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.

Another Service Dog to a Wounded Warrior

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The Zilinski Fund, as part of its ongoing K9 Sgt. Denny Project, donated another service dog to a wounded warrior.

 “The continued support of our supporters makes all that we do so appreciated by our wounded veterans.”

MARION ZILINSKI, CO-FOUNDER OF FUND

As a result of funds raised at its annual dog walk in Sea Girt, NJ, and other events the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund was instrumental in providing a specially trained Labrador Retriever named Ginger to wounded warrior Denise to help her move forward with her life after suffering from post traumatic stress.

Ginger was trained at K9s for Warriors for the past 6 months and has spent the last 3 weeks at the school living with her new partner, Denise.  They then took a final exam prior to the graduation, and Ginger will officially be certified under the American Disabilities Act.

This graduation was made possible with the support of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Jaeger of Rumson, NJ and the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund,

“We wish them both success, health and much happiness together,” said Fund Co-Founder Marion Zilinski.  “The continued support of our supporters makes all that we do so appreciated by our wounded veterans.”

The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski Memorial Fund provides care and support for those serving our country and their families. The SGT. DENNY PROJECT provides support for military working dogs and their handlers with hard-to-obtain items to support the training and welfare of these canine heroes. It also supports the training and placement of service dogs for wounded warriors.

The program is named for SGT. Denny, a two year old German shepherd who was stationed in Afghanistan with his handler Michael Brozowski, a Monmouth County native. SGT. Denny is a trained military working dog that can detect chemicals used in the manufacture of bombs and can sniff out 123 different types of explosives.  Military working dogs are also trained to sniff out narcotics and/or track humans.

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.

 

Honoring The Lasting Legacy

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Scholarship Memorial Dinner Dance on May 16 Will Fund Youth Scholarships, Honor Veterans & Preserve Loving Memories Of Fallen Hero

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – For the members of Middletown Reformed Church, it still seems like yesterday when the shocking news started to hit the tight-knit community, shaking it to the core. Though ten years has passed, the impact of Lieutenant Dennis W. Zilinski’s death has not diminished. A beloved member of the congregation and youth group at the church, the intense pain of Dennis’ passing in 2005 is still so fresh to many, it seems.

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War monument for NJ Gold Star families

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Terry Fearon (l.) and Eileen Daly (Tom Mongelli, Townsquare Media NJ)

 

About 70 percent of the $100,000 needed to build a permanent memorial, dedicated to New Jersey Gold Star families whose children don’t return from war, has been raised in less than a year.

The monument would be located next to the existing New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ War Memorial and Museum in Holmdel, according to those spearheading the fundraising efforts.

Vietnam veteran Terry Fearon of Brick Township jump-started the idea of having a memorial dedicated to Gold Star families last fall. He said that while service dogs have a monument, nothing exists for those families ravaged by war.

“Every day is Memorial Day to Gold Star families,” Fearon said.

Gold Star mother Eileen Daly of Brick Township lost her son, Sgt. Ronald A. Kubik, in Operation Enduring Freedom on April 23, 2010. Kubik, a U.S. Army Ranger in the elite 3rd Battalion, 75th Regiment, was leading an assault team in Logar Province, Afghanistan. He was a 2006 graduate of Manasquan High School who had already completed three tours of duty by age 21.

“Your heart is broken. You’re in shock. You just can’t wrap your head around the fact that your child is never going to come home, ” Daly said. “He was an amazing young man, and he was strong and independent and he loved life, and he had an enthusiasm for life.”

Daly said she’s now using her grief as energy to give Gold Star families a voice.

Sgt. Kubik saved 29 lives the day he was killed, including 19 Afghan women and children. In 2013, he was awarded the military’s third-highest decoration for valor, the Silver Star.

“He has the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star, and now the Silver Star, so he’s really an amazing hero,” Daly said.

Names of heroes like Kubik will be permanently etched in the monument, which according to Fearon will consist of a 20-ton obelisk of black granite on a pedestal, in a tranquil setting.

The monument also will serve as an educational tool for students who visit the Veterans’ Memorial during class trips.

Fearon said various charities and Gold Star families have contributed funding for the project. The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund recently donated $12,500 to help fund the Gold Star Family Monument.

Donations to the 501(c)(3) organization are tax deductible and can be made online at njgoldstarfamilymonument.org.

