Roman M. Martyniuk
(609) 530-6950
LTC Roberta Niedt
(609) 530-6939
Fax 609-530-6963
19 Dec 2003

Woodbridge School Children Remember Troops

On Friday, December 19th, 2003 Charles Kenny, Municipal Council President in Woodbridge, New Jersey delivered several hundred home made holiday greeting cards to the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs headquarters in Lawrenceville. The cards were made by students attending a variety of Woodbridge Township schools and were addressed to service men and women currently serving in Homeland Security and Homeland defense missions. Due to the limitations on mail and packages being sent into “combat” areas, and the timing of the delivery, the greetings could not be sent to the front lines.

With the assistance and cooperation of the NJDMAVA Public Affairs Office, a number of cards were electronically scanned and sent via e-mail to members of the New Jersey National Guard’s 253rd Transportation Company now serving in Iraq in support of the 101st Airborne Division. Additional cards were sent to the Family Assistance Centers in Teaneck, Lawrenceville, and Cape May Courthouse so that the families of deployed troops could share in some of the good will and spirit of the season contained in the holiday greetings.

Cards were also distributed through the National Guard’s Family Assistance programs to soldiers and airmen currently serving on extended active duty missions at Fort Dix, Ft Monmouth, Picatinny Arsenal, and Mc Guire Air Force Base as well as to troops providing security at the state’s two nuclear facilities.

While selecting some of the cards for posting on the NJDMAVA web site, Lt Colonel Roberta Niedt, NJDMAVA Public Affairs Officer commented on the heartwarming nature and the amazing emotional power generated by the cards. “ These kids are simply amazing. And I can’t imagine a nicer holiday surprise for the troops lucky enough to get these absolutely magical greeting cards.”

A sampling of cards is posted on the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs web site under New Press releases.


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