EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - After serving our country and suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD,) Michael Dowens is raising money and awareness for PTSD by walking 240 miles in four days, and the veterans, scouts, and citizens of East Brunswick will be here to welcome him home. Dowens started his trip at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on May 31.
At the conclusion of his trek, VFW Post #133 will host a free party which will be open to all at VFW Post 133 in East Brunswick at 5:30 pm on Saturday, June 3rd to welcome Dowens. The former sailor and sea rescue specilaist has been logging his progress on the Unbroken Warrior Facebook site.
Scouts and leaders from Troops/Packs 109, 132, and 233 will also be on hand, for a salute and greeting along the final steps of the journey. The lineup will be from VFW going toward Ryders Lane. Interested citizens are also invited to the event.
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Dowens is an honorably discharged Navy veteran plagued with PTSD. He and his wife Christine founded Unbroken Warriors to help veterans cover their costs for receiving residential level mental health interventions specially designed for PTSD.
Dowens served four years active duty as a search and rescue swimmer. He graduated naval boot camp, performing at the top of his class and was given a special distinguishment.
Michael and his nonprofit are hoping to help other afflicted veterans by walking 240 miles nonstop over the next four days from Washington, D.C. to New Jersey.
Michael’s ruck march last year raised $30,000. This year he hopes to match that.