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Kryn P. Westhoven, Public Affairs Specialist,

609-530-6950/cell 609-847-2215

 

IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(18 March, 2013)

 

 

Media Advisory

 

Monmouth Mall Mall Hosts Veterans Ceremony To Award State’s

Top Military Award

 

 


WHO/WHAT: State military awards will be presented to 34 veterans from Monmouth (30), Middlesex (1) and Ocean (3) counties. Rumson resident Col. Robert C. Bolton, Commander, New Jersey Air National Guard, will pin the medals.  The New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs honor the veterans at the mall for service in Korea, Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm / Desert Shield, Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, to include a half dozen WWII veterans.

 

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

 

WHERE: Monmouth Mall, 400 Route 35, Eatontown (Town Square front of Macy’s)

 

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 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

City

Air Force

Sergeant

Kenneth

Angrason

Vietnam War

Hazlet

Army

Corporal

Thomas

Black

World War II

Spring Lake Heights

Army

Specialist Four

Gary

Brantley

Vietnam War

Cream Ridge

Army

Specialist

Adam

Campbell

Iraqi Freedom

Wall

Army

Sergeant

Robert

Cuccurullo

Desert Storm

Springlake Heights

Marine Corps

Corporal

James

Cullen

Vietnam War

Hazlet

Army

Staff Sergeant

Angelo

DeFelice

Korean War

Fairless Hills

Marine Corps

Corporal

Richard

Dender

Vietnam War

Locust

Army

Technician Fifth Class

Bernard

Dippolito

World War II

Port Monmouth

Army

Specialist

Shane

Eason

Iraqi Freedom

Eatontown

Army

Specialist Four

Robert

Flannery

Vietnam War

Middletown

Navy

Ensign

Frank

Greco

Enduring Freedom

Cream Ridge

Army

Specialist Five

Robert

Hague

Vietnam War

Long Branch

Navy

Petty Officer Second Class

William

Hands

Vietnam War

Middletown

Marine Corps

Private

James

Hewitson

Vietnam War

Neptune City

Army

Captain

Edward

Kaufman

World War II

Long Branch

Army

Specialist Four

David

Klein

Vietnam War

Old Bridge

Army

Private First Class

Kruno

Maricic

World War II

SpringLake Heights

Army

Private First Class

 John

McGreevy

World War II

Belmar

Navy

Seaman Second Class

Thomas

Merrigan

World War II

Union Beach

Army

Private First Class

Seymour

Miller

World War II

Little Silver

Army

Staff Sergeant

Robert

O'Rourke

Iraqi Freedom

Beachwood

Army

Staff Sergeant

Mark

Parulis

Desert Storm

Port Monmouth

Army

Private First Class

Louis

Reed

World War II

Union Beach

Marine Corps

Corporal

Raymond

Ronan

Korean War

Oakhurst

Army

Captain

Allen

Rothman

Vietnam War

Freehold

Army

Specialist

Darren

Smith

Iraqi Freedom

Long Branch

Army

Technician Fifth Class

Benjamin

Stewart

World War II

Tinton Falls

Army

Specialist

Patrick

Thompson

Iraqi Freedom

Brick

Navy

Hospital Corpsman Third Class

Walter

Trevors

Korean War

Highlands

Army

Specialist

Brian

Willett

Enduring Freedom

Middletown

Army

Corporal

Henry

Wojcik

Korean War

Hazlet

Army

Staff Sergeant

Harry

Young

Iraqi Freedom

Freehold

Army

Specialist Four

Raymond

Zimmer

Vietnam War

Union Beach


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