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NewsWire.com – Harmony for Heroes

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Local Christian Brothers Academy senior hosts a musical evening to support our troops.

Event in Support of 2nd Lt. Dennis Zilinski

WHAT:        Fourth Annual Harmony for Heroes to support the troops in honor of Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II.

WHEN:        Thursday, March 19, 2015                   7:00 PM

WHERE:     Christian Brothers Academy [CBA] Cafeteria

ADMISSION:        $5

WHY:

This special musical event in honor of local fallen hero and alumnus, Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II will raise funds for the gift of music to our troops overseas. Please bring donations of new or gently used iPods, headphones, iTunes gift cards, money, or other miscellaneous techno items, etc.

Lt. Dennis W. 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.

WHO:

Marion & Dennis Zilinski, Founders of the Fund: “Dennis’ greatest loves were God, his family, country, friends, swimming and the United States Army. Dennis was a very willing person who would drop everything to help you.   His trademark was his wonderful smile, always beaming,”

CBA Student and Senior Joe Cantatore (who has run this event for the past four years as his service project for a scholarship. He did it to bring awareness of the military serviceman/women to the CBA community and the community at large): “There is never a shortage of talented area students who are willing to step up and support a great cause.”


 “There is never a shortage of talented area students who are willing to step up and support a great cause.”

JOE CANTATORE , STUDENT AT CBA

Graduation of JJ

We are so proud to announce the graduation of JJ with his warrior on Thursday, March 19, 2015.

JJ has been specifically trained to help wounded warrior Linda move forward with her life after suffering from post traumatic stress. JJ has been trained at K9s for Warriors for the past 6 months and has spent the last 3 weeks at the school living with his new partner Linda. They will take their last test next week prior to the graduation and JJ will officially be certified under the American Disabilities Act.

Through the support that we have received from Mrs. Elsas and the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund, this graduation has been made possible.

We wish them both success, health and much happiness together. Your continued support of all that we do is appreciated.

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Graduation of Ginger

We are so proud to announce the graduation of Ginger with her warrior on Thursday, March 19, 2015.

Ginger has been specifically trained to help wounded warrior Denise move forward with her life after suffering from post traumatic stress. Ginger has been trained at K9s for Warriors for the past 6 months and has spent the last 3 weeks at the school living with her new partner Denise. They will take their last test next week prior to the graduation and Ginger will officially be certified under the American Disabilities Act.

Through the support that we have received from Mr. and Mrs. Jaeger and the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund, this graduation has been made possible.

We wish them both success, health and much happiness together. Your continued support of all that we do is appreciated.

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4th Annual Harmony For Heroes – REMINDER

There is never a shortage of talent in Monmouth County New Jersey. Talented area students from local schools will gather at Christian Brothers Academy on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. for the 4th Annual Harmony For Heroes, to be hosted by Joe Cantatore. This coffeehouse for the troops is in honor of Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II, a CBA Alumni, who was killed in Bayji, Iraq on Novermber 19, 2005. All proceeds of the event will be used to provide the gift of music to our troops overseas by way of iPods, iTunes Gift Cards, headphones and other miscellaneous techno items.

Come out and support our troops, as well as our local talent.

Continued Support: Ginger

“More photos of Ginger while she continues her training to be a service dog for a wounded warrior. She looks like an angel dog sent to take care of one of wounded warriors. Good luck Ginger as you continue your classes.

Because of your continued support, we are able to purchase this dog to aid a wounded warrior suffering from Post Traumatic Stress and/or a Traumatic Brain Injury. Please donate today!”

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Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski Memorial Fund donates funds to NJ Vietnam veterans

(L-R) Sarah Hagarty, NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial; Marion and Dennis Zilinski, Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund. (Photo: Zilinksi Fund)


 

HOLMDEL, NJ — Representatives of the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund recently visited the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial to make a special donation of $5,000 toward the Annual Interdisciplinary Forum on the Vietnam Era.

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.

Continued education of our youth is paramount to understanding the Vietnam War, said Dennis W. Zilinski, a Vietnam Veteran and the proud father of 1Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II.

Part of the mission of the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund is to bring awareness of the sacrifices made by our military servicemen/women, which include Veterans of the Vietnam War.

Following the check presentation, Sarah Hagarty of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial expressed her gratitude to the foundation for their support of the Memorials educational mission for teachers and their students.  Read & View More