Dept of Military and
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
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
the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy,
if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power
to move you,
if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand,
for your soul is alive.”
Duse, Italian actor (1859-1924)
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
Family Appreciation Day –
The Adjutant General, BG Glenn K. Rieth, invites
you and your immediate family to Family Appreciation Day
on 21 August 2004
(Rain Date: 22 August) at the National Guard Training Center
located on the Atlantic Ocean at Sea Girt, NJ. This day is
being set aside to thank the families of all our Airmen and
Soldiers and DMVA employees. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and
the day’s activities will feature amusement rides, games,
pony rides, clowns, etc. for the kids, and live performances
of Doo Wop, Blues, Jazz, Rap, Big Band, Country, and Spanish
music for everyone to enjoy. There will be appearances by Miss
America, a USO troupe, WWE wrestlers, and the New Jersey National
Guard’s very own 63rd Army Band. With games, great food,
and an evening of fireworks planned, you won’t want to
miss the fun! So come one and come all and join us for a great
day in the sun!
NJ Department of Health & Senior
Services concludes their annual inspection at the Veterans Memorial
Home at Vineland.
The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
conducted their annual inspection of facility services at
the New Jersey Veterans
Memorial Home in Vineland. The survey, which commenced on 29
July 2004, ended with
an exit interview on 4 August 2004 that resulted in “Zero” deficiencies.
The designation of “Zero” deficiencies means the Veterans Memorial
Home at Vineland is providing an exemplary level of healthcare
services. The Vineland facility will also undergo an appraisal against “Advisory
Standards,” which represent the highest level of care at which a
long-term healthcare facility can be certified. Only a small
percentage of all nursing homes in the state attain this level of excellence.
are in order and genuinely extended to the many dedicated and
hard-working individuals at the Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland who
give so much
of themselves to enhance the lives of our state’s veterans in their
time of need.
Why is the flag displayed backwards on military uniforms?
You may have observed the American flag on military
Battle Dress Uniform (BDUs) appears to be backwards and wondered
why. The flag,
which is worn on the right shoulder of a soldier’s BDUs is backwards
to signify the manner/position in which the flag flies when
carried into battle. It
signifies that our troops are always moving forward. If turned
the other way, it would signal the flag/forces in retreat.
Challenge Youth Program will hold a Car Wash -- Saturday, 7 August 2004.
It is going to be a great summer weekend. Why not cruise
around town in a freshly washed car? This Saturday, 7 August
2004, there will be a car
wash sponsored by the Cadets of the New Jersey National Guard
ChalleNGe Youth Program rain or shine. The car wash will
take place at the Burger
King in Pemberton, New Jersey on the corner of Burlington County
Route 530 and Hanover Road from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. There is no
charge for the car wash, but the Student Council of Class
#20 will be on hand to accept
donations. Proceeds will benefit the Cadets of Class #20. Take
a drive over and help the Cadets in your program.
Doris Neibart elected as 1st
Vice President of the National Association of State Veteran’s
Ms. Doris Neibart was elected as 1st Vice President
of the National Association of State Veteran’s Homes at the summer conference in Colorado. Ms.
Neibart, the Chief Executive Officer of DMVA’s Veterans Memorial
Home at Paramus, will become the Association’s President next year.
The Association works to convey the needs of our residents
and homes, by identifying the costs of operations, survey consistency,
and the challenges we face on a daily basis.
Check and see what’s happening at an Armory near
||Wrestling Camp & Tournament
||Sports Card & Comic Collectibles
||Sports Card & Comic Collectibles
Recruiting/promotional materials are available from the National Guard
Free National Guard promotional items (shirts, hats, etc.) are available
just by requesting them through the Virtual Armory website.
The first program, Recruiting Team Gear, will send you bumper stickers,
banners, posters, yard signs and shirts just be requesting it on the
virtual armory website: www.virtualarmory.com/teamgear.
The second program, Warrior Spirit Challenge, provides a backpack, windbreaker,
Air Assault School quota, and a trip to Washington, DC for soldiers who
provide leads that become enlistments. What you get depends on how many
leads become enlistments. See your local recruiter for more information
or go to www.virtualarmory.com and press the Warrior Spirit Challenge
The third program, Homefront Heroes, will send a personalized thank
you letter from LTG Schultz, a National Guard bumper sticker and lapel
pin to you parent, family member, employer or any other person you designate
as a person who has helped you during your service in the National Guard.
