Elks Lodge 2298 Hosts Waffles for Warriors to Benefit Veterans Living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Elks Lodge 2298 Hosts Waffles for Warriors to Benefit Veterans Living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Credits: Photo by Patricia Trenchak Feeney Credits: Photo by Patricia Trenchak Feeney Credits: Photo by Patricia Trenchak Feeney Credits: Photo by Patricia Trenchak Feeney Credits: Photo by Patricia Trenchak Feeney Credits: Photo by Patricia Trenchak Feeney Credits: Photo by Patricia Trenchak Feeney SOUTH PLAINFIELD – The Motorcycle Committee of the South Plainfield Elks Lodge organized Waffles for Warriors on Sept. 28 from 3p.m. to 8p.m., serving ice cream and waffles for $5 each. All proceeds were donated to Unbroken Warriors, a nonprofit organization that provides veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) the means to pursue effective residential treatment. “This event is all about Unbroken Warriors and supporting our veterans,” said Paula Janeszek, Secretary of the South Plainfield Elks Motorcycle Committee. “I worked at a mental health facility for 25 years, so I saw what people are going through. This event is to help those who served our country and struggle when they get return.” Raffling off prizes with a DJ for entertainment, the lodge was able to raise money to donate to the cause. Navy Veteran and Founder/CEO of Unbroken Warriors, Michael Dowens, and his service dog, Emery, attended the event, offering information about what many veterans experience upon arriving home after serving. “When you go to war and come back, you may feel like you’re different, you’re changed, because most likely, you are,” said Dowens. “But you’re not broken. There are ways around having that feeling of hopelessness and there’s no way up. The name ‘Unbroken Warriors’ came from that sense of being able to get back on your feet and feel like you have a purpose again. You can have that sense of service that you had when you were in the military.” From a young age, Dowens knew he wanted to enter the military. After […]

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