New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
DMAVA Highlights 11 May 2007

Volume 6, Number 19


Contacting us is easy!

Public Affairs Office

Phone: (609) 530-7088
Fax: (609) 530-6963



Veterans' Organizations Contact Information

State Veterans Service Council
Mr. Richard Clark
RJClark21@msn.com

NJ Advisory Committee for Women Veterans
Mrs. Anna Hoffman
hoffmanannem@aol.com

BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory Council
Mr. William Rakestraw
warjrnj@msn.com



Veterans Hotlines

Benefits & Entitlements
1-888-8NJ-VETS
(1-888-865-8387)

Mental Health
1-866-VETS-NJ4
(1-866-838-7654)



DMAVA Highlights Archive

DMAVA Highlights Archive Page



NJ World War II Memorial

For information or to make a donation, call 609-530-7049

WWII Memorial on the web



New Jersey Freedom Loans

What is a Freedom Loan?
* Up to $10,000
* Annual APR 6%
* Term: 5 years (no pre-payment penalty)
* Unsecured Loan (no collateral required)

Who is eligible to apply?
NJ residents who are:
* Members of the National Guard or Reserve
* Mobilized for one year or longer to fight in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) - excluding routine training.

Or

* Served 90 or more consecutive days in the GWOT on federal or state active duty (excluding routing training) and have received orders extending cumulative active duty a year or longer.

How do I apply?
* Contact participating banks. Call or visit your local branch office to obtain an application.
* Guardmembers, Reservists, or family members with Power of Attorney must submit copies of current mobilization orders with the bank's Freedom Loan application.

Current participants:
Commerce Bank
1-888-751-9000

Credit Union of NJ
609-538-4061, ext. 401

First Morris Bank & Trust
1-888-530-2265

Manasquan Savings Bank
732-223-4450

North Jersey Federal Credit Union
1-888-78NJFCU

Peapack-Gladstone Bank (908)
719-BANK

Pennsville National Bank
856-678-6006

PNC
1-866-PNC-4USA

Sovereign Bank
1-877-391-6365

Sun National Bank
1-800-691-7701


Quote for the Week

A rich child often sits in a poor mother’s lap.

- Danish proverb

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.

- Hebrew proverb

Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.

- Pearl S. Buck

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News for Your Views

 

May is National Military Appreciation Month

McGuire Air Show:  May 12-13, 9 a.m-5 p.m.


News For Your Views

Ways to observe Memorial Day
Are you looking for a way to observe Memorial Day?  Maybe you want to add a special way to remember those men and women who have died in our nation’s service.  Here is a list of various tributes to those many hometown heroes.

The New Jersey Veterans Memorial Homes will be celebrating Memorial Day with ceremonies at the time and places listed below.  Everyone is invited to attend and honor our veterans.

Paramus – May 22 – 2 p.m.
Vineland – May 24 – 11 a.m.
Menlo Park – May 28 – 11 a.m.

Visit the Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery on May 26 for their observance of this special day which will begins at 11 a.m.

The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial will hold a Memorial Day ceremony on May 28 at 11 a.m. in the courtyard of the memorial.

The Trenton Vet Center is holding their annual Memorial Day Service May 23 at 11 a.m. at the center, 934 Parkway Ave., Ewing. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony.  They ask that you RSVP by May 21; call 609-882-5744 or e-mail Darryll.Johnson@med.va.gov.

The National Memorial Day concert will be broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on May 27, 8-9:30 p.m.  Co-hosting will be Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna with guests including retired General Colin L. Powell, singer Natalie Cole, actress Dianne Wiest, country music singer Josh Turner, singer CeCe Winans and decorated U.S. Army World War II veteran and actor Charles Durning.  Performing throughout the evening will be the National Symphony Orchestra.


