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ChalleNGe graduate is casualty of war
On Sunday, April 1, a graduate of New Jersey Youth ChalleNGe
Academy was a casualty of the war in Iraq. Marine Pfc. Miguel
A. Marcial III, 19, of Secaucus, died in Al Anbar province,
Pfc Marcial graduated from ChalleNGe in August 2005, one of
66 cadets who were in the 22nd class of the New Jersey program.
He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in February 2006.
He is survived by his mother Diana Cabrera of Chatham and
father, Miguel Marcial Jr, of Brooklyn. Services for Marcial
are tentatively scheduled for next week.
Job Fair at Fort Monmouth, April 17
There will be a job fair on April 17 at Gibbs
Hall, Fort Monmouth, N.J., sponsored by Army Community Service
– Employment Readiness Program. More than 70 companies,
including Merrill Lynch, PNC Bank, Home Depot, FBI, Frito-Lay
and New Jersey State Police are registered for the fair. The
fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The job fair is open to the public. Picture ID may be required
and no large bags, back packs or briefcases will be permitted.
Lunch will be available for purchase at Gibbs Hall. There
will be no copy facilities available, so you should bring
adequate copies of your resume for the day.
Gibbs Hall is located on Route 537 before you reach main post
of Fort Monmouth.
For more information, go to www.fortmonmouthmwr.com/acs/ or
Military Appreciation Weekend at Lime
Lime Rock Park, the road racing center of the
east, located in northwest Connecticut (497 Lime Rock Road,
Lakeville) is hosting a military appreciation weekend on Memorial
Day Weekend, May 25-28.
Show a valid military I.D. at the gate and get in free on
any of the four days during the event.
Memorial Day Weekend kicks off their 50th anniversary and
the start of the 2007 season of racing. Racing will be held
on Friday, Saturday and Monday, with Sunday being a quiet
day in the Park as they host the 2nd annual Hemmings Motor
News Car Show.
Lime Rock Park does not have grandstands, so bring the lawn
chairs, coolers and blankets and sunblock for a weekend at
For more information visit www.limerock.com or call 1-800-RACE-LRP.
Powerlifiting tournament at Fort Hamilton
on April 14
The 3rd Annual Powerlifting Tournament will
take place at the Army Sports and Fitness Center, 402 MacArthur
Road, Fort Hamilton N.Y., on April 14. Weigh in takes place
at 9:30 a.m. and classification is at 10 a.m. Cost is $20.
There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place individual trophies.
Equipment needed is belt/wraps and suit with optional T-shirt.
Styles being judged in the competition are bench and dead
lift. For more information, contact the Sports and Fitness
Center at 718-630-4793/4727/4830.
The New Jersey Committee for Employer Support to the
Guard and Reserve (ESGR) will be conducting a Boss Lift
to Jacksonville, Fla. on April 11-13.
The purpose of the Boss Lift is to provide employers with
a better understanding of what their employees do when
they are away from their civilian occupation for duty
with their military units. Nominations for relatives,
minors or assistance cannot be accepted. Commanders and
Primary Staff officers should encourage Guard members
to nominate employers for participation in this trip.
Nomination forms can be found at the ESGR website at www.njesgr.org
The Forms can then be submitted to:
ATTN: Hank Pierre
101 Eggert Crossing Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08640.
Additional information can be obtained from Hank Pierre
Pancake Breakfast to support the
Troops and families
The New Jersey League of Municipalities, the National
Guard State Family Readiness Council, American Legion
Post 414 and the Lawrence Lions are holding a Support
the Troops and Families Pancake Breakfast
It will be held on Sunday, April 15, from 7 a.m. to 1
p.m. at the Lawrenceville Army National Guard Armory on
151 Eggert Crossing Road, Lawrenceville, N.J.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children.
For more information or tickets, contact Jack Stoffa at
609-530-6855 or Joe Lech at 609-530-7015 or John Hastings
609-530-7124. They also need volunteers to serve and bus
tables after the patrons eat. Contact Jack or Joe for
Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day, April 26
fourth Thursday in April….April 26. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with this event please contact Dorinda Sapp, DMAVA’s AAO, at 609-530-6828, by Wed., March 28. Further information regarding this event will be available in the coming weeks. We look forward to seeing you and your child at this year’s event!
