|DMVA receives State
certification for document imaging system.
document imaging system currently in use at DMVA has been certified
by the Department
of State, Division
of Archives an Records (DARM) to be in compliance with the
standards, procedures, and guidelines adopted under N.J.A.C.
15:3-4, Imaging Processing of Public Records. The State Records
Committee, at its public hearing held last week, certified
the software system. Document imaging provides access to
information at the desktop computer rather than through paper
files, thereby reducing paper handling and improving customer
service. The system can scan and microfilm simultaneously
saving the Department $7,000 annually in microfilm processing
costs. Document imaging was implemented last year in the
Records & Archives Section of the Fiscal/Information
and Administrative Services Bureau, and has since been installed
at Veterans Haven, Challenge Youth Program, and BG Doyle
Eligible National Guard and Reserve members can qualify for
automatic extensions from the Motor Vehicle Commission.
Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Administrative Order 2004-01
entitles active duty National Guard and Reserve members serving
in the war on terrorism (including Operations Noble Eagle and
enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom) to automatic extensions
of valid driver license, registration, and inspection expiration
dates. The MVC does not have the ability to code the records
of active duty members on their system or to actually change
the expiration dates of your documents. Therefore, MVC has
decided to provide you with official paperwork to display to
law enforcement should that be necessary. The law enforcement
community will be notified of the extension process. This extension
will not result in a reduced fee at the time that you are able
to renew your driver license or registration. Therefore, if
it does not represent a physical or financial hardship to renew
in accordance with the expiration dates displayed on the applicable
documents, or to have your vehicle inspected, you are urged
to do so accordingly.
If you have any questions regarding Administrative Order 2004-01,
contact the MVC call center toll free from within NJ at 888-486-3339
or 609-292-6500 from outside of NJ (toll call). If any issues
remain, you should contact your commanding officer. The Administrative
Order is posted on the MVC website at http://www.njmvc.gov
DMAVA Employee (800) Emergency Hot-Line
Starting1 July 2004, department employees
now have an (800) toll free telephone number for state employees
to call in the
event of a declared state of emergency, closing due to inclement
weather or other emergency situation(s). The purpose of the
toll free number is to provide additional information and guidance
to employees for such events as, our building closing due to
an unforeseen event, instructions for employees to report to
work or to alternate locations; does the state of emergency
mean that essential employees report or might other employees
be required to report for work, etc… Employees can now
dial 1-866-232-5798 to access the automated voice attendant
system in order to receive further instructions in the event
of an emergency.
Instructions for accessing the new toll free employee emergency
hotline are contained in Departmental Bulletin No. 4, DMAVA
Employee (800) Number Emergency Hotline, dated 23 August 2004.
Employees can access this bulletin from the department web
site by clicking
Managers and Supervisors are asked to give this bulletin the
widest dissemination possible to insure that all employees
are aware of the new emergency hotline number (866-232-5798)
and call-in procedures.
U.S. Veterans Administration improves Veterans Group Life
Insurance (VGLI) information access.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has
announced that veterans now can access their Veterans’ Group
Life Insurance accounts at any time from any computer or
telephone. Using a secure
website, the VGLI Online Account Access System allows veterans
to obtain basic information on their account through the insurance
website at www.insurance.va.gov. Veterans can view their current
amount of coverage, premium rate, and billing address. Also
available on the website is an insurance calculator that can
predict the amount of life insurance needed based on financial
information the veteran provides. Veterans can also obtain
account information through a new toll-free VGLI interactive
voice response system at 1-800-419-1473.
New Jersey National Guard retirees: Are you interested in
receiving Guardlife magazine?
Are you a retired member of the New Jersey National Guard,
or do you know someone who would like to receive Guardlife
magazine, the magazine of the NJ National Guard? If so, please
e-mail the following information to Barbara.firstname.lastname@example.org:
First Name, Last Name, Street Address, City, State, and Zip
ESGR sponsored NASCAR
car on display – 30
In support of the ESGR Employer Outreach
NASCAR show car will be on display at the Marriott – Lafayette
Yard in Trenton on 30 August 2004 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. As
part of the display, visitors will have the opportunity to
be photographed with the car and to sign a banner in support
of our troops. This banner will be sent to National Guard and
Reserve units serving overseas to let them know that Americans
The New Jersey Committee for Employer Support of the Guard
and Reserve will host a luncheon honoring local employers for
the support given to their employees who are members of the
Guard and Reserve.
Department of Defense (DoD) introduces Spouses to Teachers
Spouses to Teachers (STT), DoD’s latest endeavor to
assist military spouses interested in teaching, is serving
a similar purpose as the popular Troops to Teachers (TTT) program.
The TTT program was created to help recruit quality teachers
for schools that serve low-income families throughout America.
STT is currently a pilot program, but 3will offer information,
counseling, and guidance to eligible, interested individuals.
Initially, eligibility is limited to those with a bachelor’s
degree who are spouses of active duty servicemembers and members
of the Selected Reserve or Individual Ready Reserve on extended
duty. The program will also offer limited financial assistance
to help defray the costs of meeting state certification requirements
in the pilot states.
On the future STT website and in offices
that will be handling the program, the goal is to provide
information on teacher-certification requirements within a
kinds of jobs are available, and what kind of reciprocity
exists between the system they’re currently teaching
in and systems thy may potentially be transferring into. While
program serves spouses interested in teaching, it also helps
ease the burden of a national teacher shortage. Like the
former troops who take up chalk and eraser, military spouses
some of the same skills to the classroom. The national TTT
website is the best source of information right now. A Spouses
to Teachers web page is being established with a projected
start date of 1 Septembers. It will link from the national
TTT site: http://www.proudtoserveagain.com.
