Service Dog “Jäger” to Wounded Warrior Bernadine

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Thanks to the generous support of our supporters, the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund was instrumental in helping to provide a specially-trained service dog named Jäger to wounded warrior Bernadine.

Thanks to the generous support of our supporters, the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund was instrumental in helping to provide a specially-trained service dog named Jäger to wounded warrior Bernadine to help her move forward with her life after suffering from post traumatic stress.

 “Our donation to K9s for Warriors is possible thanks to the generous support we received from our supporters. We were also delighted to have the privilege of naming this dog, Jäger!”

MARION ZILINKSI, CO-FOUNDER OF THE LT. DENNIS W. ZILINSKI, II MEMORIAL FUND

Jäger was trained at K9s for Warriors for 6 months and spent 3 weeks at the school living with his new partner Bernadine.  They took their last test prior to graduation, and Jäger was officially certified under the American Disabilities Act.

“Our donation to K9s for Warriors is possible thanks to the generous support we received from our supporters,” said Marion Zilinski, co-founder of the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund.  “We were also delighted to have the privilege of naming this dog, Jäger!”

Jäger (pronounced Yaeger) was named after Lt. Dennis W.Zilinski’s favorite drink, Jägermeister.

“I know Dennis would have chuckled at the name,” said Marion.  “We wish Bernadine andJäger success, health and much happiness together,”

The continued support of the fund’s supporters is critical. The next big fundraising event is the food and wine spectacular: A Toast to Dennis, which will be held Friday, September 11 in honor of the Fund’s 10th Anniversary.  To learn more, visit www.runwithdennis.org.

The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski Memorial Fund provides care and support for those serving our country and their families. The SGT. DENNY PROJECT has donated funds to train and place 17 service dogs to date, costing approximately $15,000 per dog.

The program is named for SGT. Denny, a two year old German shepherd who was stationed in Afghanistan with his handler.

For those returning home from combat, the transition back into society can be overwhelming. The hyper-vigilance and hyper-reactivity to situations, sensations, sounds and smells that kept them alive in the war zone often continues despite the peace of civilian life.  Service dogs are trained to help wounded warriors with many of the fight or flight reactions and health issues they face upon returning home from combat. Funds raised by the K9 Sgt. Denny project go toward supporting K9s for Warriors. All of their service dogs are ADA approved and certified.

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Circle BMW Raises $750 for Zilinski Memorial Fund

Dealership hosts Memorial Day Event to help wounded warriors.

 The founders of the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund were all smiles at Circle BMW in Eatontown as Owner Thomas DeFelice, Jr., presented the organization with a check for $750 resulting from the dealership’s Memorial Day fundraiser.

 “We were very honored to be the chosen recipients of this year’s Memorial Day fundraiser. We also salute Circle BMW as being one of the few dealerships to close on Memorial Day…they put honoring our military ahead of profits, and that’s a rare thing these days.”

MARION ZILINKSI, LT. DENNIS W. ZILINSKI II MEMORIAL FUND

The fund was created and founded in 2006 in order to honor local resident 1st Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II, United States Army, who was killed in action while deployed in Iraq on November 19, 2005. Zilinski was a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, which is alsoDeFelice’s alma mater.

“I graduated from CBA in 1970,” said DeFelice.  “That’s where I heard about the Zilinski Fund and all the wonderful things it does for our wounded warriors.”

He noted that Circle BMW honors a different veterans charity each year during Memorial Day, but his shared connection with the late Lt. Zilinski made this year’s effort very special.

“We were very honored to be the chosen recipients of this year’s Memorial Day fundraiser,” said the fund’s Co-Founder Marion Zilinski, mother of Lt. Zilinski.  “We also salute Circle BMW as being one of the few dealerships to close on Memorial Day…they put honoring our military ahead of profits, and that’s a rare thing these days.

“We wish more dealerships would follow their example and focus on the men and women who serve our country.”

The Fund is all volunteer, so 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward helping veterans.

About the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski Memorial Fund:

Lt. Dennis Zilinski II grew up in Middletown, NJ and graduated from Christian Brothers Academy, where he was a member of the swim team.  He received his nomination to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated in 2004.  He also completed Airborne School while a student at West Point.

After graduation from Ranger School, he was assigned to the 1/187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) “Rakkasan”.  He deployed with the 101st Airborne Division on September 17, 2005.  Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II died in Iraq on November 19, 2005 as a result of a roadside bombing near Bayji, 155 miles north of Baghdad.  Lt. Zilinski’s medals include: Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Global War on Terror, Iraq Campaign Service Medal and the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal.

As an act of that love, Dennis’ family and friends founded The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund, whose mission is to continue to serve and assist returning men and women who were wounded in service to our nation and to provide support and to provide support that improves the welfare of members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. The fund also supports scholarships at CBA.

For more information please visit: www.runwithdennis.org or email RunwithDennis@yahoo.com.