Older Americans Month Expo
For those of us who have reached the age old enough to
be invited to join the exclusive organization with many
benefits, AARP, there is also a month for us: May, which
is Older Americans Month. The Department of Personnel
and Working Well New Jersey will participate in the 50
Begins Life Expo on May 5-6 at the Garden State Exhibit
Center, Somerset. There will be more than 200 exhibits,
seminar programs, book signings, entertainment, prize
drawings and free health screenings. There will also be
a 50+ job fair and volunteer area. Put this on your calendar.
McGuire Air Show, May 12-13, features
Thunderbirds, Golden Knights
McGuire Air Force Base will be holding air show on May 12-13
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The two-day air show will feature the
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Army Golden Knights and static
displays of an array of modern and vintage military aircraft.
No tickets are required as the show has free admission and
free parking. The Web Site for the event is: http://www.305services.com/main/airshow07.
Motorcycle riders invited on ride
to three Veterans Homes
Motor cycle enthusiasts mark your calendars! The employees,
Soldiers, and Airmen of DMAVA are planning a bike ride.
The tentative date for this event is June 16, 2007. 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. If interested, you may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 609-530-6841. If you have any questions or need
any additional information feel free to contact him directly.
Retirement Dinner In honor of Command Chief Master
Sgt. Herbert E. Mimler Jr.
Saturday, April 21
Renault Winery Tuscany House, 72 N. Bremen Avenue, Egg Harbor
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Cost $35 RSVP NLT April 16
Capt. Mays 609-645-6206 or Master Sgt. Orme 609-645-6012
Cash or Checks Payable: 177FW Chief’s Council
Mess Dress or Semi-formal
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
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
Deployed Service Members get extension
on filing taxes
The Family Readiness Groups have received many questions regarding filing of 2006 Federal Income taxes for deployed soldiers. If a soldier is deployed and serving in a combat zone he or she is automatically granted an extension of filing for 180 days. The 180 days starts on the day he departs for the combat zone, so in most cases the soldiers we have deployed from D/250th BSB and Trp C/5-117th will not be required to file their tax forms until late 2007 or possibly early 2008.
Assemblymen holding gift card drive
for Family Readiness Program
Assemblymen Jack Conners and Herb Conaway MD are currently
holding Operation “We Care”, a gift card drive.
Gift cards in denominations up to $25 are being collected
for distribution to the families of our deployed Soldiers.
The collected cards will be given to the New Jersey Family
Readiness Program for distribution to the families. Gift
cards can be mailed or dropped off at the address below.
Office hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For questions or more information, call 856-461-3997.
Assemblymen Conaway and Conners
Delran Professional Center
8008 Rt. 130 N, suite 125
Delran NJ 08075
ChalleNGe looking for a few good
ChalleNGe needs a few good men & women, ages 21 and
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
4. Make yourself available to discuss and give input to
resolving real life issues with your cadet -
then, call ChalleNGe at 609-562-0577 and request an application.
As a ChalleNGe mentor, you will spend 14 months giving
sound advice to a cadet and helping him or her find placement
resources within their respective communities. You can
visit your cadet at ChalleNGe, which is located on Fort
Dix, as well as take them for off-site visits.
A 4-hour mandatory training is provided at Fort Dix upon
commitment to your cadet.
ChalleNGe RPM (recruitment, placement & mentoring)
staff are readily available to assist you and your cadet
in this endeavor. If you have any questions, contact RPM
Being a ChalleNGe mentor is a very rewarding experience
and provides you with an opportunity to assist in changing
a youth’s life forever.
NJ Bar Association offers free legal
The New Jersey Bar Association has created 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.
Individuals who have been adversely affected upon their return
from deployment and the program currently offers assistance
to the following areas: family law, employment law and debtor-creditor
The Military 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.
If interested in the program, contact D. Todd Sidor, Esq.,
by e-mail: email@example.com or phone: 732-937-7544.
Microsoft software available for Army
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.
The Army awarded a six – year Enterprise License Agreement
(ELA) for Microsoft products on May 30, 2003. The MS ELA established
by the Army is a “Volume License” agreement with
Software Assurance, and as a “Volume License”
owner, the Army is entitled to exercise the Home Use Program.
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/
“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.
NJARNG Honor Guard Program
We Need You!
One Day of Pay (Minimum $50)
One Retirement Point (TDG’s only)
Selfless Service and Personal Satisfaction.
Call 609-530-7090 Today To See If You Qualify.