FRG holding reunion briefings for families
From the desk of retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Hughes, Family Assistance Specialist
Here is the information for the upcoming Reunion Briefings for the families of Company D 250th BSB and Troop C 5-117th RSTA.
Co D 250th BSB FRG – May 19 10 a.m. Bordentown Armory
5-117th RSTA (South) FRG – May 20 11:30 a.m. Vineland Armory
5-117th RSTA (North) FRG – May 22 6:30 p.m. West Orange Armory


Military Appreciation Day in Seaside Heights, June 2
Soldiers, Airmen and their family members are invited to attend “Military Appreciation waterpark opens at 10 a.m. and the rides at noon.
Check in through the side entrance of the waterpark on 800 Ocean Terrace and Grant Ave.  You will be required to show a Uniformed Services military ID to get ride bracelets for your family members. Bracelets are good for unlimited rides (excluding the go-carts and skyscraper).   Each family will receive one debit card valued at $25 for playing games at the Casino Pier. 
Contact your local FAC or Marie Durling, 609-562-0739, in the State Family Programs office for brochures or more information.


State awards given to department employees on May 7
From the desk of Kathy Hymes, DMAVA Employee Recognition Representative
The following employees received awards at the New Jersey State Public Service Recognition award ceremony held on May 7 at the War Memorial Building in Trenton.  Brig. Gen. Frank Carlini assisted with the presentations to our employees.
Longevity Award, Diane DiFrancesco – 36 Years of State Service, Vineland Veterans Memorial Home
Community Service Award, Doris Neibert, CEO, Paramus Veterans Memorial Home 
Customer Service Excellence Award, Charles Beam, 108th Civil Engineer Squadron, McGuire AFB
Customer Service Excellence Award, Cindy Leese and Catherine Vasil, Human Resources, DMAVA
Customer Service Excellence Award, Carmencita Ubaldo, Records and Archives, DMAVA
Customer Service Excellence Award, Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Patricia Dugan, Patrick Looney, Cyndi Dzurisin, Darlene Starks-Rudolph, Dennis Macomber, Kenneth McAfee, Anthony Bokeko, Dave Keffer, Grace Lim, Warren Little, Leeann D’Errico, Barbara Kelley, Leonard Mayersohn, Jeannie Wynne, Twila Pritchett, Genia DiBella, Chuck Adamson, Robin Maimone
Customer Service Excellence Award, Charles Skeenes, 108th Civil Engineer Squadron, McGuire, AFB
Exceptional Service Award, Patricia Smith, Human Resources Division, DMAVA
Exceptional Service Award, Ernest Razzano, Division of Veterans Healthcare Services, DMAVA
Professional Achievement Award, Katheryn E. Wierzbicki, Division of Veterans Healthcare Services, DMAVA
Teamwork/Partnership Achievement Award, New Jersey Youth ChalleNGe Academy, retired Col. Ken Prossick, Sharon Card, Sean VanLew, Herman Hodge, Latisha Malicoat, Anna Cooper, Joseph Koch, Carol Miller, Donna Eggert, Paul Wityk, Doris Murray, John Buckley, Tyeka Berry, Helen Lubin, William Challender, Gordon Fyfe, Robert Redler, Joseph Phillips, Raymond Card, Karen Parker, Carroll Victor, George Jackson, Daniel Leonard, Marie Sheppard, Barbara Russ, Sean Wilmore, Brian Jones, Alvin Fair, Miguel Prestan, Phillip Freeman


Career Fair on the Battleship, May 24
There will be a “RecruitMilitary Career Fair” on May 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. aboard the Battleship New Jersey, 62 Battleship Place, Camden, N.J.  This is a hiring event for veterans with a wide variety of work experience; men and women who are transitioning from active duty, members of the National Guard and reserves, and military spouses.
It is produced by RecruitMilitary in cooperation with HireVetsFirst, a unit of the United States Department of Labor; The American Legion; and Philadelphia Newspapers.
To pre-register and see the names of employers attending the fair, go to: http://www.recruitmilitary.com/careerfairs/careerfairs3.asp?CFID=25.


