Dept of Military and
Gen Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Gen Maria Falca-Dodson
Deputy Adjutant General
(Ret) Stephen G. Abel
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs
us is easy!
of the Assistant Commissioner
(Ret) Michael B. Smith
Laura A. Branham
on the Web!
State Veterans Service
Mr. Richard Clark
NJ Advisory Committee for
Mrs. Anna Hoffman
BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory
Mr. William Rakestraw
Benefits & Entitlements
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
When the trees their summer splendor
Change to raiment red and gold,
When the summer moon turns mellow,
And the nights are getting cold;
When the squirrels hide their acorns,
And the woodchucks disappear;
Then we know that it is autumn
Loveliest season of the year.
NJ ChalleNGe pays tribute at
Tomb of the Unknowns.
Last Friday, 4 November 2005, representatives of the NJ
National Guard’s ChalleNGe Youth Program had the honor
of paying tribute at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Washington,
DC. Four cadet Student Council members and the Director,
COL (Ret) Kenneth Prossick, had the distinct privilege of
laying a wreath in a formal ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
The New Jersey ChalleNGe Youth Program is extremely grateful
for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
November 6-12 designated as National Veterans
National Veterans Awareness Week complements Veterans Day,
educating as well as commemorating the contributions and
sacrifices of those who have served in peacetime and in conflict.
The Defense Department statistics report 1.4 million personnel
are on active duty, and another 1.2 million serve in the
Guard and Reserve. And, more than 470,000 military personnel
serve overseas or afloat.
“On Veterans Day, and in the days ahead, we ask every
American to find a way to thank the men and women defending
our freedom,” said President Bush. “By flying
a flag, thanking a veteran, or expressing gratitude to family
members of our troops, you can show your support.”
You’re invited - 63rd Army Band and
112th Field Artillery Association celebrate Veterans Day!
Join the 112th Field Artillery Association and the 63rd
Army Band as they celebrate the service and sacrifice of
our citizen soldiers in the defense of our country. To commemorate
our veterans and the 60th anniversary of the end of World
War II, a concert will be held on the Drill Floor at the
Lawrenceville National Guard Armory beginning 11 a.m. There
will also be an artillery salute and museum tours will be
Military postal agency offers holiday mailing
“Pack it well” and “mail it early” are
two tips a military postal official offered for holiday mail
being sent to servicemembers overseas. The Defense Department
recommended the following mailing deadlines:
* November 12 for parcel post items headed overseas to APO
and FPO ZIP codes.
Deadlines for other mail classes continue with:
* November 26 for space-available mail
* December 3 for parcel-airlift mail
* December 10 for priority mail
* December 19 for express mail.
Here are additional mailing tips:
* Use nylon or reinforced packing tape on packages because
other tapes tend to come off
* Buzzing, ticking, or vibrating items
will be “red
flagged.” Remove batteries from electronics.
* Fill out customs labels completely.
* Use proper military address to help move the package through
* Boxes with hazardous substance or alcohol
make it through the system.
* Boxes should be strong and well-packed
because of the long distances traveled and the high volume
of packages moving
Individuals who may not personally know a servicemember
overseas, but want to share the holiday spirit should visit
the www.americasupportsyou.mil website.
Veterans Day Discounts offered by Lowe’s
and Home Depot.
Two of the nation’s largest home-improvement retailers
are recognizing Veterans Day by offering discounts for military
personnel. Home Depot and Lowe’s are both offering
a 10 percent discount for all active-duty military, reservists,
retirees and their families from November 10-13.
To qualify, individuals must present
proof of military service to the Special Services desk
at any Home Depot store, where
they will receive a coupon redeemable at any cashier’s
checkout register. Valid military ID is also required at
Toys R Us plans Military Appreciation Weekend.
Toys “R” Us cordially invites you to a Military
Appreciation Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, December 3-4,
2005. On Sunday, 4 December 2005, from 6-8 p.m., all Toys
R Us stores will close their doors to the public to allow
the Military and their families to enjoy a private shopping
evening! The families can participate in games, activities,
and meet Geoffrey the Giraffe! Contact Al Granda or Tina
Matreale (609) 625-3666 for more details. Grandaa@toysrus.com or Tmatreale@comcast.net.
Pancake Breakfasts are scheduled to support
New Jersey National Guard Families.
* A Support the Troops Pancake Breakfast to
benefit the families of soldiers serving in the NJ National
Guard will be held from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday,
November 20. The breakfast will be held at Oakcrest High
School, 1824 Dr. Dennis Foreman Drive, Mays Landing. Proceeds
will support the NJ National Guard Family Readiness Council.
The Council estimates that 40% of mobilized National Guardsmen
earn significantly less while they are on active duty.
and students from the Academy of Culinary Arts at Cape
Community College will prepare and serve the food, which
will be donated by Tropicana Hotel Casino. Local high school
bands and choral groups will provide entertainment, and
AtlatiCare will provide childcare.
Tickets to the breakfast
are $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12, and free to
military personnel with identification.
Tickets will be available at the door or by calling 609-345-4524.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available by calling
609-345-4524 or emailing email@example.com.
Beefsteak and Tricky Tray will benefit soldiers and families.
A Beefsteak and Tricky Tray will be held at the Teaneck
Armory (1799 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666) from 6-10 p.m.
on November 19th. Tickets are $30 each and proceeds will
go to the soldiers and families of the Teaneck Family Assistance
Center/Family Readiness Group 50th Main Support Battalion.
For more information, contact SFC Shaw at 201-833-9811, ext
Nets basketball team will host Military Appreciation Night.