Have you ever looked at the flag and seen it flying at half
staff and wondered who and why? It’s easy to find out
the reason New Jersey is flying the flags at half staff. Every
day, on the state’s Web site www.nj.gov, you will find
a New Jersey flag on the right hand side of the page, slightly
below the governor’s photo. Here it tells you if the
flag should be flying at full or half staff. You can find
more information by clicking on the “Learn more”
Hire A Hero – new program to help
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/
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 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 Patty Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Jackson Outlet offers coupon
Jackson Premium Outlets has an offer to all members of the
military, past or present. Simply by stopping by the Information
Center in the Food Court, you can get a free Jackson premium
Outlets VIP Coupon Book. Some form of identification indicating
military service is necessary and the booklet that normally
costs $5 will be given to you for free. There are hundreds
of dollars of additional savings in coupons in the book.
WWE tickets available to members of
As a corporate partner with the Defense Department’s
America Supports You program, World Wrestling Entertainment
supports the military and its many servicemembers and their
families. WWE is expressing their generosity by giving members
of the military free admittance into WEE events worldwide.
Members of the military can receive a free ticket to WWE events,
based on availability and excluding WrestleMania events, when
they provide valid identification to the box office on performance
WWE has shown their support of the military by visiting casualties
in military hospitals overseas and at Walter Reed and Bethesda
Naval Medical Center. Stars from WWE have gone to Iraq for
the past three years to tape a holiday special that was broadcast
in America and to troops around the globe. The organization
has also donated T-shirts, videos, CDs and other promotional
items to members of the armed forces serving on the front
lines of the Global War on Terrorism.
For the Families
From the desk of retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Hughes, Family Assistance Specialist
Registration began March 15 for National Military Family Association's popular Operation Purple Summer Camps for kids. This free camp program for military children with deployed parents will host more than 3,500 children and teens in 26 different states. Each camp is "purple" and open to children of any member of the uniformed services including National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and United States Public Health Service plus the National Guard and Reserve. Information on specific locations and the registration process is available. For further information on the camps please visit http://www.operationpurple.org/.
Next Marriage Enrichment Seminar planned
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
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.
Soldiers who signed up for the May Seminar will be receiving
letters of instruction and information for the weekend by
the second week in April.
‘Operation Purple’ summer
camp registration opens up
TRICARE Dental Program offers drawing
As part of April’s “Month of the Military Child,”
United Concordia is sponsoring a Web-based, random-selection
drawing. Prizes will be awarded to military children of varying
Children of active duty or National Guard and Reserve sponsors
who are enrolled in the Tri-Care Dental Program are eligible
for this drawing. To enter, simply complete the form found
on the TDP Web site – www.TRICAREdentalprogram.com between
March 28 and April 26 and submit it online.
One first, second and third place prize will be awarded in
each of the six TRICARE regions for the four age categories.
Only one entry per child is permitted; winners will be announced on the TDP Web site on May 10, 2007.
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)
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 email@example.com to obtain an application.
In addition to the completed application form, applicants
will also need to submit the following documentation: LES/paystub
for applicant and spouse; statement of Financial Need (i.e.
reason for applying and how the grant will help); bill or
pricing of expenditure as well as any other supporting information
the applicant feels may be helpful. Additional information
can be found at: www.state.nj.us/dca/dow/depmilspouseasst.shtml
ACS at Fort Dix offers programs to Soldiers
and family members
The Army Community Service (ACS) office at Fort Dix has several programs
to support the Soldier and his/her family during mobilization
and deployment. Their number is (609) 562-2767 or (800)
877-2380 and they are located in Building 5201 at Maryland
Ave and 8th Street. Some of the programs available are:
Army Emergency Relief: Provides emergency
financial assistance to active duty military personnel, retirees,
National Guard and Reserve Component on active duty for over
30 consecutive days and their family members (with ID card
and power of attorney).
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP): Entitles
member to additional benefits through TRICARE's Extended Care
Health Option (ECHO) Program. Provides information,
referrals, crisis intervention, community support and assistance
to meet individual needs.
Family Advocacy Program: Provides for the
identification, reporting, prevention, and treatment of child
abuse and domestic violence.
Employment Readiness Program: Offers information
and referral for employment, education (resume writing and
interviewing), volunteer and training opportunities.
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
The New Jersey Nets are offering a Military Appreciation Discount
of 35-45 percent savings on seven upcoming games at the Continental
Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, N.J.
N.J. Nets offer military discount on
upcoming home games
Game dates are:
Nets vs. Indiana, March 28, 7:30 p.m.
Nets vs. Philadelphia, March 31, 7:30 p.m.
Nets vs. Atlanta, April 4, 7:30 p.m.
