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
Words of Wisdom
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest
you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”
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
Veterans Day celebrated across
BG William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Ceremony
BG William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery’s
annual Veterans Day Ceremony was attended by Governor-Elect
Jon S. Corzine. COL (Ret) Stephen G. Abel, Deputy Commissioner
for Veterans Affairs, provided a meaningful keynote address,
followed by remarks from The Adjutant General, MG Glenn K.
Rieth. The Adjutant General introduced Governor-Elect Corzine
who spoke regarding the importance of the day and the debt
the country owes is veterans. His remarks were well received
by those in attendance, an audience flanked on either side
by contingents from the New Jersey Army and Air National
Guard. Governor-Elect Corzine joined MG Rieth in presenting
the Bronze Star Medal for Valor to Mr. Harry Bataille of
Toms River. A disabled veteran, Mr. Bataille was belatedly
honored for his heroism while serving in the US Navy during
World War II. The proceedings concluded with a traditional
Flag Retirement Ceremony, wherein the ashes of 2,450 American
flags were buried on the grounds of the cemetery chapel.
Veterans Memorial Home at Paramus
Veterans Memorial Home held its annual Veteran’s
Day Ceremony on Thursday, 10 November 2005. As part of the
celebration the USA Northeastern Region Department of the
Korean War Veterans Association made presentations. Admiral
Chul Kim of Seoul, Korea presented five of the Home’s
residents with the Ambassador of Peace Medal. Members of
the Korean War Veterans from across the country (some from
as far away as California and Washington State) also presented
each of the five residents with a Korean War pin, hat, and
an official proclamation. BG Frank Carlini, Director, Division
of Veterans Healthcare Services, accepted a medal and proclamation
for the Paramus Veterans Home on behalf of the Department.
Chief Robert Kugler, President of the Bergen County Police
Chief’s Association, presented the facility with a
check for $1000 to be used for resident activities. The ceremony
concluded with a rendition of “God Bless America” sung
by Sung Bae Ju Affiliate of the Bergen County Police Chief’s
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
On the 11th
hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation was host to
a Veterans Day ceremony at the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
in Holmdel, NJ. Approximately 400 attended the event, which
was held in the Memorial’s courtyard, surrounded by
the circular black granite wall bearing the names of 1,557
New Jerseyans whose lives were lost in the Vietnam War. The
keynote speaker was Major General Joseph T. Anderson, USMC
(Ret), Associate Director of the Smithsonian National Air
and Space Museum-Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 1968 graduate
of the U.S. Naval Academy, and Vietnam veteran fighter pilot.
Two NJ Vietnam Veterans were inducted
into the “In
Memory” program, which honors those who served in Vietnam
and returned home, but who died later as a result of wounds
received in Vietnam. The two so honored were Leo P. Staub
(USMC) from Manahawkin, NJ, who died July 1, 2003, and Andrew
L. Toth (USA) from Edison, NJ, who died December 23, 2002.
As part of the ceremony, family members spoke about their
loved on and lit a candle in their memory.
Following the ceremony in the Memorial, attendees enjoyed
an Open House in the adjacent Vietnam Era Educational Center
with its museum and research library.
Jubilee of Liberty Medal presented in Paramus.
by the French Government in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary
of the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944, the
Jubilee of Liberty Medal is presented to veterans of the
Allied Forces who participated. Congressman Scott Garrett
(R-5th District) facilitated the award of this medallion
to eligible constituents in a ceremony held on Friday, November
11, 2005, at Bergen County Community College. Assisting with
the ceremony was a color guard comprised of soldiers assigned
to the Teaneck Armory and Gary Englert, Director of the Division
of Veterans Services, who was the keynote speaker and Master
of Ceremonies. Some 45 veterans of the Normandy invasion
were honored at the event.
DMVA provides support at Belleville
Veterans Day Parade & Memorial
Members of the NJ Army National Guard from the
West Orange and Teaneck Armories provided a color guard,
and vehicle convoy as part of a Veterans Day Parade on Sunday,
13 November 2005, sponsored by the Joint Veterans Council
of Belleville, NJ. The parade culminated with the dedication
of the newly erected Belleville War Memorial. Gary Englert,
The Director of Veterans Services, was the featured speaker.
Welcome Home Troops Ceremony to be held on
Monday, 21 November 2005, in Hammonton.
