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
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(Ret) Michael B. Smith
Laura A. Branham
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State Veterans Service
Mr. Richard Clark
NJ Advisory Committee for
Mrs. Anna Hoffman
BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory
Mr. William Rakestraw
Benefits & Entitlements
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What is a Freedom Loan?
* Up to $10,000
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Who is eligible to apply?
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* Mobilized for one year or longer to fight in the Global
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Annual Coat Drive is a great success!!
Special thanks to all of DMVA’s
employees who donated coats for our annual drive.
we collected 113 coats along with numerous hats, gloves,
and scarves, which will be delivered to local soup
kitchens and shelters.
Thank you for your generosity.
Coat Drive Chairpersons
National Guard celebrates its 369th birthday!
The Army National Guard, the oldest component
of the Armed Forces and one of our nation’s longest-enduring institutions,
celebrated its 369th birthday on December 13th. The Guard
began on December 13, 1636, when the Massachusetts Bay Colony
organized three militia regiments to defend against the growing
threat of the Pequot Indians. From the Pequot War in 1637
until the present day, the Guard has participated in every
war or conflict this nation has fought.
Today, the Army National
Guard continues it historic mission of providing defense
for the nation. Following the attacks of 9/11, more than
50,000 members of the Guard were called up to provide security
at home and combat terrorism abroad. Tens of thousands are
serving in harm’s way in Iraq and Afghanistan, as the
Guard continues its historic dual mission – providing
the states with units trained and equipped to protect life
and property, while providing the nation with units trained,
equipped, and ready to defend the United States and its interests
all over the globe.
Veterans of Foreign Wars held its holiday party at Veterans
Memorial Home at Menlo Park.
On Sunday, 11 December 2005, the Veterans
of Foreign Wars (VFW) held their annual Holiday Party at
the NJ Veterans Memorial
Home at Menlo Park. The party boasted over 200 attendees, including
William Grieman, VFW State Commander, Dolly Showers, VFW Ladies
Auxiliary President, George Lisicki, VFW National Junior Vice
Commander, BG Frank R. Carlini, Director, Division of Healthcare
Services, residents, family members, and staff. Several area
groups helped to make the day special.
Girl Scouts from North
Edison and Metuchen began the festivities with holiday songs
to everyone’s delight. The Rutgers Air Force R.O.T.C.
provided the color guard for the program, and the North Brunswick
High School Musical Choir, under the direction of Peggy Sica,
performed a number of holiday favorites for the crowd. At the
conclusion of the first half of the program, everyone was invited
to the Town Square Meeting Room for refreshments. Following
refreshment, the residents were directed to the Waters Edge
Dining Room for Bingo.
Humanitarian Service and Armed Forces Service Medals are authorized.
The Joint Staff has authorized the award of the Humanitarian
Service Medal and Armed Forces Service Medal to soldiers, sailors,
airmen, Marines, Coast Guard, and Guard and Reserve, who participated
in relief operations for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The Humanitarian Service Medal is authorized
for those who supported immediate relief operations in Alabama,
Mississippi, and Texas – east of 96 degrees west longitude – from
August 29 to October 13, 2005.
The Armed Forces Service Medal is authorized for those who
provided, or are providing, direct support to relief efforts
for 30 consecutive days, or 60 non-consecutive days anywhere
in the United States from August 27, 2005 to February 27, 2006.
Service members who are awarded the Humanitarian Service Medal
may also qualify for the Armed Forces Service Medal, provided
their direct support occurred after the qualifying dates for
the Humanitarian Service Medal.
The military has categorized disaster relief operations for
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as one operation. Army commanders
in the grade of Colonel and above are authorized to determine
award eligibility. Permanent orders are not required to award
the medals, but commanders should notify supporting personnel
divisions or companies so that soldier personnel qualification
records can be updated.
Vineland Veterans Memorial Home fields new VoiP Telephone
Vineland Veterans Memorial Home has received a new Voice over
Internet Protocol (VoiP) telephone system as part of the new
facility construction. This system is now in place and operational.
Please take special note: As part of the
telephone system deployment, effective 14 December 2005,
the Vineland Veterans
Memorial Home’s new main telephone number is: 865-405-4200.
Please consult the DMAVA telephone director,
at (Start, Run: \\Dhqfl2\TelDir\TelDir.mde) for
a complete listing of new individual phone numbers at the Vineland
facility. If necessary, you may contact the main number
for general information and specific departmental listings.
Any questions concerning the new system or telephone numbers
can be addressed to Mrs. Sophie Guzikowski at 609-530-6925.
TRICARE Reserve Select has new rates for FY 2006!
TRICARE Reserve Select has new rates for FY 2006! The Health
Affairs Office established the new rates for TRICARE Reserve
Select (TRS) premiums 28 October 2005.
Coverage for TRS member-only coverage increased to $81.00.
TRS member and family coverage increased to $253.00. This represents
an 8.5% monthly increase respectively over rates for FY 2005.
For additional information, contact your TRS representative,
Josephine C. Grey, Chief of Health Services, at (609) 562-0865
or (609) 847-5318, or Josephine.email@example.com.
New Jersey National Guard is honored at the National Guard
Militia Museum of New Jersey.