Nets vs. Washington, April 7, 7:30 p.m.
Nets vs. Chicago, April 18, 7:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Abner Neufeld at 201-635-3163
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enlisted Association invites all to
golf tournament April 23
Join the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of New
Jersey at its Second Annual Golf Tournament to be held on
Monday, April 23 at the Gamblers Ridge Golf Club in Cream
Ridge, N.J. All proceeds will go to the scholarship program
that benefits the children, spouses and eligible members of
the Enlisted Association.
A flyer for registration as well as cart and hole sponsorship
is located on the Association website: www.eang-nj.org.
NJNG is looking for runners
The New Jersey National Guard is looking for a few good runners
to represent the state in the 2007 National Guard Marathon
in Lincoln, Neb., on May 6.
Each year hundreds of National Guardsmen from around the nation
compete in the Marathon. Qualifying times to attend
the race (fully funded TDY) are: four hours for men under
40; 4:15 for men 40 and over; and 4:30 for women. The
qualifying time must have been accomplished within the last
18 months. The top runners in Lincoln are selected for
the National Guard Running Team and compete in races across
the nation. Interested Guardsmen should contact Maj. Arnstein
Red Shield sponsoring Motorcycle Run, pig roast
Ride for the Red Shield – The Salvation Army is sponsoring a Motorcycle Run and Pig Roast at Camp Tecumseh, Pittstown, Saturday May 12. The proceeds will benefit New Jersey Division’s Emergency Disaster Services Program and Services for Military Veterans and their families.
Cost to ride is $25 per bike, $10 for passengers and walk-ins. A free T-shirt will be given to the first 200 riders registered. Sign in at Camp Tecumseh, 445 Mechlin Corner Road, Pittstown between 9-11 a.m., with donuts and coffee at the start. Finish will be at the same place, but a pig roast and barbecue will be at the finish point; no alcoholic beverages will be served or allowed.
Included in the day’s activities will be a Scrabble Scramble Ride, cash prize for the winner, tattoo judging, bike show, trophies and a complimentary photo of each rider and their bike.
If you are interested in riding, contact Ron Yuhas of the Salvation Army at 908-85109300, ext. 239 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Nutter Run beneficiary is Guard daughter,
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
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 in need.
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.
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
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
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
Full details and application procedures will be available
on this Web site soon.
AMVETS Scholarship program open to entering
AMVETS National Scholarship Program offers a four-year
scholarship to entering college freshmen to be used for
full-time study at either an undergraduate college or university
or an accredited technical/trade school leading to a certification
or degree. For each year, up to a maximum of four years,
AMVETS will award $1,000 to students maintaining a 2.0 grade
point average or equivalent and showing evidence of enrollment.
This program is for children and grandchildren of veterans.
A total of six
scholarships will be awarded nationally, one per each of
the six National Districts of AMVETS. Applicants must meet
all of the eligibility requirements and submit the completed
application on or before April 15. For questions about the
application process, please contact AMVETS toll free at
VFW Scholarships available to veterans,
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
Bill Extends Education Eligibility
A bill which extends eligibility for higher education tuition assistance
to certain former members of New Jersey National Guard and
increases the number of tuition-free credits available to
National Guard members and their dependents was signed into
law by Governor Jon. S. Corzine on Jan. 24.
The legislation would allow National Guard members who are
called into active duty to utilize state tuition assistance
credits after their enlistment expires.
Under the old law, active members of the New Jersey National
Guard may receive up to 15 credits per semester tuition free
from public institutions of higher education in the State.
Similarly, the child or surviving spouse of a National Guard
member killed in the performance of his duties may also receive
This bill, A-2542, amended the law to extend eligibility for
this higher education tuition benefit to members of the New
Jersey National Guard whose use of the free tuition benefit
is interrupted by a deployment to active duty. The change
would permit these soldiers to receive their earned educational
benefits should their enlistment expire, or should they be
medically discharged, prior to completing their studies.
The new law will also increase the number of credits eligible
for funding under this program from 15 to 16 per semester.
NJ Vietnam Memorial Foundation offers
Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded by the New Jersey
Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation. Information about
the scholarships, including application form, can be found
at www.njvvmf.org. Applications must be received at the foundation
office by 5 p.m. April 20. Applications received after the
deadline will not be accepted. Recipients will be notified
prior to the award ceremony on May 28.
Grantham University scholarships: Grantham University offers a scholarship program to severely injured service members and their spouses and adult children. Go to www.grantham.edu for more information. They also have scholarship programs for military veterans, service members, and family members.
