Fall 2009 Edition NJDMAVA Veterans

About NJ Veteran Journal:
The New Jersey Veteran Journal is an official publication of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and is intended to serve New Jersey's veterans, their families, friends and concerned individuals and groups. All correspondence should be sent to:

Veteran Journal Editor, NJDMAVA/PA, PO Box 340,
Trenton, NJ 08625-0340


Aleutian Campaign Vet
On Tuesday April 28, retired colonel Steve Abel presented an overdue certifi cate to George Marsin who served in the Navy during the Aleutian Confl ict. Aleutian Campaign Vets who served between June 3, 1942 and August 24, 1943 should contact the State of Alaska Department of Military and Veteran Affairs if you have not received your personal certifi cate. Include your name, service number, unit, location and dates served on your letter and send to the State of Alaska Department of Military and Veteran Affairs PO Box 5800 Ft. Richardson, AK 99505-5800 or call 907-428- 6016. Photo by Kryn P. Westhoven, NJDMAVA/PA.

Consul participates in ceremony
The Korean Consul General to the United Nations, Kyung-Keun Kim, left, with George Bruzgis, Department of New Jersey Korean War Veterans Association pause in front of the Jersey Korean War Memorial in Atlantic City. Kim was the guest speaker for the event on July 27 that commemorated the 56th Anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice. The event is hosted annually by the New Jersey Korean War Veterans Association in cooperation with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The Memorial, which stands on land donated by Atlantic City, was dedicated on Nov. 13, 2000. The Korean Confl ict, 1950-1953, claimed more than 900 New Jersey Veterans. Photo by Kryn P. Westhoven, NJDMAVA/PA.

Dedicated Companion
Leaders of the American Legion and other veterans groups gathered on Sept. 12 at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery for the dedication of “The Companion” statue outside the chapel. “The Companion” started as the State Commanders project by Chuck Robbins, right, American Legion Department of New Jersey commander for 2006-2007. The Sons of the American Legion Detachment commander Michael Arner, left, and American Legion Auxiliary president Shirley Fabian, center, help with the unveiling as those organization assisted with the fund raising for the statue that will honor and memorialize all those from New Jersey who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Global War on Terrorism. The

sculpture was designed by world renowned artist Helene Massey-Hemmans, who wanted to depict the values of “Duty, Honor and Service” in this fi nal tribute to a deceased veteran. Photo by Kryn P. Westhoven, NJDMAVA/PA.