the desk of Col. Alan Bunting, Special Assistant to
I - known at the time as "The Great War"
- officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was
signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles
outside the town of Versailles
, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier
when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities,
between the Allied nations and Germany
went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh
day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November
11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of "the
war to end all wars."
1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the
first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following
words: "To us in America, the reflections of
Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in
the heroism of those who died in the country's service
and with gratitude for the victory, both because of
the thing from which it has freed us and because of
the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy
with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."
concept for the celebration was for a day observed
with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension
of business beginning at 11 a.m.
Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day
to Veterans Day, an act which made the 11th of November
in each year a legal holiday - - a day to be dedicated
to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated
and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice
Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans
of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had
required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors,
Marines and airmen in the Nation's history; after
American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the
83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service
organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking
out the word "Armistice" and inserting in
its place the word "Veterans." With the
approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June
1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American
veterans of all wars.
Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless
of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration
of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not
only preserves the historical significance of the
date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose
of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's
veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and
willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common
hosting high school students
On the Nov.
15 the 108th Air Refueling Wing will be hosting students
from Willingboro High School for a base tour. The students will be tour a variety of offices
and squadrons at the wing and walk through a KC-135E
coat drive, Nov. 1-23
desk of Paul Serdiuk, DMAVA HRD
New Jersey State Employees Coat Drive started on Nov.
1 and will run through Nov. 23.
Glenn K. Rieth is asking for your support of this
worthwhile effort in helping those in need before
the cold weather sets in. This year DMAVA has been
approved to donate all the coats that we collect either
to the Veteran's Homes, Veteran's Haven or to a local
be clean and in serviceable condition. Coats for men,
women and children will be accepted. The drop-off
point for DMAVA Central is located in the front foyer
of the building.
information can be obtained from DMAVA's Coat Drive
Coordinator, Paul Serdiuk at 609-530-6878.
for your support in helping other New Jerseyans who
are less fortunate.
DMAVA Holiday party slated for Dec. 14
the desk of Darlene Laarz, Holiday Committee
Holiday Party will be held this year on Dec. 14.
The mandatory Town Hall will be at 11:30 a.m., with
the holiday party immediately following. The
cost of the event will be $10, which will include
a raffle ticket for a big flat screen TV and a meal
from Amici Milano's. Keep the date open so we
can celebrate the holiday together!
Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month
desk of Dorinda Sapp, Affirmative Action Officer
our Strengths, we acknowledge the various Tribal
cultures and the rich heritage, art, history, and
traditions of the American Indian and Alaska Native
People. This year is particularly exciting with the
opening of the National
of the American Indian.
The opening of the museum offers an opportunity
for the public to learn more about the cultures and
traditions of the Native Americans from North, Central,
and South America.
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
to celebrate major accomplishments and contributions
to military service during American Indian & Alaska
Native Heritage Month, this week we are recognizing
Medal of Honor Recipients.
of Honor is the highest award given to military heroes
for their actions that have helped form our nation's
rich history. They
are honored for their acts of heroism, for their "individual
gallantry at the risk of life above and beyond the
call of duty."
of Honor is symbolic of the heroic acts that it is
awarded for. Elements of the design represent victory,
strength, wisdom and valor.
Throughout history, American Indian and Alaska
Native-American service members have distinguished
themselves with their gallant actions during wartime.
World War I
Jack C. Montgomery: 1st Lt., U.S.
Army, 45th Infantry Division.
Place: Near, Padiglione, Italy,
Feb. 22, 1944
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity
at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty.
Ernest E. Evans: Commander, U.S. Navy.
off Samar, Oct. 25,
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity
at risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty
as commanding officer of the USS Johnston in action
against major units of the enemy Japanese fleet.
Van T. Barfoot: 2nd Lt.,
Army, 157th Infantry, 45th Infantry Division.
Italy, May 23, 1944.
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity
at the risk of life above and beyond the cal of duty.
Charles George: Pfc.,
Army, Company C, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry
Nov. 30, 1952
conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above
and beyond the call of duty in action against the
Raymond Harvey: Capt.,
Army, Company C, 17th Infantry Regiment.
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and outstanding
courage above and beyond the call of duty in action
against the enemy.
Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr.: Cpl.,
Army, Company E, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry
Korea, 5 November 1950.
