October drill weekend, the 108th Civil Engineer Squadron
spent both days training at the Joint Training and Training
Dix and Saturday evening sleeping in
the great outdoors.
training is required every 40 months for the CE Airmen
and this cycle's training was held at home station.
The squadron members pitched tents on the grassy
area around their buildings, giving them training in tent
erection and tear down as well as a sleeping area for
the Airmen the required combat skills training, 108th
CES bussed them to the JT2DC where they worked on the
various skills they can use during their real-life missions.
The Airmen used the convoy training trailer, worked
with two New Jersey Army Guardsmen on the VICE (Virtual
Interactive Combat Environment) system and made use of
the urban, dessert and wooded training areas in the building.
and smiles were in full force of the squadron members
going through the JT2DC.
The sentiment expressed by the Airman who said,
"good stuff, definitely fun," was echoed by many.
Jack Green Memorial Run held at 177th
200 runners participated in the 1st Annual Jack Green
Memorial Run at the 177th Fighter Wing this past Sunday.
The crowded pack of individuals at the starting
line gradually thinned out to a steady stream of sprinters,
runners, joggers and walkers. Lori Green brought her son Jake to witness
the race, and offer deeply felt words to all gathered
first place in the 5k run was Liam Dingman, son of Avionics
member Tech. Sgt. William Dingman.
Taking first place in the women's category was
the Wing Executive Officer, Capt. Yvonne Mays. Col. Randall King, 177th commander, was pacing
himself somewhere in the middle of the pack."as a safety
observer" or so he claimed.
An avid runner himself, Col. King did emphasize
safety to all participants and stressed the fun aspect
of the event as well as the good cause for which it was
by the run will benefit an educational fund for Jake Green,
as well as being held in a trust to be used during future
emergencies that might impact unit members and their families.
off start to 2007 campaign
Jersey National Guard Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)
has officially kicked off its 2007 campaign which will
run until the last week of November 2007. This year's
theme is "Help Our World Forward."
provides each federal employee with an annual opportunity
to voluntarily help others and ourselves by donating to
the community, national and international level human,
health and environmental organizations. With more than 3,000 human and health service
organizations listed in the CFC catalog, there is certainly
at least one cause deserving consideration for your personal
may be made via easy payroll deductions each pay period
or by check.
years, our department has been most successful in this
endeavor because of your personal generosity and concern.
We urge every employee to support this worthy cause. Catalogs and payroll deduction forms will
be going out to all full time Federal Technicians and
Coordinator for this year's Combined Federal Campaign
is Jo Anne Miller, J1-HRO Office.
For more information, call 609-562-0851.
asked to contribute to charitable campaign
Jersey State Employees Charitable Campaign has officially
kicked off its 2007/2008 Campaign which will run until
Nov. 27, 2007.
provides each of state employee with the annual opportunity
to voluntarily help others and ourselves by donating to
any of the more than 1,400 participating agencies and
organizations listed in the ECC Code Book. Contributions may be made by payroll deductions
each year or by cash or check.
years, DMAVA has been most successful in this endeavor
because of the employee's personal generosity and concern.
We urge everyone to support this worthy cause. Code books and payroll deduction forms will
be going out to all full-time state employees.
ECC Coordinator for the campaign is Paul Serdiuk, DMAVA-HRD
office. For more
information, please contact him at 609-530-6878.
Information can also be accessed online at www.njsecc.org.
holding Military Appreciation Night
York Islanders ice hockey team is having a Military Appreciation
Night on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. when the Islanders play the
New Jersey Devils.
personnel can receive up to 40 percent off tickets, with
prices starting at just $16.
on group tickets to this game, call 1-800-882-ISLES, extension
3 or e-mail email@example.com. You
can also show your military ID at the Nassau Coliseum
box office. Go to www.newyorkislanders.com for more information.
contest for military youths
the desk of Amanda Balas, State Youth Coordinator
Military Kids project in New
Jersey is sponsoring a photo contest.
The theme is "Families in the Military." Any youth
of a military family in any branch of the service, including
active duty, National Guard and Reserves is eligible to
categories for entries are grades 2-5, grades 6-8 and
grades 9-12. Photos can be black and white or color and
can be in digital or 35mm format.
be taken by the youth and should capture a unique moment
or setting their family life or in their community that
means something special to them.
Theywill be judge on originality and creativity.
First and second places will be awarded in each
Amanda Balas, N.J. National Guard State Youth Coordinator,
for entry forms and more information at 609-562-0742 or
Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 14, 2008.
Visit West Point, take in the Ike Hall theater
looking for a different place to visit to find history,
food and performances of a good variety?