Latest news on DMAVA-Vets Home Motorcycle ride
The employees, Soldiers, and Airmen of DMAVA are planning a bike ride. The date for this event is June 16. Participating motorcyclists plan to visit the three veterans’ homes and interact with the residents during the layovers. Lt. Col. Walter R. Nall is coordinating this event for DMAVA. The headcount form is available via DMAVANET.  The DMAVA Website will have the headcount form within the next week.  If participating, please return the completed headcount no later than May 7.  Interested riders may contact Nall at 609-530-6841 or e-mail walter.nall@njdmava.state.nj.us


AUSA dinner on May 22 will honor Iraqi and Afghan war vets
The Northern New Jersey Chapter 1502 of the Association of the United States Army together with the Federation of Indian Associations will host honor Iraqi and Afghanistan War Veterans at our Spring Dinner.
The dinner will be held at the Royal Albert's Palace on 1050 King George's Road in Fords, N.J. on May 22 at 5:30 p.m.
The guest speaker will be Col. R. David McNeil, commander of Fort Dix. He will be speaking about Fort Dix's ongoing support for Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
The cost of the dinner is free for all AUSA members and all veterans of OIF and OEF. We are asking all non-AUSA members for a $10 donation. Uniform for the evening is mess dress, dress blues or civilian business attire. Please RSVP by May 17 to retired Col. Richard F. Pleachner, 732-549-1535.


For Your Calendar    


Invitation to the Solar Energy Dedication
Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Reith invites everyone to the Solar Energy Dedication ceremony on Wednesday, May 23, at 1 p.m. at the Homeland Security Center of Excellence building, Lawrenceville.  If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Angela Como, 609-530-6780.  Dress for the dedication is ACUs for military and business attire for civilians.


Millville Air Show scheduled for Memorial Day weekend
The Millville Wheels and Wings Airshow 2007 will be held on Memorial Day Weekend – May 26-27 at the Millville Airport, Millville, N.J., featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.
The Garden State 50’s Auto Club is sponsoring the largest classic car show in the Delaware Valley during the weekend.
Bring your lawn chair and camera to the show, but no coolers, pets, smoking or alcohol will be permitted. To find a list of all the scheduled flights, static displays and information on ticket sales, go to www.millvilleairshow.com or call 856-327-2347.


Blood Drive coming to Fort Dix, DMAVA on June 11 and 12
New Jersey is once again facing a severe blood shortage.  We are requesting DMAVA State and Federal employees help offset the more than 74,000 pint shortage.
The second annual DMAVA Governor’s “Save 3 Lives” Blood Drive will be conducted during a two-day period, beginning on June 11 between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Fort Dix Joint Training and Training Development Center (JTTDC), Stow Bay 3, and continuing on June 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lawrenceville Armory Cafeteria.
The following Blood Drive Coordinators should be contacted to schedule your blood donation time.  
Fort Dix JFHQ: Connie Cisek (ANG Personnel), 609-562-0901 or Master Sgt. Tony DeLuccio (ARNG Personnel), 609-562-0858.
ChalleNGe: Mr. Sean Van Lew, 609-562-0571.
JT2DC: Sgt. Yashica Carver, 609-562-0520.
DMAVA Central Office: Kathy Wierzbicki, 609-530-6979.
Mercer Army Aviation Support Facility #1: 1st Sgt. Charlie Bethea, 609-575-6726 or 1st Sgt. Harold Klingler, 609-530-4751. ☺ Sun National Bank
      1-800-691-7701
 
www.communitybloodcouncil.org. 


DMAVA/JFHQS Summer picnic is set for June 22
Come have fun at the DMAVA/JFHQS Summer-Fiesta 07!  The summer picnic will be held on June 22 at the Lawrenceville armory at noon.  The cost is $10 with a menu of chicken, sausage, hot dogs, hamburgers, various salads, baked means, and beverages.  The committee is asking employees to contribute desserts.  Dress is appropriate summer attire. 
Attendance is not mandatory but if employees chose not to attend it will be a normal and full workday at their duty station. The picnic follows the TAG’s Town Hall meeting and the DMAVA awards ceremony, both at the armory.
See your department representative to pay no later than June 15.
DMAVA: Darlene Laarz – 609-530-6992, Karen Wallace – 609-530-6766, Dawn Esposito – 609-530-6717 or Tina Taylor – 609-530-7170
Fort Dix: Marie Durling – 609-562-0739
HSCOE: Kevin Hearn – 609-530-7069


Retirement Dinners


Retirement dinner for Col. Brian Webster on June 9
You are invited to say goodbye to Col. Brian “Spyder” Webster at his retirement dinner which will be held on June 9 at the Sheraton Hotel, Boulevard’s Café, 2nd floor, Atlantic City.  Cocktail hour is from 5-6 p.m. anfrom 6-10 p.m.   Cost is $40 per person and the dinner selection is chicken or beef.  Send your RSVP to Capt. Yvonne Mays, 609-645-6206 or Connie Cisek, 609-562-0901, no later than June 1.  Dress is business casual.


