22 Jun: Girgenti Bill Would Create Pow-Mia Medal Receives Final Approval

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator John A. Girgenti to create a State POW-MIA (Prisoner of War – Missing in Action) medal to be awarded to those who were taken prisoner and held captive or declared missing in action was approved by both the full Senate and General Assembly today.

“Throughout history we have been blessed with heroes willing to sacrifice their freedom to protect and defend ours,” said Senator Girgenti, D-Bergen and Passaic, and Chairman of the Senate Law, Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “Today, in foreign lands our military men and women are still fighting to defend our country’s freedom. They do so knowing that could fall on the field of battle, or be captured. We owe an unending debt of gratitude for the sacrifice these men and women made, the pain they endured, and the hardships they suffered to ensure our freedom, and that is why New Jersey should have a medal to honor our POWs and those missing in action.”