that can be signed by visiting https://www.change.org/BrickVAClinic.