The 1st Annual 5K Tracers Run/Walk
Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)
The Bergen County Division of Veteran Services and Team Red, White, and Blue are proud to be colloborating in bring the First "TRACERS" 5K Run/Walk. This event will take place at the beautiful and scenic Overpeck Park in Ridgefield Park on October 25th, 2015. Both organiztions have done so much to support our veterans in Bergen County and this is Bergen County's chance to support them.
Assisting homeless veterans is a top priority for the Bergen County Division of Veterans Services and its Advisory Board. In 1993, the division addressed this priority by launching “TRACERS,” an all-volunteer group consisting of resident veterans.
The primary mission is to assist homeless veterans and link them to community-based and VA sponsored programs and benefits. “TRACERS” hopes to find veterans shelters, jobs which provide adequate income, as well as other needed services in Bergen County.
“TRACERS” works with local veteran groups and other nonprofit organizations, public officials, business leaders, homeless and formerly homeless veterans.
Our program’s name, “TRACERS,” was derived from the glow-in-the-dark bulletsrecognized by U.S. Military personnel. The veterans who volunteer for “TRACERS” are guiding lights who offer nontraditional outreach efforts to homeless veterans
The goal of “TRACERS” is to help every homeless veteran in Bergen County reach self-sufficiency. In addition, “TRACERS” has established a transitional home in the City of Garfield with support services for eight homeless veterans. The home opened in 2003.
While the exact number of homeless veterans in Bergen County is unknown, the number is estimated at nearly one hundred. Bergen County Division of Veteran Services is proud to host the first everk 5K Tracers Run/Walk. All proceeds donated will go directly to our Tracers program to benefit our Bergen County Veteran residents.
If you cannot make it to the event, you can still donate. All contributions are tax-deductable.
When & Where
Bergen County Division of Veteran Services and Team RWB-Northern New Jersey
The Bergen County Department of Human Services, Division of Veterans Services, established in 1977, provides Bergen County’s veterans and their dependents with information and assistance to obtain earned entitlements.
Help is available to initiate requests for various programs, services, and entitlements, which includes employment advice and referrals, compensation for injuries received or aggravated during military service, VA home loans, pension, educational benefits, VA healthcare enrollment, VA insurance claims, and requests for medals and lost military separation and discharge papers.
The staff makes referrals to agencies which deal with particular concerns, including transportation to VA medical centers in New Jersey, shelters for veterans who are homeless, and many other federal, state, and local benefits available to veterans and their dependents.