New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
DMAVA Highlights 16 June 2006

Volume 5, Number 25

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

NJ Advisory Committee for Women Veterans
Mrs. Anna Hoffman

BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory Council
Mr. William Rakestraw

Veterans Hotlines

Benefits & Entitlements

Mental Health

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.


* 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

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

First Morris Bank & Trust

Manasquan Savings Bank

North Jersey Federal Credit Union

Peapack-Gladstone Bank (908)

Pennsville National Bank


Sovereign Bank

Sun National Bank

Quote of the Week

You are the same today as you will be five years from now except for two things…the people you meet and the books you read.

-Charles E. Jones

DMAVA Highlights Archive Page

Flag Day - Wednesday, June 14
Happy Father's Day - Sunday, June 18

SGLI premium changes in July 06

The new SGLI premium rate will increase the monthly premium rate for a member with maximum coverage of $400,000 from $27 to $29. This premium includes an additional $1 per month for Traumatic Injury Protection coverage (TSGLI), which is mandatory and added to any premium rate automatically. In addition the Family SGLI will be reduced. Service members will see a change in the deduction from their pay for the first time in July 2006.


N.J. ChalleNGe Youth score well in ChalleNGe Invitational

From June 4–9, N.J. Youth ChalleNGe teams participated in the 10th annual ChalleNGe Invitational.  Held on the University of Maryland, College Park campus, the event drew nearly 600 ChalleNGe participants representing ChalleNGe states from around the country.  Youth ChalleNGe students competed in both physical and academic events.  Out of 12 states represented, N.J. Youth ChalleNGe placed as follows:  Congressional Quiz Bowl – 2nd place, Drill Team Competition – 3rd place, Drill Team “Knock-Out” Drill – 3rd place, Female Basketball – 3rd place, Chess – 4th place, Male Basketball – 5th place, GED Jeopardy – 5th place and Volleyball – 6th place.  Way to go N.J. Youth ChalleNGe – we’re proud of you!


1st Annual Baker-Spakosky Poker Run benefits scholarship fund

Come to the 1st Annual Ryan T. Baker/Philip I. Spakosky Memorial Poker Run on July 16.  Registration time is 9-11 a.m., at Tattoo Everything, 558 Lakehurst Road, Browns Mills, N.J. (609-893-1626).  Donations are $10 per rider, $5 per passenger.  The run ends at the American Legion, 39 Pemberton-Juliustown Road, Pemberton, N.J. (609-894-2203). 

Proceeds of the run will benefit the Ryan T. Baker/ Philip I. Spakosky Scholarship Fund.  Scholarships will be awarded to Pemberton Township High School graduates.  Both Spc. Baker and Spc. Spakosky were residents of Browns Mills and casualties of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The run is sponsored by Rolling Thunder®, Inc, New Jersey Chapter 2 and Tattoo Everything.  There will be door prizes, live music, and a food vendor.  For more information, call 609-971-3544 or visit


Fill Your Date Book

Pancake Breakfast in Cookstown for 250th BSB FRG

The Family Readiness Group of Delta Company 250th BSB in conjunction with VFW Post 6590 is sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast to raise funds to support the families and their Soldiers currently deployed from Delta Company.  The event will be held on Saturday, June 24, 8:30-11 a.m., at the VFW Post 6590, 2290 Veterans Way, Cookstown, NJ.  Cost is adults: $7, children under 12: $3.50.  Points of contact Kim Bowe at 856-455-8656 or Linda Rigby at 609-877-2956.


ChalleNGe sponsors blood drive, June 26

The Youth ChalleNGe Academy is sponsoring a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Monday, June 26 at 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at building 5910, W. 16th Street (Doughboy Loop & Newport St.), Fort Dix. Make your appointment today!

 For your convenience appointments can be made by signing up online at:, or call Sean Van Lew, Deputy Director at 609-562-0572.

Not sure if you can donate?  Check out Donor Eligibility Guidelines at: www.pleasegive

Thank you. Together, we can save a life.


Concert benefits scholarship fund

The Freedom Concert benefits the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund which provides college scholarships to the children of fallen military heroes who sacrificed life and limb defending our freedom. It also honors the America’s true heroes and brave defenders of freedom:  our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Guardsmen and Marines.  

One time a year Sean Hannity invites you to his BIGGEST party of the year. On Friday, July 21, 77WABC is proud to present the 4th Annual Hannity Freedom Concert at Six Flags Great Adventure! It will feature country music legend Hank Williams Jr., and special performances by Sara Evans and Lee Greenwood.  

