Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Steven Oroho and Paul Sarlo to facilitate charitable contributions for the development of northern New Jersey’s first veterans cemetery was advanced today by the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.
The Senators’ bipartisan measure, S2639, would give taxpayers the option on their tax return to contribute a portion of their tax refund to support the development and operation of the Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The planned 66-acre parcel in Sussex County would be the first veterans cemetery in the northern part of the state.
“Providing a final resting place near family and friends is the least we can do to honor those that have sacrificed so much to fight to protect the freedoms we all enjoy,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren and Morris). “This cemetery will be a fitting final tribute to the thousands of North Jersey veterans and a comfort to their families. Hopefully, by adding this option to the tax return more of those with the means to give to this worthy project will do so.”
“Thousands of veterans live in the state’s northern counties, yet our region has no facility available for burials once these brave soldiers pass. The Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery will give our veterans a final resting place in the area that allows family and friends to visit and to honor their loved one,” said Senator Sarlo (D-Bergen). “By including a method on the state tax forms to contribute to this effort, residents will have the opportunity to pay tribute to our local heroes and to help to make this project a reality.”
New Jersey’s only state-run cemetery for veterans is the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Cemetery in Burlington County, a more than two-hour drive from some northern parts of the state. There are approximately 100,000 veterans living in the state’s northernmost counties, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
When opened, the veterans’ cemetery will be the first in the state to be operated as a nonprofit.