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

Meet JJ

Meet “JJ” our most recent purchase of a service dog for a wounded warrior suffering from PTSD. JJ will begin his training and then be partnered with the wounded warrior before he leaves K9s for Warriors to begin his new life giving back to help a wounded warrior live.

JJ is the second dog purchased by one of our faithful supporters!

Thank you to all of our supporters of the K9 Sgt. Denny Project for making this happen.

Meet "JJ"

Meet Ginger

Meet “Ginger” our most recent purchase of a service dog for a wounded warrior suffering from PTSD. Ginger will begin her training and then be partnered with the wounded warrior before she leaves K9s for Warriors to begin her new life giving back to help a wounded warrior live.

What a sweet, sweet face, totally fits her name.

Thank you to our supporters of the K9 Sgt. Denny Project for making this happen.

Meet "Ginger"

Meet Ghost

Meet “Ghost” our most recent purchase of a service dog for a wounded warrior suffering from PTSD. Ghost will begin his training and then be partnered with the wounded warrior before he leaves K9s for Warriors to begin his new life giving back to help a wounded warrior live.

His eyes fit his new name! He is so handsome, don’t you think?

Thank you to our supporters of the K9 Sgt. Denny Project for making this happen.

Meet "Ghost"

Meet Jager

Meet “Jager” our most recent purchase of a service dog for a wounded warrior suffering from PTSD. Jager will begin his training and then be partnered with the wounded warrior before he leaves K9s for Warriors to begin his new life giving back to help a wounded warrior live.

BTW, Jager is named after Jagermeister, one of Dennis’ favorite drinks! He is so handsome, don’t you think?

Thank you to our supporters of the K9 Sgt. Denny Project for making this happen.

Meet "Jager"