Order your Hannity Freedom Concert tickets by calling 1-800-329-5454 or go to: or http://www.  Cost of tickets online is $54.99 plus tax that includes park admission and the concert. Season passholders may attend the concert with the purchase of a $26.99 concert upgrade. Concert upgrades are available by calling 732-928-1821 or stop by the VIP Experience Center just outside the Main Gate. Print your tickets at home with Print-N-Go or choose to have them shipped via UPS. Shipping/handling fees apply to shipped orders.


Essex Troop Association Family Picnic

"The Essex Troop Association" 2/102AR - 102CAV (RSTA) NJARNG will hold its Annual Family Picnic at Sea Girt National Guard Center on Saturday, July 29, at noon.  Activities will be centered at the Essex Troop Memorial Grove and N.J. Military Museum building.  There is no cost to association members and their guests, or any members of the 2/102 Armor or 102D Cavalry (RSTA). Food and beverages will be supplied by the association. Bring your bathing suits and toys/games for the children. There are changing rooms available and the beach is just a short distance away.  Bring the family and friends and enjoy a relaxing day at the shore.  This will be an excellent way to meet some of your new fellow Soldiers from the 5/117th Cav and 2/102 AR, who are being transformed into the 102 Cavalry (RSTA) - Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Target Acquisition Squadron NJARNG.

There will be a short business meeting at 11:30 a.m. for all association members. For further information call 973-736-0952 or email at


Honorable Mention

Affordable vacation spots around the world

Are you looking for an affordable vacation spot?  The Armed Forces Recreation Center has resorts around the world for members of the Armed Forces, their families and other members of the Total Defense Force.  Room rates are based on rank, pay grade, duty status, room size and/or room location. Reservations are required, policies vary by location and guests may not stay more than 30 consecutive days or register again within the following 90-day period.  But if you are thinking of Hawaii, Germany, South Korea or Orlando as a possible vacation destination, this just may be the ticket!  Visit  for more information.


Doyle cemetery seeks volunteers

The Cemetery is working toward designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. We are enlisting the support of community volunteers for Outreach & Education. Scouting Groups, Veteran Service Organizations, Youth Groups, and other interested individuals are encouraged to contact Iven C. Dumas 1st Sgt, USMC (Ret) Assistant Superintendent, at 609- 758-7250 ext. 17 or by e-mail at


JT2DC Memorial Walkway offers engraved pavers

The Joint Training and Development Center (JT2DC) recently unveiled the Memorial Walkway to the center.  The purpose of the pond and walkway are to serve as a reminder that there are Soldiers in harm’s way protecting the freedoms that we all cherish and enjoy.

The concept of the Memorial Walkway was to have Soldiers create a mark by dedicating inscribed bricks.  Soldiers have chosen to honor loved ones, family members, friends, and personnel with whom they served.

Anyone interested in purchasing an engraved paver for $50, can contact Command Sgt. Major Timothy Maskery at (609) 562-0539.


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, click on Become a Member for the application and find out more about what the association does.

The Enlisted Association invites you to the Annual Conference at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Atlantic City West, October 6-8, 2006, to Honor and Salute our Airmen and Soldiers who supported the War on Terrorism. Saturday during the Military Ball will be our way to say thank you for their dedication and sacrifices that they and their families shared. Friday night will feature a Hawaiian luau with a show and an Army and Air challenge. Our mission is to have fun. Visit our web site, click on EANG-NJ Conference to find out more. Thank you for your support. You can reach the membership chairman Jerome Zebrowski at 609-214-6959 or or co-chairman Edward Goetschius at 609-965-1972 or


For the Families

Youth trip to the Intrepid on August 9

A trip to the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum is scheduled for Wednesday, August 9, from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.  The Family Programs staff will be taking 40 sons and daughters (ages 10-17) of National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to the Intrepid in New York City from.  The slots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis, however, those with a deployed parent will have first priority.

The day will begin with a charter bus picking up youth at the Lawrenceville Armory at 7:30 a.m. and then on to the Teaneck Armory around 9:30 a.m. to pick up the rest of the crew.  We will cruise into New York City and begin the festivities.  The day will include a self-guided tour of the Intrepid, a video on the history of the Intrepid, lunch from McDonald’s, tattoos, rock climbing wall and a 4-D experience ride.  We will leave the Intrepid by 3 p.m. to head back to the Teaneck Armory and then on to the Lawrenceville Armory.  Are you ready for the fun to begin?

