Beginnings

The Ocean County POW/MIA Organization was incorporated on March 8, 1984. The Organization was formed to address Veterans' issues such as employment, family stress, substance abuse, housing for the disabled, special needs for children of veterans, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder counseling. From 1984 to 1986, the Organization's activities and services were conducted on a part-time, informal basis. In 1986 the directors established a program known as Vetwork to provide assistance to all honorably discharged veterans in the form of professional counseling for alcohol/drug abuse issues, PTSD, eliminating barriers to employment, supportive services, emergency shelter, homeless-prevention, food, claims for VA benefits and other entitlements, and transportation services. On November 12, 1988, the directors of the Organization changed the name to Vetgroup, Incorporated.

Today

The Vetwork Program, now Vetwork, A Program of Vetgroup, Inc. is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The mission and purpose of the agency is to meet the immediate and long-term needs of lower-income veterans. Vetwork provides supportive services to assist the veteran in securing/upgrading employment, obtaining permanent, affordable housing, and transportation to access all necessary medical or basic-needs services. We seek to provide a continuum of care with our services, and to enable veterans to maintain, or achieve, self-sufficiency. To accomplish this end we are committed to advocacy, education, and the prudent delivery of direct, quality services.


Executive Board:

Leonard Mueller IV, President
Joint base McQuire, Ft Dix, Lakehurst Support Equipment, NAV Air
US Navy Commander, retired, Pilot, Joint Chief of Staff
Desert Storm/Desert Shield

Susan Washington, Vice President
Pilot, NJ Air National Guard
OEF, OIF, Southern Watch

Thomas M. Haskell, Sr., Secretary/Treasurer
General Plumbing Supervisor, Ocean County
Sgt. USAF Korat Royal Thia AFB
Vietnam

Thomas R. Waskovich, President Emeritus
5th Special Forces Group (A)
Officer in Special Operations Vietnam

Gary Rieth, Vice President Emeritus
Chief Financial Officer, MUA, Morris County
Radio Team Chief, 11th Armored Cavalary Regiment
Vietnam

Board of Trustees:

Joseph A. Arata
Assistant Director, National Recruitment,
US Customs and Border Protection
Capt. US Army 82nd Airborne, Operation Just Cause,
Desert Shield/Desert Storm,
Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE),
Department of Homeland Security

Dr. Robert Holtzen
Medical Advisor

Bruce Hummer
Supervisor - Kiley Construction
Army Vietnam

Jennifer Kramer
Technician - NJ Motor Vehicle
Army - Iraq

James McElroy
Retired NYC Corrections Officer
US Navy Seabees, & Sgt. US Marine Corps
WWII, Korea

Thomas Palczewski
Border Patrol/Homeland Security
US Army 82nd Airborne
Afghanistan, Iraq

Robert Rosenberg
Legal Advisor
1st Batallion
9th Marine Regiment
Vietnam

Chris Sharpe
New Jersey State Police
3rd Infantry Regiment (TOG)
Iraq

Bernard Snyder
Lacey Township Detective - Retired
Marine Corps Vietnam

Staff:

Paul J. Kozak, Jr., CSW
Director - Veterans Outreach Services

June Knutson, CSW
Director - Case Management

Mary Anne DiLeo
Office Manager