Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injuries are real issues for our soldiers coming back from the Middle East. These ... dogs have proven to have a dramatic positive impact on these heroes’ lives. We are honored to help however we can....
CRANFORD, NJ (PRWEB) October 23, 2014
Renewal by Andersen of Central and Northern New Jersey, the replacement window and patio door affiliate of Andersen Windows serving Central and Northern New Jersey and Metropolitan New York, Staten Island and Rockland County is proud to give back to U.S. military veterans and active duty soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury as a result of military service after 9/11.
Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey is sponsoring a benefit event to raise funds for support the noble efforts of K9s for Warriors on Nov. 16, 2014 at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ.
The event, K9s for Warriors Comedy Night, expects to raise over $65,000 for the non-profit organization that helps provide service dogs to U.S. veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury as a result of military service post 9/11. The organization’s goal is to give “a new leash on life to rescue dogs and military heroes, empowering warriors to return to civilian life with dignity and independence.”
“Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injuries are real issues for our soldiers coming back from the Middle East,” Larry Landes, Renewal by Andersen of Central and Northern New Jersey president said. “These issues have destroyed the lives of countless servicemen and women and these dogs have proven to have a dramatic positive impact on these heroes’ lives. We are honored to help however we can to get these heroes back on their feet and living productive lives again.”
“Our program has been successful, with documented recovery from the debilitating horrors of war, but the need is critical and overwhelming, Shari Duval, K9s for Warriors president said. “We currently have a year-long waiting list, we must do more. Our plans are to expand our current program to serve more warriors. We will continue our goal of serving our Nation’s Greatest Asset, our Military Men and Women.
K9s for Warriors reports that it costs approximately $15,000 to train and pair up a rescue dog with a wounded warrior.
According to K9s for Warriors
- 129 Warrior-Canine teams have graduated from K9s for Warriors with a 96% re-certification rate.
- Sponsors fund our operating expenses. 100% of sponsors’ donations go straight to Warrior-Canine programs.
- 92% of warriors have reduced or eliminated prescription medication within six months of graduation.
Service dogs have been long used as companions and helpers for those with disabilities such as blindness, but only recently have we learned how they can help guide those suffering with less visible conditions.
As a recent graduate of the K9 for Warriors said, “My dog provides me with a focal point to turn to when I feel myself triggered. In the past, my anxiety would ignite, like a rocket on a launch pad. Now, I have the wonderful ability to turn to my K9 to break the cycle. When I am in public, he has already learned what makes me anxious and leans into me to let me know he is right there with me. His “presence” is a confidence builder for me. In private, he has an innate ability to sense when I am spiraling downward. He asserts himself into my gloomy place and brightens my spirits. His unconditional love lets me know ‘I can DO this!’ and we are going to face the world TOGETHER!”
K9s for Warriors obtains its dogs from shelters, rescue organizations, private donors and area breeders so it is providing a service for both the soldiers and the dogs. The organization has found that Labrador and Golden Retrievers, and retriever mixes, have the best temperament and desire to please for service dog work.
Renewal by Andersen of Central and Northern New Jersey is partnering with Troopers Assisting Troops to bring New York and New Jersey residents a night of laughter and fun. Troopers Assisting Troops is a non-profit group of retired and active New Jersey State Troopers and friends providing support to returning soldiers from active duty in the Middle East.
Renewal by Andersen of Central and Northern New Jersey is hoping to enlist other civic-minded people, businesses and organizations to raise awareness of K9s for Warriors and support for the event by creating and promoting the opportunity to purchase advertising space in the official program. Tax deductible donations can be made by visiting K9s for Warriors website at http://www.k9sforwarriors.org and clicking on the red DONATE button in the upper right corner which will redirect you to the organizations donations page. There is a downloadable form on the website if you would like your donation in honor of someone else. Please reference that you heard about the organization from Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey.
The Comedy Night to raise both awareness and funding for the organization will feature big names in radio and comedy. Big Joe Henry of radio station 101.5 FM, and a full lineup of comedians, including Jeff Norris, Renee DeLorenzo, John Pizza and other special guests will entertain guests at the Union County Performing Arts Center. Tickets to the event can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 732-499-8226 or at TicketMaster.com (search for K9s for Warriors).
About Renewal by Andersen of Central & Northern New Jersey and Metropolitan New York
Renewal by Andersen of Central and Northern New Jersey is the premier supplier of Andersen Replacement windows throughout the New Jersey and New York metropolitan areas. Andersen Windows has been a brand name in windows for more than a century. When you work with Renewal by Andersen of Northern and Central New Jersey, you have the peace of mind of dealing with the strength and security of the trusted Andersen name, along with the service and skill of working with your New Jersey neighbors, who have been serving people like you for decades.
About Renewal by Andersen
Renewal by Andersen is the exclusive start-to-finish window replacement subsidiary of Andersen Corporation—the most recognized window brand in the U.S. Renewal by Andersen was founded with the objective of creating a different and better window and door replacement experience for homeowners. Since opening its first store in 1995, Renewal by Andersen has rapidly grown to more than 100 markets in the U.S., becoming one of the largest window replacement companies in the country, having installed nearly 2 million windows in over 300,000 homes.
About K9s for Warriors
K9s For Warriors is non-for-profit organization under section 501©(3) of the IRS code dedicated to providing service canines to our warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress and/or traumatic brain injury as a result of military service post 9/11. Its goal is to give a new leash on life to rescue dogs and military heroes, empowering warriors to return to civilian life with dignity and independence.
About Troopers Helping Troops
Troopers Assisting Troops (TAT) (http://www.troopersassistingtroops.org) is a grass roots non-profit group of retired and active New Jersey State Troopers and friends providing support to returning Wounded Warriors from the Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) theaters with local recreational and rehabilitative programs. TAT works closely with, and utilizes the expertise, knowledge and assistance of the Wounded Warrior Project.Org (WWP) of Jacksonville, Florida.