How much does this cost?  $5 ... this will cover the costs of the T-shirts we will all wear.

How do I sign up?  A parent/guardian must contact Amanda Balas at 609-562-0742 or to reserve a spot and receive the forms necessary to attend.  Needed will be: each child’s name, age, shirt size, location of pick up/drop off, permission forms filled out and lunch choice.  Lunch will be served on the Intrepid at the in-house McDonald’s café. 

When can I sign up?  You can sign up from now until Friday, June 30 by 4 p.m. (or until all slots are full). 


Kaleidoscope Kids – summer camp in New Jersey

There is still time to enroll in this enrichment day camp focused on Astronomy and Space Travel!

The New Jersey State Museum’s summer academy, KALEIDOSCOPE KIDS, for ages 6-12, will explore the universe this year!  Five weekly sessions, July 10 through August 11, will be devoted to “ENVIRONMENTS IN TIME AND SPACE.”

Campers will view the current exhibition: “Heavens Above: Photographs of the Universe from the Hubble Telescope.” The State Museum Planetarium will provide special programs for the campers. Field trips will be held every Wednesday, featuring astronomy, rocketry and space exploration.

There will be five difference one-week sessions; enrollment may be for any combination of weeks. Cost is $160 per child per week, with discounts for State employees and members of The Friends of the New Jersey State Museum. For more information, call 609-292-6310.


Guard Family Action Plan

The Guard Family Action Plan (GFAP) identifies issues of concern to Guard members, spouses, parents, children, retirees and civilian employees.  The GFAP determines actions necessary to resolve issues and assigns responsibility for actions to the proper staff agency. 

The proper staff agency begins at unit level within the chain of command and can include the Departments of the Army and Air Force and the Congress of the United States.  You can submit an issue along with your recommendation for a solution through the GFAP website at If you have any questions, you can call Marie Durling in the State Family Programs Office at 609-562-0739. 


Spouses invited to go on orientation flights

The 108th Air Refueling Wing would like to extend an invitation to the spouses of New Jersey Army and Air National Guardsmen and women who would like to see an aerial refueling up close.

The wing will be having a spouse-only orientation flight on August 18.  This is a great opportunity for spouses to see the skills needed to fuel an aircraft more than 20,000 feet in the air.  Seats will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you are unable to get a seat, don’t worry.  The 108th will have more flights to follow to give everyone a chance to fly.

If you are interested, please call Staff Sgt. Beth Pritchard at (609) 754-4173 or e-mail at for the form needed to request a seat.

Guard members who would like an orientation flight or would like to nominate their bosses for a flight can also contact Staff Sgt. Pritchard for information and forms.


Youth Camp 2006
This year’s Youth Camp will begin Sunday July 16, 2006 and will end with closing ceremonies on Saturday July 22, 2006.   There are many activities scheduled for the week at the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt, NJ.  The campers will be able to enjoy the beach, arts and crafts, archery, sports and presentations by other organizations.  Campers ages 9-12, Helpers ages 13-15, Junior Volunteers ages 16-17 and Volunteers ages 18 and up are all encouraged to attend.  The fee for campers is $100 and volunteers are free.  For an application, please go to


Family Programs on the calendar

June 17, 11am - 4pm

FRG meetings & ARMS packing boxes for troops, Toms River Armory

June 19, 6:30pm

Youth Hero Pack ceremony, Toms River Armory

June 24, 10am - 5pm

FRG Open House, Toms River Armory

July 2, 6pm

Candlelight Service, Faith Bible Church, Vineland

July 8

Family Picnic, Mount Holly Armory

July 9, 1pm

West Orange FRG Baby Shower, West Orange Armory


Family Readiness Group Meeting schedule

Bordentown Armory – B Co 250th SBF & Co D 250th BSB – June 17, 10 a.m.
Hammonton Armory – 119th SB Corps – June 15, 7 p.m.
Jersey City Armory – D Co 2-113th – June 21, 7 p.m.
Lawrenceville Armory – PSB/OSACOM/JFHQ Det 19 –
Morristown Armory – 3-112th & 5/117th – June 15, 7 p.m.
Newark Armory – A, B, E Co’s 2-113th Inf – June 21, 7 p.m.
Port Murray Armory – 2-102nd Arm – July 12., 7 p.m.
Teaneck Armory – 50th SBM – June 15, 7 p.m.
Toms River Armory – C/3-112th FA – June 19, 7 p.m.
Vineland Armory – 5/117th Cav – July 15, noon
West Orange Armory – B Co 5/117th Cav – June 24, 1 p.m.


