Dept of Military and
Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
(Ret) Stephen G. Abel
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs
Contacting us is easy!
Office of the Assistant Commisioner
COL (Ret) Michael B. Smith
Mrs. Laura A. Branham
Phone: (609) 530-6987
Fax: (609) 530-7109
on the Web!
Thought for the Day
sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is
never thrown away."
..Sir Arthur Helps
Gifts for Kids Drive is now underway.
Toys will be distributed to the
children of our deployed servicemen and women.
Please be generous!
.New Jersey Freedom Loans
What is a Freedom Loan?
* Up to $10,000
* Annual APR 6%
* Term: 5 years (no pre-payment penalty)
* Unsecured Loan (no collateral required)
Who is eligible to apply?
NJ residents who are:
* Members of the National Guard or Reserve
* Mobilized for one year or longer to fight in the Global
War on Terrorism (GWOT) – excluding routine training.
* Served 90 or more consecutive days in the
GWOT on federal or state active duty (excluding routing training)
and have received orders extending cumulative active duty
a year or longer.
How do I apply?
* Contact participating banks. Call or visit
your local branch office to obtain an application.
* Guardmembers, Reservists, or family members with Power of
Attorney must submit copies of current mobilization orders
with the bank’s Freedom Loan application.
Union of NJ
609-538-4061, ext. 401
Morris Bank & Trust
Call today and
volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center near you.
the New Jersey National Guard deploys soldiers and airmen
around the globe, the families that are left behind need
our support and assistance. Can we count on your help? Please
call your local Family Readiness center and volunteer.
To reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance
Call toll free 888-859-0352
Salute the Troops Ceremony held at the Trenton
War Memorial Building.
The NJ National Guard hosted a “Salute the Troops” ceremony
on 22 November 2004 at the Trenton War Memorial Building,
for the 119th Corps Support Battalion deploying in support
of Operation Iraqi Freedom III, and A and C Battery, 3rd
Battalion 112th Field Artillery deploying in support of Operation
Enduring Freedom. MG Glenn Rieth, The Adjutant General, hosted
this great event. Distinguished guests included Acting Governor
Richard J. Codey and numerous elected officials. Performances
by the USO highlighted the show. The Salute was a resounding
success for the soldiers and their families. These soldiers
will be deploying over the next few weeks and we wish them
all the best.
American Legion Post #261 makes $10,000 donation to the
NJ Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park.
On November 29, 2004, Mr. Joseph Brandspiegel, Chief Executive
Officer of the NJ Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Parks,
accepted a donation of $10,000 from American Legion Post
#261 of Piscataway, New Jersey. Part of the donation is intended
to go towards the purchase of a Carendo Chair, which is a
multi-purpose chair used for resident hygiene, along with
purchasing furniture for the main lobby area. The Menlo Park
facility is very appreciative towards the American Legion
for this wonderful gift, anf for their continuous support
of our veteran home residents.
Chief Marvin Nichols wins Maj
Gen Cosgrave Chiefs Award.
Major General Richard “Craig” Cosgrave Chiefs
Award was developed to honor those outstanding Chief Master
Sergeants in the New Jersey Air National Guard that demonstrate
superior performance, community service, professionalism,
and leadership in the highest standards expected of a Chief
Master Sergeant. The award was named in honor of Major General
Cosgrave, who put complete trust and confidence in his Chief
Master Sergeants. The selection is based on four areas: individual
initiatives, professionalism, demonstrated abilities of a
Chief, and adherence to the Core Values of the United States
Air Force. This year’s winner was Chief Master Sergeant
Marvin Nichols of the 108th Air Refueling Wing. Congratulations
to Chief Nichols and we thank him for his support of the
enlisted men and women of the 108th ARW.
The NJ Veterans
Memorial Home at Paramus successfully completes 2004
of Health and Senior Services’ survey.
The NJ Veterans Memorial Home at Paramus successfully completed
their 2004 Annual Department of Health and Senior Services
survey. The survey team commented on every aspect of Quality
of Care and Quality of Life. Accolades were given for each
department within the facility. The team leader stated the
inspection team observed the hard work that resulted in an
excellent survey report. They also observed cohesiveness
and a shared mission in providing quality care for the veteran
home residents. Congratulations to the entire staff of the
Paramus facility. Keep up the good work!
Mr. Ned Julian, resident
at NJ Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park, makes his film
Thursday, 18 November 2004, Mr. Ned Julian, a resident
at the NJ Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park, participated
in the filming of a NJ Lottery Commercial on New Jersey Network
(ANJN). Mr. Julian wore his Eisenhower jacket that he wore
during World War II. When he arrived at the set, he was treated
like royalty. He had his own make-up artist and hairdresser,
and a personal coach for his one-line acting debut. The commercial
will put a personal touch on the lottery’s efforts
to fund programs for New Jersey’s veterans, and will
air on NJN in approximately three weeks. Mr. Julian had a
wonderful experience and said he felt extremely special.
Service Officer Acknowledgement.
Mr. Joe Battito,
Veterans Service Officer in New Brunswick, retrieved a
single payment of $68,5323 for a veteran client.
This is an outstanding claim and recoup for one of our
most physically disabled veterans in New Jersey. Well Done!
Patriots Week is planned in the City
You are cordially invited
to attend the re-enactment of the Revolutionary War’s Battles of Trenton beginning
at the Battle Monument, North Warren & North Broad Streets,
on Sunday, 2 January 2005 from 11 a.m. to noon.