Think about visiting the United
you can tour the historic grounds, find lodging and meals,
go to the visitor center where you can purchase something
to remember your visit and then enjoy live entertainment
at the second-largest theater in New York - the Eisenhower
of upcoming entertainment includes stage productions of
musicals and plays, ballet, and music - orchestra, jazz
and individual performers. Three performances in September included acrobats,
opera and a comedian.
ticket prices range from approximately $25-50 for most
is open to civilians; everyone 16 and older must present
more information about Eisenhower Hall at http://www.ikehall.com/. To find
out more about the United
Academy, visit http://www.usma.edu/.
the desk of Sgt. Maj. Nick Kampf, Safety and Occupational
Health, NJARNG and the National Safety Council
is a cherished tradition but the excitement of the night
can cause children to forget to be careful. There is no
real "trick" to making Halloween a real treat for the
entire family. The
major dangers are not from witches or spirits but rather
from falls and pedestrian/car crashes.
Here are some tips to keep the fun in Halloween.
Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
As the day darkens, watch for children in dark clothing.
Make sure an adult or older responsible youth is accompanying
children under the age of 12.
Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas
and along an established route.
Teach children to stop only at houses that are well-lit
and never enter a stranger's home.
Tell children not to eat any treats until they return
Costumes should be loose so warm clothing can be worn
Costumes should not be so long they are a tripping hazard.
Strips of reflective tape should be used to make children
Masks can obstruct a child's vision, Use facial make-up
If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings
and large eye holes.
Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from
cardboard or flexible materials.
Carrying flashlights will help children see better and
be seen more clearly.
On the way:
Children should walk, not run from house to house.
Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects
or uneven terrain can present tripping hazards.
invites military, veterans to "South Pacific"
the desk of Ronald Slate, Supervisor of Visual, Performing
and Practical Arts, Springfield Public Schools
NJ - Florence M. Gaudineer Middle School would like to
extend an invitation to all of our service men and women
to our performance of Rogers and Hammerstein's South Pacific
on Dec. 7 at
7 p.m. The performance will take place at Jonathan Dayton
Halsey Hall Auditorium, 139
Mountain Avenue, Springfield,
plans to honor our local service organizations such as
the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the
Jewish War Veterans, and the Vietnam
Veterans Association along with active members of our
armed forces at this performance and would like to have
you join this celebration.
has been working on character education and our students
have been researching our service people and the sacrifices
they have endured to ensure our nation's freedoms.
The students are also working with Operation Shoebox,
an organization that takes supplies, items and letters
from home and delivers them to our troops overseas.
and faculty are sure this will be a special evening for
our students, veterans and community.
educators held at NJVVMF
By Sibley Smith, Director of Education, Vietnam Era
19, the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation
with assistance from the Department of Military and Veterans
Affairs held its annual, all-day, multi-speaker, Interdisciplinary
Forum on the Vietnam Era at the Vietnam Era
and the nearby Robert
75 registrants attended the educational program which
was orchestrated to best meet the needs of the Forum's
largest audience, New Jersey public school teachers. The NJVVMF
is certified by the State Board of Education to be a provider
of Professional Development credits which are required
of N.J. public school teachers to obtain their recertification.
Registrants who attended all of the forum's offerings
received a certificate for five hours worth of credits.
for this year's Forum was "Weighing In on War: Public
Opinion and Its Influences, Vietnam
to Iraq." Keynote
speaker was Vietnam Veteran Bobby Muller, founder of Vietnam
Veterans of America (VVA) and founder and chairman of
the board of Veterans for America (VFA).
During the day, Forum registrants attended five panel-discussion
workshop sessions which focused on influences on public
opinion regarding war. These
sessions were "Government/Military," "News Media," and
"Popular Culture," "Veterans' Voice," and "Family and
The many guest speakers, discussion
moderators, tour guide volunteer staff and volunteers
who worked as chauffeurs and other jobs came from all
walks of life - veterans, educators, military, writers,
editors, historians, veteran's spouses, Blue and Gold
Star mothers and many more.
Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and the Vietnam
Center are located
on the grounds of the PNC
County. The Memorial and the Educational Center
are maintained through a partnership between the New Jersey
Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation and the New Jersey
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
at Doyle cemetery, Nov. 11
with the Veterans' Cemetery Advisory Council, the Department
of Military and Veterans Affairs will host a Veteran's
Day Ceremony beginning at 11 a.m., Nov. 11, at the Brig.
35 Provinceline Road,
Wrightstown. The public is invited to attend.
markers set for re-dedication Nov. 11 and 12
The Blue Star Memorial Highway
program began in New
Jersey on Route 22 (then Route
29) in 1944 to honor the servicemen and women who had
served in the military during World War II.
This program started with the planting of 8,000
dogwood trees by the New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs.