Recreation and Sports

ESGR Golf Outing on August 9

The N.J. Friends of the Guard and Reserve is proud to present the 2006 State Chairman’s Annual Golf Outing.  The golf outing will be held on Wednesday, August 9, at the Cream Ridge Golf Club in Cream Ridge, N.J.  The $95 per golfer registration fee includes greens fees, cart, registration, food and beverages on the course, door prizes and a luncheon at the Green’s Café at the golf club.  Corporate, hole and cart sponsors are also being sought.  All proceeds benefit the activities of the N.J. Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.  For additional information please contact Hank Pierre at 609-530-6879. 


Trenton Thunder offers reduced tickets to military personnel, vets

The Trenton Thunder baseball team and its community partner, the Trenton Vet Center, has collaborated to sponsor reduced ticket prices for veterans and their families during the 2006 Trenton Thunder baseball season.

A regular $9 season ticket has been reduced to $7 for veterans and their family members.

Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard, separated, and retired veterans are eligible for this program.  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


New Jersey State Park passes for 2006

All Active New Jersey National Guard Members are entitled to Division of Parks and Forestry State Park Passes. When parking fees are in effect this pass entitles the NJNG member (and passengers) free parking at all New Jersey State Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas and Historic Sites (Does not pertain to Campground fees) ID Card must be shown with this Pass. See your Orderly Room for your pass.


Anheuser Busch extends complimentary ticket program

Anheuser Busch has announced its program offering free amusement park tickets to the service members and their families has become so popular it will be extended another year. The "Here's to the Heroes," is open to active duty service members, active members of the National Guard or Reserve, and up to three direct dependents for one complimentary admission per year. Participants can go online to fill out a form for free admission at

The amusement parks participating in the program are: Sea World  parks in Orlando, Florida; San Diego and San Antonio;  Busch Gardens parks in Tampa, Florida, and Williamsburg, Virginia; Sesame Place, a children's play and water park, near Philadelphia; Adventure Island water park in Tampa; and Water Country USA water park in Williamsburg. 


Operation Oasis vacations for military personnel

Operation Oasis Outreach at Sandy Cove, North East, Md., offers a free, 3-day, 2-night time for rest and relaxation for military personnel who were deployed to the Middle East area during OIF/OEF with their spouse and children.  Sandy Cover is located at the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay.  If you are interested, contact Carol Lee Lynch: toll free 1-800-287-4843 or e-mail


Picatinny Waterpark and Golf Course open to Vets, Guard, families

Picatinny Arsenal Morale, Welfare and Recreation Office is proud to announce new opportunities for Veterans.  As part of the Army's "Always a Soldier" program, Picatinny's Frog Falls Waterpark and Golf Course are now open to veterans as well as Active Duty and Retired Military and Reservists.  Frog Falls Waterpark offers annual memberships to veterans through our partnership with Rockaway Township Recreation.   Active Duty and Retired Military and Reservists can purchase an annual membership or visit the Waterpark for a $3 daily fee. Guest passes (for non-dependents) can be purchased at the gate for $7 (limit of 4 per visit).  Please call (973) 724-7275 for more information.  Picatinny Golf Course is also open to Veterans.  Please call (973) 724-GOLF for more information.


Memorial Golf Tournament, Sept. 11

The 3rd Annual Tom Laffey Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Monday, Sept. 11, with a 10 a.m. shotgun start at The Meadows at Middlesex Golf Course, Plainsboro.  The tournament is sponsored by The Keeping the Faith Foundation which was created in 2004 by the children of Tom and Virginia Laffey as a way to honor the memory of their parents.  The proceeds from the annual golf tournament are donated to a special cause; this year’s proceeds will be given to the family of 1st Lt. Howard Gwin, whose daughter Ashleigh has been diagnosed with Krabbe Keukodystrophy. For more information about the tournament, please call Bill Laffey (732) 822-5814, Helene Wahl (732) 922-6539 or Tom Laffey Jr. (732) 846-1775.


