Dept of Military and
Gen Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Gen Maria Falca-Dodson
Deputy Adjutant General
(Ret) Stephen G. Abel
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs
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of the Assistant Commissioner
(Ret) Michael B. Smith
Laura A. Branham
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State Veterans Service
Mr. Richard Clark
NJ Advisory Committee for
Mrs. Anna Hoffman
BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory
Mr. William Rakestraw
Benefits & Entitlements
War II Memorial
For Information or to make a donation,
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
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* Served 90 or more consecutive days in the
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* Guardmembers, Reservists, or family members with Power of
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Annual Coat Drive is a great success!!
Special thanks to all of DMVA’s
employees who donated coats for our annual drive.
we collected 113 coats along with numerous hats, gloves,
and scarves, which will be delivered to local soup
kitchens and shelters.
Thank you for your generosity.
Coat Drive Chairpersons
NJ World War II Memorial Commission
initiates fund drive.
World War II Memorial Commission initiated its fund drive
on December 7th with a press conference at
the State House. The Commission is trying to raise the final
$4 million from private and corporate donations. Anyone interested
in making a donation can call Diane Donahue at 609-530-7049
Jewish War Veterans make a generous donation
to the NJ World War II Memorial.
At a meeting Monday night, 5 December 2005, COL (Ret) Stephen
G. Abel, Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs, gratefully
accepted a $2,000 donation from the Cherry Hill Post of the
Jewish War Veterans, for the NJ World War II Memorial.
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) gratefully
accepts coats donated by the Department.
The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen gratefully accepted
the more than 100 coats donated by DMVA employees during
coat drive. TASK is a charitable, non-profit organization
serving hungry people in the Trenton area by providing more
than 3,000 meals per week. On Thanksgiving Day, TASK served
860 meals to the hungry in our area. TASK also provides services
that encourage self-sufficiency and improve quality of life.
National Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief of
the Veterans of Foreign Wars visits Vineland Home.
National Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans
of Foreign Wars visited the Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland
on Saturday, 3 December 2005. He was impressed with the state-of-the-art
facility and stated that the facility is clearly the best
in the nation. Residents will complete their move into the
facility by 13 December 2005.
108th Air Refueling Wing participated
in Operational Readiness Exercise.
The 108th Air Refueling Wing participated in an Operation
Readiness Exercise (ORE) in Alpena, Michigan, on October
The ORE was one of a series of test runs
to see how the 108th ARW operates in a simulated wartime
went well,” said Colonel Micha3l L. Cunniff, Commander
of the 108th ARW. “I am very pleased with the results.”
Throughout the week, 108th personnel
had to set up workspaces and operate with the simulated
threats of ground attacks,
scud missiles, and enemy infiltration around every corner.
Conditions changed constantly during the week, sometimes
keeping unit members in the highest level of their chemical
gear - MOPP 4 – for hours at a time. The next ORE is
scheduled to take place in April, which provides further
preparation for the actual Operation Readiness Inspection
in July of 2006.
SAT and ACT test preparation programs are
Military members with teen relatives
who are preparing to apply to college should visit http://www.militarystudent.dod.mil/ where they can purchase a copy of SAT and ACT test preparation
programs simply for the cost of shipping and handling – compliments
of a group of professional football players.
This group of players, in association with the Department
of Defense and other organizations, have made it possible
for military members to go to the website, confirm their
military status, and for the $9.95 shipping charge, have
the program shipped to their home. The athletes will cover
the $199.99 cost of the program.
The program consists of two CD-ROMs with more than 10 hours
of training video and requires about 40 hours of student
participation. Students can select the areas that they need
the most and then study at their own pace.
Requests are not limited to the service
children. For example, an aunt or uncle van purchase copies
of the program for each of their nieces and nephews.
A holiday message from Ch. Captain Christopher
L. Miller (108th Air Refueling Wing Staff Chaplain)
The holiday season from Thanksgiving to New Year is a time
when many people begin to think about family, home, and friends.