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity
above and beyond the call of duty in action against
the desk of retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike
Hughes, Family Assistance Specialist
just a reminder that all ARNG Reserve Soldiers that
have not been called up for deployment are eligible
for the new Enhanced TRICARE Reserve Select program.
Current members now have until Dec. 31, 2007, to update
their enrollment forms to ensure coverage does not
drop. New members can enroll anytime throughout
the year. For more information, please contact any
of the following: Sgt. 1st Class Josephine
Grey at 609-562-0865, Christine Cox
609-562-0876, Spc. Rivera 609-562-0846 or Spc. Rodriguez
rules for Lawrenceville, West Trenton
the desk of Joseph K. Dunleavy, Environmental Specialist
has hired a new contractor to implement the Governors
Executive Order pertaining to recycling at all State
owned and operated facilities. This guidance
is targeted for the workforce within the DMAVA
Lawrenceville complex and West Trenton NJARNG locations
only. The contractor and the Treasury Department have
provided new collection containers for recyclable
items. These containers are to be placed on
the loading dock prior to the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
of each month so that the collection truck can pick
them up. Please inform all personnel of the requirements.
& steel cans, plastic and glass bottles (coded
1 & 2) need to be placed in the "Decorative Containers"
or the blue containers with round openings, in the
for disposal. Please no caps or lids!
These items will be collected on Fridays at
the loading dock.
company will be conducting participatory audits and
notify the Governors Office of participation rates.
Encourage everyone in your office to recycle office
paper, white paper, colored paper, Post It T notes,
newspaper, magazines, envelopes, folders, junk mail,
and paper wrappers.
the desk of Sgt. Maj. Nick Kampf, Safety and Occupational
fire claims the lives of 4,000 Americans, injures
tens of thousands, and causes billions of dollars
worth of damage. People
living in rural areas are more than twice as likely
to die in a fire as those living in mid-sized cities
or suburban areas. The misuse of wood stoves, portable
space heaters and kerosene heaters is especially common
in rural areas.
State Fire Administration (USFA) believes rural fire
problems can be reduced by teaching people to recognize
the hazards. The following precautionary steps can
greatly reduce an individual's chances of becoming
a fire casualty.
cause more than 9,000 residential fires every year.
Carefully follow the manufacturer's installation and
maintenance instructions. Look for solid construction,
such as plate steel or cast iron metal. Check for
cracks and inspect legs, hinges and door seals for
smooth joints and seams. Use only seasoned wood for
fuel, not green wood, artificial logs or trash. Inspect
and clean your pipes and chimneys annually and check
monthly for damage or obstructions. Be sure to keep
combustible object at least three feet away from your
heaters with the Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) safety
listing. Check to make sure it has a thermostat control
mechanism and will switch off automatically if the
heater falls over. Heaters are not dryers or tables;
don't dry clothes or store objects on top of your
heater. Space heaters need space; keep combustibles
at least three feet away from each heater. Always
unplug your electric space heater when it is not in
UL-approved heaters and check with your local fire
department on the legality of kerosene heaters in
your community. Never fill your heater with gasoline
or camp stove fuel; both flare up easily.
Only use crystal clear K-1 kerosene. Never
overfill any portable heater. Use the kerosene heater
in a well-ventilated room.
regularly build up creosote in their chimneys. They
need to be cleaned out frequently and chimneys should
be inspected for obstructions and cracks to prevent
deadly chimney and roof fires. Check to make sure
the damper is open before starting any fire. Never
burn trash, paper or green wood in your fireplace.
These materials cause heavy creosote buildup and are
difficult to control. Use a screen heavy enough to
stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire
opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks. Don't
wear loose-fitting clothes near any open flame. Make
sure the fire is completely out before leaving the
house or going to bed. Store cooled ashes in a tightly
sealed metal container outside the home.
having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases
your chances of surviving a fire. And remember to
practice a home escape plan frequently with your family.
Veterans Day Activities
offered to military, families for Veterans Day
the desk of retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike
Hughes, Family Assistance Specialist
those who serve us in the military and their families,
Carnival Cruise Lines is offering a Veteran's Day
promotion throughout the month of November. Active
and retired military personnel are able to book up
to three "Fun Ship" staterooms for themselves
and their friends and family members at special discounted
rates. Reservations must be made between Nov. 1 and
Nov. 30, 2007, to qualify for this promotion, which
is available in conjunction with a wide range of three
to 12-day departures through Dec 31, 2008. The promotion
is valid for individual bookings only, is capacity
controlled, and not applicable with any other discount
offer. Fare code CPM1 must be requested during the
reservations process and military personnel must provide
proof of service. Certain other restrictions apply.
