CW3 Patrick Daugherty609-530-6939

(24 September, 2012)



Media Advisory 


State Military Honors To Be Awarded At Cumberland



WHO/WHAT: Raymond L. Zawacki, the Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs, Albert Bucchi, Director of Veterans Services, and local elected officials will present the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal and other state military awards to invited Veterans from Atlantic, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.


WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 11 a.m.


WHERE: Cumberland Mall, “Kids Club Court”, 3849 S. Delsea Drive, Vineland, NJ 08360


THE STORY: This ceremony will mark the start of a three-day visit of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs’ veterans outreach kiosk from September 25-27, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. During this outreach event, veterans and their family members can learn more about benefits or entitlements they could be eligible to receive.


      The New Jersey 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 NJ 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 NJ DSM should call 1-800-624-0508, Press 7, to request an application.


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      Photos of event will be available on Facebook: New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

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