The program has since grown to highways and byways across
States and to honor "all
who have served, are serving or will serve in the nation's
garden clubs throughout the nation coordinate with their
state's Department of Transportation on the projects.
Signs with the Blue Star and landscaping surrounding
it mark thousands of miles of highway in the continental
2 p.m. - the marker in Bay Head, on Lake
Ave (take Bridge Ave. west from Route 35); ceremony
sponsored by the Seaweeders Garden Club.
Two New Jersey clubs are
having re-dedication ceremonies of their sites during
the Veterans Day weekend.
11 a.m. - the marker on Route 22, west bound side near
the Cushetunk rest area and the Ryland Inn; ceremony sponsored
by the Huntingdon Garden Club.
fallen Soldier's memorial
Annual Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial 3.5 mile run
and two mile walk will be held on Nov. 11 - rain or shine
- at PNC Bank
located at exit 116 on the Garden
State Parkway. The run/walk
begins at 10 a.m.
grew up in Middletown,
N.J. and graduated from Christian Brothers
Lincroft. He graduated from the United
Academy at West
Point and in 2004. He completed Airborne
School while a student at West
Point. He completed Ranger
and was then assigned to the 1/187th Infantry Regiment,
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air
Assault). He deployed with the 101st Airborne Division
on Sept. 17, 2005. Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II died
in Iraq on Nov.
19, 2005 as a result of a roadside bombing.
The LT Dennis
W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund was created in his honor.
The Fund has supported programs such as Underwater Warriors
Foundation, Inc; Operation Support Our Troops - Wheels
for Warriors; Fisher House and Warrior and Family Support Center.
registration begins at 7:45 a.m.
There will be a ceremony and tribute to Lt. Zilinski
from 8:50-9:30 a.m. and late registration after the ceremony
until 9:45 a.m. A post-run reception will be hosted by Carabba's
of Middletown. Award will be given to the top three male
and female finishers.
can register early through the web site at http://www.runwithdennis.org/
index.html. Cost is $25 for adults who register before
Oct. 31 and $15 for runners age 18 and under.
T-shirts are only guaranteed to those who register
before Oct. 31. For
those who register after Oct. 31, the cost is $35 for
adults and $20 for those 18 and younger.
access into PNC
will be closed starting at 9:45am for the duration of
the Race. This is a scenic course with challenging hills
going through the complex and ending at the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial. There will be no strollers or bicycles
allowed on the 3.5 Mile Run course.
Day ceremony in Ewing, Nov. 7
of Veteran Affairs/Readjustment Counseling Service requests
your company at their annual Veterans Day celebration
on November 7 at noon at their office located at 934 Parkway
Avenue, Ewing. Their will be a reception immediately following
information contact Darryll
Johnson at 609-882-5744.
to CWO Curving
dinner for Chief Warrant Officer Five Albert G. Curving
will be held on Nov. 2 at the Lawrenceville Armory.
Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will
be served at 7 p.m.
the dinner is $32 per person. For more information, to
make payments and reservations, contact Maj. Denise McCleary
at 609-562-0213. Reservations must be made by Oct. 15.
For Your Calendar
Team hosting orientation day, Oct. 27
Civil Support Team will be hosting an orientation day
on Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at buildings 6749 and 6748
on Fort Dix. The buildings are located at East 16th Street
and Albany Ave. Members of the Guard and civilians are
invited to attend. Discover
how a CST works.
will be divided into three sessions. Sessions will repeat
every two hours, 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., in order
to better accommodate participants.
will consist of the following:
Civil Support Team overview
"What It Takes To Be A Member" brief
Facility tour and equipment demo
Decontamination Line demonstration
Hands on participation/familiarization with equipment
Wear of SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) and
level A suits
who wish to participate in the wear of self-contained
breathing apparatus and level A suits may wear PT uniform,
civilian fitness clothing, ACU OR BDU.
a unique opportunity for members of the NJ Army and Air
Guard to see first hand what a Civil Support Team does.
Civil Support Team members will engage in face to face
sessions with participants in order to bring a clearer
understanding of team member responsibilities. All applicants,
future applicants and interested Soldiers and Airmen are
encouraged to come and participate in the orientation
who wish to participate in wearing of the SCBA and level
A suits; please send an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. This will aid us in accommodating all participants
and meeting safety requirements. For further information
you may contact 1st Sgt. Terrence Taylor at 609-562-3139
or Staff Sgt. Toby Tirrito at 609-562-3236.
performing in live concert on Fort Dix, Oct. 29
music star Clint Black will be performing at a free concert
on Oct. 29 on Doughboy Field, Fort
Dix. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. It is open
to all DoD ID card holders and their families. Priority seating to military in uniform. No
pets or coolers; lawn chairs are allowed.
