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
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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.

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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