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Nov 01, 2017

Help Support The Journal’s “Pets for Vets” Campaign

By Joanne Colella

With the holiday season almost upon us, and Veterans Day being observed this month, The Journal is presenting a new charitable initiative in recognition of our nation’s veterans and to assist two outstanding local veterans’ organizations: Unbroken Warriors and the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund. Throughout the year, we publish much information about the efforts of each of these very worthy organizations, and we invite you to join us in supporting our project to benefit the services they provide to America’s military veterans.

The Journal is organizing a project called Pets for Vets Make a Difference – or Pets for Vets – to raise awareness and funding for both organizations, with all proceeds to be divided equally between them. Bearing in mind their respective missions, we have designed the initiative to be meaningful for each organization. We are inviting our readers and advertisers to make an online donation of $22 or more to our Pets for Vets project, via a GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/thejournalpetsforvets. The amount of $22 is meant to represent the 22 veterans who commit suicide each day. In return, donors will receive a specially designed car magnet, with an image of a paw print, to represent the service dogs that are needed by veterans.

The project began in October and will run through December 22. At the end of that time, all funds raised will be given to Unbroken Warriors and the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinksi, II Fund to go towards PTSD treatment and the sponsorship of a working or service dog for a military member or veteran.

Look for continued details and updates about the project in all five of our Journal publications, on our website at www.TheJournalNJ.com (which also includes a donation icon on our homepage), on Facebook at The Journal NJ, and on Twitter, and Instagram @TheJournalNJ. There will also be posters and postcards displayed in places throughout the community and with our advertisers who wish to participate; please contact us if you’d like some to display, and please help us by sharing the information with your families, friends, neighbors, businesses, schools, and other groups. All contributions are appreciated, and no donation is too small!

 

Thank you in advance for your generous support, and heartfelt thanks to all of our nation’s military veterans and their families for their dedicated service.

 

About Unbroken Warriors

Unbroken Warriors was founded by Holmdel Police Officer and U.S. Navy veteran Michael Dowens and his wife, Christine. Michael served four years of active duty in Liberia, Somalia, and the Northern Arabian Gulf. After being honorably discharged from service, he was plagued with the effects of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and credits the treatment he was able to receive with saving his life and his family. Highlighting the startling and tragic fact that 22 veterans are lost each day to suicide, his goal for Unbroken Warriors is to increase awareness about PTSD and provide funding for veterans to benefit from residential services in order to manage their symptoms and regain control of their lives. To learn more, visit www.unbrokenwarriors.org.

About The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund

The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund was created by his parents to honor the life of Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II, a local resident and CBA graduate who was killed in Iraq in 2005 when an improvised explosive device detonated. In addition to providing support to improve the morale and welfare of military members and their families and providing scholarships to high school students who embody the leadership qualities of Lt. Zilinski, the organization provides funding to sponsor military working dogs and service dogs needed by military veterans suffering from PTSD and/or injuries. For information, visit www.runwithdennis.org.