For more information, call 609-562-5853 or www.dixmwr.com.
for veterans at McCormick and Schmick
the desk of retired Chief Master Sgt. Paul
Gunning, Wing Family Program coordinator
& Schmick's to honor veterans with free entree a part
of its ninth annual Military Veterans Appreciation Event
& Schmick's seafood restaurant will offer all retired
veterans a free entrée on Nov.
11, in appreciation for their service to our country.
The offer extends to all who are defined as a veteran
by the Veterans Administration, Title 38 US Code 101,
which is a person who served in the active military, naval,
or air service, and who was discharged or released under
conditions other than dishonorable. All veterans must
show proper identification. Traditionally, the McCormick
& Schmick's Veterans Appreciation event is held on
the Sunday prior to the formal Veterans Day holiday. Since
Veterans Day falls on a Sunday this year, the McCormick
& Schmick's Appreciation event will take place this
year on the formal holiday itself.
boosts G.I. Bill eligibility for some Guard, Reserve
the desk of retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike
Hughes, Family Assistance specialist
Defense Department policy change widens the eligibility
window for some Reserve-component troops who want to use
their Montgomery G.I. Bill education benefits. The
DoD policy now aligns with Department of Veterans Affairs
rules, which say National Guard members and reservists
are eligible to receive Montgomery G.I. Bill education
benefits for the period covering the amount of time they
served on active duty, plus four months. The total
amount of G.I. Bill coverage for reservists is still 36
months and reservists normally have 14 years to use their
Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits. However, that time might
also be extended by the amount of time Guard or Reserve
members serve on active duty, plus four months.
Education Assistance Program (REAP), established by the
2005 National Defense Authorization Act, is another DoD
education initiative for members of the Guard and Reserve.
To be eligible, servicemembers must have served at least
90 consecutive days of active service after Sept. 11,
2001, in response to a Presidential or Congressional call-up
of military forces for wartime or other emergency service.
Reserve members who served for two continuous years on
active duty in support of a contingency operation would
qualify for both the Montgomery G.I. Bill and REAP and
could select which program they want to use,
can determine if they qualify for the Montgomery G.I.
Bill and REAP by contacting their local education office.
hold training courses
The 254th Regiment (CA) will be holding training
courses in the upcoming months at the National Guard
Regional Training Institute, Sea Girt.
Inactive Duty Training -
Small Group Instructor Training Course, (SGITC) Jan. 5-6,
Feb. 2-3, March 1, 2008. You can learn about personality
types and the human thought process, how to control the
sharp shooter in class, and how to present the best class
possible. Few seats remain, sign up now.
Basic NCO Course,(BNCOC) next course starts in April 2008
Military Police (31B10 MOS-T) Phase I, Nov. 3, 2007, June
7-8, 2008; 5 seats available. Class starts in 3 weeks,
get your soldiers registered today.
PRE WARRIOR Leadership Course, three weekends: Jan. 5-6,
Feb. 2-3 and March 1-2, 2008; seats available. Tune up
those map reading skills, pass Warrior Leadership Course.
Officer Candidate School Class 52 (OCS)- Project officers interviewing candidates
at this time.
Active Duty Training -
Combat Medic Training Course (68W Sustainment), Dec. 3-12,
2007, 20 seats will be available. Look for course in ATRRS
on Oct. 22.
Combat Lifesaver (CLS), 1st class will be held Oct. 29-31,
2nd class will be held Nov. 1 -3, 2007. 3rd class will
be held Nov. 13-15, 2007; 30 seats have been filled for
each class. Thank you for a great job!
For more information, contact Master Sgt. G. Davidson, 254th
Regiment operations sergeant, 732-974-5912, Gary.Davidson@us.army.mil or your unit Readiness
NCO. You can also
visit our school information on ATRSS at https://www.atrrs.army.mil/atrrscc/, school code is
Red for the Post Deployment Health Reassessment?
AKO stoplight Red for My Medical Readiness?
Is AKO telling
you that you are due to complete your Post Deployment
Health Reassessment (PDHRA)?
know how to fix this? The PDHRA seeks to identify proactively
potential health issues before they become chronic conditions.
The PDHRA provides education, screening, assessment and
access to care for a wide variety of questions and concerns
that Soldiers may have about their health after they return
from deployment. Soldiers who redeployed from a combat
zone more than 90 days ago are eligible for the PDHRA.
these simple directions.
Begin PDHRA online and complete it over the phone. You
may complete the PDHRA online through AKO by going to
https://apps.mods.army.mil/mwde/ secure/AKOForms.asp and
logging in with your AKO username and password. You must
then call 1-888-PDHRA-99 to discuss your responses with
a healthcare provider.
Complete PDHRA entirely over the phone.
