Veterans honored during convention

Educator veterans to be honored at Resorts Casino Hotel

The New Jersey Veterans of Foreign Wars and the New Jersey Veterans Network are honoring two educators who are veterans: Michael Gehm, a social studies teacher at Secaucus High School and Edward Graf a social studies teacher at Somerset Vocational Technical High School.

Gehm and Graf will be recognized on Thursday, Nov. 9, 7 – 9 p.m. in the ballroom at Resorts Hotel Casino. The admission donation is $20. There will be food and a DJ. All money collected at the event benefits the New Jersey Veterans Network.

Gehm, a native of Bennetsville, South Carolina, had joined the U.S. Navy when he graduated from high school. An accident on the USS Normandy left Gehm a paraplegic. Through his own dogged determination, the support of his wife and family, and inspiration from a history teacher at Stevens Institute of Technology, Gehm entered St. Peter’s University, ultimately earning his teaching certification. He has taught at Secaucus High School for over 20 years.

Edward Graf is known for his work with disabled veterans and first responders. Now expanded to more high schools in Somerset County, Graf initiated “Proud to Be an American Day” at Somerset Vocational Technical High School to honor fallen veterans and to promote patriotism and unity. The event also honors area residents who are veterans or active members of the military. Formerly a teacher in Union Township, Graf headed up “Proud to Be An American Day” at Kawameeh Middle School.

NJEA Patriots Alliance to hold special breakfast

The NJEA Patriots Alliance is hosting a breakfast for NJEA members who are veterans. The breakfast will take place on Thursday, Nov. 9, 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Pearl Ballroom at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel. To reserve your space contact Meredith Barnes at mbarnes@njea.org.