Wave goodbye to Tom Flynn on June 21
There will be a retirement dinner for Tom Flynn of the DMAVA Fiscal Division on June 21 at 4 p.m. at Mastoris Restaurant, Bordentown.  Cost is $30 per person with a large choice of entrees to include Chicken Parmigiana, roast turkey broiled flounder, roast beef, baked ham and others. For more information or reservations, call Tom DeShields at 609-530-6718. Reservations are due no later than June 14.

  
Honorable Mention 


Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline established by Army
From the American Forces Press Service
One of the latest outcomes from the upheaval at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center has been the establishment of the “Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline.”
This toll-free call center was opened on March 19 to help wounded Soldiers and their family members to get information or assistance with medical or other issues.
The Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline can be reached from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1-800-984-8523. As additional personnel are trained to receive calls and refer them to the proper organization or agency for resolution, the hotline hours of operation will expand to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, officials said. 


ChalleNGe looking for a few good mentors
ChalleNGe needs a few good men & women, ages 21 and up.
If you are willing to:
1.  Commit to 14 months of contact with a cadet who will be selected by you 2.   Contact your cadet monthly with sound advice and guidance
3.  Work with your cadet on an employment/career placement plan 
4.  Make yourself available to discuss and give input to resolving real life issues with your cadet - 
Contact name and number for DMAVA Highlights 


Microsoft software available for Army Guardsmen
The Microsoft Home Use Program (HUP) is eligible to all Army personnel including, active duty, reserve, Guard, and civilians currently employed by the Army.
The program allows individuals to get a licensed copy of Microsoft Office desktop applications to install and use on a home computer.
Army Guard members taking advantage of this offering are responsible for paying the administrative costs for obtaining the software and may use the software as desired. Guard members can only obtain one version of the software at any given time.
Go to this website for more details: https://ascp.monmouth.army.mil/scp/software/ hup.jsp


“Troops to Teachers” program helps service members become teachers
Troops to Teachers (www.ProudtoServeAgain.com) is administered by the Department of Defense and Department of Education and managed by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). The program helps eligible military personnel begin second careers as public school teachers by providing referral assistance, placement services, and - for those electing to teach at high-need schools - financial stipends and bonuses.
Members of the National Guard and Reserves with 10 or more years of service are eligible for the program, provided they commit for an additional three years.

Hire A Hero – new program to help find jobs
HQ Group , who currently runs the  Helmets to Hardhats  program, is expanding!   Hire A Hero  is our newest initiative that helps transitioning military personnel, Guard members and Reservists find jobs with all industries.

Hire A Hero is a non-profit initiative that is powered by the  Armed Forces Support Foundation .  To find out more about these programs, visit the following Web sites: www.hireahero.com/ or http://armedforcessupportfoundation.org/

Discounts offered for State employees

Are you 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 find many ways to save money. For more information, please contact Patty Smith at patty.smith@njdmava.state.nj.us or call 609-530-6847.


For the Families


Grants offered to help military children attend summer activities
Summer is coming and now is the time that many kids will be signing up for camps, recreational activities and lessons, etc.  Unfortunately, because of increased deployments and the financial and emotional stress associated with them, many military families might find these activities difficult to arrange.  This is why The Women’s Opportunity Center at the YMCA of Burlington County in Mt. Laurel, N.J., is pleased to remind military members that grant funds are available not only for financial emergencies and crisis situations, but also to provide recreational and stress relieving activities such as camps and classes for their children.  
This grant, provided by the Department of Community Affairs is available to spouses and families of deployed military personnel in all branches of service in the State who are income eligible.  
For more information and an application, contact Fawn Mutschler at 609-543-6200, ext. 325 or e-mail wocmilitarygrant@ymca-bc.org.