If you do not have access to a computer or AKO,
you may call 1-888-PDHRA-99 and complete the entire assessment
over the phone.
Visit www.virtualarmory.com/mobiledeploy/PDHRA for more
help for holiday overseas packages
Jowers - Army Times Staff writer
If you want
to get holiday gifts to a service member deployed overseas
by Dec. 25, it's time to start thinking about mail deadlines.
suggested deadline of Nov. 13 is for packages going by
parcel post to deployed troops and those living on overseas
installations, according to the U.S. Postal Service. Parcel
post may be the slowest option, but it's the cheapest,
too. For packages to arrive by the start of Hanukkah,
at sundown Dec. 4, they should be mailed by Oct. 23.
check the cost of mailing your package through different
avenues on the Postal Service's Web site.
strongly advise families to consider these deadlines because
of the volume of mail during the holiday season. Many
groups are already gearing up to send packages to deployed
from the Postal Service:
Packages must be addressed to an individual service member.
Mail cannot be delivered to "any service member."
Use the member's full name, military organization or unit
and APO/FPO address.
Do not include the country name in any part of the address
when using an APO/FPO address.
Choose a box strong enough to protect its contents, and
use plenty of cushioning material such as popcorn or newspapers.
Consider using the Postal Service's free Military Kit
- eight boxes of three different sizes popular for mailing
to military personnel, along with mailing labels, tape
and U.S. Customs forms. Kits can be obtained by calling
toll-free to (800) 610-8734. Choose option 1, and when
a live agent responds, ask for Care Kit 4.
Write the delivery and return addresses on one side of
Place a return address label inside the package.
If you miss
the parcel post deadline, here are your options for getting
mail to an APO/FPO address by Dec. 25 (subtract 21 days
from these deadlines to ensure delivery in time for Hanukkah):
Space Available Mail (SAM): Nov. 27.
Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL): Dec. 4, except for ZIP codes
starting with 093, which are all areas of contingency
operations. The suggested deadline for those locations
is Dec. 1.
Priority Mail: Dec. 11 (093 ZIP codes, Dec. 4).
First-class letters and cards: Dec. 11. (093 ZIP codes,
Express Mail Military Services: Dec. 18 (not available
to 093 ZIP codes).
following Web site to check out mailing guidelines. http://www.usps.com/ send/preparemailandpackages/preparingpackages.htm.
Send Highlights your happenings
your stuff!! Is
your unit doing some unique training?
Did someone in the New Jersey Guard receive accolades
for accomplishing something extra special? Is your unit
running a special event for the community? Does your section
of DMAVA have something they need to tell the rest of
the department? We want to know about it.
a short piece on what is happening so we can publish it
in DMAVA Highlights. Let us
know who wrote it so we can give them credit.
If there are photos, you can send those too. While we do not publish photos in Highlights, we can give them to the editor
of Guardlife and
they may be used in that publication.
send in your article:
Identify all people in the article with rank, first and
last names and job title or position.
Spell out all acronyms.
When it comes to equipment, do not just give the nomenclature,
also include the "name" of the equipment. Do not use M998 alone, HMMWV is also needed.
Give us as much as possible of the meat of the story -
who, what, when, where, why and how concerning the event.
Photos need identification of people in the photo and
what is happening in the photo.
for each week is noon Thursday and should be e-mailed
to Barbara.email@example.com. We do not publish flyers or Adobe files.
If a Web site is out there to give people more
information or to get a registration form, put that in
intimidated by writing, we edit it for understanding and
grammar. Your article may look a different when it is
published as we also edit to fit the standards of the
AP Style Guide.
Task Force has job openings
Task Force announces an opening in the Counterdrug support
operations. Two positions are open to any qualified current
member of the New Jersey Army and Air National Guard.
It is a full time, Active Duty Special Work, military
duty position vacancy (Title 32). Military grade needed
to apply for the position is E2-E5 with E5 being the maximum
who are selected for the job are subject to unusual and
additional duty hours. They must maintain responsibilities
to their unit of assignment to include MOSQ, attend scheduled
drills and annual training, and maintain readiness status.
consists of assisting Law Enforcement Agencies with intelligence
analysis support and developing investigations and cases
for prosecution. Activities include, inputting, reviewing and
analyzing collected information and providing legal, paralegal
and auditing assistance. Operational support to LEAs is
designed to enhance the effectiveness of the supported
agency and release law enforcement officers for drug enforcement
information on how to apply for the positions, contact
Staff Sgt. Christina D. Ermi at 609-530-7166.
Guardsmen wanted to join the PTAE
Jersey Army National Guard is in the process of developing
its Pre-Mobilization Assistance Element (PTAE).
