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.admin | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Veterans | Tags: AdvancedPMR, Monmouth County News, Sports Massage, Veterans | Comments Off on AdvancedPMR Offers Free Sports Massage to Veterans
Monmouth County has expanded its efforts to support area military veterans.
A new office staffed to assist veterans and their dependents in applying for service-connected compensation, benefits and other earned entitlements through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was opened yesterday in Fort Monmouth at 1000 Sanger Avenue, Oceanport, NJ.admin | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: Fort Monmouth, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Veterans | Comments Off on Veterans’ Connection Office Opens At Fort Monmouth
TOMS RIVER — Republican nominee for New Jersey governor Kim Guadagno told a group of military veterans Saturday morning that while the U.S. constitution gives people the right to kneel in protest during the National Anthem, that doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. “As governor, I would have to set an example,” Guadagno, the… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 4th, 2017 | Author: admin | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, New Jersey | Tags: 2017 Gubernatorial race, Kim Guadagno, Monmouth County News, National Anthem, New Jersey, Veterans | 4 Comments »
Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden announced a partnership with Team Rubicon, a non-profit group of veterans that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.
To improve response and recovery of disasters and emergency situations, Team Rubicon along with members of the Monmouth and Ocean County Building Officials Association, attended a training seminar at the Public Safety Center in Freehold on September 21. The focus was on damage assessment and the utilization of a new software system to record and track the damages caused by a disaster.admin | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, Monmouth OEM, Shaun Golden | Tags: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County OEM, Monmouth County Sheriff, OEM, Shaun Golden, Team Rubicon, V.E.T.S, Veterans | Comments Off on Sheriff’s Office Partners with Team Rubicon on disaster response training
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.admin | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, Ocean Township, Veterans | Tags: Alfred Caponigro, Chris Smith, Congressman Chris Smith, Ocean Township, Veterans, World War II | 1 Comment »
As 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: admin | Filed under: Veterans | Tags: Veterans | Comments Off on Is it time for N.J. to establish courts only for veterans?
Middletown Township is hosting a Welcome Home Picnic on Sunday, September 13th from 12:00pm to 5:00pm at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2179 to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War.
The post is located at 460 Route 36 in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown. Admission is free. The picnic is hosted by the Middletown Veterans Affairs Committee. The event is rain or shine.
This special event is part of a nationwide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Middletown Township is a partner in the Defense Department’s Commemorative Partner Program. The program is designed to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring Vietnam veterans and their families. For more information about this nationwide commemoration visit www.vietnamwar50th.com.
Posted: September 10th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News, Veterans | Tags: Middletown, Monmouth County News, Port Monmouth, Veterans, VFW Post 2179 | Comments Off on Vietnam Vets to be honored at Middletown Picnic Sunday, Sept 13
The New Jersey State Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) has named Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ4) its 2015 Legislator of the Year.
VFW State Legislative Director William F. Thomson presented Smith with the award Monday in Hamilton, Mercer County. VFW State Commander Jack Kane announced the honor on June 19 at its annual convention in Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwood, N.J.
“The men and women in uniform make tremendous, selfless sacrifices for our nation,and they must know that when they come home they will receive the care and assistance they earned,” said Smith, who chaired the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee from 2001-2005 and authored more than a dozen veterans’ laws. It is an honor for me to accept this award, but it is more of an honor to work for our veterans.”admin | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, Veterans | Tags: Chris Smith, Congressman Chris Smith, Legislator of the Year, Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, VFW | 1 Comment »
Richard A. Walker, Jr of Neptune City earned a Bronze Star and other medals in Vietnam nearly 45 years ago, but never received them…until yesterday.
Congressman Chris Smith presented Walker with his honors, The Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; the Vietnam Service Medal & Bronze Star Attachment; the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, and; the Sharpshooter Badge & Rifle Bar, yesterday in the congressman’s Freehold office. Walker’s son, Ocean Township Police Officer Steven Walker and his friend Officer Chris Stenger, an ex-Marine and combat veteran of Afghanistan were on hand for the ceremony.admin | Filed under: Chris Smith, Veterans | Tags: Congressman Chris Smith, Richard A. Walker Jr, Veterans, Vietnam Vets | Comments Off on Monmouth County Vet Presented with Bronze Star after 44 years
On this Veterans Day, two men who have made an impression on me are on my mind.
Sal was a WWII Vet. His son Mike was my best friend in the 1970’s. Sal was a blue collar guy who worked two jobs to provide a better life for his sons than he had.
One afternoon, Mike and I were heading upstairs in his house to get something from his room. We had to be quiet Mike warned because his father was sleeping before heading off to his night job. As we quietly walked past Sal’s room, a loud blood curdling scream emerged from the room. I could hear the bed shaking. Then just as suddenly, quiet.
I was startled. Frightened really. Mike was embarrassed. “Is he alright? Should we call the police?” I asked Mike. “Its OK,” Mike said, “he does that all the time. Please don’t tell anyone,” as if it was something to be ashamed of.
It had been 30 years since Sal returned from war. He hadn’t, perhaps, had a good nights sleep in those thirty years. PTSD was not a thing yet. But Sal’s suffering was real. He sucked it up and went to work twice a day to provide for his family.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Veterans | Tags: Veterans, Veterans Day | 1 Comment »