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Kryn P. Westhoven, Public Affairs Specialist,

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(14 February, 2013)

 

 

Media Advisory

 

Woodbridge Center Mall Hosts Veterans Ceremony To Award

State’s Top Military Award

 

 


WHO/WHAT: State military awards will be presented to 20 veterans from Union, Somerset, Middlesex and Hunterdon counties. The New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs honor the veterans at the mall for service in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm / Desert Shield and Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

 

WHEN: Tuesday, February 19 at 11 a.m.

 

WHERE: Woodbridge Center Mall, 250 Woodbridge Center Dr., Woodbridge 07095 (mall lower level nears Sears and Burger King)

           

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 available to them.

 

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 441,000 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 1-800-624-0508, Press 7, to request an application.

 
 

Branch

Rank

First Name

Last Name

War

Army

Sergeant

Joseph

Acinapura

Desert Storm

Marine Corps

Sergeant

Michael

Baraniak

Korean War

Navy

Petty Officer Third Class

Stephen

Berardo

Vietnam War

Marine Corps

Sergeant

Robert

Bodnar

Vietnam War

Army

Specialist Four

John

Borawski

Vietnam War

Army

Private First Class

Charles

Brown

Vietnam War

Army

Sergeant

James

Bruno

Enduring Freedom

Army

Staff Sergeant

Colin

Craig

Enduring Freedom

Army

Specialist Five

Ronald

Cusumano

Vietnam War

Navy

Chief Boatswain's Mate

Michael

DeCicco

World War II

Army

Private First Class

Steven

Desrosiers

Iraqi Freedom

Air Force

Senior Airman

Vincent

Fazio

Desert Storm

Army

Specialist

Diego

Galvis

Enduring Freedom

Army

Specialist Five

Bruce

Graber

Vietnam War

Marine Corps

Lance Corporal

William

Hoy

Vietnam War

Army

Specialist Four

Michael

Jarnutoski

Vietnam War

Army

Specialist Four

John

Karecki

Vietnam War

Army

Corporal

Myron

Katz

Korean War

Army

Sergeant

Peter

Kokoszka

Vietnam War

Army

Specialist

Edward

Lesoine

Desert Storm

Army

First Lieutenant

Thomas

Lindsay

Vietnam War

Navy

Petty Officer Third Class

James

Ludolph

Desert Storm

Army

Specialist

Abraham

Lugo

Enduring Freedom

Navy

Electricians Mate Third Class

Albert

Luthringer

World War II

Navy

Electricians Mate First Class

Thomas

Mahoney

World War II

Navy

Carpenters Mate Third Class

Edward

McGrath

World War II

Navy

Lieutenant

Christine

Minerowicz

Enduring Freedom

Navy

Lieutenant

Nicholas

Minerowicz

Enduring Freedom

Army

Specialist

Michael

Nicolas

Iraqi Freedom

Army

Specialist

Joseph

Pacheco

Enduring Freedom

Army

Specialist

Neil

Raciti

Iraqi Freedom

Navy

Seaman

Frederick

Schumm

Vietnam War

Marine Corps

Sergeant

Fred

Seibel

Vietnam War

Army

Specialist Four

Michael

Suswal

Vietnam War

Army

Specialist Five

Wallace

Truszkowski

Vietnam War

Marine Corps

Corporal

Philip

Tuddles

Vietnam War

Army

Specialist Four

Daniel

Uken

Vietnam War

Army

Specialist

Juan

Vargas

Enduring Freedom


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