Some may not be aware, the VFW is a National non-profit organizatioin comprised solely of
active military and veterans who served in specified combat areas. Only those qualified may
join. Whether you join us or not, you will always be a part of this organization...a brother (or sister)-in-arms.
The primary functions of the Post is to maintain a patriotic presence by reminding everyone of
the sacrifices made by the select few and the ongoing bravery performed by our troops on a daily basis. Additionally, we counsel fellow veterans on
their entitlements under various benefits offered to those who served. This is obtained through our decades of accumulated experiences.
Post 5481 needs new members with new ideas to sustain our effectiveness in being a leading force within our community.
When Uncle Sam beckoned we replied and served with pride and honor, fulfilling our patriotic duty. Continue to serve...join the Post
and be with your comrades once again. Although we no longer wear the uniform...we remain soldiers nevertheless...ready to serve, protect, and defend.
Information About Post 5481
Montville Memorial Post 5481 was founded in 1970 with 34 members and currently has approximately 130 members. By
National Charter, membership is limited to those military personnel who served overseas during a period of National Conflict. The
Post's home is located at 132 Changebridge Road in Montville, New Jersey, at the entrance to the Community Center complex. Meetings are held
the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7PM. Post 5481 has two primary purposes; the first is to be good citizens in our home
community by participating in its projects and activities, particularly in those areas of patriotism and where our military background
can be utilized; and secondly, is to provide aid and assistance to all military personnel, both veterans and those still on active duty
Included among the Post's current endeavors are:
Stationed in Iraq
Because a portion of our overseas complement is composed of citizens and friends of Montville Township, VFW Post Commander
Frank Warholic urges that we be informed of any Township soldier stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan so that the Post can recognize
their service by sending packages as we have already provided others serving in the "war areas". Contact Commander
Frank Warholic at (973) 334-9066. If you would like to write letters or send packages to our troops assigned in Iraq, Commander Warholic
has a list of those soldiers already deployed and can provide their names and addresses. Call him at the same number.
Military Funeral Services
The Post Funeral Ritual Team is available to conduct military funeral services for deceased Township military veterans when so
requested. The deceased need not be a member of the VFW Post. Post Commander Warholic can be contacted at (973) 334-9066.
The Post has several members who are available to speak on a variety of military and veteran topics at local schools, clubs, or
organizations. For information call Hjalmar Johannsson at (973) 335-6059.
This year the Post is providing a Memorial Day Program to Woodmont School and Cedar Hill School in an ongoing
relationship with the Montville Township School Districts.
Voice of Democracy
Every year our Post sponsors a Voice of Democracy Essay Contest, a National Program run in conjunction with the Montville Township School system. Essays are composed by students of different
age groups with patriotism and democracy as the underlying theme. We are proud to state that Montville Township has had a National winner.
The Veterans Mall has been combined with the Township Memorial now known collectively as Freedom Plaza.
The Plaza was dedicated on September 11th, 2004, to the everlasting memory of those who have fallen in the defense of our county and
to all of those who perished in the attack on America ~ September 11th, 2001. Center piece to the Plaza is the section of structure
obtained from the Twin Towers rubble. Adjacent to the Plaza and behind the Post Home is the Military Honor Wall that
flanks the M60 Vietnam era Army Tank. The Wall, composed of bricks inscribed with names of living veterans, deceased veterans,
or personal rememberances of family members, was completed with the addition of two wings to the original Wall.
We urge that you visit the Plaza and Wall Memorial and pay silent homage to those who were sacrificed in the furtherance of our freedom.
VFW Eligibility and Application
Montville Memorial VFW Post 5481 is embarking on a membership drive. If you served overseas during a wartime period, and would be interested
in joining our Post, please call Commander Warholic at (973) 334-9066 or Art Graf at (201) 410-5198. The fundamental difference between our organization
and other veterans organizations is our eligibility qualifications. Our VFW welcomes all who meet our eligibility criteria. It's through service to this
country that all our membership has earned their elite status.
If you have received a campaign medal for overseas service; have served 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days in Korea; or have ever received hotsile
fire or imminent danger pay, then you're eligible to join our ranks.
You don't have to be a local
resident to belong to our Post. Come join us.
Making Your Visit Meaningful
Often, when a buddy or a loved one is in a nursing home, family and friends wonder how they
can enjoy their visit and make them more meaningful. In fact, some people
stay away from visiting their buddies or loved ones because they feel uncertain
about what to say or do, or they question the benefits of their visit. It is important
to know that, although their buddies or loved ones may not relate to them as they
did previously, they can still share and enjoy quality time.
There is no set amount of time that you should spend on your visit - take your que from your buddy
or loved one. If the person is relaxed and enjoying themselves, stay as long as you
like. If they appear tired, agitated or uneasy, stay only a short time.
Here are some suggestions that may make your visits enjoyable for both or you:
Take a scrapbook or photo album and talk about memories of the past.
Bring tape recordings of music that they once enjoyed.
Hold your buddy's or loved one's hand, or just sit back and 'be' with them.
Be sympathetic to complaints and really listen to what they have to say.
Resist temptation to correct or remind your buddy or loved one if he or she has memory problems - it will upset or frustrate them.
Establish a rapport with the staff - let them know of your concerns and that you apprecite
Visiting can be a difficult and stressful, but, remember that even if your visit
is brief and your buddy or loved one does not recognize or remember you, your presence is invaluable.
For those moments, the person you are visiting has the sense that you care and that they are not alone.
