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 »
For years, many communities, including Middletown, have named streets after fallen heroes. Now in Middletown there will be a commemorative sign under the official street signs that identifies the hero, their branch of service and the conflict in which they were sacrificed.
Wednesday afternoon in Port Monmouth, Congressman Chris Smith joined Mayor Stephanie Murray and Committeeman Tony Fiore joined Veterans Affairs Committee Members James Guerrieri, and Tom Garretson and William Bouw in honoring the life and heroism of Army Sgt Richard Belicose who died as the result of injuries sustained in Vietnam in May of 1967. Sgt Belicose’s brothers Ron and Robert were on hand for the ceremony.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Veterans | Tags: Congressman Chris Smith, James Guerrieri, Middletown, Middletown Street Signs, Middletown Veterans Affairs Committee, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Robert Belicose, Ronald Belicose, Sgt Richard Belicose, Stephanie Murray, Tom Garretson, Tony Fiore, Veterans, William Bouw | 1 Comment »
By Greg Kelly
Friday, September 19
- Monmouth County Job Fair (Lincroft) – MORE INFO
- Count Basie 365: Chuck Lambert (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
- Natural Horsemanship Demonstration (Holmdel) – MORE INFO
- Comedy Night & Mini-Gift Auction (Ocean Twp) – MORE INFO
- Dinner with the Boys at NJ Repertory Theatre (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
- The Sound of Music at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
- The School for Wives at TRT (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
- Gary Puckett, Tommy James & The Shondells at PNC Bank Arts Center (Holmdel) – MORE INFO
- Work: A Series of One Act Plays at The Grange Playhouse (Howell) – MORE INFO
- End of Summer Night Hike (Freehold Twp) – MORE INFO
- Lantern-Lit Seining at Sandy Hook Bay – MORE INFO
- I Ought To Be In Pictures at First Ave Playhouse (Atlantic Highlands) – MORE INFO
By Ernesto Cullari
On Friday, June 6
At Brookdale College, SLC
“Lest We Forget”
A commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944.
The program will include:
10AM – Displays and exhibits provided by the 102nd Armored Cavalry Association, Info-Age Science Learning Center, and military memorabilia collector John Egger.
10:30 AM – Entrance of official party, followed by the presentation of Colors by the Marine Academy of Science & Technology and the NJROTC Color Guard; Masters of Ceremonies Co-Directors of the Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution Dr. David Bassano and
Dr. Ashley Zampogna-Krug.
10:45 AM – Pledge of Allegiance, with the Hon. John Curley, Monmouth County Freeholder, followed by the national anthem performed by “Down Melody Lane.”
10:50 AM – Invocation, with the Rev. Milton Holmes, WWII veteran.
11 AM – Welcome, with NJ Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, 13th Legislative District, Monmouth County, followed by opening remarks from Dr. Maureen Murphy, President, Brookdale Community College.
11:10 AM – Guest speaker: Brig. Gen. Michael L. Cunniff, Adjutant General, NJ Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs.
11:30 AM – Introduction of honorees and WW II veterans of the Normandy campaign, with Assemblywoman Handlin and President Murphy.
11:50 AM- Closing remarks, with Paul Zigo, Associate Professor of History, Founder and Former Director of the Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution.
11:55 AM – “God Bless America” performed by “Down Melody Lane.”
12 PM – Reception sponsored by the Estate of Arthur E. Jurman, distinguished veteran of the European Theater.
Co-sponsored by NJ Assemblywoman Amy Handlin and the
Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution
Location: 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft
Posted: June 6th, 2014 | Author: admin | Filed under: BizEturtle, Brookdale Community College | Tags: Brookdale, D-Day, Discussion History, Veterans | Comments Off on Don’t miss D-Day Anniversary at Brookdale Community College