By Laura DeFrancisco (Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management)August 20, 2009
Visit Picatinny Arsenal
Community Programs and Services
Support to Deployed Soldiers
Local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War posts meet with Picatinny Arsenal representatives to discuss relevant issues, offer their volunteer services and provide monetary gifts which support Soldiers. The groups provide phone cards for deploying units, blue star flags for deployed Families, and offers complimentary reunion dinners for returning Service Members.
Local Marine Corps League Support
The Marine Slattery Detachment, also a participant in Picatinny's Fellowship Nights, drives monthly to Walter Reed Medical Center and Bethesda to provide special walking canes and Service Emblem blankets to Wounded Warriors. They also volunteered and provided a complimentary farewell breakfast for Families and Service Members of Golf Company, 2/25 Marine Detachment stationed at Picatinny Arsenal the morning of their deployment.
Military Appreciation Day At Skyhawks Baseball Stadium
Sussex Skyhawks Minor League baseball team sponsors an annual Military Appreciation night at its ballpark to salute the Armed Forces. Skyhawk players generously donate their official jerseys which are auctioned with the donations used to support the units stationed at Picatinny Arsenal.
Project Front Line Morris
Project Front Line Morris has been established by the United Way of Morris County to support the Army Community Covenant and the largest deployment of Morris County Army Soldiers and New Jersey National Guardsmen in history. United Way creates awareness of, and improves access to, resources for military families with the assistance of a network of health and human services providers. As part of Project Front Line Morris, United Way of Morris County and its partners have established the Front Line Fund to serve as a local mechanism to meet the growing needs of Military Families. www.uwmorris.org.
North Star, Inc. and Holiday Inn of Clinton front line employees ask customers to voluntary "round up" their hotel bill by $1, $5, or $10 for the purpose of assisting Military families. The Wounded Warrior is separated from his family while he works at Picatinny to develop new knowledge, skills, and abilities to help with a transition to a civilian career in the Department of Defense. The resources are going to support financial counseling of deployed Soldiers and their Families in programs sponsored /supported by the Army Chaplain's office and the Army Community Service Office.
Red Cross Adopt-A-Unit Campaign
The Central New Jersey Chapter of the American Red Cross coordinates an adopt-a-unit campaign to encourage local businesses and organizations to support deploying Soldiers and their Families. For more information visit www.njredcross.org