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Thorne Middle School To Honor Local Veterans For Memorial Day

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To honor local veterans for Memorial Day, the staff and children of Thorne Middle School will gather at 9:00 AM on Thursday, May 21 for a traditional Memorial Day ceremony.

Following the ceremony, there will be a special performance tribute to the history of the USO inside and a screening of a touching video about Edith Thorne Lentz Nowels, who died in April.

Nowels was the sister of local World War II hero Corporal Horace “Buddy” Thorne, for whom the school was named in 1962.

“Edith was instrumental in the school receiving the Battle of the Bulge monument from Fort Monmouth. She was a driving force behind everything that Thorne has done to honor Veterans past and present,” says Thorne Middle School Principal Tom Olausen.

Before she died, Nowels was busy working on a new project, researching to find all Thorne alumni who lost their lives while serving in the military so a second monument to honor them could be placed at the school.

One such hero was Army First Lieutenant Dennis Zilinski, 101st Airborne Division – Thorne Class of 1996. Lieutenant Zilinski was killed during combat operations in Iraq in 2005.

The Zilinski family will be on hand this Thursday when the school announces the plan for a future monument.

Lt. Zilinski’s family is thankful to Nowels. “I know Dennis would be honored to be remembered alongside Corporal Thorne and other local heroes,” said his mother Marion Zilinski. “Dennis loved his country, and he loved his home town. We are very grateful to the Edith and the school for keeping his memory alive and making the sacrifice of our local veterans relevant for generations to come.”

Lt. Dennis Zilinski II grew up in Middletown, NJ.

All veterans are welcome to attend the event.

Our memorial fund does it again

Our memorial fund does it again!  We are proud to announce the graduation of Bailey and Jose on May 21, 2015.  The gift of Bailey was made possible through the generosity of Bill and Debbie Rustico and Oma Hodges.

As Jose and Bailey begin their life together, it is our wish that it brings healing to Jose for the injuries sustained in combat.  We wish them much success in their new life together.

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Hello Zilinski family,

In past years, in celebration of Memorial Day, Circle BMW has made various donations to military related non-profits such as Wounded Warriors and Hope for Warriors.

This year, we decided to support an organization that is close to home. As such, we will be donating $50 for every vehicle sold on 5/22 and 5/23 to the Dennis W. Zilinski Memorial Fund.

On behalf of all of the employees at Circle BMW, we thank you for establishing this fund and for keeping the memory of Dennis alive.

Best,

Pam Marshall

Pamela L. Marshall
Director, Marketing & Communications
Circle Motorsport, Inc.
500 Rt. 36 East
Eatontown, N.J. 07724
Phone:   (732) 440-1224
Fax:      (732) 440-1229
Email:     
pamela.marshall@circlebmw.com
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3rd Annual K9 Sgt. Denny Dog Walk

3rd Annual K9 Sgt. Denny Dog Walk Supports Military Working Dogs & Service Dogs for Wounded Warriors

 

Save the date – June 13 – for the K9 Sgt. Denny Dog Walk in support of military service dogs – Sea Girt NJ

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 For those returning home from combat, the transition back into society can be overwhelming. Service dogs are trained to help wounded warriors with the health issues they face upon returning home from combat.

MARION ZILINKSI, FOUNDER, LT. DENNIS W. ZILINSKI II MEMORIAL FUND

The 3rd Annual Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund K9 Sgt. Denny Dog Walk in support of military working dogs and service dogs for wounded warriors will take place on Saturday, June 13 at the NJ Army National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt at 9:30 AM.

The event will begin with a special ceremony and feature demonstrations by military working dogs and police department K9’s. There will be awards for most patriotic costume, biggest, smallest, farthest traveled, most unique dogs.

Pre-event registration is $25 per dog; day-of-event registration is $30 per dog. For information, please visit www.runwithdennis.org.

The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund provides care and support for those serving our country and their families. The SGT. DENNY PROJECT impacts the lives of servicemen/women with the donation of service dogs, which cost $15,000 each.  To date, the Fund has donated 17 dogs to aid and assist wounded service members suffering from PTSD and/or TBI injuries.

The program is named for SGT. Denny, a military working dog who was stationed in Afghanistan with his NJ handler.  Nearly 600 military dogs are serving to protect our soldiers around the world. Much is made of the bond among soldiers, but the union between soldier and dog in a combat zone is just as tight.

For those returning home from combat, the transition back into society can be overwhelming. Service dogs are trained to help wounded warriors with the health issues they face upon returning home from combat. Funds raised from this event will go toward purchasing dogs from K9s for Warriors and Canine Companions for Independence.  All of these service dogs are ADA approved and certified.

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NJ charity supports those serving our country

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By Matthew White May 18, 2015 11:47 AM

Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II wanted to serve our country, protect our freedoms, and help the people and touch lives wherever he could.

From there, a close group of family and friends launched a charitable effort to preserve Dennis’ memory and support our military members and their families. The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski Memorial Fund was born.

