Jason Fetterolf, 50 IBCT, PAO
Yia Su. Salute. These were just a few greeting heard
in English, Albanian, Greek and Moldovan by a platoon
of C Company, 2-113th Infantry Battalion, New Jersey
Army National Guard during the Cooperative Lancer 07
this exercise will serve as a framework for the 1st
Albanian Coy (Company) to be evaluated to further Albania's
goal of becoming a NATO member.
positions were composed of service members of all the
participating nations. The senior NCO was Command Sgt.
Maj. Thomas J. Clark of the 2-113th.
from the exercise were broad. "It has opened my eyes
to a whole new way a military can function," said Spc.
Scott W. Kowalski, 2-113th Infantry.
of experience, to know the culture of each other and
friendship," were the benefits as seen by 1st Lt. Ervis
Tusha, command of Lion Heart Company, 2nd Battalion,
Rapid Reaction Brigade.
07 exercise proved to be a rare opportunity and mutually
beneficial for the NJARNG, the Albanian hosts and all
other nations involved. As the exercise ended, what might have been
the voice heard in the various languages? Good job.
Pune tem bare (Albanian). Kali-thuya (Greek). Au avut
offers Combat Lifesaver course
the 254th Regiment
Lifesaver Course (CLS) is a 40 hour course taught over
three days by the 254th Regiment at Sea Girt.
It is intensive
and instructs non-medical soldiers in the latest techniques
of self aid and buddy aid. The course is centered on
reducing the number of combat deaths due to the three
top causes: bleeding from an extremity, tension pneumothorax
(lung collapse) and traumatic brain injury.
and hands-on training includes Tactical Combat Casualty
Care, Medevac procedures, improvised litters, and numerous
contact for this training at the Regiment is Sgt. 1st
Class Stephen Cosmanic at 732 974-4878 or STEPHEN.R.COSMANIC@NJ.NGB.ARMY.MIL.
about this or any other course also contact Master Sgt.
Gary Davidson at 732 974-5912 or Gary.email@example.com. Or see your Unit Readiness NCO.
can be found at AKO in the medical knowledge network
in med training: HTTP://WWW.CS.AMEDD.ARMY.MIL/CLSP/.
Infantry competes in Challenge Day during exercise
Krystof Stachura, Canada,
Cooperative Lancer 07
Cooperative Lancer 07 exercise, held in Albania, the soldiers from the many
nations participated in Challenge Day.
The day consisted of three scored events: running,
firing and grenade throwing and was a chance for "friendship
through sport," said Lt. Col. Bardhyl Kollcaku, commander
of the 2nd Battalion, Rapid Reaction Brigade, Albanian
army. The winner of the competition was 1st Platoon,
Alpha Company made up from soldiers from Switzerland,
U.S., and Israel. In second place was 1st Platoon Charlie Company,
made up of soldiers form Georgia,
U.S.A. and Greece. And third place was 2nd
Platoon Bravo Company with soldiers form the Ukraine
The spirit of the competition continued into the evening
as the soldiers participated in a soccer tournament.
from the U.S.A.,
are members of the 2-113th Infantry, New Jersey Army
Philadelphia Phantoms Military
Appreciation Night, Dec. 7
Join the Philadelphia Phantoms on Military Appreciation Night as
they take on the Norfolk Admirals on Friday, Dec. 7
at 7:05 p.m., at the Wachovia Spectrum.
The Phantoms will have historical displays on
the concourse and will also be remembering the anniversary
of Pearl Harbor. Tickets for the game are only $10 for U. S. Veterans and U. S.
military personnel (regular price $19). To order your
tickets, call Nick Milillo at 215-952-5772 or visit:
Doyle Cemetery Council selling grave blankets
Cemetery Advisory Council of the Brig.
is offering the sale of Grave Blankets for placement
on grave sites in the Doyle Cemetery
for the 2007 holiday season.
are 2 feet by 3 feet and cost $30.
They must be ordered by Nov. 30. Profits from
the sale of the grave blankets will benefit the beautification
of the cemetery.
or visit www.state.nj.us/military/cemetery for more information.
or text while driving in N.J.
