GLEN ROCK, N.J. – World War II Veteran and Fair Lawn resident Corporal Gerald Platt received long overdue service medals on June 2 after his family contacted Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) for assistance.

“I was honored to present Jersey veteran and hero Corporal Gerald Platt with the World War II Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal, and the Honorable Service Lapel Button for his service to our country during World War II,” Congressman Gottheimer said. “To me, there is no commitment more sacred than to those who have served our nation. Veterans like Corporal Platt deserve nothing but the best after risking their lives to defend our freedom. I want anyone in the Fifth District facing problems with a federal agency to contact my office.”

Gottheimer’s office cut through red tape to secure the medals from the federal government and hosted a ceremony to present Corporal Platt and his family with medals honoring his service to the country.

Gottheimer's administration team said he has championed North Jersey veterans in Congress, consistently voting to increase funding for veterans programs. In August, the President signed into law Gottheimer’s amendment to boost hiring of young veterans and improve care at the VA. Gottheimer also helped passed an amendment to extend the authorization for the Suicide Prevention and Resilience Program for National Guard members, their families, and veterans for 2018.