July Fourth - Celebrate the
Independence of our great nation!
News For Your Views
safety for the July Fourth holiday!
it comes to fireworks, there's a "child" hidden inside every
one of us. Never mind how old you are; there is something
about the boom and brightly colored flashes that brings the
child out in us. There are 9,000 injuries each year through
fireworks-related accidents. Enjoy your Fourth of July, but
do it safely.
Use fireworks and sparklers only outdoors.
Only persons over 12 years of age should handle sparklers
of any type.
Fireworks and alcohol do not mix. Have a designated "shooter."
Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you are,
don't use them.
If drought conditions mean a ban on fireworks, follow the
Only use fireworks as intended. Don't try to alter or combine
Don't allow young children to play with fireworks.
Supervise older children.
Light fireworks away from homes, dry leaves, grass or flammables.
Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies and pour on
Be sure people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
Never ignite fireworks in a container - especially one made
of glass or metal.
Never lean over skyrockets or other flying fireworks as you
Don't experiment with homemade fireworks.
for children who have lost a loved one
Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Hospice Program
is sponsoring the Hearts of Remembrance Children's Day: "A
Celebration of Life", a free grief support camp designed
for children ages 6-12 that have experienced the loss of a
loved one. The camp
will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, July 14,
2007, rain or shine.
day of celebration and hope allows children to express their
feelings related to the loss of their loved one through many
different outlets, including crafting, planting, and storytelling.
Music therapy, pet therapy, and games provide additional
ways for children to express their thoughts and feelings in
an environment of care, compassion, and support.
workers who specialize in bereavement counseling, as well
as trained volunteers and other hospice professionals are
available to support the children throughout the day.
are welcome to stay. Supportive counseling, Reiki and Massage
therapy are offered throughout the day for parents.
morning refreshments and a picnic lunch will be served. The Children's Day will be held at the Visiting
Nurse Association's Hospice Program headquarters, 1100 Wayside Road, Tinton Falls.
more information about the camp or other hospice services,
call Kerryann Silvestri, MSW or Staci Metz, MSW at 732-493-2220.
Advance registration for military children is not absolutely
required but would be helpful. RSVP and registration is due by June 30.
food and supporting the Fisher House Foundation
watch the Lakewood Blue Claws play baseball, eat lots of hot
dogs and hamburgers and support the Fisher House Foundation
all at the same time.
Aug. 6 The Fort Monmouth chapter of the Association of the
United States Army is sponsoring a "Night at the Baseball
to salute disabled service members and their families.
the cost of $20 for adults or $15 for children, you can get
all you can get all you can eat hot dogs and hamburgers.
Sponsors at various levels are also needed.
make payment, reservations or for sponsorship, contact Kit
Roache at 732-380-9500 or email@example.com.
from the night are being donated to the Fisher House Foundation.
The Fisher House Foundation supports America's
military in their time of need; the Foundation provides "a
home away from home" that enables family members to be
close to a loved one (military member) at the most stressful
time -- during hospitalization for an illness, disease or
employees will start new deduction from paycheck
July 7, 2007, employees covered under labor agreements with
the CWA, AFSCME, and IPFTE, and employees not covered by a
labor agreement, are required to contribute 1.5 percent of
their annual base salary for health and/or prescription drug
coverage under the State Health Benefits Program. Employees affected by this agreement will
see the new deduction beginning with pay period #15, and
a check date of July 27, 2007.
offers military discount over July Fourth holiday
Companies, Inc. announced it will offer all active, reserve
and retired military personnel and their immediate family
members a 10 percent discount on in-store purchases made during
the July Fourth holiday. The discount is available June 28-July
discount 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. Excluded from the discount are online
sales, previous sales, installation and delivery fees, extended
protection plans, gift cards, select Fisher & Paykel appliances
and John Deere.
addition to offering military discounts throughout the year,
Lowe's has extended benefits for its employees serving in
the military and offers employment opportunities to military
personnel after their military service has ended.
