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IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(17 Mar., 2014)

 

 

 

Media Advisory

 

State Military Honors To Be

Awarded In Deptford

 

 


WHO/WHAT: Brig. Gen. James J. Grant, Director of the Joint Staff, New Jersey National Guard and Raymond L. Zawacki, the Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs, will be joined by local elected officials to present the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal and other state military awards to 17 invited veterans from Gloucester (6), Camden County (5) Atlantic (3), Cumberland (1), Mercer (1) and Salem (1) countries.

 

WHEN: Tuesday, March 18 at 11 a.m.

 

WHERE: Deptford Mall, Center Court, 1750 Deptford Center Road, Deptford

           

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 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 1-888-865-8387For additional information visit:    www.nj.gov/military/veterans/awards/distinguished_service/index.html

 

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

 

Veterans invited to Deptford Mall Ceremony

 

Rank

First Name

Last Name

War

Branch

City

Sergeant

Richard N.

Buck

Vietnam War

U.S. Marine Corps

Braddock

Captain

Thomas J.

Dahl

Iraqi Freedom

U.S. Air Force

Egg Harbor Twp.

Specialist Five

Ronald J.

DiFonzo

Vietnam War

U.S. Army

Deptford

Major

Thomas A.

Ferrari

Enduring Freedom

U.S. Air Force

Atco

Radarman Second Class

Donald J.

Gill, Jr.

Vietnam War

U.S. Coast Guard

Woodbury

Airman First Class

Terry D.

Hall

Vietnam War

U.S. Air Force

Vineland

Corporal

Eugene M.

Hardy

Korean War

U.S. Army

Pennsauken

Corporal

Armit E.

Harrison

World War II

U.S. Marine Corps

E. Windsor

Yeoman Third Class

Dale R.

Houghton

Vietnam War

U.S. Navy

Turnersville

Senior Chief Petty Officer

Paul J.

Kandle

Vietnam War

U.S. Navy

Elmer

Petty Officer Third Class

Joseph S.

Lavant

Desert Shield/Desert Storm

U.S. Navy

Williamstown

Coxswain

Mario

Marcucci

World War II

U.S. Navy

Sicklerville

Sergeant

Biagio

Motta

Vietnam War

U.S. Air Force

Cherry Hill

First Lieutenant

Gerald J.

O'Hare

Vietnam War

U.S. Army

W. Deptford

Sergeant

Ronald P.

Viola

Vietnam War

U.S. Air Force

Mays Landing

Sergeant

Martin N.

Waysome

Enduring Freedom

U.S. Marine Corps

Washington

Seaman

Charlotte C.

Williams

Desert Shield/Desert Storm

U.S. Navy

Blackwood


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