Assemblyman Sgt. Bob Andrzejczak has been named “New Jersey Legislator of the Year” by the American Veterans (AMVETS) in recognition of his support for service members, veterans and military families as a member of the General Assembly.
Andrzejczak, a U.S. Army veteran who was wounded in Iraq, received an honorary plaque from AMVETS during a ceremony earlier this month.
“As a veteran in the legislature, not a single day goes by without me thinking about how to make life better for those who answered the call to serve in our armed forces,” said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland). “AMVETS is dedicated to supporting veterans and easing their transition to civilian life with scholarships, job training and assistance navigating services offered through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Their work inspires me to continue advocating for the men and women who selflessly vowed to uphold the freedom and security of our country.”
A Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient, Andrzejczak also has been awarded with two Army Achievement medals, an Army Good Conduct medal, a National Service of Defense medal, a Global War on Terror medal, an Iraq Campaign Medal with a Campaign Star, an Army Service ribbon and a Combat Infantry Badge. The Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee member has sponsored legislation to help veterans pursue higher education, receive job training and secure employment in New Jersey.
As the first World War II organization to be chartered by Congress, AMVETS has a history of serving veterans that spans nearly seven decades. Membership in the organization is open to anyone who currently is serving or who has honorably served in the armed forces, including the National Guard and Reserves, from World War II to the present.