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Pallone Welcomes Wounded Warrior to Long Branch Staff

April 16, 2012
Press Release

LONG BRANCH, NJ—Sgt. John J. Irwin III has joined Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr.’s (NJ-06) Long Branch office to assist with veteran case work. Irwin comes to Pallone’s office through the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program, which provides employment opportunities for wounded or disabled veterans within the House of Representatives in Washington DC and district offices.

Irwin served as an Airborne Infantry Squad Leader in the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division, and performed three tours of combat duty, two in Afghanistan, and one in Iraq. He received a Purple Heart and an Army Commendation Medal with "V" (Valor) Device for his service.  

“As more men and women return to civilian life after serving our country, it is our responsibility to help make the transition as smooth as possible,” said Pallone. “I am very happy to welcome John to my staff, so we can best address the needs of veterans in our communities.”

Following his military service, Irwin dedicated much of his time to serving his fellow veterans. He volunteers as a Veterans Advocate for the Tip of the Arrow Foundation, where he assists veterans with employment placement and access to financial and medical resources. He also provides training to employers on how to accommodate wounded and transitioning warriors. 

"When we serve, we promise to never leave a fallen warrior behind. Now that the uniform is off that should not change. I look forward to working in Congressman Pallone’s office to assist veterans in New Jersey, so we can ensure that we live up to our promise,” said Irwin.


Ray Zaccaro