The group provides support and improves the morale of Wounded Warriors, active soldiers and their families by offering scholarships, donating service dogs, sending supplies for military working dogs, and helping in any other ways to ease the transition back into society for these brave men and women.

“I just ask the public’s help for us to continue to support them,” Marion said.

A major initiative has been the donation of the service dogs as part of their Sgt. Denny Project. To date, they have donated 17 service dogs for Wounded Warriors at a cost of nearly $15,000 per dog.

Marion said nearly 22 soldiers per day commit suicide as a result of PTSD. The dogs are trained to help Wounded Warriors with many of the issues they face upon returning from combat and have proven to be effective as they battle PTSD.

On Saturday, June 13, 2015, the foundation presents the 3rd Annual K9 Sgt. Denny Dog Walk at the NJ Army National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt, NJ.

He starred as a swimmer for Christian Brothers Academy before moving on to West Point, where he was a senior year captain and a 2004 graduate. From there, the Monmouth County native completed both airborne and Ranger schools.

Dennis soon achieved one of his lifelong goals when he was selected to join the prestigious 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division.

He was promoted to first lieutenant and would be deployed to serve in Iraq in September 2005.

“He just wanted to make life better for people in the Middle Eastern region of the world,” his mother, Marion Zilinski said.

The 23-year-old’s life was tragically cut short just two months into his deployment. Dennis was one of four American soldiers killed by a roadside bomb in Bayji on November 19, 2005.

“Any parent that buries a child is afraid that child will be forgotten, almost as if they never existed,” Marion explained.

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The event serves as a way to raise awareness and money for these issues while also showcasing the amazing things that service dogs and military working dogs are doing for our soldiers.

Marion emphasized that the group honoring her late son is 100 percent volunteer with 100 percent of the proceeds going towards these various causes. They have over 200 volunteers with nobody receiving any salary compensation.

“By us picking up where my son would have gone for aiding and assisting the Wounded Warriors, it makes me very, very proud.”

Find out more about this great New Jersey charity and their upcoming events by visiting the Lt. Dennis Zilinski Memorial Fund website and Facebook page.

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Memorial Fund Provides Service Dog “JJ” to Wounded Warrior Linda

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The Zilinski Memorial Fund made another service dog donation possible to a wounded warrior.

 Thanks to the generous support of Patricia Elsas of Rumson and their network of supporters, the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund was instrumental in providing a specially trained rescue dog named JJ to wounded warrior Linda to help her move forward with her life after suffering from post traumatic stress.

 “We wish them both success, health and much happiness together. The continued support of our supporters at our K9 Sgt. Denny Dog Walk is critical. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, June 13 at the NJ army National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt. To join us, visit www.runwithdennis.org.”

MARION ZILINSKI, LT. DENNIS W. ZILINSKI II MEMORIAL FUND

JJ was trained at K9s for Warriors for 6 months and spent 3 weeks at the school living with his new partner Linda.  They took their last test prior to graduation, and JJ was officially certified under the American Disabilities Act.

“This donation is possible thanks to the generous support we received from Patricia,” said Marion Zilinski, co-founder of the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund.

“We wish them both success, health and much happiness together,” said Marion.  “The continued support of our supporters at our K9 Sgt. Denny Dog Walk is critical.  This year’s event takes place on Saturday, June 13 at the NJ army National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt.  To join us, visit www.runwithdennis.org.”

The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski Memorial Fund provides care and support for those serving our country and their families. The SGT. DENNY PROJECT has donated 17 service dogs to date, costing approximately $15,000 per dog.

The program is named for SGT. Denny, a two year old German shepherd who was stationed in Afghanistan with his handler.

For those returning home from combat, the transition back into society can be overwhelming. The hyper-vigilance and hyper-reactivity to situations, sensations, sounds and smells that kept them alive in the war zone often continues despite the peace of civilian life.  Service dogs are trained to help wounded warriors with many of the fight or flight reactions and health issues they face upon returning home from combat. Funds raised from this event will go toward purchasing dogs from K9s for Warriors and Canine Companions for Independence.  All of these service dogs are ADA approved and certified.

Fund provides soldier with service dog

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HOLMDEL — The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund, through its Sgt. Denny Project, was instrumental in providing a specially trained Labrador retriever named Ginger to wounded warrior Denise, helping her move forward after suffering from post-traumatic stress.

For soldiers returning home from combat, the transition back into society can be overwhelming. The hyper-vigilance and hyperreactivity to situations, sensations, sounds and smells that kept them alive in the war zone often continues despite the peace of civilian life. Service dogs are trained to help wounded warriors with many of the fight-orflight reactions and health issues they face upon returning home from combat.

Ginger was trained at K9s for Warriors over the past six months and spent the last three weeks at the school living with Denise. They took a final exam prior to graduation, and Ginger will be officially certified under the American Disabilities Act.