MILITARY & VETERANS AFFAIRS
(4 October, 2010)
Veterans To Receive Medals During First Day Of Outreach Program Stop At
Brunswick Square Mall
WHAT/WHO: Awards ceremony for 41combat veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Operations Iraqi Freedom. The invited veterans and families include 33 Middlesex County residents and veterans from Somerset and Union Counties. Ray Zawacki, Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs, New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs will present the medals. This begins a three-day visit to the mall of the Veterans Outreach Kiosk, it has been two-years since the last visit to this mall.
WHEN: Oct. 5, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Brunswick Square Mall, 755 State Route 18 in East Brunswick. The kiosk is located in the cen ter court behind the Customer Service Desk
DETAILS: The New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will staff the kiosk from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 5, 6 and 7.
THE STORY: 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.
Anyone interested in applying for the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal should call 1-800-624-0508, Press 7, to request an application.
kiosk stop on Nov. 8*, 9 and 10 - Ocean
County Mall, Toms River
New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal List Of Recipients
Brunswick Square Mall - Oct. 5, 2010