Grants available for military children to participate in programs
From the desk of retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Hughes, Family Assistance Specialist
Our Military Kids, Inc. is offering $500 grants to ensure that the children (grades kindergarten though 12) of deployed and severely injured Reserve and National Guard personnel can afford to participate in activities such as youth sports, fine arts and tutoring programs that are so important in their young lives during this stressful time. For more information, see their website at:  www.ourmilitarykids.org/index.html .


Marriage Enrichment Seminar planned for September
By Marie Durling, Family Programs Specialist
While the Marriage Enrichment Seminar for May is booked up, the Family Programs office is taking registration forms for couples who would like to get on the waiting list for the next weekend.
The next seminar will be in September, date and location to be announced.  These Marriage Enrichment Seminars are not only informative and enriching for couples who attend, they are FREE to the soldier and his/her spouse.   At this time, the Seminars are funded for Army National Guard Soldiers only.


Youth Camp Forms Available
The thirteenth Annual New Jersey National Guard Youth Camp will be held July 29 to Aug. 4 at the New Jersey National Guard Training Center, Sea Girt.
Applications are available at: www.state.nj.us/military/familysupport/youth_camp.html
Children, ages 9-13 are invited to apply.  The camp fee is still $100.  Campers must be children, grandchildren or legal dependents of an active or retired member of the New Jersey National Guard.  A variety of volunteer positions are available. For more information, call the Family Programs Office at (609) 562-0668.


Deployed Military Spouses Assistance Program Award
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 wocmilitarygrant@ymca-bc.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


Family Readiness Council offers Tier I and II grants
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.


Sports and Entertainment  


Nutter Run beneficiary is Guard daughter, granddaughter
Please join the 2007 Nutter Run at the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt on May 19.  The run starts at 10 a.m.  This year’s beneficiary is Caitlyn McGuire.
Caitlyn is the daughter of New Jersey Army National Guardsman, Spc. Robert McGuire and the granddaughter of another New Jersey National Guardsman; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mickey McGuire. 
The run will also feature live music, food, giveaways, raffles, prizes, games for children and much more.  To see the flyer for the event, visit www.nutterrun.com
If you can't participate in the run/walk, please help us help Caitlyn by spreading the word and raising awareness about this event.  Your support and generosity are greatly appreciated.


Golf outing to benefit Vets Haven
The International Association of Workforce Professionals is conducting its first charity golf outing to support Veterans Haven on May 19 at Falcon Creek golf Club, McGuire Air Force Base.  A shot gun start will begin at noon.  Cost of $120 per person includes: lunch, greens fee, golf cart, one-hour open bar, dinner and awards.  Those non-golfers who would like to only attend the dinner can do so for the price of $50.  There will be door prizes, 50-50, raffles and prizes for a putting and chipping contest.  The association is looking for hole sponsors and boosters.  
Play is limited to 120 players and is first come-first served.  You can get the brochure/registration form at www.njcharitygolf.com or call 973-748-0123 and leave your name, phone number and complete address.

Trenton Vets Center, Trenton Thunder offer “cheap” seats
The Trenton Vet Center with support from our community partner, Trenton Thunder Baseball, will sponsor baseball tickets at a special rate for Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard, separated, and retired veterans.  A regular $10 season ticket will be offered at $7for veterans and family members.  The primary purpose of the program is to allow veterans and their families an opportunity to experience Trenton Thunder baseball due to their service and sacrifice for our country.

The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of New Jersey is holding a golf outing on Oct. 22 at Gambler’s Ridge Golf Club, 121 Burlington Path Road, Cream Ridge, NJ.  All proceeds from the event go to the association’s scholarships.
Registration and a continental breakfast begins the day at 7:30 a.m. The play is two-person best ball with a modified shotgun start at 8:45.  A donation of $90 includes greens fees, cart and luncheon.  There will be prizes for first and second place teams for the low gross, closest to the pin on all par 3’s and the longest drive. 
For more information call Mike Amoroso at 609-562-0754. Make checks payable to EANG-NJ (Golf) and mail to Leon Cisek, PO Box 365, Wrightstown NJ 08562 no later than Oct. 15.


Here’s To The Heroes
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 dependents.
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.


