NJ Service Medals

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NJ Service Medals

NJ Distinguished Service Medal

Awarded to any resident or former resident of the State of NJ who was a resident of this State at the time of entry into active military service or who has been a resident of this State for at least 20 years in the aggregate, honorably discharged, and served in the organized militia or in federal military service on active duty in a combat theater of operations during a time of war.

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NJ Meritorious Service Medal

Awarded to those veterans who were a resident upon entry into service or if the veteran has been a resident of this State for at least five years in the aggregate, honorably discharged and served in the organized militia, or the Armed Forces of the US or a Reserve component.

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NJ Korean Service Medal

Awarded to all residents of the State who were honorably discharged and served on active duty in any branch of the armed forces of the US in Korea, Japan, or the contiguous waters or airspace on or after June 23, 1950 and on or before January 31, 1955.

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NJ Vietnam Service Medal

Awarded to all residents of the State who were honorably discharged and served on active duty in any branch of the armed forces of the US in Vietnam, Thailand, Laos or Cambodia or the contiguous waters or airspace thereof on or after December 31, 1960 and on or before May 7, 1975.

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NJ POW-MIA Service Medal

Presented for individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the U.S. Armed Forces in a combat theater of operations during time of war or emergency, was taken prisoner and held captive and/or listed as missing in action.

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NJ Desert Storm Service Medal

Awarded to a resident of the State of NJ at time of entry on active duty or assigned to other service components of the Armed Forces of the US who was honorably discharged and served in theater from 1 August 1990 to 1 October 1991.

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VA releases updated DOD list identifying Agent Orange sites outside of Vietnam

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released in January an updated Department of Defense (DOD) list of locations outside of Vietnam where tactical herbicides were used, tested or stored by the United States military.

“This update was necessary to improve accuracy and communication of information,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “VA depends on DOD to provide information regarding in-service environmental exposure for disability claims based on exposure to herbicides outside of Vietnam.”

DOD conducted a thorough review of research, reports and government publications in response to a November 2018 Government Accountability Office report.

“DOD will continue to be responsive to the needs of our interagency partners in all matters related to taking care of both current and former service members,” said Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper. “The updated list includes Agents Orange, Pink, Green, Purple, Blue and White and other chemicals and will be updated as verifiable information becomes available.”

Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during service may be eligible for a variety of VA benefits, including an Agent Orange Registry health exam, health care and disability compensation for diseases associated with exposure. Their dependents and survivors also may be eligible for benefits.

Applications open for community organizations to apply for millions in adaptive sports grants to support community reintegration for disabled Veterans

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is accepting applications through March 17 for up to $15 million in grants for civic groups providing adaptive sports and therapeutic recreational opportunities to Veterans and members of the armed forces with disabilities.

Application instructions and eligibility information for these grants — which will help qualified organizations plan, develop, manage and implement these programs — are available at VA Adaptive Sports Grant Program.

“Built on VA clinical expertise and operations, with essential support from community partners, the adaptive sports grant program allows VA to extend its level of care beyond the clinical setting,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “We are pleased to offer grant funds to community organizations as it means there will be more Veterans engaging in the challenge of sports and more Veterans who are exposed to new skills for healthier living.”

In 2019, VA awarded $14.9 million in adaptive sports grants to 126 organizations, estimated to serve more than 11,000 Veterans and service members from every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Of the total awarded, $1.5 million is being used to assist organizations that offer equine-assisted therapy to support mental health.

All applications must be submitted to www.grants.gov by 8 p.m. EST, March 17. VA will announce awards based on a competitive selection in fall 2020.

VA encourages communities to volunteer and recognize hospitalized Veterans during National Salute to Veteran Patients week

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will honor hospitalized Veterans at VA medical centers, clinics and facilities nationwide from Feb. 9-15 during National Salute to Veteran Patients.

This annual observation gives all Americans the chance to thank the more than 9 million Veterans who receive care from VA through volunteering and creating Valentines cards.

“VA values the contributions of our volunteers, donors and partners that help us keep the promise to America’s Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “I encourage more people to reach out to their local VA facility and find ways to volunteer not only during the National Salute to Veteran Patients, all year long.”

Each year, volunteers from schools, community groups and youth organizations nationwide send more than 100,000 Valentine’s cards to VA medical centers for National Salute to Veteran Patients. VA aims to increase awareness of each VA medical center by encouraging citizens to visit hospitalized Veterans, volunteer their time or donate to their local VA facilities.

In 2019, more than 61,000 volunteers provided more than 9.2 million total volunteer hours serving Veterans through VA’s Voluntary Service. Of that, 2,900 volunteers and 520 community organizations participated in National Salute.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities or to join the mission to honor the sacrifice and service of America’s Veterans during the National Salute or any time of year, visit the nearest VA facility or contact Voluntary Service.

Post loses cherished member

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Post 3117 has lost a most valued member from our roster. It is my sad duty to inform you of the death our comrade Michael P. Meehan. Mike faithfully served our Post for almost 30 years in many capacities, from Poppy sales, Bingo work with Menlo Home Veterans and most recently as our Post Chaplin.


Michael served in the US Army in the Airborne Corps. He was stationed in Japan before serving with distinction in the Korean War.


Michael was certainly one of the most popular comrades in our Post. A more gentle, kind-hearted man you could not find. He regaled us with stories of his Irish childhood and his 25 year as a police officer in Newark, NJ. All with his trademark soft Irish lilt.


Mike worked extensively with the Menlo Home for Veterans. For many years he participated in the weekly Bingo tournaments. Michael was very active in the poppy donation campaigns run by our Post each year. To newer generation of Post members, Mike is best remembered for his selfless service as Post Chaplain. Through many years, Mike led the Post in our non-denominational prayer during our meetings. Mike served as the Chaplin in many memorial services for deceased Post members


Michael’s wake will take place at the Costello Runyon funeral home in Metuchen on Sunday  September 29, from 3 PM to 6 PM. There will be a memorial service performed by Post 3117 members at the this service at 3:30 – 4 PM. All Post-members are urged to attend. Suggested dress code is Blue & Greys with Class A member cap.


On Monday, September 30, A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis Cathedral, 32 Elm St. Metuchen at 10:15 AM.


Also on Monday, September 30 at 1PM, Michael Meehan will be laid to rest at the Brig. General William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery, Province Line Rd., Wrightstown, NJ 08852


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