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Veterans advocate Lou Green retires from monthly Hamilton Mall sessions

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — Lou Green has been stationed at the Hamilton Mall monthly for 18 years to inform veterans of the benefits available to them as well as other valuable information. On Oct. 3, the veteran advocate set up his tables, filled with fliers, registration forms and other paperwork, for the final time.

“My wife has now retired, so we will spend more time together and with our family,” Green said.

“We have also reached a saturation point. Whereas we had 15 to 20 veterans visit us each month in the beginning and sometimes now we only get one. But when we help that one person, we consider it a plus one.”

Green, 85, enlisted in the Air Force in March 1952 and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant air policeman in 1956. He has served in many veterans organizations,  including the Bergen County Veterans Advisory Board and the Hamilton Township Veterans Advisory Board, and as the squadron commander of the Sampson Air Force Base Veterans.

“When a veteran asks me a question that I can’t answer, I refer them to Lou, who is a wealth of information,” said Thomas Judge, who chairs the Hamilton Township Veterans Advisory Board and serves as commander of VFW Post 220 in the township. “It is a pleasure to have him serve on our board.”

“He is an outstanding and stellar supporter of veterans,” said Robert Campbell, the first chairman of the Veterans Advisory Board, as well as a retired Navy chief petty officer and former township committeeman and mayor. “He’s an absolute gem who in addition to his time in the mall writes letters and articles for publication in local newspapers. Although he is leaving the mall, I am sure he will continue to help his fellow veterans in many ways.”

Green hopes someone will take his place.

“It is feasible for someone to do this who has the time and energy,” he said. “I have continued to compile and update information over the years, and whoever fills this role would need to do the same.”

He also praises two Vietnam veterans who have spent many years alongside him at the mall.

“It has been a pleasure to have Bob Ellis and John Thomas provide their knowledge and wisdom for the countless veterans who have sought our assistance,” Green said.

Hamilton Mall Marketing Manager Crystal Rodriguez also hopes to find someone to fill Green’s shoes.

“Lou’s dedication and loyalty to our community for the past 18 years are exceptional,” she said. “It’s really important to Hamilton Mall that we recognize and honor those who support our community. While he will be missed, we’re excited for Lou to enjoy his retirement. Hamilton Mall is currently seeking a new veterans’ advocate to offer similar services starting in January.”

Green and his wife, Angelina, have lived in Mays Landing for 18 years and have three children, sons Paul and Joel and daughter Lori.

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