There is no bronze nameplate for Michael Patrick Burke on Ocean County's monument to the 13 men who died in Iraq or Afghanistan.
He is not listed with Army Spc. Christopher Duffy, 26, of Brick, the first casualty, or Marine Cpl. Christopher Monahan, 25, of Ocean Gate, the last, or the 11 men in between. The men on the memorial died between 2004 to 2012, and include Marine Maj. James Weis, 37, and Navy Seal Denis Miranda, 24, both of Toms River.
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He will leave it agitated; he will wonder why, again, the country he served didn't see problems like his coming
When combat veterans trickled home from Vietnam, they had a bleak expression to describe the reception they received.
"--- you for your service."
But those were different times, right?
Michael Pasquale has never served in the military, but his father and both of his grandfathers were Marines. Still, it was not their service that led Pasquale to begin working with injured war veterans.
It was a 46-year old civil engineer and “weekend warrior” – those U.S. reservists who are normally called to duty to deal with natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes – who returned from an unexpected deployment to Iraq in 2006 ... read more
As this veterans day approaches, the nation's population has fewer and fewer connection to people who have served or are currently serving, and less than one percent serve themselves. However, one Montclair nonprofit is working to make sure service members are remembered.
In June, Montclair native, Michael Pasquale started Officers of the Courts, a nonprofit providing free legal representation for those who were wounded ... read more
And now for a Memorial Day history lesson.
The American tradition of treating veterans badly started right here in New Jersey. The Pennsylvania Line of Continental Army --- with their enlistments up -- were forced to stay in service. When they walked off the job at Jockey Hollow in 1781, citing deplorable conditions and lousy pay, it was called a mutiny.
When the New Jersey Line tried it a few weeks later in Pequannock, two mutineers where shot by firing squad.