show from "Dave Does" on FoodNetwork is online
you have never seen the MRE show filmed by the Food Network
at Fort Dix
with the National Guard Soldiers, here is your chance. Go to www.foodnetwork.com,
select TV from the top links, select TV shows from the links
on the left, select the show "Dave Does," and select episode
(Webisode) number 8. Take the time to click on the bonuses for
some good smiles.
film looking for Soldiers, Marines to be extras
HBO film "Taking Chance" starring Kevin Bacon and based on
the short story by Lt. Col. Mike Strobl is looking for members
of the Army and Marines to be extras. We are looking for men and women of all ethnicities,
between the ages of 18 and 50.
You must make yourself available all day and be able
to transport yourself to location.
personnel are needed on Monday, July 2 at McGuire Air Force
Base OR Friday, July 20 in Paramus, N.J.
are needed on Thursday, July 5 and Friday, July 6 at The Meadowlands
in East Rutherford. You
will work both days.
are also needed on Friday, July 13 OR Wednesday, July 18 and
Thursday, July 19 OR Friday, July 20 in Paramus,
you are either a current or retired member of the Army or
Marines and interested in being an extra on this film please
e-mail name, contact phone number, military title, and a recent
photo ASAP to Chance@GWCNYC.com
or call Renee at 646-747-1564.
Salute honors 1,000,000th veteran
American Legion Bustleton Memorial Post #810 and The Walter
L. Mason Federal Post #152 are honored to host a United States
Army Commendation Ceremony in recognition of Freedom Team
Salute's One-Millionth Honoree. Vietnam veteran Bill Beck will be
the veteran honored at the ceremony and would like to have
other veterans, especially those from OIF and OEF join him
in this ceremony.
will take place on July 4, at 11 a.m., at the Bustleton Memorial
Post #810, 9151 Old Newtown Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115. For further information contact:
Ernie Landers, 5th District Commander, American Legion, Department
of Pennsylvania, 215-425-7989.
Uniform is military duty uniform.
Vietnam Wall in Long Branch July 26-29
city of Long Branch will host
the traveling Vietnam Wall, "The Wall that Heals," July 26-29. During the opening ceremony, retired Col.
Stephen G. Abel, Deputy Commissioner for NJDMAVA will be one
of the speakers.
Wall that Heals has been traveling around America,
and Ireland for
more than 10 years. Along
with the ½ scale replica of the monument in Washington,
D.C., a traveling
museum and information center completes the exhibit.
The museum reports the history of the Vietnam War Era
and the interesting healing powers of the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial. The information center gives visitors the
opportunity to learn about friends and loved ones lost in
"Wall" is open 24 hours a day during its stay.
For Your Calendar
Military Appreciation Day tickets available
after July 3
The tickets for Military
Family Appreciation Day at Great Adventure on August 27 are
available at any of our Family
locations (Teaneck, Somerset,
Pomona, Lawrenceville, Toms
River, Woodbury or
Jersey City) or the Family
Programs Office at Fort Dix.
Tickets will not be available until July 3.
Tickets will be $20 each (regular price is $69.99).
Tickets are for National Guard Soldiers and Airmen and civilian
employees of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans
Affairs. Parking at Great Adventure will be $15 per
car. For more information, contact Marie Durling at
609-562-0739 or Amanda Balas at 609-562-0742 in the State
Family Programs Office.
Korean War Commemoration Ceremony, July 27
The 2007 Korean War Commemoration
Ceremony will take place on July 27 at 11 a.m. at the
New Jersey Korean War Memorial, at Park Place/Boardwalk, near
Atlantic City. Hosted by the New Jersey Korean War Veterans
Association in cooperation with the Department of Military
and Veterans Affairs, it will be the 54th Anniversary Commemoration
Signing of the Korean War Armistice.
There will also be a presentation of the New Jersey
Korean War Commemorative Medal to local Korean combat veterans.
New HRDI course listings available on
The new HRDI Course Listing
is now available on the DMAVA Intranet - go to Human Resources,
then Training Forms to find the listing. There are two listings,
one is the Course listing (dates and location data) and the
other is the Course Description (a brief description of the
course). The lists are good from now until December 2007.
