SFC John Smith is a veteran of the United States Army and is Bergen County’s Veteran of the Month for December!

John served two tours in Vietnam from 1967 to 1970 and performed River Patrols while he served in Vietnam, only coming home for a total of 8 months in the 3 years he served.

After Vietnam, he served as a police officer. In 1982, John reenlisted into the Army and served for 20 more years. He held multiple titles and positions during this period, serving as a Training NCO and Supply Sergeant for Battalion and Brigade units.

For his service, John has acquired multiple medals and awards; among them are the Expert Infantry Badge, the National Defense Medal (awarded 4 times) the Vietnam Service Medals with 5 Bronze Stars, and multiple Expert Rifle and Pistol badges.

John has lived in Bergenfield for 30 years and is currently on the Bergenfield Zoning Board and was the previous chairman of the Veterans Committee of Bergenfield. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, he ran a food pantry in Bergenfield from the VFW Post giving food to those that needed it. Today he still works to help other veterans with their paperwork to file benefits claims.

We thank him for his service to our nation!

Nominate a Veteran for #BergenCountyVeteranOfTheMonth

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 #BergenCountyVeteranOfTheMonth 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.

Picture of Commissioner Steve Tanelli

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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