Steve Tanelli

Steve Tanelli

Bergen County Veteran of the Week: Kamilla Miguel

Kamilla Miguel grew up in Little Ferry, New Jersey.  The daughter of Colombian immigrants and a first generation American, she decided to join the United States military to serve her country. She served from 2007 to 2011 as a 25Q Multichannel Transmission Systems Operator-Maintainer, including one tour of duty in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011.

During her enlistment, Kamilla was responsible for the installation, reparation, operation, and maintenance checks of antennas and associated equipment. During the latter part of her career as an non-commissioned officer, she worked as a supervisor. She supervised operations and assisted team members in the installation and operation of multichannel line-of-site and tropospheric scatter communications systems in garrison and the field. Kamilla left the military with the rank of Sergeant. 

Like many other veterans, Kamilla struggled to transition to civilian life. She took a year off to focus on herself.  After the year, she attended Passaic County Community College. After graduating from there, Kamilla pursued her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s of Business Administration at Fairleigh Dickinson University. While pursuing her studies, she dedicated herself to helping the veterans in our community. She served as a VA work-study with the New Jersey Division of Military and Veteran Affairs office in Hackensack and then moved to the Bergen County Division of Veteran Services (DVS) office. While interning at DVS, Kamilla assisted with Bergen County veteran events and aided homeless veterans in obtaining permanent housing. She was constantly commended by her fellow veterans for her compassion and commitment. 

After her time at DVS, she interned as a Facilities Coordinator at Movado Group before gaining full-time employment with the Department of Veteran Affairs. She currently works as a veteran benefits administrator at the Newark Regional Office of the Department of Veteran Affairs. She has been with in the agency for almost 4 years.  Everyday, she strives to ensure that all veterans receive the benefits that they rightfully deserve.  

She just bought her first home in Fair Lawn, where she lives with her fiancé, Justin, and their 3 cats. 

Thank you for your service, Kamilla! 

Nominate a Veteran for #BergenCountyVeteranOfTheWeek

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you?

The #BergenCountyVeteranOfTheWeek social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. Visit our blog post about nominating to learn how to create the best submission.

Bergen County Division of Veteran Services

The Division of Veterans Services was established in 1977 to provide resident veterans and their dependents with information and assistance in obtaining earned entitlements from federal, state, and local governments, as well as any that are available from the private sector.

Through a quarterly newsletter and direct client contact, the division provides Bergen’s veterans organizations and their auxiliaries and individual residents with up-to-date benefit information.

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Commissioner Steve Tanelli

Commissioner Steve Tanelli

Steven A. Tanelli was elected to the Bergen County Board of Commissioners on November 6, 2012. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. He has previously served as both Chairman in 2016 and Chair Pro Tempore in 2020.

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