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IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(14 January, 2013)

 

 

Media Advisory

 

Moorestown Mall Hosts Veterans Ceremony To Award State’s Top Military Award

 

 


WHO/WHAT: State military awards will be presented to 39 veterans from Burlington, Gloucester and Camden counties. Brig. Gen. James Grant, director of the joint staff New Jersey National Guard will pin the medals. The New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs honor the veterans at the mall for service in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm / Desert Shield and Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

 

WHEN: Tuesday, January 15 at 11 a.m.

 

WHERE: Moorestown Mall, 400 Route 38, Moorestown (center court near Sears)

           

THE STORY: This ceremony marks the start of a three-day visit of the veterans outreach kiosk from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day, where veterans and their family members can learn more about benefits or entitlements that they could be eligible to receive.  The ‘One Mall a Month’ schedule for the Veterans Outreach Program is an effort by the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to talk one-on-one with veterans or their family members about the wide variety of state and federal veterans benefits.

 

Ten percent of our nation’s veterans receive compensation from the Veterans Administration (VA) for a service-connected disability. Here in New Jersey that number is only eight percent.  With 441,000 Veterans in the Garden State, that means that there are nearly 10,000 veterans who should be receiving compensation, but are not. The Veterans Outreach Program wants to find these veterans and assist them in filing their claims if they choose to do so. To find out more about this program or your veteran benefits call 1-888-8NJ-VETS.

 

The N.J. Distinguished Service Medal (NJ DSM) was originally issued in 1858 for those who distinguished themselves in the New Jersey Militia, but was used infrequently until re-authorized by Governor Kean in 1988.  The N.J. DSM was then authorized for that purpose. It is New Jersey’s highest military award.  Since its re-authorization in 1988, more than 30,000 medals have been awarded to combat veterans from New Jersey.

 

In order to be eligible for the Distinguished Service Medal you must meet all the following criteria: currently be a resident of New Jersey,  have been a resident of New Jersey at the time you entered into military service, have been honorably discharged,  have proof of having served in combat while on active duty during wartime. The DSM can be awarded posthumously to the next-of-kin of a veteran who meets the criteria.

 

Anyone interested in applying for the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal should call 1-800-624-0508, Press 7, to request an application.

Branch

Rank

First Name

Last Name

War

City

Army

Chief Warrant Officer Three

George

Alberry

Vietnam War

Mount Laurel

Army

Specialist

Matthew

Baker

Iraqi Freedom

Maple Shade

Air Force

Senior Master Sergeant

Edward

Barnes

Desert Storm

New Lisbon

Army

Sergeant

James

Barth

Korean War

Willingboro

Air Force

Master Sergeant

Rance

Bell

Desert Storm

Burlington

Air Force

Airman First Class

Joseph

Byrd

Vietnam War

Mount Holly

Army

Sergeant

William

Carlin

Vietnam War

Southampton

Marine Corps

Gunnery Sergeant

Carl

Chambers

Iraqi Freedom

Browns Mills

Army

Specialist Four

John

Crosby

Vietnam War

Tabernacle

Army

Specialist

Keishon

Currie

Iraqi Freedom

Willingboro

Army

Specialist Five

John

D'Amelio

Vietnam War

Pemberton

Army

Sergeant First Class

George

Dixon

Enduring Freedom

Pemberton

Air Force

Technical Sergeant

Peter

Glendon

Vietnam War

Vincentown

Navy

Specialist

Saeed

Goodman

Iraqi Freedom

Browns Mills

Army

Sergeant

Arthur

Goldschmidt

World War II

Moorestown

Air Force

Staff Sergeant

Edward

Gribbin

Vietnam War

Stratford

Marine Corps

Sergeant

Timothy

Hartmann

Iraqi Freedom

Yardville

Marine Corps

Corporal

George

Leap

Vietnam War

Paulsboro

Air Force

Staff Sergeant

Barry

Lennon

Desert Storm

Pemberton

Army

Specialist

Geoffrey

Lentsch

Iraqi Freedom

Marlton

Army

Private First Class

Joseph

Mari

Vietnam War

Eastampton

Army

Captain

Herbert

Miller

Vietnam War

Collingswood

Army

Staff Sergeant

Rafael

Morales

Iraqi Freedom

Lumberton

Air Force

Major

Kim

Mortensen

Desert Storm

Medford

Marine Corps

Corporal

Albert

Parzyck

Korean War

Burlington

Marine Corps

Corporal

Michael

Rappa

Iraqi Freedom

Bordentown

Army

Lieutenant Colonel

Grant

Robinson

Iraqi Freedom

Lumberton

Army

Sergeant

Stephen

Robinson

Iraqi Freedom

Browns Mills

Marine Corps

Lance Corporal

Florentino

Rodriguez

Vietnam War

Malaga

Army

Private First Class

Thomas

Rosado

World War II

Mt. Laurel

Air Force

Master Sergeant

Glenn

Ross

Desert Storm

Easthampton

Army

Lieutenant Colonel

Nathaniel

Shropshire

Iraqi Freedom

Willingboro

Navy

Lieutenant

Joseph

Sixeas

Vietnam War

Willingboro

Army

Private First Class

William

Spych

Vietnam War

Delran

Army

Specialist

Emmanuel

Stokes

Iraqi Freedom

Mount Laurel

Army

Specialist

Wesley

Sykes

Iraqi Freedom

Maple Shade

Army

Captain

Anthony

Toci

Haiti

Mount Laurel

Air Force

Master Sergeant

Bernard

Von Dauber

Iraqi Freedom

Mount Holly

Navy

Seaman

Alan

Ward

Vietnam War

Delran


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