Dept of Military and
Glenn K. Rieth
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..
We remember and
Those loved and lost.
What it means to be an American…
To believe in the promise of a better tomorrow,
And stand united in our efforts to give a peaceful nation
to our children.
To honor each other’s
differences and cherish the richness of our history,
Even as it continues to unfold from sea to shining sea.
To love deeply, and never take for granted
the privilege of calling ourselves American.
"Half of the American people never
read a newspaper. Half never voted President. One hopes it
the same half."
.. Gore Vidal
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
August was a busy month for
the Division of Veterans Programs.
While some of us enjoyed the last days
of summer at the beach or mountains, members of the Department’s
Division of Veterans Programs were extremely busy during
- Our network of Veteran Service Officers
met with 3,788 veterans throughout the state, and was able
338 award letters that total $5,344,000, which will paid
to our state’s disabled veterans and their dependents.
- A total of over 400 Vietnam
Service, Distinguished Service, and Korean Service Medals
were presented at ceremonies
around the state.
Support the Troops
Benefit Golf Outing – 18
Oceanair Mens Club and the Toms River Lions Club are
holding a golf outing to benefit and support the families
of the DISCOM and Artillery units of Toms River and Ocean
County whose finances have been affected by the deployment
of National Guard members who have been called to duty in
Iraq and Afghanistan. The golf outing will be held on Monday,
18 October 2004, at the Oceanair Golf and Country Club. Cost
of the day is $125. For more information call: 609-693-1941.
and Spouse Entitlement Outreach Event -
A special invitation is extended to all
veterans and their spouses. On 28 October 2004, the New
Jersey Department of
Military & Veterans Affairs and the Department of Labor
will sponsor a one-day, one-stop information and assistance
event for our veterans and spouses. This event will provide
information on securing benefits and entitlements for veterans
and their eligible family members. There will be representatives
from veterans organizations, Veteran Service Offices, State
Approving Agency, Family Assistance Support, Civil Service
for Preference and Pensions, Employer Support of the Guard
and Reserve, GI loan office, and Recruiting and Retention.
This event will be held at the National Guard Armory, 151
Eggert Crossing Road, Lawrenceville, NJ, from 10 a.m. to
3 p.m. and will include lunch. Please RSVP to (877) 872-5627
not later than close of business on Friday, October 22, 2004.
We look forward to seeing you there. Don’t forget to
bring your DD-214.
Labor offers veterans assistance through website.
The Department of Labor’s e-VETS Resource Advisor,
located at www.dol.gov/elaws/evets.htm provides information
to veterans on a broad range of topics, such as job search
tools and tips, employment openings, career assessment, education,
training, benefits, and special services available to veterans.
The e-VETS Resource Advisor is divided into two sections:
General Services and Personal Profile. Based on a veteran’s
interests and the information provided, e-VETS Resource Advisor
will provide website links of specific interest to you.
to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
30 Sep - 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Distinguished, Meritorious & Korean Service Medals
Support the Troops Pancake Breakfast is scheduled.
A Support the Troops Pancake Breakfast
will be held on Saturday, 16 October 2004, from 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Westfield
Armory, 500 Rahway Avenue, Westfield, NJ. The breakfast is
sponsored by the Lions Clubs of NJ District 16E, 1127th Cavalry
Association, Caring Hearts from Home of Westfield, Atlas
Pythagoras Lodge #10 F & A Masons, American Legion Post
#3, and the Knights of Columbus, Msgr. H. J. Watterson Council
1711. Proceeds of this even will support the soldiers and
families of NJ National Guard’s Family Readiness Council
and the Family Assistance Center at Westfield. Cost is $6.00
Recognition Day – 14
National POW/MIA Recognition Day will
be observed on 14 September 2004. This commemoration is
set aside to honor
the commitment and the sacrifices made by this nation’s
Prisoners of War and those who are still Missing in Action,
as well as their families. By custom, it is often observed
in Pentagon ceremonies on the third Friday in September;
however, it has been moved in the past to avoid conflicts
with religious observances. This year it will be observed
on Tuesday, September 14, 2004, out of respect for Rosh Hashanah.
Upcoming cool, fall weekends will provide many the opportunity
to take to the road on a motorcycle. Here are a few motorcycle
safety statistics to keep in mind.
- Two-thirds of accidents involving motorcycles
and other vehicle are caused by the driver of the other vehicle
violating the motorcycle’s right-of-way.
- Failure of motorists to detect
and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominant
cause of motorcycle accidents;
motorcycles are hard to see.
To do their part in preventing motorcycle accidents, motorists
- Look out for motorcyclists (you
can often hear them before you see them).
- Respect a motorcycle as a full-sized
vehicle with equal rights to the road.
- Allow plenty of space when following
Fun Facts – (courtesy
of LTC John Scannell)
- Most boat owners name their boats.
The most popular boat name is Obsession.
- If you were spelling out numbers, how far
would you have to go until you found the letter “A”?
