Janet Santeramo | Legislator Sarah Anker's Honoree | Branch of Service: Marine
Janet Santeramo was raised in Queens, New York. She is a Marine, served in the Persian Gulf, and participated in Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Cease Fire. She was meritoriously promoted to Corporal and only two years later, attained the rank of Sergeant. Janet’s Military Occupational Specialty was Metal Worker/Welder (1316). She is the recipient of a Navy Achievement Medal, Southwest Asia Medal (3 stars), Good Conduct Medal, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, Navy Unit Citation, National Defense Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (2 stars), Cold War Ribbon; and 2 letters of Appreciation. During her active duty tour, she served with 8th Engineers Support Battalion and the First Marine Air Wing. She then served as an active reservist with 2nd Battalion 25th Marines where she functioned as a Welder and took on a secondary Military Occupational Specialty of Administration/Legal. Thereafter, Janet served two years as an active Navy Reservist as a Hull Tech.
As a veteran, attorney, and partner at Turley, Redmond and Rosasco, she has been instrumental in assisting veterans and in some cases the widows and widowers of veterans file and obtain veterans’ benefits and Social Security benefits. Additionally, she has provided workshops to veterans and their families regarding filing benefits and some of the benefits that may be available to them. Moreover, she explores and utilizes all available avenues to get the word out to veterans regarding changes in veterans’ law and veterans’ community.
Janet has been an active member of Post 6249 for over 20 years and currently functions as the post’s Service Officer. She continues to participate in various activities in support of veterans and the local community. For example, she participates in Living History Day, along with the other veterans in her post where they are afforded the opportunity to discuss what they did in service and answer questions the children may have about the time they served. In addition, she continues to act as a liaison between veterans and various local agencies to assist veterans and their families in getting the counseling, housing; and financial services they need. Moreover, she continues to support the veterans’ community by participating in activities that raise awareness of veterans’ suicide and its prevention.