Gov. Phil Murphy signed bipartisan legislation creating a Global War on Terrorism Medal to recognize New Jersey’s service members who contributed to America’s War on Terror.
The law will create the state medal which can be awarded by the Governor to veteran or active-duty service members who served for at least 30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days in one of eight military operations related to the war.
Eligible recipients would include members of the National Guard and those who were killed or are missing in action, a resident of the state, was a resident when they entered into service or was a resident for at least 20 years.
Recognizing New Jersey’s Contributions
The bill was sponsored by Assemblymen Christopher Tully (D-38), Roy Freiman (D-16), and Christopher DePhillips (R-40).
The medal was a way of recognizing the contributions of New Jersey’s service men and women who were deployed to combat terror across the globe, according to Tully and Freiman.
“The creation of this medal will ensure our state’s ability to recognize New Jersey residents’ contributions to the ongoing War on Terror, including the contributions of those who did not previously receive the corresponding federal medal for their involvement in this war,” said Tully in a press statement. “Their dedicated service to this country—including the protection of bridges, tunnels and power plants—should be recognized. This medal is how we can honor their courageous support of our military operations over the past 19 years.”
Honoring the Wounded and Fallen
DePhillips was quick to honor the legacy of the 6,000 Americans who had been killed in the War on Terror and the 52,000 that had been wounded.
“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.
The legislation passed both houses of the Legislature unanimously.