State Resources for Military Personnel and their Families

Picatinny Arsenal Army Community Service (ACS)

Building 3225
Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 07806
Hours of Operation: 0700-1630 Monday – Friday
Phone: 973.724.7247

Picatinny Arsenal’s Army Community Service (ACS)'s mission is to facilitate the commander's ability to provide comprehensive, standardized, coordinated and responsive services that support Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians, and Families regardless of geographical location and to maximize technology and resources, eliminate duplication in service delivery and measure service effectiveness. 

ACS Directory
For a complete listing of services and contact numbers visit the Picatinny Arsenal website

Fort Dix Army Community Service Center & Family Assistance Center

5644B Doughboy Loop
Fort Dix, NJ 08640
Phone: 609.562.6554
DSN access: 562.6554
Hours of Operation: 7:45-4:30 Monday – Friday

ACS support at the Soldier and Family Support station at the SRP site includes: individual readiness assessment, Family Care Plan review and assistance, information and follow-up, and individual information mailing to next of kin. Find out more information about the Fort Dix location by visiting their website. 

NJ National Guard Family Programs 

Toll Free: 1-888-859-0352
DSN: 312-944-0800
The State Family Programs Office is available 24 hours a day/seven days a week. 
Visit their website for more information.. 
Downloadable publications include NJ Family Readiness Mobilization Handbook

The Family Programs office is designed to answer the questions a spouse may have. It can be a valuable source of information for all family members. The site provides an overview of military benefits and how to access them, identifies eligibility requirements associated with some entitlement, and, most importantly, lets you know where you can obtain assistance when you have specific questions and problems. Knowing your benefits and how to access them will help you plan for when your spouse or family member is away performing military service.

NJ Family Assistance Centers

The Family Assistance Centers help family members of a National Guard or Reserve Soldier; Marine, Airman, or Sailor on active duty. These centers can assist with Identification Cards, TRICARE and dental issues, and also provide emergency referral and assistance with financial and legal issues. Each Family Assistance Center is trained to help families get the support and information they need, as quickly as possible, while lending a sympathetic ear to those in need of one.

To contact a Family Assistance Center closest to your home in New Jersey, call the toll free number 1-888-859-0352. Access a complete listing here.

NJ Department of Military & Veteran Affairs 

Benefit Hotline: 1-888-8NJ-VETS (888.865.8387)
Counseling Hotline: 1-866-VETS-NJ4 (866.838.7654)
Visit their website.

Downloadable publications include NJ Veteran's Guide


1-866-838-7654 (1-866-VETS-NJ-4) is a 24 hour/7-day a week helpline coordinated by UMDNJ-University Behavioral HealthCare. The helpline features peer counseling, clinical assessments, and assistance to family members. The helpline provides New Jersey Veterans and their families with access to a comprehensive support network of mental health professionals who specialize in issues specific to veterans returning to civilian life. Visit the NJ VET2VET website for more information, call the hotline or contact them viae-mail.

Project Connect

Project Connect offers skill assessment, career coaching, job skills training, referrals and job placement opportunities for GWOT Veterans, Guards, and Reservists with permanent disabilities. The organization's mission is to assist veterans in successfully entering or re-entering the civilian sector and sustaining meaningful employment.

Eligibility Guidelines:

  • 18 to 64 years of age
  • Resident of New Jersey or Pennsylvania
  • Veteran or service as a Guard or Reservist in the GWOT
  • Diagnosis of a physical, mental health or cognitive disability.

There is no cost to those who qualify. Residents of southern New Jersey and Philadelphia locations should contact: Angela Lucas at 856-374-4921 or or Joe Cipola at 215-854-1799 or

Northern New Jersey residents may contact: Elayne Lipkin at 973-674-6330, ext. 244 or

Additional Services that May Help

NJ Helps
The NJHelps Web site offers a free and easy questionnaire that can be used to determine the programs and services for which you and your family may be eligible. The online form prompts you to answer a few questions about your household, income, and expenses. All the answers are anonymous and can never be linked to you. The typical session lasts 5 to 15 minutes depending on how many people live with you. Once you have completed the questionnaire you will receive information on programs and services for which you are eligible. The Web site provides information on application locations as well as details on what you will need to bring with you when you apply.

NJHelps also supplies contact information and links to valuable resources available throughout the State. You will learn about eligibility guidelines for programs like food stamps, child care assistance, TANF and a host of other programs listed below.To begin the screening process click here. Find out more about the programs by clicking the links below:

Work First New Jersey (TANF)
New Jersey Cares for Kids (Child Care Assistance)
Kinship Navigator program (Assistance for Relative Caregivers)
Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund

Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-572-SAFE (7233)

This resource is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week to serve domestic violence victims and others seeking information about domestic violence. The Hotline provides bilingual service and is accessible to the hearing impaired. Learn more about the domestic violence programs available in your county >

2NDFLOOR Teen line

2NDFLOOR is a youth helpline serving all youth and young adults in the state of New Jersey. Youth are assisted with their daily life challenges by professional staff and trained volunteers.

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Page last modified/reviewed on March 21, 2017

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