The answer is “one thousand.”
- What do bulletproof vests, fire
escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have
in common? A woman invented
- What is the only food that doesn’t
- On which day are more collect calls
made than any other day of the year? Fathers Day.
Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Education
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
On Saturday, 18 September, at 1 p.m.
the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
Foundation will host an author lecture and book signing by
Vietnam-Era Veteran George J. Veith about his new book, co-written
with Garnett “Bill” Bell, Leave No Man Behind:
Bill Bell and the Search for American POW/MIAs from the Vietnam
The Vietnam War’s POW/MIA issue has haunted America
since the early stages of the war. Shrouded in controversy,
a subject of great emotion amid charges of governmental conspiracy
and Communist deceit, the possibility of American servicemen
being held in secret captivity after the war’s end
has influenced U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia for three
decades. Bill Bell, the first chief of the U.S. POW/MIA office
in postwar Vietnam and the government’s top POW/MIA
field investigator, provides an insider’s account of
George Veith, a former Army captain and tank company commander,
served for almost seven years (1979-1986) in different command
positions in US combat units in Germany and the United States.
An acknowledged expert on the POW issue, he has addressed
both the National League of Families and National Alliance
of Families conventions on the subject o POW/MIAs, has presented
papers at the last three symposiums of the Center for the
Study of the Vietnam Conflict at Texas Tech University, and
is frequently asked to speak before POW/MIA activist groups.
Lecture attendees are asked to RSVP to 732-335-0033. A donation
of $5 per person is suggested.
||National POW Recognition Day/Gold Star Mothers Day
||“Leave No Man Behind” (re:
POW/MIAs) by George J. Veith
| 11 Nov
||Veterans Day Program
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.
Today in History…
Today is Friday, September 10th. It is the 254th day of
the year, with 113 days remaining.
- 1846 - Elias Howe received a
patent for his sewing machine.
- 1897 – British police arrest
George Smith for drunken driving. It was the first DUI.
- 1913 – The Lincoln Highway
opened. It was the first paved coast-to-coast highway in
- 1939 – Canada declared
war on Germany.
- 1940 – In Britain, a German
bomb hit Buckingham Palace.
- 1942 – U.S. President Franklin
Roosevelt mandated gasoline rationing as part of the U.S.
- 1953 – Swanson began selling its first “TV
- 1955 – Bert Parks began a 25-year career
as host of the “Miss America Pageant” on NBC.
- 1990 – Iraq’s Saddam
Hussein offered free oil to developing nations in an attempt
to win their
support during the Gulf War Crisis.
- 1998 – U.S. President Clinton
met with members of his Cabinet to apologize, ask forgiveness,
to improve as a person in the wake of the scandal involving
DMVA’s Fitness Corner – Low
Back Pain (Part 2 of a 5 part series) by Ernie Razzano,
Step 2: Improve Segmental Alignment and Mobility.
The two most important common mechanical problems that cause
back pain are misalignment and fixation. A misalignment can
occur as a result of an injury, such as slipping or falling.
If one vertebra moves out of its normal position, even just
a little, it can create pain.
When two or more vertebrae get stuck together and stiffen
up, or fixate, this interferes with the normal biomechanics
of the spine. The two main causes of fixation of vertebral
joints are trauma or remaining in a static position for prolonged
periods of time.
Traumatic Fixation: Take, for example,
jamming a finger while catching a baseball. The same principal
the spine. Micro (small) tears of the ligaments that hold
the spine together eventually heal, but they heal with scar
tissue that is not as flexible, and the next time you’re
lifting something heavy, guess which area gives way!
Static Fixation: This is stiffness created
by being in one position for prolonged periods of time.
When you bend over
to pick a piece of paper after eight years of sitting, you
blow your back out and can’t figure out why!
Chiropractic adjustments or manipulation are the best method
mobilizing the spine, reducing the fixations, and creating
normalized alignment. But the fixations or stiffness will
recur within hours if you go back to 3-6 hours of straight
sitting. You must maintain the mobility on your own after
Start each morning by gently pulling
one knee toward your chest and relax your back muscles
as you pull. Hold for 3-5
seconds, pull the opposite knee toward the chest and hold
it for 3-5 seconds. Then, clasp your hands at the bop of
both shins and gently pull your knees toward your chest.
Hold for 3-5 seconds. Repeat this stretch five to ten times
before you get up in the morning. The effectiveness of this
exercise is dependent on how much you can relax your back
while you’re stretching.
Stretching when lying on your back or
on your hands and knees, when done carefully, is great!
Our backs need a break
from gravity! So, take quick breaks, lie down for 2-3 minutes
a few times a day—especially at night, instead of sitting
on a couch. Think about how much time you spend sitting,
compressing your back all day. Sitting increases the pressure
in the lower back up to eleven times the normal pressure.
Give your back a rest from the constant compression several
times during the day.
Call today and volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center
As the New Jersey National Guard deploys soldiers
and airmen around the globe, the families that are left behind
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