Struggling members of the military can continue to seek help and advice from veterans under a program New Jersey’s 2016 budget will continue to fund.
Gov. Chris Christie said in a statement Friday the Vets4Warriors program will continue thanks to $8 million in the state’s new budget to help veterans get access to health care.
Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care operates the peer-support program that includes a hotline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Christie’s announcement comes as the U.S. Defense Department considers ending federal funding for the program.
It also comes as he hits the campaign trail to seek the Republican nomination for president in New Hampshire where he has highlighted his support for the program.