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Local Veteran’s Get Help After Sandy

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Leonardo, New Jersey (MY9NJ) - Yesterday, WWII veteran Thomas Vasselli and his wife Doris sat by the curb and watched as the house they bought back in 1965 was demolished. Mr. and Mrs. Vasselli raised two children in their Leonardo, New Jersey home on the bay and Superstorm Sandy hit them hard.

“Everything was completely lost,” Doris said.

That’s where the Marlboro Sunshine Fund stepped in to help. Paul Schlaflin explained how their organization decided to focus on local veterans who needed help after the storm.

“In the past we’ve given our proceeds to national groups like Wounded Warrior Project, but after the storm hit I went back to the group and I said ‘hey let's keep it local, let's help some local vets out’. We've got to remember these veterans and their tremendous sacrifice they made for us. Especially Mr. Vasselli, WWII and Korea,” he said.

Councilman from Marlboro, New Jersey Jeff Cantor started the fund and redirected efforts here in the Garden State because he said they recognized a shortfall in aid from the state.

“The state dropped the ball with helping people out who were affected by Superstorm Sandy and it was the least we can do to take care of our veterans who took care of us," he said.

The Sunshine Foundation has done a lot with the funds that they raised, but they still need more aid. They currently have two annual fundraisers: A motorcycle rally and a blues and BBQ festival which will both take place on September 20, 2014.

A true patriot of his generation, Mr. Vasselli maintained his American Flag outside his uninhabitable home up until the demolition began. He and his wife are extremely grateful for the help they received.

“I know there’s good people in this world, there has to be because they have been fabulous,” Doris said.


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