"Our first priority must be to get the troops, our veterans and their families the healthcare and support they've earned."
Thomas R. Pettengill
A graduate of Rutgers University in 2018, Thomas joined the Marine Reserves and attended boot camp at Paris Island that summer. He recently completed his first year at Rutgers Law School, Newark and is currently at the Officers Training Center in Quantico, Virginia. He lives in Point Pleasant Beach with his wife Ekaterina.
Thomas’s Father James J Pettengill served as a Marine Officer/helicopter pilot in 1974. He grew up in Brick, attended St Peter’s and Ranney School, graduating NROTC Notre Dame in 1974.
Thomas’s grandfather, Thomas Victor served in the Navy. He moved to Brick in 1957 and passed away in 2019.
Angelo served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1964, where he was assigned to the USAF Security Service, now known as the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Command. Angelo was stationed in Karamursel, Turkey, just outside of Istanbul. In addition to being a Vietnam War Era veteran, Angelo was also awarded a service connected disability. He held a Top Secret Cryptographic Security Clearance. Angelo's duties included the surveillance of USSR missile ranges and Eastern Block troop and aircraft movements, as well as voice interception and communications. He were also responsible for the monitoring and protection of Top Secret covert aircraft surveillance missions over the Caspian Sea and Black Sea.
The VA clinic is a vital link for many of our brave veterans. VA Medical Centers provide a vast range of services, in addition to the traditional hospital-based services and provide a lifeline for thousands of Veterans who may not have health insurance coverage, beyond Medicare/Medicaid. From his own personal experience with the VA, he can attest to the fact that getting to a VA hospital, located in either West Orange or Lyons, for treatment beyond the available services at the current Brick Clinic, can be a burdensome task. Although, in many instances, transportation may be provided from Brick to West Orange, it generally turns into an all day affair. Angelo recalls one time when he had an appointment in West Orange, to determine his disability, he left Brick via the VA Shuttle at 9am and didn't return home until well past 5pm.. The proposed clinic is a critical element to the care and well being of our veterans. Especially since Ocean County has a very large veterans population.
Gordon J. Carlon Jr.
Gordon served in the U.S. Navy from August 1985 through September 2015. During that time he served on two aircraft carriers (USS Constellation (CV64) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN70)) and was stationed at five Naval Air Stations (Whiting Field, FL; Brunswick, ME; and Fallon, NV), two of which were overseas (Diego Garcia and Sigonella, Sicily). Additionally, Gordon held three staff billets, one in San Diego, CA and two in Patuxent River, MD where I retired.
A native of New Jersey, with several friends still serving in the military, Gordon "Flaps" Carlon understands the need for quality care for all veterans and is lending his support for our quest to show the Veterans Administration that Brick Township is the right place for the new VA Clinic.
WALL OF HEROES
Thank you to all of our veterans and to those still serving in the military. Today and every single day we salute you for the sacrifice you've given our community and our nation.