Time to File for
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) benefits is
running out. Veterans’ surviving
spouses must file by December 15, 2004.
The New Jersey Department of Military and
Veterans Affairs (DMVA) in cooperation with the U.S. Department
Affairs (USDVA) and the various veterans’ organizations
is attempting to inform all eligible surviving spouses of veterans
that the time period for filing for restoration of Dependency
and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) benefits will expire on December
The “Veterans Benefits Act of 2003” restored
entitlement to DIC for surviving spouses who remarried on
or after their
57th birthday. Under previous law, these spouses were not eligible
for DIC benefits unless their subsequent marriage ended.
The USDVA generally pays a basic monthly DIC benefit of $967.00
to the surviving spouses of service members who die while on
active duty and to spouses of veterans who died of service
Under the new law, surviving spouses who re-married after
age 57 and before December 16, 2003 have one year from the
date the law took effect to apply for restoration of DIC benefits.
Applications received after December 15, 2004 will not be considered.
New Jersey residents who have questions
or need additional information on restoration of DIC benefits
should call the
New Jersey Department of Military & Veterans Affairs at:
1-800-624-0508 or visit the NJDMVA website at: www.nj.gov/military.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
|Distinguished, Meritorious & Korean
NJ Vietnam 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 that effort.
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
||Veterans Day Program
For more information about any of these events, please call
the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office at (732)
The Vietnam Era Educational Center is located
adjacent to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the
Garden State Parkway at Exit 116.
Last of the Boys – A world premier play by Steven Dietz
is coming to McCarter Theatre (7 Sep – 17 Oct).
In this fierce, funny, and poignant new play, Ben and Jeeter
are Vietnam Vets and buddies from way back, whose boys-will-be-boys
bond has stood the test of time. United by a war which divided
a nation, they come together for one last hurrah, only to discover
that their friendship may not survive the one thing they still
can't agree on. Last of the Boys is a timely drama for a generation
of Americans still missing in action. Groups of ten receive
a 50% discount; veteran groups receive an additional 10% discount.
For further information call Megan Johnston at 609-258-6526.
101 Critical Days
of Summer – Back
to School Safety Tips
School bus transportation is safe. In fact,
buses are safer than cars! Even so, last year, approximately
26 students were
killed and another 9,000 were injured in incidents involving
school buses. More often than not, these deaths and injuries
didn’t occur in a crash, but as the pupils were entering
and exiting the bus. Remember these safety tips:
- Have a safe place to wait for your bus,
away from traffic and the street.
- Stay away from the bus until it comes
to a complete stop and the driver signals you to enter.
- When being dropped off, exit the bus
and walk ten giant steps away from the bus. Keep a safe distance
you and the bus. Also, remember that the bus driver can see
you best when you are back away from the bus.
- Use the handrail to enter and exit the
- Stay away from the bus until the driver
gives the signal that it’s okay to approach.
- Be aware of the street traffic around
you. Drivers are required to follow certain rules of the
school buses, however, not all do. Protect yourself and watch
Fun Facts – (courtesy of LTC John Scannell)
* In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured
on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress
tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase…”goodnight,
* It was the accepted practice in Babylon
4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s
father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could
Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based,
this period was called the honey month, which we know today
as the honeymoon.
* In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints
and quarts. So, in old England when customers got unruly,
would yell at them “Mind your pints and quarts, and settle
down.” It’s where we get the phrase “mind
you P’s and Q’s.
* Many years ago in England, pub frequenters
had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic
cups. When they
needed a refill, they use the whistle to get some service. “Wet
your whistle” is the phrase inspired by this practice.
Today is Friday, August 27th. It is the 240th day of the year,
with 127 days remaining.
* 1667 – Earliest recorded hurricane
in US (Jamestown, Virginia).
* 1858 – The first cabled news dispatch
was sent and was published by The New York Sun newspaper.
was about the peace demands of England and France being met
* 1859 – Colonel Edwin L. Drake drilled
the first successful oil well in the U.S. in Titusville,
* 1921 – The owner of Acme Packing
Company bought a pro football team for Green Bay, WI. J.E.
Clair paid tribute
to those who worked in his plant by naming the team the Green
Bay Packers. (NFL).
* 1945 – American troops landed in
Japan after the surrender of the Japanese government at the
end of World
* 1972 – North Vietnam’s major
port at Haiphong saw the first bombings from U.S. warplanes.
* 1984 – U.S. President Reagan announced
that the first citizen to go into space would be a teacher.
teacher that was eventually chosen was Christa McAuliffe. She
died in the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986.
* 1999 – The final crew of the Russian
space station Mir departed the station to return to Earth.
was forced to abandon Mir for financial reasons.
DMVA’s Fitness Corner – Ernie
Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
I want to welcome everyone to this new
section of DMVA Highlights. My intent is to provide some
general, basic information in
the area of fitness. Weekly topics will range from resistance
training to nutrition to cardio to flexibility and everything
and anything in between. All input and questions are welcome.
The world of fitness is an ever-growing, ever-evolving science,
and if I don’t know the answer, I know where I can find
This week we will begin by discussing why fitness is so important.
It is critical to accept the premise that regular exercise
can play a key role in reducing your risk of medical problems
and in decreasing your ultimate costs for health care. Despite
the vast number of individuals who lead a sedentary lifestyle,
the need for and the value of exercising on a regular basis
is an irrefutable fact of life (and death). America is currently
undergoing an obesity epidemic with 25% of Americans still
remaining sedentary. Americans spend more than $600 billion
dollars annually for health care. This figure translates into
an expenditure of almost $3,000 for every individual in the
“Strength is nothing if it does
not set you free. Muscles mean nothing if not used to uplift
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