Veterans in Ocean County will continue getting services from a Lacey non-profit group in part thanks to a contract from the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The Lacey Township non-profit Vetwork will be awarded a $207,000 contract for counseling related services for the coming year.

Freeholder Gerry Little is notes that Vetwork will be able to use the money towards treatment for post traumatic stress disorder as well as help provide emergency shelter, provide food to military members who need it, as well as providing help veterans with substance abuse overcome their addictions.

Vetwork has been helping veterans for a quarter of a century, servicing Ocean Counties 68,000 veterans- the most of any county in the state.

The renewing of Vetwork’s contract with the county will come in a very necessary time. Freeholder Little notes that with more veterans coming home from overseas, the services of Vetwork will be more important than ever.

“Many more veterans are seeking help especially in the area of PTSD, we’ve seen a substantial increase in that need.”

Little says that one of the most important functions Vetwork does is helping military personnel “transition back into society and become re-accustom with their family and has the opportunity to go back into the world and re-explore the work place and see what opportunities are there.”

Freeholder Little has high hopes for Vetwork’s efforts in the county.

“We anticipate approving this and continue this very long standing partnership here in Ocean County.”