41 military veterans presented with NJ Distinguished Service Medal, other awards

More than 40 veterans from Mercer, Middlesex, Ocean and Union counties were presented Thursday with state military awards in Woodbridge.

More than 40 veterans from Mercer, Middlesex, Ocean and Union counties were presented Thursday with state military awards in Woodbridge. (4/20/17)

WOODBRIDGE - More than 40 veterans from Mercer, Middlesex, Ocean and Union counties were presented Thursday with state military awards in Woodbridge.

The veterans were recognized with the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal and other awards during a ceremony at the Woodbridge Center Mall.

Veterans who spoke with News 12 New Jersey said the awards have special meaning to them.

"It's nice to be recognized for what one did to serve their country, but I like to be out here to remind everybody that veterans as a group tend to continue to serve their country after they get out of the service,” Vietnam veteran Bob Porter said.

"When you get into a situation like this, it's like a family reunion every time we meet,” Army veteran Roy Jarmon said.

The Distinguished Service Medal is New Jersey’s highest military award.

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