Many of us have the opportunity to travel to our old hometowns
and be with our families, look up those friends from high
school that we have not seen for a while and bask in the
glow of our memories of days gone by.
It’s hard to miss the holiday season.
The radio stations begin to play holiday music. The store
decorations are a
brilliant red, green, blue, silver, and gold. Even the chill
in the air seems to be a welcome relief from the heat of
summer and becomes an excuse for some to snuggle together
as they walk the streets looking for that perfect gift for
the ones they love.
I only wish the above scene that I have tried to paint were
true for all of us. For far too many of our fellow Guardsmen
and women the holiday season is a season of depression. There
are those for whom the season only dredges up memories of
disappointment and difficult times. There are those whose
grief at the loss of a loved one is still way too close to
the surface, and the holidays just seem to make that grief
more pronounced. For others, hard times and financial strain
is not a memory of the past, but a consistent, present reality.
The holidays only make that reality harder to deal with as
we feel we will only disappoint our family and friends or
worse yet dig ourselves deeper and deeper in debt.
It is a well-known fact that suicide attempts rise during
this time of year and that is not a coincidence but a direct
result of those who feel overwhelmed by hopelessness during
One of the universal truths of religion around the world
is that God (however you conceive of God) seeks to hold you
up during times of grief, pain, confusion, doubt, sadness,
and despair. I believe that one of the ways that God achieves
this is through people.
Let me challenge all of us to keep our
eyes open and our hearts sensitive to those of us who may
not be handling the
holiday “fun” as well as we might. Make yourself
available to a friend who might not be able to be with his/her
family this season. Be ready to share a grief with a buddy.
Take time to notice those who seem to be angry or depressed
and find out if there is anything you can do to help. You
just might be the gift that someone needs to get through
the holiday season.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam
Era Educational Center’s upcoming event schedule.
17 Dec, 6pm
Holiday Lighting Ceremony
"The Khe Sanh Veterans Book of Poetry" - Written by veterans
of the Battle of Khe Sanh during the 1968 Tet Offensive of the Vietnam War, these
about Khe Sanh, the war, friends, and the aftermath of war. Poetry reading
and author lecture by a contributor, Khe Sanh Vietnam Veteran Joe Belardo.
For more information about any of these events,
please call the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office
at (732) 335-0033.
The Vietnam Era Educational Center is located
adjacent to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the
Garden State Parkway at Exit 116.
Part-time opportunities in Military Funeral
The New Jersey Army National Guard Military
Funeral Honors Program has several part-time employment opportunities
immediately available across the state for TDGs and Technicians.
Earn one day’s base pay and one retirement point for
a few hours work providing Military Funeral Honors for our
Veterans. If you are interested, please contact SGM Edward
Goetschius, Military Funeral Honors Coordinator, at 609-530-7090
or by e-mail at Edward.email@example.com.
US Army Veterans recognized – Freedom
The U.S. Army initiated the Freedom Team Salute
program six months ago to recognize and honor year-round
more than 11 million veterans and those who support Soldiers
today. This past Veterans Day, Freedom Team Salute expanded
so that U.S. Army veterans may be nominated by anyone wishing
to recognize their service. The mission of Freedom Team Salute
is to strengthen the Army community by honoring veterans
for their service and dedication to the U.S. Army. And by
providing Soldiers – Active, Guard, and Reserve – the
opportunity to recognize those who support them through a
simple nomination process. Nominating someone for a Freedom
Team Salute can be done online at http://www.freedomteamsalute.army.mil.
The commendations are mailed within 4-6 weeks.
members wanting to learn more about FTS outreach, provide
feedback on the program or to sign up as an FTS Ambassador
can log on to https://secureweb.hqda.pentagon.mil/ftspublic or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fitness Corner– Ernie Razzano, Certified
Fitness Trainer, email@example.com
Cold and Flu Season
The following guidelines
may help you to ward off that ever impending cold or flu
this flu season:
* I always start with this recommendation – Wash your
hands frequently. This is often your best defense. Wash the
entire hand using warm water and soap. Don’t forget
to clean under fingernails. Wash for at least 10 seconds.
