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(10 Jan., 2014)

 

 

 

Media Advisory

 

Lt. Gov. To Assist With Presenting State Military Medals At Quaker Bridge Mall

 

 

 


WHO/WHAT: Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Brig. Gen. Michael L. Cunniff, The Adjutant General of New Jersey, will present state military awards to 28 veterans from Middlesex (12), Burlington (nine) and Mercer (eight) counties. Veterans will be honored at the mall for service in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Operations’ Desert Storm and Desert Shield, Kosovo, Somalia and Operations Iraqi or Enduring Freedom.

 

WHEN: Tuesday, January 14 at 11 a.m.

 

WHERE: Quaker Bridge Mall, Route 1 in Lawrenceville, center court in front of Macy’s lower level

           

THE STORY: This ceremony marks the start of a three-day visit of the veterans outreach kiosk from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day, where veterans and their family members can learn more about benefits or entitlements that they could be eligible to receive.  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 more than 425,000 Veterans in the Garden State, that means that there are nearly 8,000 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 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 New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal should call 1-888-865-8387

 

Veterans invited to Quaker Bridge Mall Jan. 14, 2013

 

Rank

First Name

Last Name

War

Branch

City

Sergeant

William E.

Anthony

Vietnam War

U.S. Marine Corps

Iselin

Chief Master Sergeant

Clarence

Brown

Enduring Freedom

U.S. Air Force

Willingboro

Storekeeper Second Class

William G.

Doran III

Vietnam War

U.S. Navy

Columbus

Master Chief Operations Specialist

Joseph P.

Eppolito

Desert Storm

U.S. Navy

Trenton

Private First Class

Quinto C.

Erkoboni

World War II

U.S. Army

Lawrenceville

Technical Sergeant

Barbara A.

Fitzgerald

Kosovo Campaign

U.S. Air Force

Mt. Laurel

Specialist Five

Ralph

Frulio

Vietnam War

U.S. Army

Jackson

Boatswain's Mate Third Class

Gary W.

Harraman

Vietnam War

U.S. Navy

Monmouth Junction

Airman First Class

Michael G.

Hlavaty

Korean War

U.S. Air Force

S. Plainfield

Specialist

Michael J.

Hogan

Desert Shield/Desert Storm

U.S. Army

Monroe

Staff Sergeant

Brenda A.

Jenkins

Desert Shield/Desert Storm

U.S. Army

Pemberton

Specialist Four

Ronald J.

Kornacivich

Vietnam War

U.S. Army

Dayton

Airman First Class

William K.

Krough

Korean War

U.S. Air Force

Kendall Park

Ensign

Joseph E.

McGowan

World War II

U.S. Navy

Princeton Junction

Corporal

Mark P.

Milik

Iraqi Freedom

U.S. Marine Corps

Edison

Chief Master Sergeant

Vincent P.

Morton

Enduring Freedom

U.S. Air Force

Hamilton

Specialist Four

Dominick A.

Ragno

Vietnam War

U.S. Army

Piscataway

Specialist Four

Hector B.

Rodriguez

Vietnam War

U.S. Army

East Windsor

Technical Sergeant

Curtis D.

Ross

Desert Shield/Desert Storm

U.S. Air Force

Browns Mills

Lieutenant Colonel

Earl F.

Saunders

Vietnam War

U.S. Air Force

Edgewater Park

Flight Officer

Marvin E.

Schlaffer

World War II

U.S. Army Air Corps

Kendall Park

Gunnery Sergeant

James A.

Singleton

Somalia Mission

U.S. Marine Corps

Pemberton

Pharmacist's Mate Third Class

Leon M.

Skoczylas

World War II

U.S. Navy

Hamilton

Shipfitter Third Class

Irving

Stein

World War II

U.S. Navy

Monmouth Junction

First Lieutenant

Donald E.

Stern

World War II

U.S. Army Air Corps

Kendall Park

Signalman Third Class

Albert

Sternberg

World War II

U.S. Navy

Ewing

Staff Sergeant

William A.

Stinney

Vietnam War

U.S. Army

Browns Mills

Specialist Four

Edward J.

Tyska

Vietnam War

U.S. Army

Sayreville

Master Sergeant

Darryl C.

Wilkins

Enduring Freedom

U.S. Air Force

Browns Mills

Corporal

Paul H.

Wilson

World War II

U.S. Army

Monmouth Junction

 


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