2, Governor Jon S. Corzine signed a bill making it a
primary offense for motorists to talk on or text message
with hand-held wireless telephones or electronic communication
devices while driving. Motorists may use a wireless
telephone or electronic communication device if it is
for this offense is $100 and no motor vehicle points
or insurance eligibility points will be assessed for
is National American Indian, Alaska
Native Heritage month
the desk of Dorinda Sapp, Affirmative Action Officer
American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month is
celebrated to recognize the intertribal cultures and
to educate the public about the heritage, history, art,
and traditions of the American Indian and Alaska Native
the history of our nation, American Indian and Alaska
Native service members have embodied the military core
values for generations.
From the birth of our nation to the current Global
War on Terrorism, American Indian and Alaska Native
service members have effectively provided strength and
leadership in defending freedoms of the United States.
next four weeks in celebration of National American
Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, DMAVA will
highlight major accomplishments and American Indian
and Alaska Native contributions to military service.
of National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month
at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day
of recognition for the significant contributions the
First Americans made to the establishment and growth
of the United States has resulted in the
month of November being designated for that purpose.
Early Proponents: One
of the early proponents of an American Indian Day was
Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian who was the Director
of the Museum
of Arts and
Science in Rochester, New
York. He persuaded the Boy Scouts
of America to set aside a day for the "First Americans,"
and for three years the Scouts adopted such a day. In
1915, at the annual Congress of the American Indian
Association meeting in Lawrence,
a plan celebrating American Indian Day was formally
approved. The Association directed its president, Rev.
Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to call upon the country
to set aside a day of recognition. Rev. Coolidge issued
a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the
second Saturday of May as American Indian Day and contained
the first formal appeal for recognition of American
Indians as citizens.
before this proclamation was issued, Red Fox James,
a Blackfeet Indian, rode horseback from state to state,
seeking approval for a day to honor American Indians.
On Dec. 14, 1915, Red Fox James presented the endorsements
of 24 state governments to the White House. There is
no record, however, of such a national day being proclaimed.
State Celebrations: The
first American Indian Day to be celebrated in a state
was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the
governor of New York. Several states celebrate the fourth
Friday in September. In Illinois,
for example, legislators enacted such a day in 1919.
Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day
as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day
we observe without any legal recognition as a national
Heritage Months: In
1990 President George Bush approved a joint resolution
designating November 1990 as "National American
Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclamations have
been issued each year since 1994.
recognition opportunities for diverse Soldiers
Tribute to Freedom is seeking OIF/OEF Soldiers who trace
their roots to Spain, Mexico
or the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America,
South America and the Caribbean, and Soldiers of Middle Eastern descent to share
their story at events. If you are interested in participating
in this program, send an e-mail to PAO@njdmava.state.nj.us. Responses should include the Soldier's name,
contact information, bio with brief deployment history,
awards and PAO contact information. Include "Diverse
Soldier" in the subject line.
if necessary, but local/hometown Soldiers are preferred.
Responses will be taken on an ongoing basis.
of colds, flu - follow Mom's directions
the desk of Sgt. Maj. Nick Kampf, Safety and Occupational
times a day, do you wash your hands? Mom was right:
- You need to wash your hands more often.
It is just not enough to rinse under some lukewarm
diseases are the third leading cause of death in the
US, and the
CDC calls hand washing "the most important means of
preventing the spread of infection."
The Food and Drug Administration recommends that
hand sanitizers not be used in place of soap and water
but only as an adjunct.
Here's how to clean hands properly:
Remove rings and bracelets.
Wet hands using a stream of warm running water.
Excessively hot water is harder on the skin,
dries the skin, and is too uncomfortable to wash with
for the recommended amount of time.
Because cold water prevents soap from lathering
properly, soil and germs may not be washed away.
Use soap (any kind). Dispensers deliver the proper amount of soap,
while protecting the rest from contamination. Use the right cleanser for the task. Use a nickel-size amount of general-purpose
cleanser or a quarter-size quantity of anti-microbial
cleansers. Follow the instructions on the label.