Avoid putting your hands near your eyes, nose, or mouth
unless you have washed. Most bacteria and germs are spread
from a surface to your hands to your face. Few germs are
transmitted through the air.
* Clean your “shared spaces” more
often than other times of the year. Remember phones, keyboards,
wheels, office equipment and other items used by several
people during the day.
* Flu shots are beneficial for those
with weakened immune systems, the elderly, or those who
come in contact with a
lot of people.
* Get enough sleep. During sleep, your body’s
immune system goes into high gear to protect you from illness.
of sleep can reduce immune functioning making you susceptible
to sickness. Even more important, lack of quality REM sleep
can be just as bad if not worse.
* Drink more water. In the
fall and winter, it is easy to overlook your thirst and
* Implement an integrated training approach
if you have not done so already. Try to maintain a 3-4
day a week exercise
routine. Consistency is key.
* Follow a balanced nutrition
* Limit alcohol intake. Alcohol can be dehydrating
which, in turn, may decrease your resistance to bacteria.
Finally, listen to your body. If you are less than 100%,
you will feel better and recover faster if you let yourself
you know that New Jersey was once named Albania?
By the mid 1600s, control of the world’s shipping
trade by the Dutch was of great concern to the English. The
Dutch were slowing colonizing New Netherland, a vast tract
of land extending from Connecticut south to Maryland – land
that the English considered to be their own. New Netherland
was positioned between the existing English settlements in
New England and their settlements in Maryland south through
James, Duke of York and brother to King Charles II, emerged
as a leading figure in the Royal Court in support of dealing
with the Dutch problem. In 1664, King Charles granted James
a wide assortment of lands extending from the St. Lawrence
to the Delaware, including the Dutch area of New Netherland.
James, in turn, having control over the Royal Navy, sent
Colonel Richard Nicholls to oust the Dutch and to govern
Colonel Nicholls and his four frigates picked up some help
in Boston in July, 1664 and arrived in New York in August.
Colonel Nicholls succeeded in taking part of Long Island,
where he raised a small group of English volunteers, and
also took part of Staten Island. He then blockaded New York
harbor threatening a siege of the main Dutch fort and center
of government in Manhattan. Peter Stuyvesant, receiving no
support from the Dutch West India Company, surrendered New
Nethlerland without firing a shot.
Colonel Nicholls renamed the New Amsterdam
portion of New Netherland – New York, in honor of James, Duke of York.
He called Long Island – Yorkshire, and he called the
area that would become New Jersey – Albania, as a compliment
to James, the Duke of York and Albany. The name Albania was
changed when James sold his rights there to Lord Berkeley
and George Carterert (without telling Colonel Nicholls).
Berkeley and Carteret settled on the more familiar New Jersey
as the territory’s name.
is running out for Christmas Delivery -- Military postal
agency offers holiday mailing advice.
“Pack it well” and “mail it early” are
two tips a military postal official offered for holiday mail
being sent to servicemembers overseas. The Defense Department
recommended the following mailing deadlines:
* December 10 for priority mail
* December 19 for express mail
Here are additional mailing tips:
* Use nylon or reinforced packing tape on packages because
other tapes tend to come off
* Buzzing, ticking, or vibrating items
will be “red
flagged.” Remove batteries from electronics.
* Fill out customs labels completely.
* Use proper military address to help move the package through
* Boxes with hazardous substance or alcohol
make it through the system.
* Boxes should be strong and well-packed because of the
long distances traveled and the high volume of packages moving
Individuals who may not personally know a servicemember
overseas, but want to share the holiday spirit should visit
the www.americasupportsyou.mil website.
Call today to volunteer at a Family Readiness
Center near you.
If you are able to assist the families of our
deployed soldiers and airmen, please call our Family Readiness
Center at our
toll-free number 888-859-0352.
Food for thought. As 2005
draws to a close, it is good to remember..
“Everything that has a beginning
has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be
well.” - Buddha