The PTAE is currently looking for Traditional Drilling
Guardsmen of various MOSs for a Title 32 ADSW (Additional
Duty Special Work) tour at Fort Dix.
of the PTAE is to provide training feedback to the supported
unit and TAG through the G-3.
The PTAE will monitor and assist unit training
and tracking of individual soldier/unit progress and completion
of pre-mobilization training tasks.
must be eligible and submit the following:
Complete DA Form 1058-R with commander's signature
A current Retirement Point Assessment Statement
Meet height/weight standards along a valid APFT within
one year of ADSW start date
Physical Profile, DA Form 3349. Temporary profiles are not eligible.
Pregnancy statement (females only) within 15 days of ADSW
Eligible to obtain a Secret security clearance.
Eligible to attend 15 day Observer Controller Training
(OC-T) course in Camp
information call Lt. Col. Walter Nall at 609-562-0321
or firstname.lastname@example.org or Master Sgt. Jonny Hannigan
at 609-562-0337 or email@example.com.
New Jersey Bar Association offers pro bono
military legal assistance
Jersey Bar Association established and administers the
Military Legal Assistance Program.
This pro bono program provides assistance
to New Jersey residents who have served overseas
as active duty members of reserve components of the armed
forces after Sept. 11, 2001.
who have been adversely affected upon their return from
deployment and cannot be represented by military lawyers
can use this program. The program currently offers assistance
to the following areas: family law, employment law, veterans'
benefits and debtor-creditor law.
Legal Assistance program will refer members of the military
who contact the state bar association to volunteers qualified
to assist them with their specific legal issues.
Volunteers who accept a case through the program
must agree to handle such case from inception to resolution
without compensation or reimbursement for expenses.
in the program, call toll free 1-888-541-1900 for referral
or visit the New Jersey State Bar Association web site
at www.njsba.com and click on the button for the Military Legal
program wants YOU!
for a way to serve and get some satisfaction at the same
time? The Honor Guard program is looking for members
of the Army and Air Guard to join the team to perform
honor guard duties at the funerals of veterans.
There is an initial eight hours of training for
all new enrollees, with on-going sustainment training.
As an honor guard member, you will receive a day
of pay for each day's mission, minimum of $50, and traditional
drilling Guard members receive a retirement point for
each day's duties.
If you are
interested in applying for the Honor Guard program, call
Retired Sgt. Maj. Ed Goetschius at 609-530-7090.
veterans with emotional crises have round-the-clock access
to trained professionals, the Department of Veterans Affairs
(VA) has begun operation of a national suicide prevention
hot line for veterans. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim
Nicholson said: "Veterans need to know these VA professionals
are literally a phone call away. All service members who
experience the stresses of combat can have wounds on their
minds as well as their bodies. Veterans should see mental
health services as another benefit they have earned, which
the men and women of VA are honored to provide."
VA's hot line will be staffed by mental health professionals
in Canandaigua, N.Y.
They will take toll-free calls from across the country
and work closely with local VA mental health providers
to help callers. The toll-free hot line number is 1 (800)
offered for State employees
a state employee looking to save a few $$$?
Visit www.state.nj.us/personnel/discounts/index.htm and you can find a number of businesses who
offer discounts to New
Jersey state employees.
From amusement parks to fitness to computer to
phones and lots of other discounts between, you will find
many ways to save money. For more information, please
contact Cindy Leese at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 609-530-7056.
For the Families
More unemployment benefits for military spouses
Arkansas, South Carolina
have come onboard to allow military spouses to collect
unemployment compensation when they quit their jobs to
move to new duty stations with their service-member spouses.
This makes a total of 21 states that authorize unemployment
benefits. Eight other states flatly deny benefits while
the remainder will consider them on a case-by-case basis.
The changes have occurred since the Department of Defense
launched a "USA 4 Military Families" campaign
three years ago. To assist, DoD has assigned 10 regional
representatives to act as liaison between the services
and the appropriate state agencies.
Army Information Line: 1-800-833-6622
The Army Information Line (1-800-833-6622) is
designed to help all Soldiers and their Family members
whether they are deployed; stationed stateside or overseas;
are brand new to the Army; or are 30 year veterans.
In addition to The Army Information Line, Army
Well-Being's Army Families Online Web site www.ArmyFamiliesOnline.org recently
welcomed its 2-millionth visitor this year.
The Army Information Line also celebrates its
25-year existence of providing information and referral
services to those Soldiers and Family members.