Joe Quade - Public Relations Officer
WWII Veterans Registry
There is a site available on-line that can be used to locate WWII veterans. The site is called NATIONAL WWII
MEMORIAL and can be located at this link~ http://www.wwiimemorial.com/.
To locate someone, do the following:
'copy' the link above and paste it to your web browser's address bar. 'Click' GO. That will bring you to the NATIONAL WWII MEMORIAL home page.
in the left margin column, 'click' on WWII REGISTRY. That will take you to the 'Registry' page.
at the top link bar, 'click' Search the Regustry. That will take you to the 'Search Criteria' page.
fill in the boxes with the Last Name and First Name of the person searching for and the State where inducted, if known. If not known, leave blank. Then click 'SUBMIT'.
Hopefully you will be able to locate a friend you haven't seen for some years.
Courtesy of Al Carlsen
Lyons V.A. Hospital
Our Post conducts weekly visits to the Lyons Veterans Administration Hospital in support of those who have served and are confined
to extended health care. Entertainment and food, more reminiscent of the U.S.O., is provided to the patients to brighten their day
and give assurance that someone still cares. The Post recently completed 3,644 hours and 22 years of volunteer service, largely due to Commander Warholic,
who recently received a Certificate Of Appreciation from Lyons for this service.
If you are inclined, contributions can be made to VA Lyons Hospital through this
Post. Call Commander Frank Warholic at (973) 334-9066. Anyone requiring information from Lyons Hospital, contact:
VA New Jersey Health Care System, Lyons Campus
151 Knollcroft Road
Lyons, New Jersey 07939
(908) 647-0180 or (973) 676-1000
Ask for patient representative Frank Quadrino. Contributions made to the Lyons Campus should be made out to: VA New Jersey Health Care System,
Lyons Campus. If you would rather, we will gladly forward any contribution to the intended service facility in your name. Contact
Commander Frank Warholic for details.
The Post sends Foreign Postage Stamps to hospitalized veterans who collect and trade then among themselves. If you have foreign stamps and you wish to donate them to hospitalized veterans, please send the stamps to Commander Warholic, 7 Twaits Road, Towaco, New Jersey, 07082. He will forward them to the veterans.
PLEASE, DO NOT SEND CURRENT US STAMPS.
Morris County Veterans Services
Morris County has a Veterans Affairs Office in place to support military veterans who need assistance with the several VA programs,
with obtaining military-related records or medals due them for their military service, or for any other military related situation.
If you are a veteran and wish to avail yourself of the services, call the MC Veterans Service Officer, Charles Jurgensen, at (973) 285-6866
or write him at Department of Human Services, Morris County Office of Veterans Affairs, P.O. Box 900, Morristown, N.J. 07960.
He will assist you or advise you of the proper channels to remedy your situation. If you wish, you may locally contact Post Commander
Frank Warholic at (973) 334-9066 who has a knowledge base that may satisfy your immediate need. As a reminder,
the State of New Jersey and County of Morris have medals to honor veterans of our area who have served during certain conflicts, WWII
to present. Contact the Morris County Veterans Service Officer for more information.
Veterans are urged to register for VA benefits and care. You are intitled to physical exams, eye exams, and prescription program. Do it now while the
advantage is in your favor. The Post received many calls regarding this and we advise the caller to contact Veterans Services or Lyons Hospital (see above).
Worn-out Amerian Flags
Our National Flag is an important and honored symbol of who we are and what we stand for. It has preceeded our soldiers in battle from the Revolutionary War to the present and it decorates
our homes to display to all our pride of country and support for our troops. When such a symbol becomes worn, tattered, or damaged beyond use, it is necessary
to retire those colors and treat them with the respect that befits such a great symbol. To that end, the Post has established an American Flag Disposal Box, an old recycled red-white-blue mail box, at the rear of the Post home at 132 Changebridge Road,
where citizens may bring their old flags for destruction according to military protocol.
War Dog Stamp
There is a movement to commemorate America's K-9 Corp or American War Dogs through the issuance of postage stamps. War dogs are
now and have been with our fighting troops in several recent conflicts. In Vietnam alone, our canine heroes saved over 10,000
lives. If you wish to become involved, ask the National Stamp Committee to issue this stamp. Write to:
Citizen's Stamp Committee
C/O Postmaster General of the United States
475 L'Enfant Plaza
South West Washington, DC
UPDATE: The New Jersey State Legislature has proclaimed their approvals in both houses, each sending Resolutions to the US Postal Service. We are now awaiting their action.
Post 5481 does its share to maintain a beautiful and clean community during the quarterly Adopt-A-Road cleanup and beyond.
We do our part and request that you too participate by keeping our community clean and liter free.
Individuals and businesses can mail contributions to the Post throughout the year. Please send your donation to:
Commander-VFW Post 5481
C/O Frank Warholic
7 Twaits Road Towaco, New Jersey 07082
Kindly make checks payable to: VFW Post 5481 Welfare Fund.
The Post also collects old eye glasses for the needy. Rather than throwing them away in the trash, drop them in the Flag Disposal Box (Recycled red-white-and blue postal mail box)
located at the rear of the Post Home at 132 Changebridge Road. Your old glasses may provide a welcome benefit to someone in need.
You are reminded that your dontations are tax deductible.
Montville Memorial VFW Post 5481
132 Changebridge Road
Montville, New Jersey 07045
VFW 5481 is a non-profit organization dedicated to the people of Montville Township, NJ. We join with our fellow citizens in making
this community a better place to live.