Scholarship, Education News


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::
www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/portal/page/itc/MHF/MHF_DETAIL_0?current_id=20.20.100.30.0.0.0.0.0
Programs are shipped to domestic U.S. addresses and APO addresses.  The 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, veterans’ dependents and members of the American Legion family.  When you get on the site, click on “Scholarship Information” in the “Useful Links” block.


AMVETS, U of Phoenix team up for military members, family’s education
From the AMVETS Web site - www.amvets.org
AMVETS and the University of Phoenix are proud to announce a joint venture to help veterans, active duty service members, reservists, Guardsmen and family members obtain a high-quality online education.
Together, the organizations will award 25 scholarships nationwide this year. Each scholarship will consist of a $4,000 credit with the university, which is the nation’s premier educational institution for adult learning.
All veterans, service members and family members are eligible to apply.


VFW Scholarships available to veterans, family members
Go to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Web site – www-vfw.org – to find information on their three scholarship programs.  Two, Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy, have a deadline of Nov. 1, 2007.  The third program is scholarships for VFW members and its deadline is December 31.  Click on “Programs,” then “VFW Scholarship Programs” to find the information.


Scholarship information on BBB Military Line
There are many scholarships available to military family members. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Military Line suggests that you not pay someone to find scholarships for you. Why? Because these researchers will use the same sources on the internet that you will use, so why pay them to do so? For suggestions on where to find scholarships for which you might be eligible, visit: www.enewsbuilder.net/cbbb military/e_article-000694547.cfm?x=b8r7v3
For information to help military families avoid financial pitfalls, visit: http://military.bbb.org


Association News


Enlisted Association of the National Guard of New Jersey
Give our state a larger voice by becoming a member of the Enlisted Association.  The increased numbers will help us speak on all legislative will benefit you and your families. The association works hard for you 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.


NGANJ has busy calendar for members in 2007
The National Guard Association of New Jersey will be conducting the following events.  All members (active and retirees) are encouraged to participate:

 Annual Business Meeting - the annual Business Meeting will be conducted on May 19, 2007 at the Timmermann Conference Center, Fort Dix.  The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. (sign-in begins at 7:30 a.m.) and will conclude at noon.  The attire for this meeting is “business casual”.  This will be an opportunity for all members to see the four classrooms that were dedicated to New Jersey’s fallen Soldiers.

NGANJ President’s Golf Tournament - this tournament will be held at Falcon Creek Golf Course at McGuire AFB, on June 4.  This will be a “shotgun” start beginning at 11 a.m.  The course limit is 144 players, so early reservations are suggested.  A hot buffet dinner will follow at approximately 5 p.m. at the McGuire NCO Club, located across the street from the course.  This tournament benefits the “Scholarship Fund”.  Last year, with your help, we were able to award nine $1,000 scholarships to deserving students.  This year, we hope to meet or exceed that goal.  

 National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) 129th Conference - this conference will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico from August 25-27, 2007.  The New Jersey delegation will be staying at the Caribe Hilton (15 minutes from airport).  Our hotel is located on the beach, has a great pool for the family and is located close to the convention center (10 minutes).  We have reserved 30 rooms on a first come, first gets basis.  Additional information and registration forms will be coming out shortly.  If you are interested, please contact Capt. Jose Maldonado.

NGANJ Website - The above information is posted on the NGANJ website.  If you need copies of the forms, specific contacts or additional information, please go to the website at:  www.nganj.org

Veterans Information

DMAVA Veterans Outreach Campaign continues

May 16,17*,18 Ocean County Mall
July 11,12,13 Bridgewater Commons Mall
August 8,9,10 Newport Centre Mall
Septemeber 12,13*,14 Livingston Mall

Delaware Valley Vietnam Vets looking for volunteers

The Donald W. Jones Veterans’ Flag Memorial is looking for volunteers to come out and help the Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans plant flags to honor veterans on June 8 starting at 9 a.m. at Falls Community Park, 9125 Millcreek Road, Levittown, Penn. There will be a free concert all day June 9 starting at 11 a.m. with performances by a variety of music groups. On June 10 there will be a motorcycle rally and memorial ceremony starting at noon. For more information, call David at 215-669-8430 or Ed at 215-945-3475.

   
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