Support our Troops Motorcycle Run

The Freedom Riders “Support Our Troops” Motorcycle Run is scheduled for October 14, 2006 (October 15 – Rain date).  Proceeds benefit the Freedom Alliance Foundation providing:  Educational scholarships to the children of American’s Military Heroes that have given the Ultimate Sacrifice; pre-paid long-distance phone cards, gift cards for clothing, food, toiletries, books and magazines for the injured in our hospital; and funding for family members to travel to see and encourage their loved one.

For registration and information on the run go to:


Scholarship News

ThanksUSA offers at least 1,000 scholarships from $1,000 to $5,000 to dependent children and spouses of active duty U.S. military service personnel. Members of the military reserves who have been activated to full-time duty and members of the National Guard who have been federalized and who otherwise meet the requirements are both eligible.  Visit for more information.  Deadline date is May 30, 2006 for applications.

EANG-NJ Scholarships:  Eligibility – The legal children of New Jersey National Guard members who are also members of the Enlisted Association may submit applications for consideration.  Also, any drilling Guardsperson who is a member of this association may submit an application for the CSM Baldassari Scholarship. 

USAA Scholarship:  Open to any drilling Guardsperson (need not be a member of the EANGNJ).  This scholarship is administered by the EANGNJ and funded by USAA.  Previous recipients are not eligible for subsequent awards.  Applications are available at:

DCA Scholarship for Military Children:  If your mother or father is active duty, reserve/guard, or retired military personnel, or if you are the survivor of a deceased member and you have a military dependent I.D. card, you can apply!  You must be planning to attend a college or university on a full-time basis.  For details and how to apply, go to:

Freedom Alliance scholarships for children of military heroes: The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund provides college scholarships to children of military personnel sho have been killed or permanently disabled (100 percent VA rating) in the line of duty during the War on Terror. For more information, go to

Department of Education Grants: The Department of Education has announced two new grants for the 2006-2007 school year. The Academic Competitiveness and National SMART grants will provide high performing college students with up to $4,000 a year for maintaining a 3.0 or better GPA.  An Academic Competitiveness Grant will provide up to $750 for the first year of undergraduate study and up to $1,300 for the second year of undergraduate study to full-time students who are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant and who had successfully completed a rigorous high school program, as determined by the state or local education agency and recognized by the Secretary of Education. Second year students must also have maintained a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0. The program will be available for the first time for the 2006-07 school year for first year students who graduated from high school after January 1, 2006 and for second year students who graduated from high school after January 1, 2005. The Academic Competitiveness Grant award is in addition to the student's Pell Grant award.,13302,-EN_031506-new-grants,00.html

Grantham University scholarships: Grantham University offers a scholarship program to severely injured service members and their spouses and adult children.  Go to 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.


Veterans Information

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:

July 13-15

Cherry Hill Mall

August 10-12

Quakerbridge Mall

September 14-16

Livingston Mall

October 12-14

Deptford Mall

November 9-11

Menlo Park Mall

January 11-13

Brunswick Square Mall

February 9-11, 2007 Moorestown Mall
March 1-3, 2007 Hamilton Mall

The kiosk will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the identified dates.


NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Educational Center’s upcoming event schedule.

June 17 / 1 p.m. / "The Vietnam War In Black and White: History in Original Manuscripts"  -- an exhibition and discussion featuring original letters about the Vietnam War written by Presidents and other prominent people in America during the Vietnam Era, part of the personal collection of the guest speaker, Stuart Lutz, of Short Hills.  Lutz owns a firm that buys and sells historic documents.  He has collected has collected Vietnam War letters for several years now and continues to add to this collection.  Authors of the letters that will be featured include Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford, Senators William Fulbright, Ted Kennedy and Barry Goldwater, Generals William Westmoreland and Frederic Davison, My Lai Massacre defendant Lieutenant William Calley, antiwar poet Allen Ginsburg, and Vietnam veteran John Kerry, then (in 1971) representing Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Inc. 

July 9 / noon / Twilight's Last Gleaming, a film telling an imagined story of a Gold Star Mother suffering from Alzheimer's, who struggles to retain her memories of her son, killed in action in the Vietnam War.  The screening of the film will be followed by a discussion led by its director, Paul Schneeberger.  This program is part of the day's activities at the N.J. Vietnam Veterans' Memorial for the annual convention of the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.

Aug. 12 / 1 p.m. / Sam's Place, a book of poetry about the Vietnam War experience -- readings and lecture by the poet, N.J. Vietnam Veteran Charles H. Johnson.