Support for military children of deployed and
injured Guard members
From the desk of retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Hughes, Family Assistance specialist
Our Military Kids (OMK) provides tangible
support to the children of deployed and severely injured
National Guard and Military Reserve personnel through
grants for enrichment activities and tutoring that nurture
and sustain the children during the time a parent is away
in service to our country. OMK grants are made to honor
the sacrifices military parents make and to ensure that
the children have access to activities and support that
help the children better cope with challenges arising
during a parent's deployment or injury recovery. For additional
information go to www.ourmilitarykids.org
Family Readiness Council offers Family Grants Program
The New Jersey National Guard State Family Readiness
Council has expanded its Family Grants Program to include
an additional grant. There are now two levels of
Family Grants; TIER I is the $2,500 grant that has been
in place for the past couple of years. The TIER
II opens family grants to New Jersey Army and Air National
Guard non-deployed service members who were on State Active
Duty or State Missions (e.g., hurricanes, floods, border
missions) for more than 20 consecutive days. Service
members meeting these criteria are eligible to apply for
a financial hardship grant up to $1,500. Applications
are available at all New Jersey Army and Air National
Guard Family Assistance Centers.
Program offers assistance to spouses of deployed
The Deployed Military Spouses Assistance Program
provides direct assistance and referrals to existing programs
for spouses of deployed military personnel (active duty,
reserve and National Guard) who face unusual financial
and emotional stress as a result of the deployments.
Applicants should contact Fawn Mutschler at 609-543-6200
ext. 325 or email@example.com to obtain
an application. In addition to the completed application
form, applicants will also need to submit the following
documentation: LES/paystub for applicant and spouse; statement
of Financial Need (i.e. reason for applying and how the
grant will help); bill or pricing of expenditure as well
as any other supporting information the applicant feels
may be helpful. Additional information can be found at:
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VFW sponsors scholarships
From the desk of retired Command Sgt. Maj.
Mike Hughes, Family Assistance specialist
The Veterans of Foreign Wars has two scholarship
programs. The Voice of Democracy (VOD) scholarship program
is an audio-essay contest for high school students in
grades 9-12 that annually provides more than $3 million
in scholarships. The Patriot's Pen award is a youth-essay
writing contest that gives students in grades six through
eight the opportunity to write essays expressing their
views on democracy. The deadline for both scholarships
is Nov. 1, 2007. Learn more at http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=cmty.levelc&cid=1836&tok=1.
holding career fair for students
A number of organizations, including the New
Jersey Dept. of Education and the New Jersey Commission
on Higher Education, are coming together on Nov.
11 at the Trenton
to commemorate the Malcolm Bernard Historically Black
Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Week.
High school and community college students and
parents are invited to attend.
An Ecumenical service with the featured speaker,
Rev. Stephen Samuels will be held from 10-11:30 p.m.
A college fair with workshops will be held from
11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. More that 40 HCBUs will be represented at
the fair with information about scholarships and financial
aid, making the college decision and present and future
job market. For more information, visit the web site www.HBCU-CFNJ.com.
Free SAT/ACT Offer Extended
A group of NFL, NFL Europe, AFL, and CFL football
players have announced they are extending their sponsorship
of the SAT/ACT training to all military families.
The sponsorship allows any military person (active,
Guard, reserve, or retired) to request as many programs
as they need for the students in their lives. There
is a secure website to confirm a person's military status
before directing the user to the software order site.
Programs are shipped to domestic U.S. addresses and APO
sponsorship covers the purchase price of $199 and the
family pays only the shipping and handling of $9.95.
American Legion offers scholarships, booklet
on their Web site
The American Legion has scholarship information
on their Web site - www.legion.org - including
the 152-page booklet, Need
a Lift, which is a complete financial aid reference
guide for veterans, family members and the American Legion
family. When you
get on the site, click on "Scholarship Information" in
the "Useful Links" block.
NGANJ group life insurance available to members
Are you covered by the NGANJ Group Life Insurance
Program? As a member
of either the Officers or the Enlisted Association, you
are entitled to enroll in your Association Life Insurance
Program. This special
program provides from $5,000 to $50,000 of Life Insurance
for you, "round the clock".
Premiums range from as little as $2 per month and
may be payroll-deducted from your drill check.
Family coverage is also available at low rates
designed for you as a member of the New Jersey Army and
Air National Guard. Think
of it!! No aviation
exclusions...No hazardous duty restrictions...No war clauses.No
checks to write. Dependent coverage includes spouses and all
can be obtained by contacting retired CWO Jack Petrosilli
at 609-530-6843, or retired Brig. Gen. Robert S.
Dutko Sr. at 609-273-1004.
Enrollment forms can be obtained by calling retired
Col. Frank L. Carlone, Program Coordinator at 732-249-8335.
Enlisted Association of the National Guard of
The Enlisted Association is seeking members to
help give our state a larger voice.
The Association speaks on legislative issues that
benefit military members and families. The association
works at the Federal & State level on all important
issues. Visit the web site EANG-NJ.org, click on Become a Member for the application and find out more about what
the association does.