Widener University CARES Scholarship: Widener University, Chester, Pa., has
a full scholarship program for children of Global War on Terrorism
service members who were killed in action. Contact the
Office of Admissions at 610-499-4126 for more information.
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/cbbbmilitary/e_article-000694547.cfm?x=b8r7v3.
For information to help military families avoid financial
pitfalls, visit: http://military.bbb.org
Position vacancy for officer in Albania
The European Command has changed the area of consideration for the Bilateral Affairs Officer position in Albania. The position now is open to both N.J. Army and Air National Guard Majors and Captains. Additionally, children are authorized on the accompanied two year tour. The closing date for this job announcement is extended until April 13. Air Guard officers who are interested in applying should follow the instructions from Army Bulletin #4 and adapt it by using Air Force documentation. Please contact Maj. Judie Marranco for further information on the job opening or clarifying information on allowing children on this tour of duty. Maj. Marranco’s work number is 609-530-7079, cell 609-209-9371 and e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. (See Position Vacancy section below for more information.)
There is a position open for a Bilateral Affairs Officer in Tirana, Albania in association with the State Partnership Program with an estimated start date of June 1, 2007. The grade required for the position is captain or mid-grade major; the branch is immaterial.
Along with assignment are many incentives including diplomatic status and embassy privileges, individual housing provided in country, use of embassy VIP badges/privileges available, member of ambassador’s Country Team and high level and very visible assignment working with the U.S. ambassador, NATO commander, and other organizations in country.
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,
click on Become a Member for the application and find out
more about what the association does.
NGANJ has busy calendar for members
The National Guard Association of New Jersey will be conducting
the following events. All members (active and retirees) are
encouraged to participate:
?? NGANJ Social - the Association’s Social will be conducted
on Friday, April 13, 2007 at the Holiday Inn, East Windsor
(Hightstown), N.J. This event will begin at 6 p.m. and will
conclude at approximately 11 p.m. Cost per person is $60.
This includes a one hour open bar, full course dinner and
DJ. The attire will be the “dress” uniform for
military and formal (suit) for civilians.
?? NGANJ 2007 Yearbook – Retired Chief Warrant Officer
5 Jack Petrosilli and his committee sent a mailing to all
members requesting support for the Yearbook. Please return
your ads and/or booster request no later than April 15. If
you need a form, please contact Petrosilli.
?? 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 15 - 18, 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
?? 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.
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:
*Medal ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m. on these dates.
|May 16, 17*, 18
||Ocean County Mall
|July 11,12, 13
||Bridgewater Commons Mall
|August 8, 9, 10
||Newport Centre Mall
|September 12, 13*, 14
The kiosk will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the identified dates.
During the month of June the kiosk will travel to the New Jersey Elks Convention (May 31-June 1), the American Legion Convention (June 6-9) and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention (June 13-16).
N.J. Vietnam Veterans Memorial
N.J. Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and Vietnam Era Educational Center's upcoming events
April 14 / 1 p.m. / "Answering the Call for Those Who Have Answered the Call of Duty – N.J. Veteran's Hotline," a discussion about this service to veterans by N.J. Vietnam Veteran, Chuck Arnold, UMDNJ - University Behavioral HealthCare Counselor.
May 7 / 11 a.m. / New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day ceremony in the courtyard of the N.J. Vietnam Veterans' Memorial.
May 28 / 11 a.m. / Memorial Day ceremony in the courtyard of the N.J. Vietnam Veterans' Memorial.
On Saturdays, between February 17 and April 14, free guided tours of the N.J. Vietnam Veterans' Memorial will be available at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Beginning May 5, free guided tours of the Memorial will be offered on the first Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
N.J. Vietnam Vets Memorial to present
The New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
will award N.J. Vietnam Service Medals and Distinguished Service
Medals in a ceremony on May 7, 2007, at the New Jersey Vietnam
Veterans’ Memorial as part of the N.J. Vietnam Veterans
Remembrance Day ceremony. In order to participate in this
ceremony, you must complete the DMAVA award application and
send it with the necessary supporting documentation. You can
get a .pdf file of the application online at http://www.nj.gov/military/veterans/awards/forms/application.pdf
(you will need Adobe Acrobat to open the .pdf file) or you
can call the N.J. Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation
at 732-335-0033 to have one mailed to you. For questions about
eligibility and criteria for the medals, please call 609-530-7035.