Sept. 9 / 1 p.m. / 36 Years and a Wake-Up, a Vietnam veteran's memoir -- lecture by the author, Vietnam Veteran Carey Spearman.

Sept. 15 / 11 a.m. / National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Gold Star Mothers Day ceremony.

Sept. 17 / 12:30 p.m. / Arrival of the Rolling Thunder-NJ motorcycle run for POW/MIA awareness, leaving Warinaco Park, Elizabeth at 11 a.m.

Lecture attendees are asked to RSVP to (732) 335-0033.  A donation of $5 per person is suggested.  The Educational Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Regular admission is free for veterans and active-duty military personnel.  Regular adult admission is $4; student and senior citizen admission is $2; and children under 10 are admitted free.

For more information, please call the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office at (732) 335-0033 or (800) 648-VETS.  The Vietnam Era Educational Center is located adjacent to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the Garden State Parkway at Exit 116. 


Trenton Vets Center open for counseling services

Located at 934 Parkway Ave, 2nd Floor, Ewing, N.J., the Department of Veteran Affairs, Trenton Vet Center, provides free readjustment counseling services to combat zone veterans and their families.

The Vet Center services include:

· Individual readjustment counseling
· Group readjustment counseling
· Screening for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
· Counseling for PTSD
· Substance Abuse counseling
· Marital and family counseling
· Sexual Trauma counseling    
· Community education and liaison
· Referral for benefits assistance
· Employment Assistance

Heading the Trenton Vet Center Staff is James Gordon, team leader.  Other staff at the center to help veterans and their families are Jeanne Morrison, Master Social Worker, Rawle Gaskin, Readjustment Counseling Therapist, Darryll Johnson, Readjustment Counseling Technician and Burnice Rice, Trenton Vet Center Office Manager.

The center is open Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with Wednesday and Thursday extended hours by appointment only.

All services provided to veterans and their families are at no cost and clients’ rights are protected by HIPPA.  For more information call (609) 882-5744.


“The Moving Wall” is scheduled to visit New Jersey

"The Moving Wall" is the half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for almost twenty years.  When John Devitt attended the 1982 dedication in Washington, he felt the positive power of "The Wall." He vowed to share that experience with those who did not have the opportunity to go to Washington.

On June 14-19, 2006, the Medford New Jersey Township Council will sponsor “The Moving Wall” exhibit at Freedom Park, 86 Union Street, Medford, New Jersey.  Opening ceremonies are planned for Wednesday evening, June 14.  For further information, please contact the Recreation Department at 609-654-2512, or visit or


Part-time opportunities in Military Funeral Honors Program.

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


Fitness Corner

Ernest Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer, ISSA

Hoodia Gordonii

The Hoodia Plant has received a lot of press recently. The Hoodia Gordonii cactus has been used for centuries by the Xhomani Sans Bushmen of southern Africa's Kalahari Desert, to suppress the appetite during long hunting trips. It works by making patients feel full after ingesting it, and it has been shown to lower food intake by up to 50%.

Although Western scientists became aware of the plant's potential 100 years ago, it was only recently that its active ingredient was patented by the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

Subsequently, a British biotechnology company, Phytopharm, and the pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer acquired the rights to its development and commercialization as an anti-obesity drug for use in the West.  Now the San people, in the first deal of its kind, will be rewarded for the development of a drug, which makes use of their traditional knowledge.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that obesity is rapidly reaching global proportions. According to the WHO, more than 1 billion people are overweight with 300 million of those clinically or morbidly obese (double their normal weight). The medical community reports excessive weight gain is directly related to severe medical problems including heart disease, diabetes, cancer and the onset of strokes. There are no known side effects with Hoodia Gordonii although it is said to possess a mild aphrodisiac effect. It contains no Ephedra or Caffeine or any other stimulants.

Additional studies need to be done to confirm what is brought and offered to market. But the research does look promising at the time.

While the research does look promising, the issue here in the states is NOT usually eating from hunger, but rather eating out of habit. That being said, even if the hunger is suppressed the psychological dependence may still be there.


Mark your calendar

July 4 – Independence Day
July 16-22 – National Guard Youth Camp (Sea Girt, NJ)


Where to send your submissions to “Highlights”

If you have submissions for the newsletter, please e-mail them to Staff Sgt. Harbison at - for those of you who have global accounts, the address you see on the global listing is NOT the DMAVA address, so you will have to type it.  You can also contact her at (609) – 530-7088, fax: (609) 530-6963.

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