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Meritorious Service Medal

Introduction

This medal is awarded to those combat veterans who were not residents of New Jersey when they entered the military service, but who are current residents of New Jersey and have resided in the state for the previous five years.

All other qualifications are the same as for the Distinguished Service Medal.

Eligibility:

Honorably Discharged Veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States who served in time of war or national emergency and meet the following criteria:

Criteria:

For posthumous awards, the surviving spouse or immediate family member of any resident of the State meeting the above requirements for a medal and who was killed while on active duty or died after receiving an honorable discharge from the armed forces may apply for a posthumous awarding of the medal.

Request must include copy of the veteran’s death certificate and proof of relationship as father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter, brother or sister. (Proof may be copies of birth, marriage, baptismal certificates which clearly show relationship, or notarized certificate.)

How to Apply

Individuals applying for the award must mail a completed Application for Award / Program form or a similar request in writing along with a copy of the service members WD Form 53 or DD Form 214 (Separation from Active Duty) attesting to the fact that an Honorable Discharge was granted.

Proof of service in the Southeast Asia combat theater of operations, POW, or MIA status is also required.

Note: No person shall be entitled to more than one award of the medal.

All Requests should be mailed to: NJ Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs ATTN: DVS-VBB(Medals) PO Box 340 Trenton, NJ 08625-0340

Additional Information

For additional information about this service medal, you can contact the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs using one of the methods below.

Telephone & Fax

Telephone: (609) 530-6868/7035 Fax: (609) 530-6970

Contact Form

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