Military & Veteran

American Legion NJ Commander Receives $8,000 Donation for State Project

Mike Wilson, American Legion Dept. of NJ commander (center) accepted a check for $8,000 for his state project from the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 253, from left: David Eaton, Charles Meade, Michael McHose, Bob Krupinski, Al Galasso, squadron commander, and Nicholas Costa. Wilson’s $120,000 project will enhance the quality of life at the state’s veterans homes in Menlo Park and Vineland by buying much needed equipment. Credits: Gary Cooper

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Each year the newly elected commander of the New Jersey Department of the American Legion selects a project for the betterment of the state’s veterans.

Department Commander Mike Wilson’s project is to enhance the quality of life at the state’s veterans homes in Menlo Park and Vineland. His goal is to furnish the Menlo Park home with a new handicapped bus and Hoyer lifts, and the Vineland home with quality of life furnishings to include new computers for their library, outdoor furniture, resident lounge furniture, community billiard tables and new automatic handicap doors.

The project will provide these veterans with equipment and furnishings to keep them active and a vital part of their home communities. The total cost will be approximately $120,000.

Sign Up for E-News

“During the holiday season you are going to have a lot of organizations asking for donations,” said Gary Cooper, public relations chair for the department.  “We urge everyone to use due diligence and know who you are giving your money to and research how much of your donation actually goes to doing what your giving your money for. Around this time of year, a lot of fake charities come out.”

“When you donate to the American Legion, Toys for Tots or your local food bank, you know that 100 percent of your donation is going to support that program, not going into someone’s pocket or for a high salary,” said Wilson. “I don’t get a salary; every penny donated to my project goes to helping our hospitalized veterans in New Jersey.”

“Our veterans homes are near and dear to our hearts,” he added, “which is why all our members and friends are supporting this worthwhile project.

Donations are tax deductible and may be sent to American Legion, Dept. of NJ, ATTN: Commander’s Project, 135 West Hanover St., Trenton, NJ 08618.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events

Fri, February 23

Congregation Beth Israel, Scotch Plains

Raffle for 4 tickets to "Frozen" on Broadway

Arts & Entertainment

Fri, February 23, 8:30 AM

Honor Ridge Academy, Clark

Workshop for Parents & Educators: Reducing ...

Education Giving Back


Fri, February 23, 6:30 PM

Union County Vocational Technical Schools, West Hall Cafeteria, Scotch Plains

Union County Magnet High School Silent Auction

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

South Plainfield Students Planning to Walkout in Support of Safer Schools

February 23, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – In the wake of last week’s tragic school shooting in Florida, students from across the country – including right here in South Plainfield – are joining together for change.

On Feb. 16, the non-profit organization Women’s March launched a Youth EMPOWER movement calling for a national school walkout and publicizing the event on social ...

Grape Expectations Hosts Wine Tastings

February 22, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Grape Expectations, recognized as the oldest “Make Your Own Wine” establishment in Somerset County, will host wine tastings the next two weekends for those curious about wines made from grapes harvested in South Africa and Chile in South America.

Tastings are scheduled Saturday, Feb 24, from noon- 4p.m.; Friday, March 2 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 3 ...

Diegnan Announces State Funding For Road Project On Hadley Road

February 23, 2018

Senator Patrick Diegnan with New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced $881,550 in state funding for the start of a project for improvements and paving work on Hadley Road in South Plainfield.

“As someone who is a lifelong resident of South Plainfield, I know how important Hadley Road is to our residents and local businesses. It is gratifying to know that ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...