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Office of Veterans Affairs


Veterans of military service who have served or are serving our nation are deserving of respect and access to municipal services, support, information and assistance.

The Veterans Affairs Borough Liaison shall be the liaison between the Governing Body and the Fair Lawn Veterans Council.

The Veterans Affairs Borough Liaison shall be the “point of contact” for Fair Lawn Veterans, Active Members, Reservists, and their spouses and children of military service to provide information on but not limited to the following:

•Relay the questions or concerns of veterans who are residents of Fair Lawn to the Governing Body;

•Provide information on various federal, state and local programs for which Fair Lawn's veterans may be eligible and entitled to participate in; and

•Research and analyze the needs of Fair Lawn veterans and make recommendations to the Governing Body regarding how those needs may be best served.

The Veterans Affairs Borough Liaison, as directed by the Governing Body shall perform other duties from time to time.

The Veterans Affairs Borough Liaison shall periodically report to the Governing Body with respect to such contacts, interaction, and such other details.

U.S. Flag Retirement Drop Box
The Borough of Fair Lawn’s Veterans Affairs Office is pleased to announce that a U.S. Flag Retirement Drop Box has been installed at Borough Hall. The box is located next to the Parmelee Avenue entrance of the Municipal Building. Residents are reminded that worn or tethered U.S. flags should not be placed in the garbage and are encouraged to deposit them in the drop box at Borough Hall. The flags will be held for the annual flag retirement ceremony held by the Fair Lawn Veteran’s Council.

Special thanks to the Roads Division for installing the drop box and American Graphics of Fair Lawn for donating the graphics and lettering.

Residents who have any questions regarding the U.S. Flag Retirement Drop Box are asked to contact the Fair Lawn Veterans Affairs Office at 201-794-5331 or email

NJ State Income Tax Exemption
Veterans are eligible for a $3,000 exemption on your Income Tax return if you are a military veteran who was honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances from active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States by the last day of the tax year. Your spouse (or civil union partner) is also eligible for an exemption if he/she is a veteran who was honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances and you are filing a joint return. This exemption is in addition to any other exemptions you are entitled to claim and is available on both the resident and nonresident returns. You cannot claim this exemption for a domestic partner or for your dependents.

Simply click here and fill out the application form. Upon completion please return it with your discharge paper to the address noted on the application. This only has to be completed the first time you claim the exemption. This form does not need to be completed each year. 

For more information log onto New Jersey Division of Taxation

Veteran Honorary Paver
At the foot of Borough Hall's "Wall of Honor" monument, is an honorary walkway that contains names of Veterans and current members of our Armed Forces who have served our Country in a honorable manner. Pavers are available for purchase.

ELIGIBILITY: Present or former residents of Fair Lawn, whether living or decease, who are currently or have previously served in the U.S Armed Forces in a honorable manner. All applicants must be vetted and approved.

    Paver applications can be found by clicking here.

    Please return all completed applications with your check to our office for processing.



    Contact Information

    Nick Magarelli
    Veterans Affairs Director
    Office of the Borough Manager
    Phone: (201) 794-5331
    Sammy Farag
    Veterans Affairs Assistant
    VA Work-Study
    Phone: (201) 794-5331

    General Inquiries


    Important Phone Numbers:

    Veterans Crisis Line:
    1-800-273-8255, ext 1

    Text: 838255

    Important Links

    Fair Lawn War Deceased

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

    N.J. Department of Veterans Affairs

    NJMVC Veterans Honorary Designation

    NJMVC Veterans Parking Placard

    Bergen County Veterans Affairs

    U.S. Department of Labor (VETS)

    Obtaining Military Service Records

    Documents & Forms

    Request for Military Records

    Request to Change Military Records

    Application for VA Health Benefits

    Presidential Memorial Certificate

    U.S. Congress Publication "Our Flag"

    USC Title 38 Veterans Code

    2017 VA Benefits Guide