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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 Veteran Affairs Liason shall be the liaison between the Governing Body and the Fair Lawn Veterans Council.

The Veteran Affairs Liason 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 Veteran Affairs Liason, as directed by the Governing Body shall perform other duties from time to time.

The Veteran Affairs Liason 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 Veteran 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 Property Tax Deduction 

An annual $250 deduction from property taxes is available for the property of qualified Veteran or Surviving Spouse/Domestic Partner of a Veteran. Follow the link for more information on Veteran Property Tax Deductions

NJ State Income Tax Exemption

Veterans are eligible for a $6,000 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.

Follow this link for the New Jersey State Veteran Income Tax Exemption application. 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 State Office of Taxation - Veterans Division