VA Mobile Medical unit at Trenton Vet
on Nov. 7
The VA Mobile Medical Unit will be at the Trenton Vet
Center, 934 Parkway
Ave. Ewing on Nov 7, 2007.
This is an opportunity for veterans to enroll
in VA health care services, receive a health care assessment
and check out medical benefits.
For more information, call 609-882-5744.
conducting Retiree Oral History Program
The National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey
has put together a National Guard Veteran Retiree
Oral History Program. In the past, the NJNG has
not conducted oral exit interviews of commanders, full-time
personnel, and retirees to preserve history. The
museum is going to institute a volunteer program to try
to catch up. If
you wish to participate, contact the museum at 732-974-5966.
Vet Career Connect helps military members find
Vet Career Connect is a program designed to connect
military service members with New
Jersey employers. Vet Career Connect
matches veteran's specific abilities, drives and interests
with jobs requiring those specific abilities.
Participants complete a Caliper Profile, which
is an on-line self assessment. They will receive an Individual
Developmental Guide outlining personal motivators and
areas of developmental opportunity. Participants will
then have the opportunity to place the results of the
Caliper Profile, their resume and military achievements
onto a database which will be viewed by New Jersey-based
companies who have indicated a strong interest in employing
Vet Career Connect program is available at no
cost to service members. In order to participate in this
program, or if you have additional questions please email
or call Barbara Foos,
Project Administrator, at 609-524-1228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New Jersey State Building and Construction
Trades Council's Helmets to Hardhats Program (NJ H2H)
is designed to help transitioning military personnel,
National Guardsmen and Reservists find the careers in
the building and construction industry. The program seeks to help military members
find a career in one of 15 affiliated trades, such as
electrical workers, carpenters and painters.
They work in cooperation with the national Helmets
to Hardhats program, adding a personal component to the
program's on-line services.
NJ H2H offers veterans preparation for successful
application to any of New Jersey's registered apprenticeship programs
in the building and construction trades. Services include
career counseling, entrance test preparation and referral
to supportive services.
For program registration and information, visit
online at www.njbctc.org/h2h or contact at 732-499-7295
or at H2H@njbctc.org.
DMAVA Veterans Outreach Campaign continues
The DMVA Veterans Outreach Campaign continues
with kiosk displays at selected malls throughout New Jersey. The schedule is as follows:
October 30*, 31, November 1
Brunswick Square Mall
November 27, 28, 29
Quaker Bridge Mall
January 8,9, 2008
February 5, 6, 7
March 4*, 5, 6
April 1, 2, 3
May 6*, 7, 8
Ocean County Mall
*Medal ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m. on these
dates. The kiosk
will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
N.J. Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and Vietnam Era Educational
Free guided tours of the Memorial are offered
on the first Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Nov. 3, 1 p.m. - The Last Ghost of War, a
film about Vietnamese and American Vietnam Veterans affected
by Agent Orange, presented by film director Janet
Narrated by actor Kevin Kline, this documentary
film examines the harmful effects of chemical herbicides,
commonly known as Agent Orange, used by American forces
during the Vietnam War.
The film will be introduced and discussed by its
producer-director, Janet Gardner of Rocky
co-producer Pham Quoc Thai and attorney Constantine Kokkoris
of New York.
The film visits a hospital in Saigon looking at the aftermath of the Vietnam War.
Children who have been born with deformities are
and Maureen Ryan of Long
are also profiled. Their daughter, Kerry, was born with 22 birth
defects after Michael's exposure to Agent Orange during
his wartime tour of duty in Vietnam.
The question is: were these dioxin-laden herbicides chemical
weapons? And if so, who should be held accountable
in the wake of what was allegedly the largest chemical
warfare operation in history?
This screening is dedicated to the memory of
David Cline, the former president of Veterans for Peace.
Nov. 11, 7:45 a.m. to
noon - 2nd Annual Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial
5K Run (www.RunWithDennis.org).
Nov. 11, 12:30 p.m. - Veterans
Day Ceremony in the N.J. Vietnam Veterans' Memorial.
Nov. 29, 6 p.m. - Salute to Patriotism
Gala, with special guests U.S. Army Gen. Frederick J.
Kroesen, N.J. Air Guard Brig. Gen. Robert S.
Dutko and members of the 514 Air Mobility
Wing. DMAVA will present Vietnam Service Medals,
Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medals. Advance
Dec. 1, 6 p.m. -
Holiday Lighting Ceremony at the N.J. Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Christmas
Tree, Hanukkah Menorah, and Kwaanza Candles.
Dec. 8, 1 p.m. - Ghosts in the Landscape: Vietnam
Revisited, a photo gallery display and book discussion
by the author/photographer, N.J. Vietnam Veteran Craig
For further information call 1-800-648-VETS or