Legionnaire Bob Looby honored by New Jersey and 1st Region

Legionnaire Bob Looby honored by New Jersey and 1st Region

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Department of New Jersey Legionnaire Bob Looby is well-known in his home state for his efforts in supporting veterans’ employment, education and homelessness.

His efforts were recognized recently with the presentation of two prestigious awards.

During the Northern New Jersey ROTC Muster and Awards Ceremony, the Association of the U.S. Army presented Looby with its Distinguished Service Award.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie presents Legionnaire Bob Looby with the New Jersey Meritorious Service Medal. Looby was also presented with AUSA’s Distinguished Service Award by Dennis Dougherty, AUSA First Region President.

The award was given by AUSA’s First Region President Dennis J. Dougherty for Looby’s “dedicated work and advocacy on behalf all the veterans of the Garden State.”

Looby was also praised for being the “Number one veterans advocate for New Jersey.”

“Bob was recognized for all his great work and outreach to soldiers and veterans throughout our state, in particular for his outreach with job fairs for veterans of all our services, and his work with homelessness in our veterans’ community,” Dougherty said.

Adding, “He is also a great supporter of Army ROTC at Rutgers University.”

Looby, the Department of New Jersey’s employment and education chairman, takes a wide-ranging approach to assisting veterans in his state.

He said, “My mission is to do everything that [the American Legion National Headquarters] does: employment, homelessness and education.”

He noted, “I don’t do this for awards. It’s almost like I’ve found my mission in life.”

Looby also became a two-time recipient of the New Jersey Meritorious Service Medal for his efforts in veterans’ employment and homelessness, and initiatives that help recently incarcerated veterans re-establish themselves in the community.

The award was presented by Gov. Chris Christie during his annual New Jersey National Guard Military Review. “All the National Guard is there,” Looby said. “It’s almost like it’s in front of your peers. It’s a wonderful feeling.”

Looby said his advocacy is his responsibility as a legionnaire. “We put the cap on,” he said. “We pay our dues. Do what you signed up for.”

Getting the awards “is not a confirmation of what we’ve done,” Looby said.

“But, he added, “that others know what we’re still doing. It’s not what you did yesterday. It’s what you’re going to do for our veterans tomorrow.”