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Greenwich Nonprofit Foundation Seeks Unsung Hometown Veterans

Stand for the Troops, a local nonprofit organization that helps returning and serving soldiers, is looking for verteans to honor during their annual Warriors Ball in April.
Stand for the Troops, a local nonprofit organization that helps returning and serving soldiers, is looking for verteans to honor during their annual Warriors Ball in April. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Stand for the Troops is looking for veterans to honor during their annual 2016 Warriors Ball on April 16 hosted by Greenwich resident Eilhys England Hackworth, chairperson and co-founder of the organization.

The Fairfield County-based nonprofit organization has been supporting the troops with more than lip service for 18 years. It dedicates its resources to safeguarding the physical, mental and emotional well-being of America’s serving and returning frontline troops.

To nominate a veteran or serving member of the armed forces, email info@sftt.org with Unsung Veteran in the subject line, or phone (203) 629-0288 by March 17.

Last year, SFTT was privileged to salute 10 men and women who put their lives on hold and on the line in conflicts from the Gulf War to Iraq and Afghanistan.

This year’s Warriors Ball salute and dinner dance is set for Saturday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 507 Shippan Ave., in Stamford.

Hackworth co-founded the organization with her late husband Col. David Hackworth and with its current president retired Major General John Batiste. SFTT works to ensure troops have the best available personal combat gear to make it home alive, and in one piece in body and mind (SFTT’s Basic 5 campaign). And, with thousands of men and women who served from Afghanistan and Iraq returning with the invisible injuries of Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress, (PTSD), the organization's Rescue Coalition is focused on connecting those at risk with the appropriate treatments and therapies to help them reclaim their lives

Billy and the Showmen will perform, and Mike "Motts" Pellaza will serve as Emcee. Proceeds from the dinner dance, silent auction and raffle will benefit the group's programs.

Tickets ($75; $140 for two) are now available online at http://sftt.org/events.php . Tickets include the salute to our hometown veterans, dinner, music and dancing, beer, wine and soda.

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