A Welcome Home ceremony for returning members of the 119th
Corps Support Battalion (CSB) New Jersey Army National Guard
will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, 21 November 2005, at
St. Joseph’s High School, 328 Vine Street, Hammonton,
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
Governor’s Annual Gifts for Kids 2005
Holiday Drive begins.
The annual Gifts for Kids Holiday Drive begins this week,
and will run through December 8th. Gifts are needed for all
ages, however, the greatest need each year is for children
ages 10-17. New/unwrapped toys/gifts should be placed in
the collection boxes located in many of our facilities. If
you have any questions, please call Laura Branham or Terry
Dearden at 609-530-6987/6893.
9/11 Flag to be displayed at the 177th Fighter
Technical Sergeant Ronald Murray from the 177th Maintenance
Group attended and participated in “9/11” flag
ceremony at his alma mater, Pennridge High School, on Veterans
Day. While there, he had the privilege of meeting the designer
of the “9l11” Flag, Mr. Thomas W. McBrien IV.
The 9/11 Flag is 23 feet high and 25 feet long. Its design
is complete with approximately three thousand small flags
with the names of all the people who perished on 9/11. There
are also flags of every country that lost citizens on that
day. There is a banner across the bottom with patches from
every Fire Company or Group who served at Ground Zero. This
Flag is an awesome tribute to the memory of every citizen
affected by the tragedy of 9/11. TSgt Murray, through his
contact with Mr. McBrien, has arranged for the 9/11 flag
to be displayed at the 177th Fighter Wing over the December
Unit Training Assembly on 10-11 December 2005.
Division of Veterans Programs (DVP) assists
members of the National Guard returning from mobilizations.
As part of the de-mobilization briefings that are being
given for our returning Army National Guard troops (119th
CSB, 42nd DISCOM, 150th FI DET, 350th FI DET, 42nd MP, 50th
MSB, and D-112th FA), the Division of Veterans Programs has
briefed 775 soldiers/airmen on their benefits. The Division
has issued 350 Powers of Attorney, processed 700 1010EZ healthcare
enrollments, and has filed 150 Initial Compensation Claims
for service-connected injuries/trauma. Future briefings will
be scheduled as additional troops return home in early December.
DVP Director, Bill Devereaux, and Dr.
Shawn Evers will do an onsite briefing at the 177th Air
Wing at Pomona Air National
Guard Base. This project will be the first of it’s
kind addressing our returning Air National Guard troops concerning
their benefits, entitlements, and counseling opportunities
both through Federal and State channels. Approximately 125
personnel will be scheduled for the briefing.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employees receive flu shots.
On 17 November, Ms. Patricia Christensen, RN, Employee Health
Nurse, and Ms. Claire Brown, RN, Supervisor of Nursing, from
the NJ Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park visited DMVA’s
Central Office and administered the flu vaccine to 67 DMVA
employees. Upon completion of their duties in Lawrenceville,
they traveled to the BG William C. Doyle Cemetery to administer
flu shots to another 20 employees. Additional flu serum was
provided by the NJ Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland for
employees at Veterans Haven. The support of both Veterans
Memorial Homes is greatly appreciated, and a special thanks
to our two Menlo Park nurses for their assistance and time.
to Scott Brewer, Eagle Scout.
Scott Brewer of Wall, New Jersey recently achieved
the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor in the Boy Scouts.
his badge at a Court of Honor on 7 November. Scott’s
Eagle Scout project was overseeing the building of an extension
to the bandstand at the National Guard Training Center in
Sea Girt, NJ. Scott acted as the foreman on the construction
job by his fellow Scouts from Troop 333. He prepared the
architectural plans to extend the bandstand by 4 feet in
width and 36 feet in length – extending the bandstand
by 17%. His efforts have provided the State Police with a
larger area to use for their graduation ceremonies, and the
63rd Army Band a wonderful bandstand for summer concerts.
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.
DMVA represented at the National Organization
of Veterans’ Advocates (NOVA) conference.
Mr. Bill Devereaux,
Division of Veterans Programs, attended the NOVA fall conference
in Washington, DC on 10-12 November
2005. This association provides legal representation and
acts as an advocate for Veterans and their dependents,
and is considered the leading authority in their attempts
insure proper representation and presentation for our service
Training seminar held for Veterans Service
A training seminar was held on Thursday, 17
November 2005, for approximately 55 state and county veterans
Chris Kulkosky and Joan Edwards provided updates in Veterans’ Administration
regulations and guidelines regarding benefits, entitlements,
appeals, job, and educational opportunities.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam
Era Educational Center’s upcoming event schedule.
