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(9 October, 2008)

 

 

Media Advisory

Veterans To Receive Medals During First Day Of Outreach Program Stop At Menlo Park Mall

     


WHAT/WHO: Medal ceremony for 70 combat veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. This begins a three-day visit to the mall of the Veterans Outreach kiosk. Retired Army Brig. Gen. Frank Carlini, Director of Veteran Health Services, New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will present the medals.

 

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 10:30 a.m.

 

WHERE: Menlo Park Mall, Nordstrom's court, Rt. 1, Edison

 

DETAILS: The New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will staff the kiosk from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on October 14, 15 and 16

 

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 more than 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.

The ‘One Mall a Month' Veterans Outreach Program information kiosk will be at the Deptford Mall in the JC Penny Court on November 5, 6 and 7 with a medal ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

 

Immediately following medal ceremony

will be the launch of the
“Life Doesn't Have to Be a Battlefield”

campaign and training

 

The New Jersey Governor's Council on Mental Health Stigma is launching a state-wide Veterans

anti-stigma campaign and training for mental health providers. The Council will be launching this campaign in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs PTSD Task Force, and with the participation of the Division of Mental Health Services. The goal of the campaign is to reduce mental health stigma through outreach and raising awareness, and to address the specific mental health needs of Veterans through the accompanying training initiative.

 

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 14; 12 p.m.


WHERE: Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home, 132 Evergreen Road,
Edison


WHY: To address the issue of mental health stigma in Veterans and
reduce stigma among veterans by raising awareness about mental health and offering training to community mental health providers on the specific mental health needs of Veterans with a focus on PTSD, TBI, and Benefits.

  

New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal List of Recipients

Menlo Park Mall - October 14, 2008

Rank

First Name

Last Name

War

Petty Officer 3rd Class

Robert

Ackerman

Vietnam

Specialist Five

Howard

Adams

Vietnam

Petty Officer 1st Class

Kenneth

Amann

Vietnam

Specialist Four

Umberto

Arena

Vietnam

Specialist Four

John

Bellamy

Vietnam

Petty Officer 3rd Class

Mark

Bijas

Vietnam

Sergeant

Robert

Bowers

Vietnam

Airman 1st Class

Joseph

Brinamen

Vietnam

Private First Class

William

Brophy

Vietnam

Petty Officer 3rd Class

Michael

Brusca

Vietnam

Corporal

Walter

Burgess

Vietnam

Petty Officer 3rd Class

Michael

Cannizzaro

Vietnam

Technical Sergeant

Joseph

Castellano

Vietnam

Corporal

Gregory

Chierchia

Vietnam

Corporal

Salvatore

Cirri

Vietnam

Sergeant

Thomas

Coghan

O.I.F.

Petty Officer 1st Class

Charles

Corbett

Enduring Freedom

Corporal

Willie

Davis

Vietnam

Sergeant

Frank

De Santo

Vietnam

Petty Officer 3rd Class

William

Della Pietro

Vietnam

Corporal

David

Dulack

Korean

Airman 1st Class

William

Egerton

Vietnam

Specialist Four

Paul

Eidson

Vietnam

Sergeant 1st Class

Robert

Estrada

O.I.F.

Lance Corporal

Henry

Engroff, Jr

Vietnam

Specialist Five

Albert

Fischer

Vietnam

Specialist Four

Richard

Fornadel

Vietnam

Specialist Five

John

Gallucci

Vietnam

Staff Sergeant

Willmont

Griffin

O.I.F.

Specialist Four

John

Hinton

Vietnam

Sergeant

Ralph

Kasnowski

Vietnam

Corporal

James

Kelly

Vietnam

Sergeant

Edward

Kierstead

Vietnam

Specialist Five

Thomas

Kmiotek

Vietnam

Corporal

Steven

Koch

Enduring Freedom

Lance Corporal

Joseph

Kreher

Vietnam

Private First Class

Robert

Lagonia

Vietnam

Specialist Four

John

Leary

Vietnam

Specialist Four

Robert

Le Vay

Vietnam

Sergeant

Saulo

Medina

Vietnam

Specialist Four

Frank

Molnar

Vietnam

Specialist Five

Edward

Muller

Vietnam

Sergeant

Charles

Nieder

Vietnam

Specialist Five

Daniel

Palomo

Vietnam

Specialist Four

Eugene

Pawlowski

Vietnam

Petty Officer 2nd Class

Carl

Perlin

Vietnam

Staff Sergeant

John

Powers

Vietnam

Sergeant

Phillip

Quagliariello

World War Two

Corporal

Brian

Reed

O.I.F.

Specialist Five

Ronald

Rehm

Vietnam

Sergeant

Leon

Rejman

Vietnam

Second Lieutenant

Francis

Rella

Enduring Freedom

Specialist Five

Emilio

Rodriguez

Vietnam

Specialist Four

Johnny

Rodriguez

Vietnam

Sergeant 1st Class

Adam

Rosinski

Korean

Sergeant

Richard

Rusin

Vietnam

Specialist Four

Samuel

Saloom

Vietnam

Petty Officer 3rd Class

Joseph

Sawicki

Vietnam

Sergeant

Michael

Siuda

Vietnam

Specialist Five

John

Sobieski

Vietnam

Sergeant

George

Stankovich

Vietnam

Lance Corporal

James

Stasicky

Vietnam

Lance Corporal

Stewart

Timm

Vietnam

First Lieutenant

James

Velcheck

Vietnam

First Lieutenant

Douglas

Viafora

Korean

Seaman Apprentice

Philip

Visco

Vietnam

Petty Officer 3rd Class

Ian

Wallace

Vietnam

Specialist Four

Gary

Weickert

Vietnam

Specialist Four

Steve

Wishnow

Vietnam

Specialist Four

William

Wisk

Vietnam


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