The NJ Nets basketball team will salute those in uniform
as they host Military Appreciation Night on Saturday, November
12, 2005, during their game vs. the Houston Rockets. Come
out and see Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, Richard Jefferson and
the rest of the Nets battle Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady and the
Houston Rockets. Receive a Vince Carter retro replica kids
jersey with each discounted ticket purchased. If you would
like to receive additional information, contact Sergeant
Barbara Harbison, Public Affairs Specialist, at 609-530-7088.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam
Era Educational Center’s upcoming event schedule.
11 Nov, 11am
Veterans Day Ceremony
17 Dec, 6pm
Holiday Lighting Ceremony
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 in Military Funeral
The New Jersey Army National Guard Military
Funeral Honors Program has several part-time employment opportunities
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 SGM Edward
Goetschius, Military Funeral Honors Coordinator, at 609-530-7090
or by e-mail at Edward.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Armory Happenings – Listed below are
events taking place at your local armory.
|12 Nov (6pm-12am)
||Pink Tie Ball Fundraiser
|17 Nov (7-10pm)
18-19 Nov (9am-6pm)
|Home for the Holidays Gift Fair
|20 Nov (9:30am-3:30pm)
Card & Memorabilia Show
Joey Jay (former Reds and Braves star) will sign autographs
($12 any item)
|25-27 Nov (9am-4pm)
|3 Dec (8:30am-4pm)
||Coin Operated Arcade Game Auction
TRICARE Reserve Family Demonstration Benefit
extended through October 31, 2007.
The TRICARE Reserve Family
Demonstration benefit due to end October 31, 2005, has
been extended through October 31,
2007. The Department of Defense extended the benefit for
an additional two years to ensure continuity of care for
family members of approximately 170,000 National Guard
and Reserve members called to active duty for more than 30
in support of Operation Nobel Eagle/Enduring Freedom and
Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The demonstration waives the TRICARE
annual deductible for family members who use TRICARE Extra
or Standard; waives
the pre-authorization requirement for non-emergency inpatient
civilian care at civilian hospitals; and authorizes TRICARE
to pay non-participating providers up to 115 percent of
the TRICARE maximum allowable charge.
National Guard and Reserve
members and family members with questions or in need of
assistance may use the TRICARE Yellow
Pages available at www.tricare.osd.mil/yellowpages to contact
their TRICARE regional contractor. Up-to-date TRICARE information
is also available on the TRICARE website at: www.tricare.osd.mil/reserve.
Fitness Corner -
Ernie Razzano, Certified
Fitness Trainer, email@example.com
Great American Smokeout
Next Thursday, November
17, is the 29th Annual Great American Smokeout. For those
of you who were considering quitting,
this may be the perfect opportunity to give it another try.
America, tobacco is the number one preventable cause of
death. Half of long-term users will die directly from
smoking. In New Jersey, there are 1.2 million smokers,
which equates to about 18% of the population. Of those, 13,000
die each year!
It costs employers about $3,400 per smoker
per year in healthcare costs. We have an average of approximately
324 smokers DMVA,
which equates to $1,101,600 annually in healthcare costs
and 53,784 annual lost man-hours!
Information about the
Smokeout can be found at:
More importantly, for those who would like
assistance in quitting (only 3-4% are actually capable of
their own), NJ has services you can utilize. There is a
counseling service at 866-NJ-STOPS and a website with
free online counseling and referral service, http://www.nj.quitnet.com/.
Help is available when facing the new Medicare
Part D Prescription Drug Coverage Program.
Many employees are
finding themselves confused as they try to assist their
parents or elderly relatives facing the new
Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage Program -Medicare
Part D Prescription Drug Plan (PDP).
In 2005, for the first
time in its history, Medicare will be offering prescription
drug coverage to every Medicare
recipient, regardless of income, under Medicare Part D
Prescription Drug Plan.
Enrollment in the program is voluntary
and the enrollment period begins on 15 November 2005 and
runs through 15 May
2006. Some of the PDPs are free, some PDPs charge a monthly
premium. You have to decide which is best for your needs.
The New Jersey State Department of Health and
Senior Services, in their Division of Aging and Community
Services, has a
program call The State Health Insurance Assistance Program
(SHIP). SHIP has offices in all 21 counties prepared to
assist seniors with making this difficult decision on which
Part D-PDP to choose. County SHIP offices can be found
can also be obtained by visiting www.medicare.gov on
the internet or by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
users should call 1-877-486-2048.
Today is Thursday, November 10th. It is the
316th day of the year with 50 days remaining.
On this day in history…
1775 – The U.S. Marines were organized
under authority of the Continental Congress. The Marines
went out of existence
after the end of the Revolutionary War in April of 1783.
The Marine Corps were formally re-established on July 11,
1798. This day is observed as the birthday of the United
States Marine Corps.
1919 – The American Legion held
its first national convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1951 – Direct-dial, coast-to-coast
telephone service began when Mayor M. Leslie Denning of
Englewood, NJ, called
his counterpart in Alameda, CA.
1954 – The Iwo Jima Memorial was
dedicated in Arlington, VA.
1969 - Sesame Street made its debut on PBS.
1970 – The Great Wall of China
opened for tourism.
1982 - In Washington, DC, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
was opened to visitors.
2001 – The World Trade Organization approved China’s
Words of Wisdom -
“Duct tape is like the Force. It has
a Light side, A Dark side, And It holds the Universe together.”
Call today to volunteer at a Family Readiness
Center near you.
If you are able to assist the families of our
deployed soldiers and airmen, please call our Family Readiness
Center at our toll-free number 888-859-0352.