Dept of Military and
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!
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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
Distinguished Service and Meritorious Service Medals presented
James Lovas presented NJ's Distinguished Service and Meritorious
Service Medals to 107 veterans at a ceremony held at the Hackettstown
Armory on Wednesday, 28 July 2004. Senator Leonard Lance, Assemblywomen Connie Meyers and Alison
McHose, and representatives from the offices of Assemblyman
Guy Greggs and Congressman Scott Garrett's offices spoke to
the veterans briefly before the awards were presented.
Special thanks to the following DMVA employees who
provided their expertise and assistance on this special day:
Ms. Kim Castner, served as Mistress of Ceremony and
was assisted by Karen Hansen, Michele Johnson, and Kelli Forester;
Ms. Monica Banca and Ms. Lisa Szymanski, Hunterdon and Warren
County Veteran Service Officers, provided refreshments; and
John Mulligan and Charlie Rissmiller of our Armorer staff
for their assistance in setting up for the ceremony.
Appreciation Day -
Adjutant General, BG Glenn K. Rieth, invites you and your
immediate family to Family Appreciation Day on 21 August 2004
(Rain Date: 22 August)
at the National Guard Training Center located on the Atlantic
Ocean at Sea Girt, NJ. This day is being set aside to thank the
families of all our Airmen and Soldiers and DMVA employees. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and the day's activities
will feature amusement rides, games, pony rides, clowns, etc.
for the kids, and live performances of Doo Wop, Blues, Jazz,
Rap, Big Band, Country, and Spanish music for everyone to
enjoy. There will be appearances by Miss America, a USO troupe,
WWE wrestlers, and the New Jersey National Guard's very own
63rd Army Band.
With games, great food, and an evening of fireworks
planned, you won't want to miss the fun!
So come one and come all and join us for a great day
in the sun!
Grant Writer, Jack Stoffa, in conjunction with Veterans Haven
superintendent Bob Durante, have successfully applied for
a $354,313 grant from CPAC to be used in the operation of
Veterans Haven. This
grant will pave the way for additional grant awards from other
state and federal funding entities for our "homeless
veterans population". Mr. Stoffa and Mr. Durante deserve kudos
for their persistence in developing this most prestigious
link to funds for our needy veterans.
to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
following ceremonies have been scheduled to honor our State's
Korean War Commemorative
Mall, Voorhees, NJ
and to see what's happening at an Armory near you.
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Thanks Liberators by Funding Scholarships for a New Generation
1949, Holocaust survivor Josef Ross, then a teenager, promised
himself that he would one day thank those who had liberated
him and give back to his adopted country in a meaningful way. Now a successful businessman and resident
of Fort Lee, NJ, Ross plans to make good on his promise.
Wednesday, August 18, he and his wife, Roz, will announce
that they are endowing a scholarship that provides for college
expenses (up to full funding of tuition, room and board for
up to four years) to educate children of members of the United
States military who perished while serving their country during
the current conflicts. Known as the Ross Family Survivor to Survivors
Scholarship, the $250,000 endowment will provide funding for
the survivors to attend Ramapo College of New Jersey. The program is open to students throughout the country. For more information contact the Office of
Admissions at Ramapo College of New Jersey, (201) 684-7300.
Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and Vietnam Era Education Center's
upcoming event schedule.
"Capturing the War: An Army Combat Photographer in Vietnam"
National POW Recognition
Day/Gold Star Mothers Day
"Leave No Man Behind" (re:
POW/MIAs) by George J. Veith
Veterans Day Program
more information about any of these events, please call
the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office at
Department of Defense (DOD) and the U.S. Postal Service
officials announce initiatives to improve absentee ballot
DOD and US Postal Service officials recently announced initiatives
to improve the absentee ballot process for military people
overseas. The goal
of the new process is to move the ballots faster and with
greater control. Under the initiatives, the Postal Service
Use special sorting procedures to segregate the voting materials.
Send them by Express Mail to the military mail "gateways"
in San Francisco, New York, and Miami.
Have airlines give the materials the highest priority in getting
them to their destinations.
military postal system will, in turn, give the materials priority
as they travel to service people in theater. Ballots will flow back to the US with the
same special handling, but will also receive postal cancellations
at the APO or FPO to accurately record the date and time the
ballot is received.
and Postal Service officials recommend military people and
their families follow Federal Voting Assistance Program guidelines
Request absentee ballots by the week of September 6th.
Mail completed ballots back by the week of October 11th.
things you may not know.
Bell, the inventor of the telephone, never telephoned his
wife or mother because they were both deaf.
During his lifetime,
artist Vincent Van Gogh only sold one of his paintings (The
After the U.S Civil
War, about 33%-50% of all U.S. paper currency in circulation
China is the world's
oldest known continuous civilization.
Great Britain was
the first country to issue postage stamps in 1840.
The 1912 Olympics
was the last Olympics that gave out gold medals that were
made entirely out of gold.
An olive tree can
live up to 1500 years.
Critical Days of Summer - Preventing Slips and Falls in
1998, falls in the home and community caused or led to 15,900
deaths. All age groups
are vulnerable, but older adults are most risk.
In fact, 80% of those receiving fatal injury are over
the age of 65. Falls
continue to be the major reason for injury-related death,
injury, and hospital admission for older adults.
these steps to prevent slips and falls in your home:
Keep the floor clear. Reduce
clutter and safely tuck telephone and electrical cords out
Keep the floor clean. Clean
up grease, water, and other liquids immediately.
Don't wax floors.
Use non-skid throw rugs to reduce your chance of slipping
Install handrails in stairways.
Have grab bars in the bathroom (by toilets and in tub/shower).
Be aware that climbing and reaching high places will increase
your chance of a fall. Use
a sturdy step stool with handrails when these tasks are necessary.
Make sure living areas are well lit.
We can all trip and fall in the dark.
is Friday, July 30th. It
is the 212th day of the year, with 155 days remaining.
1619 - The first representative assembly in America convened
in Jamestown, VA (House of Burgesses).
1909 - US Army accepts delivery of 1st military airplane.
1942 - The WAVES were created by legislation signed by President
Franklin D. Roosevelt. The
members of the Women's Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service
were a part of the U.S. Navy.
1956 - The phrase "In God We Trust" was adopted as the U.S.
1965 - U.S. President Johnson signed into law Social Security
Act that established Medicare and Medicaid.
1974 - The U.S. House of Representatives Judici8ary Committee
voted to impeach President Nixon for blocking an investigation
and for abuse of power.
1975 -- Jimmy Hoffa, former Teamsters Union president, disappeared
in Michigan. His remains
were never found.
2001 - Lance Armstrong became the first American to win three
consecutive Tours de France.
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
need our support and assistance.
Can we count on your help?
To reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance
Call toll free 888-859-0352