Visit www.virtualarmory.com and click on the Homefront Heroes icon to
nominate your Home Front Hero.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have been scheduled to honor
|18 Aug, 11 a.m.
||Korean War Commemorative Medal
Echelon Mall, Voorhees, NJ
|15 Sep, 11 a.m.
||Distinguished Service & Meritorious Service
| 30 Sep, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
||Distinguished, Meritorious & Korean Service
Veterans Hepatitis C Liver Disease Council Update -
The American Liver Foundation Veterans Hepatitis
C Liver Disease Council was created to provide information
to veterans with HCV and
to advocate on their behalf. Coping with Hepatitis C can
be a challenge for many veterans, but there are many things
they can do to protect
their liver. The most important thing is to reduce or stop
drinking alcohol – beer, wine or liquor. By reducing or eliminating alcohol
intake, getting vaccinated for Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, and being
cautious when taking mediations, you can contribute to your liver’s
good health. Exercise caution when taking over-the-counter
medications for headaches and cold symptoms and be fully
aware of the risks of
misusing prescription drugs. If you are having trouble getting
treatment, education, and support relating to Hepatitis C,
contact the American
Liver Foundation at 1-888-4HEP-USA or at their website, www.liverfoundation.org.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Education Center’s
upcoming event schedule.
On Saturday, 14 August, at 1 p.m. the New Jersey
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation will host a slide
show and lecture by
Vietnam Veteran Stanton Pratt entitled, “Capturing the War:
An Army Combat Photographer in Vietnam, “ at the Vietnam Era
Educational Center in Holmdel. Stanton Pratt, of Honesdale,
PA, was a combat photographer
assigned to the U.S. Army’s 593rd Signal Photo Company, 2nd
Signal Group in South Vietnam from June of 1965 until June
of 1966. He will talk about his experience as a combat photographer
slides of his photography. Pratt covered the war from the
Mekong Delta in the south to the ancient city of Hue in the
north. He took the
official portraits of nearly every Army general in Vietnam
at that time. Lecture attendees are asked to RSVP to (&32) 335-0033.
A donation of $5 per person is suggested.
14 Aug -
“Capturing the War: An Army Combat Photographer in Vietnam”
17 Sep -
National POW Recognition Day/Gold Star Mothers Day
18 Sep -
“Leave No Man Behind” (re: POW/MIAs) by George J. Veith
11 Nov -
Veterans Day Program
The Vietnam Era Educational Center is located adjacent to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
off the Garden State Parkway at Exit 116.
For more information about any of these events, please call the NJ
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office at (732) 335-0033.
101 Critical Days of Summer – Red
Cross urges readiness.
After federal authorities raised the terror threat level to Orange/High
this week, the American Red Cross issued an advisory urging families
and businesses to prepare for a terrorist attack. Among their suggestions
* Make and review a family disaster plan.
* Update or restock items in a family/business disaster supply kit.
* Check on neighbors who are elderly or have special needs and review
a disaster plan with them.
* Ensure that an emergency communication plan is updated.
* Contact a child’s school to obtain their
emergency notification and evacuation plans.
* Discuss children’s fears concerning possible
* If a need is announced, donate blood at a blood collection center
or call 1-800-GIVELIFE.
Today in History…
Today is Friday, August 6th. It is the 219th day of the year, with
148 days remaining.
- 1787 – Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia
began. The articles of the U.S. Constitution draft were to
- 1890 – The electric chair was used for
the first time when Auburn State Prison in New York executed
- 1890 – Cy Young achieved his first major
league victory. He would accumulate 511 in his career.
- 1945 – The American B-29 bomber, Enola
Gay, dropped the first atomic bomb over the center of Hiroshima,
Japan. An estimated
140,000 people were killed.
- 1965 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson
signed The Voting Rights Act.
- 1990 - The U.N. Security Council ordered a worldwide
trade embargo with Iraq. The embargo was to punish Iraq for invading
- 1996 – NASA announced the discovery of
evidence of primitive life on Mars. The evidence came in
the form of a meteorite
that was found in Antarctica. The meteorite was believed
to have come from
Mars and contained a fossil.
Call today and volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center near
As 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 Center
Call toll free 888-859-0352