TRENTON, N.J. – Recognizing our brave veterans who fought for the country after the Sept. 11 attacks, Gov. Phil Murphy signed Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips’ legislation today creating a New Jersey Global War on Terrorism Medal.
“The men and women of the military who stepped up after 9/11 have fought, and continue to fight, to destroy evil and demonstrate to the world why America is the strongest nation on earth,” said DePhillips (R-Bergen). “America is a nation of people with uncommon courage. Our veterans didn’t shy away from defending our values after the course of history was forever changed and they deserve this honor.”
Nearly 7,000 Americans have been killed in the War on Terror and more than 52,000 have been wounded, as of April 2019.
To receive the medal, a veteran must have been a New Jersey resident who was honorably discharged and served for 30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days in one of the following eight operations: Enduring Freedom (01-04), Noble Eagle (01-present), Iraqi Freedom (03-10), Nomad Shadow (07-present), New Dawn (10-11), Inherent Resolve (14-present), Freedom’s Sentinel (15-present), and Odyssey Lightning (16-present). The medal will also be available for a person killed in action or missing in action.
The legislation (A2131) passed both houses of the Legislature unanimously.