Later thoroughly. Scrub hands, including the wrists, palms backs,
fingers, and under the fingernails for total of at least
Rinse thoroughly. Dry hands completely with a paper towel.
Leaving sap residue on the skin and incomplete
drying contribute to dermatitis.
Repeat steps 2-5 if hands are particularly dirty or
Use a paper towel to turn off the faucet without re-contaminating
Use hand cream after washing and during the day to restore
the skin's natural oils, keeping it resilient. Skin conditioning agents (emollients) soften
and smooth skin. Moisturizers
reduce shedding of dry skin flakes and inhibit the growth
It is recommended
that you follow this routine before you prepare or eat
food; treat a cut or wound; tend to someone who is sick;
or insert or remove contact lenses.
Also wash after you go to the bathroom or handle
Hand Sanitizer: apply about a teaspoon (dime size) of the
sanitizer in palm of hand - spread thoroughly (front
& back, fingernail areas) by briskly rubbing hands
together until dry. Remember, hand sanitizers do not replace
soap and water.
members, families encouraged to nominate employers
of Defense will open the nomination season for the 2008
Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award
on Nov. 1, 2007. National Guard and Reserve members
and their families are eligible and encouraged to nominate
employers who have gone above and beyond in their support
of military employees. Nominations will be accepted
at www.esgr.mil from Nov. 1, 2007 to Jan. 21, 2008.
The Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award
is the U.S.
government's highest recognition given to outstanding
regarding the nomination process, please contact New
Jersey ESGR at 609-562-0156.
benefits open season coming soon
Benefits Open Season for 2008 is almost here! Don't miss out on this opportunity. Federal employees can enroll or make changes
to their enrollment in Federal Employees Health Benefit
and in one of the seven dental plans, three vision plans
and set up flexible spending accounts for health care
and dependent care.
spending accounts are easy.
You pay for a wide range of common, out-of-pocket
dependent and health care expenses and then receive
reimbursement from your dependent and/or health care
flexible spending account(s).
By setting aside pre-tax dollars, you reduce
your taxable income, thereby paying less in taxes and
non-medical expenses for the dependent care account
include child care and adult daycare.
Eligible expenses for the health care account
include co-payments, co-insurance, deductibles, over-the-counter
medicines like cold remedies, prescription drugs, vision
and dental expenses, and much more.
2007 Participants: you
MUST re-enroll to participate in 2008.
Enrollments do NOT carry forward year-to-year.
Visit www.FSAFEDS.com to learn more about the FSAFEDS Program.
out more about the other available programs, visit http://opm.gov/insure/. Or call Sgt. Jacquelyn Bertrand at 609-562-0866.
Veterans Day Activities
veterans for special program
Cream Ridge, is invites all veterans from New Jersey to join them on Nov. 5 at 1-2:25 p.m. to join them in
a special program honoring Veterans. Refreshments will
follow the program.
The academy is located at 73 Holmes Mill Road, Cream Ridge, NJ 08514.
For the past 6 years, Golden Corral has been honoring the U. S.
military with a free "thank you" dinner and
beverage at any Golden Corral restaurant on Military
Appreciation Monday (first Monday after Veteran's Day).
This year, Golden Corral has designated Monday, Nov.
12, from 5 to 9 p.m., to honor any person who has ever
served in the United States military.
From the first Military Appreciation Monday in 2001 to the present,
Golden Corral has donated 1.5 million free "thank
you" meals and $1.9 million dollars to the Disabled
The Disabled American Veterans Organization will accept contributions
on Nov. 1-12 to be used in the local and state DAV chapters.
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 armed forces."
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
Nov. 11, 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.
Nov. 12, 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
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
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
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.
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
& Schmick's seafood restaurant will offer all retired
military 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.
For Your Calendar
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
and faculty are sure this will be a special evening
for our students, veterans and community.
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
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 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
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
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 troops.
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
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 the package.
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
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.
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
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.firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 your article.
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
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) 273-TALK (8255).
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 email@example.com
or call 609-530-7056.
