U.S. military members from New Jersey will be honored for their service each May under legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and approved today by the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
“This measure recognizes and honors the contributions and sacrifices of all members of the United States Armed Forces, both past and present, and, in particular, those who reside in the Garden State,” said McHose, R-Sussex, Warren and Morris. “As we commemorate Memorial Day in May and National Military Appreciation Month, it’s more than appropriate for us to pay tribute to the many thousands of servicemen and women who call and have called New Jersey home.”
McHose added that the bill, A-3513, also recognizes the many family members, past and present, who have and currently provide vital support and encouragement to the men and women of the Armed Forces.
“As a military wife, I understand the sacrifices and hardships these families endure,” stated McHose. “The long separations and constant worry for their safety is more than difficult. These families deserve recognition for their unwavering support of their loved ones who are selflessly serving their country.”
Currently more than 7,000 active duty military personnel call New Jersey their home, while more than 400,000 military veterans have chosen to make the State their home after military service.
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, Naval Weapon Station-Earle, Picatinny Arsenal, and numerous U.S. Coast Guard duty stations.