AHEPA’s involvement in the K9 for Warriors effort was started by Garden State Chapter 517 in partnership with the t. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund in 2016 when our chapter sponsored AHEPA’s first service dog ( a beautiful black lab who will be named “AHEPA”) .
These wonderful dogs help veterans suffering from (PTSD).
This K9 for Warriors program became a National Project at the AHEPA 2016 Convention.
Chapter 517 was appointed by the National Projects Committee to coordinate this effort and to manage the funds through a 501 c 3 corporation formed for this purpose. .
The cost to train a service dog is $15,000. Most of the dogs are rescue dogs and none of the costs are borne by the veteran.
As we accumulate $15,000, the funds will be transferred to the Zilinski foundation to acquire another service dog.