NJ Department of Military & Veterans AffairsNJ Veteran Journal - Spring 2006 Edition
NJ Veteran Journal


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 the editor at:

Trenton, NJ 08625-0340

NJ Veterans Journal - Spring 2006
New Generation of DSM Recipients
(Left to right) Sgt. Victor Hernandez, Cpl. Paul Lazaro (who also received a Purple Heart), Staff Sgt. Elias Rivera and Cpl. Karl Von Der Heyde proudly display their New Jersey Distinguished Service Medals. On April 2, the 1-150th General Support Aviation Battalion and Detachment 1, 642nd Division Aviation Support Battalion held a Welcome Home and Freedom Salute Ceremony at the National Guard Armory in West Trenton. At the Ceremony, 162 Citizen-Soldiers received New Jersey's highest military award. The New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal was originally issued in 1858 for those who had distinguished themselves in the New Jersey Militia. It was reauthorized in 1988 and is New Jersey's highest military award.

For more information or application forms contact your local Veterans Service Officer or go online to: www.nj.gov/military/veterans/ for a list of the medals and their eligibility requirements. Those interested in applying should send a completed application together with copies of all pertinent information, discharge document award citation, honorable discharge, etc. to: NJ Department of Military And Veterans Affairs Attn: DVS-VBB PO Box 340 Trenton, NJ 08625-0340