For the Families
Photography contest for military youths
From the desk of Amanda Balas, State Youth
Operation 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
The age 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.
Photos must 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
be judge on originality and creativity. First and second places will be awarded in
each age category.
Contact 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.
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
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.
Register to use the Guard Family Portal
From the desk of retired Command Sgt. Maj.
Mike Hughes, Family Assistance Specialist
Have you registered yet for the Guard Family
Portal? Did you know that it's available to service
members, family members, volunteers and even community
members? If you haven't taken the time yet to log on
and register, be sure to do it soon as you're missing
out on important information.
What is on the Guard Family Portal?
on Activities and Events
can track their Activity Hours (which equals awards)
Family Training Modules
FRG Status Report
Local Resource Finder
- Reunion Information
on today to create your account at http://www.guardfamily.org.
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
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: www.state.nj.us/dca/dow/depmilspouseasst.shtml
Travel Help, Ideas
Shades of Green offers Disney for military
Now that the summer is almost over, thoughts
of how to spend next summer or your next vacation week,
can start to pop into your mind.
"Can we go someplace better or different, nearer
or farther from home, all without breaking the bank?"
One place to consider if Florida
is one of your next vacation places is Shades of Green
in Orlando. Minutes
from the Disney attractions, this resort is also close
to golf, dining and other Florida
Their web site, www.shadesofgreen.org can give
you tours of their rooms and family suites, the local
attractions and other amenities that are offered by
the resort. The
rates are reasonable and will be a opportunity to visit
Orlando with your family.
Here's to the Heroes provides a single day's
free admission to any one SeaWorld or Busch Gardens
park, Sesame Place, Adventure Island or Water Country
USA for the service member and as many as three direct
Any active duty, active reserve, ready reserve
service member or Guard member is entitled to free admission
under the program. He or she need only register, either
online at www.herosalute.com or in the
entrance plaza of a participating park, and show a Department
of Defense photo ID.
Visit West Point,
take in the Ike Hall theater
Are you looking for a different place to visit
to find history, food and performances of a good variety? Think about visiting the United States Military
While there 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 Hall theatre.
The list 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.
Individual ticket prices range from approximately
$25-50 for most performances.
The post is open to civilians; everyone 16 and
older must present photo ID.
Find out more information about Eisenhower Hall
at http://www.ikehall.com/. To find out more about the United States Military Academy,
Islanders holding Military Appreciation Night
The New 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.
Military personnel can receive up to 40 percent
off tickets, with prices starting at just $16.
For information on group tickets to this game,
call 1-800-882-ISLES, extension 3 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also show your military ID at the
Nassau Coliseum box office.
Go to www.newyorkislanders.com for more
Scholarship, Education News
Policy change boosts G.I. Bill eligibility for
some Guard, Reserve
From the desk of retired Command Sgt. Maj.
Mike Hughes, Family Assistance specialist
A recent 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.
The Reserve 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.
Guard and 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
Servicemembers can determine if they qualify
for the Montgomery G.I. Bill and REAP by contacting
their local education office.
VFW sponsors scholarships
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. Logon to:
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
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.
Eligible veterans entitled to property tax deduction
Eligible Veterans are entitled to an annual property
tax deduction of $ 250.
a citizen of the United States
resident of New Jersey
honorably discharged or released under honorable conditions
from active service in a war-time period, in any branch
of the U.S. Armed Services.
Surviving spouse's eligibility
The surviving wife or husband of a veteran who
was a citizen of the United States and
resident of New Jersey and one of the following:
Was receiving the deduction prior to the veteran's death.
Would have been eligible for the deduction had the veteran
filed an application prior to death.
Has died on active duty in a wartime period.
The application process - Filing an application
with all required documentation with your local Tax
assessor prior to December 31 of the pre-tax year in
order to be effective in the next year. Documentation
includes the property deed and discharge (DD-214) for
the veteran. The widow may need to submit the property
deed, marriage certificate, death certificate and discharge
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 email@example.com.
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:
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
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 profiled. Michael
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 registration required.
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