Giving hope to veterans – June 3


Rotary District 6510 will once again be giving hope to veterans.

This Able Veteran Benefit

There are American veterans who need our help to come home – all the way home. They defended our country, they survived – and 22 of them every day do what the enemy could not. They take their own lives.

Rotary District 6510, the Rotary district encompassing about the lower third of Illinois, is sponsoring a  benefit for This Able Veteran, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization that provides PTSD service dogs and a Trauma Resiliency Program to veterans with psychological and physical injuries.

The fundraising benefit titled, “Giving Hope” is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, at the Regency Conference Center, located at 500 Regency Park Drive in O’Fallon. Guest speakers will include state Senator Paul Shimpf. The evening includes a dinner, silent and live auctions and a cash bar.

“The Rotary motto is ‘Service above self’. The reason these veterans need the assistance that This Able Veteran offers is the service they provided to each of us.” said Lane Harvey, Rotary District 6510 Governor.

“They selflessly left their homes to serve their country and protect our way of life. Together, I believe we can make a difference and give hope back to many veterans who are suffering with PTSD,” says Pam Largent, This Able Veteran president.

The organization acquires, provides the equipment needed and prepares the dogs for their special partners. The average cost per veteran/service dog pair is $25,000. This Able Veteran covers all cost, including expenses for the veterans to come to Carbondale and participate in the Trauma Resiliency Program.

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