If you have any questions, contact Paul Serdiuk, Training
Coordinator, at 609-530-6878 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Jersey Helmets to Hardhats helps military
personnel find careers
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 best careers in the building and construction industry.
Our program seeks to honor and reward military service
with a solid, family-sustaining career in one of our 15 affiliated
Insulator and asbestos workers
Plasterers and cement masons
Sheet metal workers
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
registered apprenticeship programs in the building and construction
trades. Services include:
Personal career counseling
Review of apprentice entrance requirements
Guidance through the application process
Entrance test preparation
Referral to supportive services
program registration and information, visit us online at www.njbctc.org/h2h
or contact us at 732-499-7295 or at H2H@njbctc.org.
New Jersey State Library offers good reading
you looking for your next book to read?
Look no further than the New Jersey State Library.
to find a list of selected new books that you may request
to borrow. The list of new books can be found by clicking
the "What we have" button.
You can find best sellers, books on history, science,
Jerseyana, biographies and lots more to keep your mind muscles
working hard. If you have questions, you can call the General
Reference Desk at 609-292-6220 or e-mail them at email@example.com.
adds location in Virginia
Beach area for vacationers
Armed Forces Recreation Center in Virginia
Beach joins locations in Orlando,
Hawaii, and Korea.
The Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command
assumed responsibility of the 93-room set of cabins and bungalows
at Fort Story, Va.,
in April, but plans to expand the property over the next two
years with additional rooms and conference facilities.
The resort is open to active duty, reservists, retired military,
DoD civilians, delayed-entry recruits and family members.
Prices range from $59 to $273 per night based on the resort,
rank, paygrade, duty status, room size and location.
For more information go to www.capehenryinn.com.
Guard program searching for people
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
are split geographically throughout the state and volunteers
can stay busy. In April 2007, the teams conducted 205 services
for deceased veterans. By
May15, there were 120 funerals where the team performed their
duties. Retired Sgt. Maj. Ed Goetschius, who oversees
the program, believes that there will be at least 2,000 services
where the honor guard has served by the end of the year.
you are interested in applying for the Honor Guard program,
call Goetschius at 609-530-7090.
offered for State employees
you a state employee looking to save a few $$$?
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
FRG looking for "web savvy" volunteer
The New Jersey National Guard Family
Readiness Council is looking for an IT or "web savvy" individual
to donate their services. Your talents are needed to set up
and maintain a Web site for the Family Readiness Council.
Anyone who is interested should call Terry Dearden at 609-530-6893
to set up a meeting with the members of the Council.
The National Guard State Family Readiness Council is a nonprofit
organization developed to assess and implement solutions to
challenges that our Guard families experience during their
Soldier's or Airman's deployment. One of the functions of
the council is to add support to the Family Assistance Centers
scattered throughout the state. The council is accessible
to individual families and other military organizations. Financial
support is provided by the council to military activities
through generous donations and fundraising activities.
Resource services and emotional support are also available.
Grants offered to help military children
attend summer activities
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.
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.
more information and an application, contact Fawn Mutschler
at 609-543-6200, ext. 325 or e-mail email@example.com.
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
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
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
Tickets available for Tiger's AT&T
Tournament, July 3-6
While Mark Twain likened golf to a good
walk spoiled, many people find joy in playing and watching
the game. For those of you who enjoy the watching part,
tickets are available for the AT&T National at Bethesda, Md.,
Military members can get one pair of
tickets for themselves and a guest for Tuesday through Friday
and one pair for either Saturday or Sunday.
