PRESS RELEASE October-29-2019

Sweeney, Burzichelli & Taliaferro Honor Salem County Veterans

 Sweeney Recognized with Community Service Award

West Deptford– Senate President Steve Sweeney, Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli and Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro attended the Salem County Veteran’s Dinner last night where they joined in honoring the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, including those who now live or have lived in Salem County.

At the ceremony, Director of Veterans Affairs for Salem County Veterans Services, Joe Hannagan, presented Senator Sweeney with the Community Service Award in recognition of the work the senator has done for veterans.

“I am honored to receive this award but the real honors go to the men and women who have served and sacrificed to protect our freedoms and our way of life, including those who are now serving in uniform in this country and around the world,” said Senator Sweeney. “I have worked with my legislative colleagues to make sure that veterans are treated with the appreciation and respect they deserve, but we know our gratitude can’t measure up to the sacrifices veterans have made for all Americans.”

There are approximately 350,000 veterans currently living in New Jersey, with 4,400 of them in Salem County.

“Our veterans are an important part of our communities, where they continue to make contributions to our quality of life,” said Assemblyman Burzichelli. “They have made tremendous sacrifices for our country which is why it is especially important that we honor their service by providing them with the services they need.”

“Ensuring our veterans receive the medical and legal help they need is just a small token of appreciation for all they have done for our country,” said Assemblyman Taliaferro.  “It is gratifying to have the opportunity to recognize their sacrifices with events like this one, as well as with legislation to improve their quality of life and ensure their needs are met.”

The Salem County Veterans Services, which hosted the event, works to guarantee that the needs of veterans and their families in the community. The program supplies phone counseling, assistance in filing claims, community outreach, special affairs, aid in obtaining military history and support in making proper arrangements for burial in the County Veterans Cemetery.  In addition, they help veterans apply for education, pension, health care, home loans and life insurance.