ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Robbinsville Township's efforts to support local veterans was recently recognized by Governor Phil Murphy when he awarded the community with the "We Value Our Veterans" award. The recognition was announced at Thursday night’s Township Council meeting.
Council President Rob Witt, saying he was proud to accept the award at a ceremony recently held at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial, noted that Robbinsville was made aware of the program in the last two months and immediately qualified for it because of the community’s “promotion of military-friendly environment for veterans of our State.” Witt said he believed Robbinsville was the sixth Mercer County town to receive the award.
According to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA), the "We Value Our Veterans" award gives municipalities, businesses, or academic institutions “the opportunity to value and honor the sacrifices, patriotism, and bravery displayed by our men and women who have worn the military uniform.” It further serves “as a conspicuous representation of your support of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen.”
Programs or services that municipalities can include in their application for the award include providing parking spots for Purple Heart Recipients and disabled veterans; offering discounts to veterans at local establishments or offer free discount booklets to veterans; holding quarterly veterans roundtables; honoring veterans at least quarterly at council meetings/special events; encouraging students bring veteran family members to speak at school; annually honoring Memorial Day and Veterans Day each year; providing discounts for the town pool or beach; holding meet-and-greets with veteran service organizations; listing veterans resources on the town website; honoring POW/MIA Day and Gold Star Families Day; listing veteran-owned businesses on the town website; offering a military family scholarship to a graduating senior student; volunteering municipal staff at veteran-related events; or other initiatives to help local veterans.
Among the items that helped to qualify Robbinsville are dedicated veterans parking spaces at the Municipal Building, annual memorials for veterans and members of the military, and the creation of a veterans services page on the township’s official website.
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