Tickets are available at Fort Monmouth
Tickets n' Tours, building 1010, Fort Monmouth. Additional tickets for military personnel
and the rest of the DoD community can be purchased through
Tickets n' Tours. The phone number is 732-532-3077. Cost is $20 for Tuesday-Friday tickets; $25
for weekend tickets. Children
under 12 are free at the gate when accompanied by a ticket-holding
There will be limited satellite parking
available in Maryland and Virginia
with free shuttle buses. Buses
from the Metro Red Line will also take spectators to the Club. There is NO parking at or near The Congressional
The tournament, which will be hosted
by Tiger Woods, will have former President George H.W. Bush
hit the ceremonial first shot on July 4 to start the long
weekend. The shot will
take place on the first tee of the Blue Course of the country
Ole Opry honoring military members this summer with Salute
The Grand Ole Opry will honor members
of the United States
military this summer with an Opry Summer Salute. The salute,
which features special shows, recognition of military personnel,
special offers and military performances and displays in the
began on Memorial Day weekend and will continue until Labor
Day weekend. Beginning May 21, persons can submit salutes
to the service members close to them to be read live at Opry
performances throughout the summer. Opry shows are every Tuesday,
Friday and Saturday night. Military personnel should mention
code MIL10X when making reservations at 1-800-733-6779. For
information on visiting the Opry, log on to http://www.opry.com
Trenton Vets Center, Trenton Thunder offer "cheap" seats
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 $7 for 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. If you have questions, call Matt Petima, director
of ticket operations for the Trenton Thunder at 609-394-3300,
ext 1200 or the ticket box office at 609-394-3300.
of Veteran Status: Interested veterans must
have a picture I.D. and provide proof of their veteran status
by showing one of the following documents: Military
I.D. card; Federal Department of Veteran Affairs medical I.D.
card; DD Form 214.
"Support Our Troops" Motorcycle Ride,
Like to ride motorcycle? Here is an opportunity to ride and support
servicemembers and their families at the same time. Join the 3rd Annual "Support Our Troops" Motorcycle
Run on October 13
(rain date of October 14).
Registration is from 10-11 a.m. at the
Tri-Towne Plaza, Route 70, Marlton and the ride
departs at 11:15 a.m. The route is to travel the Pine
Barrens to Sweetwater Casino Restaurant, Sweetwater
(Hammonton mailing address). The run will be approximately
48 miles (one way). Please come with a full tank of gas.
Cost of the ride is a donation of $15 per rider and
$5 per passenger.
Proceeds benefit the Freedom Alliance
Foundation which provide:
Educational scholarships to the children of America's military
heroes that have given the ultimate sacrifice.
For the injured in our hospitals pre-paid long-distance phone
cards, gift cards for clothing, food, toiletries, books, and
Funding for family members to travel to see and encourage
their loved one.
For more information contact John Atkinson
at 856-596-9100, or go to www.citikids.org/freedom.htm, for
local run information or to the national site - www.freedomalliance.org.
Savino Memorial Golf tourney scheduled
for Sept. 17
The 11th Annual Lt. Col. Dave Savino Memorial Golf Tournament
will be held on Sept.
17 at the Fountain Green Golf Course, Ft.
Dix. Shotgun start is at 8 a.m., with a two-person
scramble (best ball). Cost
to play is $85 per person, with checks made payable to "Lt.
Col. Dave Savino Memorial Fund."
Call Senior Master Sgt. Mike Balas at 609-330-4069
or Connie Cisek at 609-562-0901 for more information.
Proceeds from the tournament go to help fellow Guardsmen
Enlisted Association holding golf outing
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
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
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
no later than Oct. 15.
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
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.
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.
Scholarship information on BBB Military
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
For information to help military families
avoid financial pitfalls, visit: http://military.bbb.org
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 issues that 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,
on Become a Member for the application
and find out more about what the association does.
NGANJ has busy calendar for members in
The National Guard Association of New
Jersey will be conducting the following events.
All members (active and retirees) are encouraged to
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.
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:
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:
8, 9, 10
12, 13*, 14
2, 3, 4
30*, 31, November 1
27, 28, 29
*Medal ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m.
on these dates.
The kiosk will be open from 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m., July-Sept.; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Oct. and Nov.
N.J. Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and Vietnam Era
Free guided tours of the Memorial are offered on the first
Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.