The battle re-enactment will be followed by
a luncheon reception for active military personnel, veterans,
and their families as guests of the Masonic Lodges of NJ
from Noon to 2 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, Barrack Street.
Guided tours of the magnificent Masonic Temple will take
place following the reception.
The re-enactment of the
2nd Battle of Trenton will take place from 3-4 p.m. beginning
at the 1st Presbyterian
Church, 120 East State Street, and continuing in Mill Hill
Park on East Front Street, culminating in a procession back
to the Old Barracks. For more information about Patriots’ Week
activities visit www.patriotsweek.com.
NJ Army National
63rd Army Band schedules Holiday Concert.
The NJ Army National Guard’s 63rd
Army Band will present a Holiday Concert on December 11,
2004 at 7:00 p.m. at the
Crockett Middle School, 2631 Kuser Road, Hamilton, NJ 08691.
No tickets are required. Mark your calendars now and come
out for an entertaining evening.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
20 Jan 05 - 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Salem County Community College
USPS offers free shipping
materials to military families.
With so many military families scrambling
to ship holiday care packages to their loved ones deployed
around the world,
U.S. Postal Service officials are stepping in to make things
a bit easier. They are offering free packing materials. A
special kit includes 10 boxes; 10 customs forms with envelop0es;
10 “Mil-Pac” shipping envelopes, which are specially
printed for military mailing addresses, and a roll of Priority
Mail tape. To order the special kit, call (800) 610-8734
and request Care Kit 4. It will be shipped Priority Mail
and should arrive within a couple of days.
Today in History..
Today is Friday, 3 December 2004, the 338th day of the year
with 28 days remaining.
1621 – Galileo perfects the telescope.
1775 – 1st official U.S. flag
raising (aboard naval vessel Alfred).
1910 – The neon lamp was displayed
for the first time at the Paris Motor Show. The lamp was
by French physicist Georges Claude,
1931 – Alka Seltzer was sold for
the first time.
1948 – First U.S. woman Army officer
not in medical corps sworn in.
1964 – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” first
airs on TV.
1967 – In Cape Town, South Africa,
a team of surgeons headed by Dr. Christian Barnard, performed
first human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky. Washkansky
only lived 18 days.
1984 – World’s oldest groom,
Harry Stevens, 103, weds Thelma Lucas, 83 in Wisconsin.
Toy Drive – less
than two weeks remaining...
The annual Gifts for Kids Drive began
this week and will run through 14 December 2004. This year,
all of the toys
and gifts collected will be distributed to the children of
our deployed servicemen and women through the Family Assistance
Centers. While you’re out shopping this coming weekend
on the busiest shopping day of the year, “Black Friday,” remember
the families whose loved ones are away from home during the
holidays. The children range in age from infants to teenagers.
Collection boxes will be set up at all of our facilities
for your donations.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Education
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Foundation, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 800 from
Bergen County and
the Jewish War Veterans, Department of New Jersey will
host the annual “Holiday Lighting Ceremony” at
the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel,
NJ. The ceremony will include the lighting of the Christmas
tree and Menorah, and a reading about Kwanza. Local area
Girl Scouts will lead the singing of holiday carols. The
festivities are open to the public at no charge.
Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Author Lecture – James Parker Wollner – The Bamboo
Shoot: The Story of the 2nd Airboat Platoon
For more information about any of these events, please call the NJ Vietnam
Veterans Memorial Foundation office at (732) 335-0033.
The Vietnam Era Educational Center
is located adjacent to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
off the Garden State Parkway at Exit 116.
Part-time opportunities available in Military Funeral
The New Jersey Army National Guard
Military Funeral Honors Program has several part-time
immediately available across the state for TDGs and Technicians.
Earn one day’s base pay and one retirement point
for a few hours work providing Military Funeral Honors
for our Veterans. If you are interested, please contact
SFC Raymond Denson, Military Funeral Honors Coordinator,
at 609-530-7090 or by e-mail at Raymond.Denson@nj.ngb.army.mil.
DMVA’s Fitness Corner – by
Ernie Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
Hypertension Part 1 of 2
that an estimated 60 million Americans suffer from chronically
elevated levels of arterial blood
pressure, a medical condition known as hypertension.
Among the factors known to contribute to hypertension are
heredity, ethnic background, gender, obesity, sodium
sensitivity, alcohol consumption, use of oral contraceptives
Considerable research suggests that the
following steps can be effective in both preventing and
- Maintain an appropriate
bodyweight. Obese individuals are more than twice as
likely to have high blood pressure
than others. If body fat is too high, even a small decrease
in fat level can significantly lower blood pressure.
Limit alcohol intake to no more than two drinks a day.
- Do not smoke. Nicotine
has been shown to constrict small blood vessels and raise
- Moderate the amount
of salt in the diet. (About half of hypertension sufferers
- Consume adequate amounts
of calcium, magnesium and potassium. A few studies suggest
that these minerals
can have a positive
impact on blood pressure.
Exercise on a regular
basis. Exercise has been found to have several interrelated
pressure, including maintenance of a desirable
bodyweight, reduction of the risk of heart disease
the cardiovascular system.
Family Programs Event Calendar
Listed below are the events being planned by the Family
Readiness Groups throughout the state.
||Co E, 50th MSB
Lakehurst, NJ (AMVETS)
Armory Happenings –
Listed below are some of the events taking place at
your local armory.
||Craft Show and Sale
||Youth Wrestling Event
Design & Landscape Show
||Cherry Hill Armory
||Jersey City Armory
||Moscow State Circus
||NASCAR Collectibles Show
you holiday shopping this weekend? Don’t
forget our Toy Drive!