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Colonel (Retired) Emil H. Philibosian
retires as Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs.
After two years as NJDMAVA’s
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs (DCVA) Colonel
Emil Philibosian announced his retirement from State service.
It is effective 30 June 2004
Appointed by Governor James E. McGreevey
in June 2002, as Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs,
Emil H. Philibosian was responsible for providing support
to New Jersey’s 672,000 veterans and their families,
operation of three 300-bed nursing homes, overseeing a "Transitional
Housing Program" for homeless veterans and the nation’s
largest State operated Veterans Cemetery, located at Arneytown,
During Colonel (Retired) Philibosian’s tenure as DCVA
he co-chaired the Department’s Nursing Shortage Task
Force whose recommendations led to the hiring of a Health
Care Professions recruiter. In one year more than 90 nurses
were hired to work in our nursing homes. Under his leadership
Menlo Park’s 40 bed special needs Alzheimer ‘Old
Glory’ wing opened for the first time! Ground was broken
for the rebuilding of the state of the art $54 million Vineland
Veteran’s Memorial Nursing home. The homeless Veterans
transitional housing program at Veteran’s Haven has
increased residency by 9%. Of note, he was instrumental in
forming the Governor’s World War II memorial commission.
Colonel (Retired) Philibosian served in Vietnam and later
in the Reserve Forces of the United States. He has earned
numerous military awards for his performance including the
Silver Star, Legion of Merit Medal, Soldiers Medal, Bronze
Star with V device, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge
(CIB), Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous other awards.
He holds a Juris Doctorate from Fordham University and a
Bachelor of Arts in English from Rutgers University. He is
a graduate of the Army War College, Army Command and General
Staff College, and the J.F.K Special Warfare Special Forces
Colonel (Retired) Philibosian is retiring to a private sector
Brigadier General Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant
General, DMAVA staff, friends and Veterans throughout the
Colonel (Retired) Emil Philibosian for his service and wish
him well in the future.