New Jersey honors the state’s Guard at the National
Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey. The Museum offers three
locations for residents to visit in order to learn about the
state’s military history – it’s primary location
is on the campus of the National Guard Training Center at Sea
This organization’s mission is preserving
the military heritage of New Jersey, and enhancing public
of how armed conflicts and military institutions have shaped
our state and national experience. The Museum is a non-profit
organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, and
display of artifacts and related memorabilia that have specific
historical significance to the Army and Air National Guard
and the Naval Militia of New Jersey. The facility features
a collection of uniforms, flags, insignia, historical weapons,
and military vehicles. The museum is open Tuesday and Thursday
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (and select weekends).
The Trenton Titans hockey team will salute the Military on
Saturday, 21 January 2006, at 7:00 p.m.
Bring your friends and family for a great night of fun as
the Trenton Titans offer a special night of family entertainment
in a Salute to our Military. The Titans will pay tribute to
the members of the military by wearing camouflage jerseys that
will be auctioned off following their game against the Dayton
Bombers. Reduced price tickets are $10 for adults and $8.50
for kids 14 and under. You will get a lower bowl seat to see
every shot, save, and score. Call Ed Levin at 609-599-9500,
ext. 135 for more information.
Discounted Broadway tickets are available to military personnel.
Military personnel can now access discount-priced tickets
to Broadway shows without being part of a tourist group. Off
Duty Travel and Clear Channel have joined forces to offer priority
access to Broadway and off-Broadway shows in New York and other
select cities for Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) customers.
MWR patrons, including those affiliated
with the Coast Guard, can visit www.offdutytravel.com for
information about the program
and click on the “Broadway Shows and Broadway Touring
Part-time opportunities in Military Funeral Honors Program.
The New Jersey Army National Guard Military
Funeral Honors Program has several part-time employment opportunities
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
New Jersey Veterans Journal (Winter 2005 edition) is now available
on the world wide web.
The New Jersey Veterans Journal – Winter
2005 edition is now available on the world wide web in a
user friendly on-line
version at the following web address: http://www.nj.gov/military/veterans/journal/winter2005/
The Veterans Journal is intended to serve
veterans, their families, friends, and concerned individuals
and groups. The journal provides up-to-date information on
veterans’ events, news, entitlements and services. Take
a look at the new edition today.
Fitness Corner – Ernie Razzano, Certified
Fitness Trainer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Get a Rock-Hard Butt
I’ve been getting more new clients lately asking me
how to firm up their buttocks. They’ve dieted, lost fat
around the glutes, but feel they are just too “soft.” The
following exercises are the ones to concentrate on if you are
one of these people. Space prohibits me from explaining them
in detail so if you don’t know how to perform the exercises
DON’T DO THEM! Contact me first and I will explain them
With regard to the gluteus maximum, Squats are by far the
best out of all the glute exercises you can do. Dumbbell Lunges
are the second best exercise for working your butt, quads,
inner and outer thighs and hamstrings. Straight Leg Dead-lifts
are the third best butt exercise. This exercise will work your
hamstrings, butt, and lower back.
Lying or Seated Leg Curls are the next best choice. Back Extensions
are another good choice. These are excellent exercises for
your lower back, butt and hamstrings. Back extensions are preferred
over lower back machines because there are far less compressive
forces on the spine.
Let me reiterate, only attempt these exercises
if you know how to properly perform them!
On the day in history
Today is Friday, 16 December 2005. It is the 350th day of
the year with 15 days remaining.
1631 – Mount Vesuvius erupts, destroys
6 villages, and kills 4,000.
1773 - Colonial patriots, who were disguised as Indians,
dumped nearly 350 chests of tea into Boston Harbor off of British
ships. The act was to protest taxation without representations
and the monopoly the government granted to the East India Company.
(Boston Tea Party)
1903 – Majestic Theater in New York
City becomes the first theater to hire women to work as ushers.
1913 - Charlie Chaplin began his film career at Keystone
for $150 per week.
1915 – Albert Einstein publishes his “General
Theory of Relativity.”
1953 – First White House press conference (President
Eisenhower & 161 reporters).
1972 – The Miami Dolphins became
the first NFL team to go unbeaten and untied in a 14-game
regular season. They
went on to defeat the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII.
2001 – Cuba received the first commercial
food shipment from the United States in nearly 40 years.
The shipment was
sent to help Cuba after Hurricane Michelle hit Cuba on November
Holiday Season Safety –
Decorations – Wear gloves while decorating with spun
glass “angel hair.” Follow directions when spraying
artificial snow. These sprays can irritate your lungs if you
inhale them. Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials
to trim a tree.
Candles – Never use lighted candles
near trees, boughs, curtains, drapes, or with any potentially
Plants – Small children may think that holiday plants
look good enough to eat. However, many plants can cause severe
stomach problems. Watch out for mistletoe, holly berries, Jerusalem
cherry, and amaryllis. Keep all of these plants out of children’s
Stress – The holiday season is one of the most stressful
times of the year. You can’t avoid it completely, but
you can give yourself some relief. Allow enough time to shop
rather than hurry through stores and parking lots. Plan to
do a reasonable amount of errands. Take time out for yourself.
Alcohol, Parties, and Driving – Being
a smart party host or guest should include being sensible
drinks. More than half of all traffic fatalities are alcohol
related. Use designated drivers, people who do not drink, to
drive other guests home after a holiday party.
Call today to volunteer at a Family Readiness Center near
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.
Thought for the week
"Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail."
Ralph Waldo Emerson