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Veterans Meritorious Service Medal

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Eligibility: Presented by the State of New Jersey for 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.

Criteria:
- Current resident of New Jersey for the previous five years.

- Served in combat theater while on active duty during wartime or National emergency.

- Must have received an Honorable Discharge.

- Posthumous award authorized.


Posthumous - 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.

Application: Individuals applying for the award must forward a completed NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Application for Award /Program form or a similar request in writing along with a copy of the service members 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

For additional information contact:
Telephone: (609) 530-6868/7035
Fax: (609) 530-6970


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