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IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(31 December, 2008)

 

 

Media Advisory

 

Veterans From Three Counties To Receive State Medals At Moorestown Mall On

Tuesday

   


WHO: More than two-dozen veterans of Burlington (15), Camden (eight) and Gloucester (two) counties will be awarded the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal during the Veterans Outreach kiosk visit. Retired Army Col. Stephen G. Abel, Deputy Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will present the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal along with other state awards for service to state and nation.

 

WHEN: Tuesday, January 6 at 10: 30 a.m.

 

WHERE: Moorestown Mall, 400 Route 38 in Moorestown, The kiosk is located near the Lord and Taylor entrance

 

DETAILS: The New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will staff the kiosk from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 5, 6 and 7.

 

      The ‘One Mall a Month' schedule for the Veterans Outreach Program is an effort by the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to talk one-on-one with veterans or their family members about the wide variety of state and federal veterans benefits. Ten percent of our nation's veterans receive compensation from the Veterans Administration (VA) for a service-connected disability. Here in New Jersey that number is only eight percent. With 500,000 Veterans in the Garden State, that means that there are nearly 10,000 veterans who should be receiving compensation, but are not. The Veterans Outreach Program wants to find these veterans and assist them in filing their claims if they choose to do so. To find out more about this program or your veteran benefits call 1-888-8NJ-VETS.

 

      The N.J. Distinguished Service Medal (NJ DSM) was originally issued in 1858 for those who distinguished themselves in the New Jersey Militia, but was used infrequently until re-authorized by Governor Kean in 1988. The N.J. DSM was then authorized for that purpose. It is New Jersey's highest military award. Since its re-authorization in 1988, more than 30,000 medals have been awarded to combat veterans from New Jersey.

 

      In order to be eligible for the Distinguished Service Medal you must meet all the following criteria:

 

~ currently be a resident of New Jersey, have been a resident of New Jersey at the time you entered into military service, have been honorably discharged, have proof of having served in combat while on active duty during wartime.

 

      The DSM can be awarded posthumously to the next-of-kin of a veteran who meets the criteria.

 

      Anyone interested in applying for the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal should call 1-888-865-8387, to request an application.

  

New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal List of Recipients

 

Moorestown Mall - Jan. 6

 

Rank

First Name

Last Name

War

County

 

Sgt. 1st Class

Alvin

Adams

Vietnam

Burlington

Cpl.

Stephen

Anderson

WW II

Burlington

Master Sgt

Philip

Atkinson

Desert Shield/Storm

Camden

Tech. Sgt.

William

Bibb

WW II

Burlington

Pfc

James

Bill, Sr.

Vietnam

Camden

Chief Warrant Officer 2

John

Burns, Jr.

Vietnam

Burlington

Specialist Four

David

Corradetti

Vietnam

Gloucester

Pfc.

Keith

Davis

Enduring Freedom

Camden

Specialist Five

Thomas

De Barber, Jr

Vietnam

Burlington

Operations Specialist

Richard

Dudley

Vietnam

Camden

Pharmacist Mate 1st Class

Francis

Fittipaldi

WW II

Burlington

Petty Officer 2nd Class

William

Fortier

Iraqi Freedom

Burlington

Seaman 1st Class

Stanley

Herda

WW II

Camden

Master Sgt.

Lloyd

Hutting

WW II & Korea

Burlington

Staff Sgt.

Ronald

Jones

Iraqi Freedom

Burlington

Specialist Four

Richard

Mackin

Vietnam

Camden

Machinist Mate 2nd Class

Louis

Meccariello

WW II

Camden

Lance Cpl.

Joseph

Nuzzi

Vietnam

Burlington

Seaman 1st Class

Joseph

O' Laughlin

WW II

Gloucester

1 st Lt.

James

Roskoph

Vietnam

Camden

Spc.

Kristopher

Russell

Iraqi Freedom

Burlington

Technician 5th Class

Julius

Scott

WW II

Burlington

Tech. Sgt.

Barry

Steele

Iraqi Freedom

Burlington

Staff Sgt.

Harry

Steele

Iraqi Freedom

Burlington

Ships Cook 3rd Class

Raymond

Young

WW II

Burlington



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