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AdvancedPMR Offers Free Sports Massage to Veterans

Advanced Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation has declared Saturday, December 22 to be Veterans Appreciation Day.   The company is Giving Back To Those Who Risked Everything Thing with free 20 minute sports massages for military veterans, as well as active duty and reservists, at all six of their Central Jersey locations from 9 a.m. until 1 pm.

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Posted: December 18th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Veterans | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on AdvancedPMR Offers Free Sports Massage to Veterans

Vietnam Vet’s Medals Lost To Sandy Replaced On Storm’s Sixth Anniversary

Bernard and Linda Ebner accept the Vietnam veteran’s replacement military metals from Congressman Chris Smith

Bernard and Linda Ebner lost their Union Beach home of 47 years and most of their possessions to twelve feet of water during Superstorm Sandy six years ago this week. Among those possession were the medals that Bernard, a Vietnam War veteran, earned during his four years of service.

Congressman Chris Smith presented the Ebners with replacement medals on Tuesday, October 30, during an emotional ceremony in the congressman’s Ocean County office in Plumsted which is nearby the couple’s new home in Whiting.

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Posted: October 31st, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy, Veterans | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Congressman Smith Honors Korean War Vet

Miguel Hernandez Colon, an 85 year old veteran of the Korean War, was honored for his military service by Congressman Chris Smith yesterday afternoon during a surprise ceremony attended by Hernandez’s family and friends at the Active Day Adult Day Health Center, in Hamilton.

Hernandez served in the 65th Infantry Regiment, based in Puerto Rico, from 1952 through 1954 and as a reservist for seven years.  His unit, known and the “Borinqueneers,” was one of the last segregated units in the U.S. Military.

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Posted: August 29th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, New Jersey, Veterans | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Congressman Smith Honors Korean War Vet

Congressman Smith Honors WW2 Veteran’s Heroic Service

Al Salazar, 93 of Wall Township, was 20 years old when he served under both General Omar Bradley and Lt. General George Patton in World War II. He landed in Europe 73 years ago last week.

Congressman Chris Smith joined Salazar’s family in honoring his service by presenting him the medals he earned, but had not received, during a ceremony at the Xanadu senior condominium club house in Wall Township.

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Posted: April 23rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, Veterans, Wall Township | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Congressman Smith Honors WW2 Veteran’s Heroic Service

Thank you to the men and women who answered the call

By Art Gallagher

matt-and-joshSince September 11, 2001, 1,000,000 American kids have answered the call.

Today, November 11, 2016 the mainstream media is focusing on a few kids who are protesting the outcome of the presidential election in their safe spaces.

I prefer to honor those 1,000,000 men and women who have sacrificed and experienced unimaginable horrors to protect our American way of life that gives those of us who are ridiculing the protesting kids from our own safe places the right to do so.

I recently had the privileged of beginning to get to know one of those young men, Staff Sergeant (Ret) Matthew O’Neil.  Matt is the eldest son of my friend Rick O’Neil, the Mayor-elect of Highlands.

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Posted: November 11th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Veterans | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Soldier On: From homelessness to home ownership for military veterans

SoldierOn1Between 50 and 100 Monmouth County homeless military veterans will have homes, security and futures to look forward to thanks to the tenacity of Freeholder Lillian Burry, Congressman Chris Smith and Soldier On, a non-profit organization committed to ending veteran homelessness.

Since 1994, Soldier On has been providing homeless veterans with transitional housing and supportive services. In 2010, Soldier On opened the first Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community, a permanent housing cooperative that provides formerly homeless veterans with safe, sustainable, affordable housing – transitioning them from homelessness to home ownership. This housing model will be replicated nationally as Soldier On continues to change the end of the story for homeless veterans throughout the country.

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Posted: August 31st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Lillian Burry, Monmouth County News, Veterans | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Soldier On: From homelessness to home ownership for military veterans

Freeholders Give Combat Wounded Vets Special Parking Privileges

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The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Gary Rich, Lillian Burry, Director Tom Arnone, Deputy Director Serena DiMaso and John Curly, commemorate the installation of a Wounded Warrior parking spot at the Hall of Records.

The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders has followed the lead of Deputy Freeholder Director Serena DiMaso in making the lives of combat wounded war veterans a little easier.

Under a new program announced yesterday, the Freeholders are designating special parking spaces at county facilities for use by Purple Heart Medal recipients.

“We all recognize the tremendous sacrifices our military personnel have made to secure the freedoms we enjoy every day,” said DiMaso. “Regretfully, many of these men and women have returned home with physical and emotional injuries that will follow them the rest of their lives. A designated parking space is a simple way to say thank you.”

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Posted: June 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Veterans | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Freeholders Give Combat Wounded Vets Special Parking Privileges

Scharfenberger Honored By Vets

Township Committee Declares May Buddy Poppy Month

26563788415_71f3196931_zMiddletown, NJ-Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, PhD was honored last week by VFW Post 2179 for his ongoing and steadfast support of the military veterans of the Township.

Post Commander Will Purcell recognized Mayor Scharfenberger at the April Township Committee meeting. In attendance were veterans and members of the Ladies Auxiliary. They thanked the mayor for his continued support of and dedication to veterans. Purcell also thanked Mayor Scharfenberger for his attendance at all of their ceremonies and remembrances over the years.

“We are forever indebted to our veterans for their sacrifice, service and valor,” said Mayor Scharfenberger. “They are brave soldiers who put their lives on the line to defend our country and protect our way of life.”

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Posted: April 25th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Gerry Scharfenberger, Middletown, Monmouth County News, Veterans | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Scharfenberger Honored By Vets

WWII Vet Gets His Medals

Bob Williams, grandson of Alfred Caponigro, Caponigro and Congressman Chris Smith

Bob Williams, grandson of Alfred Caponigro, Caponigro and Congressman Chris Smith

OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Alfred Caponigro of Ocean Township would not accept the medals he earned in combat during World War II because of all of the other Americans who didn’t make it back, or who lost limbs and other injuries.  Caponigro lost his hearing in the war and was discharged with a 100 percent disability rating by the Navy.

On Tuesday Caponigro, 90, joined by his family and friends, accepted his medals from Congressman Chris Smith, 73 years after he earned them.

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Posted: December 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, Ocean Township, Veterans | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Is it time for N.J. to establish courts only for veterans?

assetContentAs New Jersey prepares to honor military veterans Wednesday, state officials are taking the first steps that could provide one thing many veterans say has been missing for them when they return home — justice in context of their service. A state task force looking at veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and their involvement in… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Veterans | Tags: | Comments Off on Is it time for N.J. to establish courts only for veterans?