Raising Awareness, Praise and Self-Esteem

Thursday, October 10, 2013 will be remembered as a special evening for American heroes. Over 300 people gathered at Nanina’s in the Park, in Belleville, NJ., to salute them in style. The event, aptly named, “Salute to American Heroes,” raised awareness and over $100,228 for Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon’s (AASP) Operation Combat Care. 
Private sponsors, corporate benefactors and military veterans of all ages, including some wounded warriors themselves, enjoyed top-flight food and entertainment while honoring the dedicated men and women who relentlessly served our country.
Alan Krutchkoff, President of Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, plans on using the proceeds from the successful event to purchase items wounded heroes can use to combat the new challenges in their life. 
This can include iPods, used to aid in memory therapy, and training therapy dogs—to motorized wheelchairs and specially adapted vehicles that enhance the wounded vet’s independence and give them greater self-esteem. 
“The hurdles our wounded heroes face are life-long,” Krutchkoff remarked, adding “It is our duty as Americans to be there for them as best as we can.” At Nanina’s, he certainly saw the troops rally for a worthy cause.


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