Allan “Sonny” Schuler, a 50-year resident of Paramus New Jersey, served for three and a half years in the US Navy, including two Westpac Cruises to Vietnam.  He was assigned to the destroyer USS Alfred A. Cunningham, DD752 (pictured left).

While assigned to the Cunningham as a Boatswains Mate, he participated in two cruises to Vietnam from April of 1968 to April of 1970. It was during this period that he performed search and rescue, plane-guard, and Naval Gunfire Support duties. He fired hundreds of rounds in direct support of US Army ground troops.  He is particularly proud that his ship was able to directly support US ground troops and he feels the Naval gunfire missions he participated in saved countless American lives.     

Sonny worked as a County employee in the Parks & Recreation Department for 35 years and retired as a supervisor.  He continues to volunteer and is active in many local organizations.

He is also a life member of the VFW Post 6699, where he serves as the Senior Vice Commander and house chairman.  He also serves as the VFW District Two Surgeon. During the COVID epidemic, Sonny volunteered his time to open the VFW Post for the duration of the crisis and worked with several healthcare professionals from Holy Name Hospital to distribute Covid Vaccines to members of the community.

He is also a member of the Rochelle Park American Legion, a member of the Paramus Elks where he is chairman of the Veterans Committee, and a member of the Paramus Community Emergency Response team for twenty years.

We honor his service to our nation.

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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

Steven A. Tanelli was elected to the Bergen County Board of Commissioners on November 6, 2012. Commissioner Tanelli served as Chairman in 2016 and 2021, Vice Chairman in 2015, and Chair Pro Tempore in 2020.

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