Deveraux Appointed Director of Veterans Programs
By Roman M. Martyniuk, NJDMAVA/PAO
The New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs recently appointed William J. Devereaux to serve as the Director of Veterans Programs.
The highly decorated combat veteran of Vietnam and Camden County resident will be responsible for managing the 15 Veterans Services Offices located throughout the state.
“I’m extremely passionate about my responsibility to help every veteran in New Jersey receive every benefit, entitlement, and recognition which they have so justly earned by virtue of their patriotic service to both our state and country," stated Devereaux.
“By working closely with the commanders and representatives of the state’s 36 plus chartered veterans organizations as well as the tens of thousands of individual veterans and family members not affiliated with any veterans group or organization, I hope to address the issues and concerns of a constituency that is both aging and changing.”
Devereaux received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Tennessee Tech in 1967 and an Master of Business Administration from North Carolina State 1971. His military service from May of 1967 through May of 1970 included assignments in Artillery, Military Intelligence, and as a Paratrooper with the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. Mr. Devereaux served a full tour of duty in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division and was attached to the 3rd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division during the Tet Offensive in 1968.
His military awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Presidential Unit Citations, Soldiers Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm.
He also is active in a number of veterans’ organizations including the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Silver Rose Society, 82nd and 101st Airborne Associations, Vietnam Veterans of South Jersey; Purple Heart Association and the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers.
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