May is now “Military Appreciation Month” in New Jersey after legislation by Assembly Republican Alison Littell McHose was signed today by Acting Governor Kim Guadagno.

“We can never lose sight of the sacrifices, burdens, and contributions of our military men and women, and their families,” said McHose, R--Sussex, Warren and Morris. “They shed their blood, sweat and tears for our freedom and security. Designating a month to acknowledge our brave defenders and their families is well-deserved.”

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McHose’s bipartisan bill, A-578, designates May as a month to honor the contributions and sacrifices of all military members, past and present. Military families who provide vital support from the home front also will be recognized during “Military Appreciation Month.”

 “I know well the hardships endured by family members during extended separations. These families deserve recognition, too, for their unwavering support of their loved ones who are serving our country,” said McHose, whose husband Morgan is serving on active military duty in Afghanistan, and has been deployed to Kosovo and Guantanamo Bay in Cuba with the New Jersey Army National Guard.

 New Jersey is home to many military installations which perform major functions in the defense of the United States and which bring resources of personnel and equipment to any mission assigned to the U.S. Armed Forces, including Joint Base-McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst,Picatinny Arsenal, Naval Weapon Station-Earle and multiple U.S. Coast Guard duty stations.

More than 7,000 active duty military personnel live in New Jersey, while more than 400,000 military veterans have chosen to live here after retiring from the military.