17 Dec, 6pm
Holiday Lighting Ceremony
"The Khe Sanh Veterans Book of Poetry" - Written by veterans
of the Battle of Khe Sanh during the 1968 Tet Offensive of the Vietnam War, these
about Khe Sanh, the war, friends, and the aftermath of war. Poetry reading
and author lecture by a contributor, Khe Sanh Vietnam Veteran Joe Belardo.
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.email@example.com.
Armory Happenings – Listed below are
events taking place at your local armory.
| 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)
& 18 Dec (8:30am-2pm)
|3 Dec (8:30am-4pm)
||Coin Operated Arcade Game Auction
Fitness Corner– Ernie Razzano, Certified
Fitness Trainer, firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been doing research on the new “healthy” sugar
alternative, Splenda. Splenda is also known as sucralose.
Sucralose is a non-caloric sweetener and is 500-600 times
as sweet as aspartame.
In the five-step patented process of
making sucralose, three chlorine molecules are added to
a sucrose (sugar) molecule.
A sucrose molecule is a disaccharide that contains two
single sugars bound together, glucose and fructose.
process to make sucralose alters the chemical composition
of the sugar so much that it is somehow converted
to a fructo-galactose molecule. His type of sugar molecule
does not occur in nature, and therefore, your body does
not possess the ability to properly metabolize it.
said, as of 2005, only six human trials have been conducted
on Splenda (sucralose). Of these six trials,
only two of the trials were completed and published before
the FDA approved sucralose for human consumption. The two
published trials had a total of 36 human subjects. The
longest trial at this time has been four days and looked
in relation to tooth decay, not human tolerance. For more
information you can go to http://thetruthaboutsplenda.com
Titans ice hockey team will salute Veterans at their game
against the Long Beach Ice Dogs on December 7, 2005.
Be part of a special evening as the Trenton Titans offer
a special night of fun, affordable family entertainment in
a Salute to Veterans! Discounted tickets are being offered
for lower bowl seats that will let you see every shot, save,
and score at great savings. Discount food coupons are also
available. Come out and see the New Jersey National Guard
ChalleNGe Youth Program present the colors. For more information,
call Ed Levin at (609) 599-9500, ext 135.
NJ National Guard Magazine “Guardlife” Vol
31, No 5 now available on the world wide web.
"Guardlife" Volume 31, Issue
No 5 is now available on the world wide web in a user friendly
on-line web version
on the Department's website at http://www.state.nj.us/military/publications/guardlife/volume31no5/index.html.
The “Hometown Team” magazine, Guardlife, provides
up-to-date information on the happenings within the New Jersey
Army and Air National Guard both at home and abroad. For
all the current news on our soldiers and airmen, take a look
at the new issue today. To view past issues of Guardlife
magazine on-line you can visit http://www.nj.gov/military/publications/ the DMAVA publications homepage.
Today is Friday, 18 November 2005. It is the
322nd day of the year with 43 days remaining.
On this day in history…
1307 – William Tell shoots apple off his son’s
1805 – 30 women meet at Mrs. Silas Lee’s home
in Wicasset, Maine, organizes Female Charitable Society,
the first woman’s club in America.
1820 – U.S. Navy Captain Nathaniel
Palmer became the first American to sight the continent
1894 – First Sunday colored comic
section published (NY World).
1903 – The U.S. and Panama signed
a treaty that granted the U.S. rights to build the Panama
1928 – Mickey Mouse debuts in the first successful
sound-synchronized animated cartoon – “Steamboat
1936 – Main span of the Golden
Gate Bridge joined.
1966 – U.S. Roman Catholic bishops
did away with the rule against eating met on Fridays.
DMVA’s new Kiosk will be coming to a
mall near you.
The Department’s new Kiosk Mall Visit program is in
full swing. On 11-12 November, the kiosk was on display at
the Quakerbridge Mall. The kiosk drew hundreds of veterans
and their dependents to the mall for information packets
concerning their benefits, entitlements, and veterans’ updates.
DMVA employees, John Balenta, David Martin, Joe Battito,
Dave Walther, Chris Kulkosky, Carl Lang, and Jack Stoffa,
provided staffing during the two-day mall visit.
Our new kiosk is scheduled for future mall visits as shown
Menlo Park Mall – 26-28 January
Livingston Mall – 16-18 February
Brunswick Square Mall – 23-25
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 was the deadline 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.
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.