Elizabeth, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds honorably discharged veterans who live in Union County that they may be eligible to receive military service medals awarded by the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The medals to be awarded are the Distinguished Service Medal, Vietnam Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Korean Service Medal.
To obtain application forms or get more information about applying, contact the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs at 609-530-6980.
Union County residents can also contact the Union County Office of Veterans Affairs at 908-659-7407 or 908-527-4890. All voice messages are returned promptly.
Veterans can receive their medals by mail, or receive their medals in person at a public Medal Ceremony in Union County. The ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20, 1:00 p.m., at the Center Court of the Jersey Gardens Mall. The mall is located at 651 Kapkowski Road in Elizabeth.
“If you haven’t already looked into your eligibility for a New Jersey service medal, I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “It provides the entire Union County community with a chance to express our appreciation for your service on behalf of our country.”
Eligible veterans include those who have served during a time of war or national emergency, or who have been on active duty in a qualifying area. A surviving spouse or immediate family member of a deceased veteran may apply to have an award presented posthumously.
The application for a service medal involves completing a one-page form and providing proof of New Jersey residency, along with proof of honorable discharge (WD Form 53 or DD Form 214), and evidence of active duty service in qualifying areas.
Applications can take at least three weeks to process and must be mailed to the NJ Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, ATTN: DVS-VBB (Medals), PO Box 340, Trenton, NJ 08625-0340. Applications may also be faxed to the Department at 609-530-6970.
The public medal ceremony is part of a statewide effort to encourage veterans to connect with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs in person and get information about their benefits. Personnel from the Department will be on hand at the Jersey Gardens Mall from October 20 to October 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Union County Office of Veterans Affairs is a division of the county’s Department of Human Services, providing a local resource for veterans in need of information or assistance.