SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Borough Council recently passed a resolution establishing goals to become a Veteran-Friendly Municipality. 

Through resolution 19-259, approved unanimously by the council on July 29, the borough is committing to help veterans and comply with standards set by the New Jersey State Veterans Chamber of Commerce. 

“We are looking to be an official New Jersey Veteran-Friendly borough,” said Councilman Robert Bengivenga, Jr., a member of the South Plainfield’s Sons of the American Legion, Chaumont Post #243.. “Our goal is to be as friendly and welcoming to them so that their lives can be better.”

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The New Jersey State Veterans Chamber of Commerce is a 501c6 organization open to all veteran owned businesses with ‘a mission focused on education, veteran business advocacy, networking, and procurement and supplier diversity events.’ According to the organization’s website (https://njveteranschamber.com/about-1), the goal is to ‘make New Jersey’s economy fairer to veteran owned and service connected veteran owned businesses, as well as veteran job creation.’

As a Veteran-Friendly Municipality, South Plainfield, in passing the resolution, agrees to comply with goals set forth by the New Jersey States Veterans Chamber, including proactively notifying veteran-owned businesses registered with the state of New Jersey of each public bid opportunity; making a good-faith effort to both award 6-percent of the total contract dollars for goods, services, and construction to veterans business enterprises; and working to achieve a hiring goal of a minimum of a 5-percent veteran workforce while also complying with New Jersey Civil Service regulations.

South Plainfield will also work to provide preferred parking for veterans in municipal-owned lots – currently, a spot is provided at the senior center – and provide a discount to veterans for local license and permit fees. Additionally, as a Veteran-Friendly Municipality, the borough agrees to publicly recognize the service of a community resident who has served in the military on an annual basis as well as work local veterans organizations to host a ‘Patriot Day’ public celebration honoring the service of veterans on Memorial Day, Veterans Day and/or the anniversary of 9/11.

Through the passage of this resolution, Bengivenga said the borough will work closely with local veterans organizations and the community to distribute information. “We enacted the resolution because we feel that our veterans have done and sacrificed so much for our country and for the residents here in South Plainfield. The goal is for us, and local businesses in our town, be veteran-friendly,” said Bengivenga, adding, “We all have veterans in our lives but want the lives of all our veterans to be recognized and for them to have a better life. They have given up a lot for us.”

For more information or a copy of the resolution from the NJ State Veterans Chamber of Commerce, email the organization at info@njveteranschamber.com or contact the Borough of South Plainfield Clerk’s Office at (908) 226-765. 

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