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Touch-a-Truck Event to Help Veterans with PTSD

Bring the family to the second annual Unbroken Warriors Touch a Truck event on September 23, 2017 and let the kids have a hands-on experience with an awesome lineup of touchable vehicles. Kids can see close up what it looks like inside vehicles such as a military convoy truck, an ambulance, Holmdel police car, a first responder utility truck, and the Sheriff’s mobile command van. They can meet the men and women who use these vehicles, ask questions, and quite possibly sit in the driver’s seat of many of the vehicles.

Dearborn Market in Holmdel has once again offered the area behind their market for this exciting, child-friendly event. There will also be a free face painter and a balloon artist for the kids. Dearborn will also be selling concession items in the field. Unbroken Warriors will be selling their logo items with all the profits going to Unbroken Warriors. Several truck companies will have giveaways for the kids. There will be free construction hats for the kids while supplies last. A few games will be available for a small fee in which the kids can play to win prizes.

Pinots Palette of Red Bank will have $5 canvas painting for the kids and they will be donating all the money back to Unbroken Warriors. Drinks, ice cream, burgers, hot dogs, and snacks will be available. Dearborn Market will be open as well and coupons will be provided to truck event patrons upon entry to the event. Dearborn will also have free tractor rides throughout the day. Cost for this event is $5 per person for adults and children; infants are free. A $20 family admission will cover up to 6 people. WRAT radio will be set up to play continuous music and offer giveaways.

Vehicles that are scheduled to be on display include a Holmdel Township Ladder Truck and Engine Truck; Monmouth County Public Works Tandem Dump Truck with Sander; and a Monmouth County “fun” bus. J.F. Kiely will have a lowboy trailer, backhoe and backhoe puller. Middletown Police Department will have a Special OPS truck, SWAT truck, and ATV on a trailer. Holmdel EMS will display an ambulance, the Chief’s truck, and an extricator. NJ Natural Gas will display a First Responder utility truck, and an International distribution truck. Solterra will have a mini packer disposal truck, full size side load waste disposal truck and a rear loader waste disposal truck.

“This event will help us help veterans regain coping skills to face life as they did before PTSD. Money raised also helps us disseminate information to other organizations in the event they encounter a veteran in crisis. All our events give us a chance to speak with the public to share what we’ve learned about the science of PTSD and share the real stories we know of from veterans concerning their ordeals with getting treatment, said Founder of Unbroken Warriors Michael Dowens.

Unbroken Warriors was founded in 2016 in Holmdel by Michael Dowens, an American combat veteran afflicted with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Unbroken Warriors was established to provide veterans suffering from PTSD with the means to pursue effective residential treatment through various proven therapeutic techniques. Their goal is for all American war veterans to manage their PTSD symptoms and regain control of their lives.

For further information, to make a donation, or for upcoming events, visit unbrokenwarriors.org.

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