For additional information and reservations, contact
any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit http://www.carnival.com/.
BLM waive fees for veterans, Nov. 11
The National Park Service, the U.S. Forest service and the Bureau
of Land Management will waive recreation-related fees
for veterans and military personnel, along with their
families, on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11.
The waiver of entrance and/or standard amenity fees on Veterans
Day applies annually, starting last year, to all agencies
of the departments of Interior and Agriculture. Those
include public recreation lands under the management
of the BLM, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife
Service, Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Forest
The Veterans Day fee waiver takes place on Nov. 11, even if the
federal observance of the holiday occurs on a different
day. This year, the federal observance of Veterans
Day falls on Monday, Nov. 12.
discount to military, veterans
offer all active, reserve and retired military personnel
and their immediate family members a 10 percent discount
on in-store purchases made during Veteran's Day weekend,
Nov. 8 through Nov. 12, 2007.
is available on in-stock purchases up to $5,000. To qualify, individuals must present a valid
military ID or other proof of service such as a VA
card, VFW card, veteran's ID or discharge papers.
applies to all Lowe's stores.
is 10 percent off stock merchandise and special-order
with any other discounts. (Not valid on Maytag Neptune
laundry products, Maytag Ice2O refrigerators, Fisher
& Paykel appliances, Dyson vacuums, John Deere
products or Krups small appliances).
Playhouse offering tickets to veterans
11, at 7:30 p.m., the Paper Mill Playhouse is offering
complimentary tickets (on a first come, first served
basis) for all Veterans for the performance of "Meet
Me in St.
Louis." For this
special event, contact Denise Biel, Box Office Manager,
at (973) 379-3636, Ext. 2243 for ticket availability.
Mill Playhouse has announced a Veterans Discount.
Any member of the Armed Forces, present or past, can
receive a 20 percent discount on tickets to their
Main Stage Productions. Just show your military
or veterans ID card when purchasing or picking up
tickets at the Box Office.
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
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 the United
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
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
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 U.S. 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
hold veterans program, Dec. 12
12, 2007, for the third year, the Midtown
(formerly Ridge Ave) will host a veterans program
to Honor those who Served our Country.
invite the veterans from around our area and our family
members. First there will be a small breakfast with
the veterans. The high school ROTC will present the
color guard and the high school band will play taps.
grades three through five have a writing contest to
see who will read their writing to the veterans during
the program. The
students will sing a variety of patriotic songs.
will receive tokens of the student's appreciation.
the program, the veterans will have a chance to speak
to the entire school population. Then the vets will
be placed in smaller groups with our students to share
special thoughts with them.
If you wish
to participate, call Brenda Cook Johnson, Educational
Media Specialist/ Librarian, 732-776-2200 extension
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 other subjects.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org. 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/.
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.
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
to Brig. Gen. Harvey
say goodbye and relive the good old days at the retirement
dinner for Brig. Gen. Charles Harvey on Dec. 15 at
the Lawrenceville Army. The dinner will be held on the drill floor,
6-11 p.m. Cost
is $35 per person and the dress is business casual.
Dec. 7 to Marie Durling, 609-562-0739.
Send your check, made payable to DMAVD Employee
Activity Fund, to: Joint Force Headquarters, ATTN:
Marie Durling, 3650 Saylors Pond Road, Fort Dix
For Your Calendar
invites military, veterans to "South Pacific"
the desk of Ronald Slate, Supervisor of Visual, Performing
and Practical Arts, Springfield
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
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.
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 hands-free.
for this offense is $100 and no motor vehicle points
or insurance eligibility points will be assessed for
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 saving money.
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.
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.
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.
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 contribution.
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
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
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,
For more information, please contact him at
609-530-6878. Information can also be accessed online at
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
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
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 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.
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
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
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.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 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 them. Theywill
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.email@example.com. 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
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
N.J. State Family Readiness Council offers Family
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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,
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:
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
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 email@example.com. 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 to use,
Servicemembers can determine if they qualify
for the Montgomery G.I. Bill and REAP by contacting
their local education office.
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
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
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
a member of either the Officers or the Enlisted Association,
you are entitled to enroll in your Association Life
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
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.
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
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 (DD-214).
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 veterans.
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
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
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
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.
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 J. Barber.
For further information call 1-800-648-VETS or