Seabrook Residents Answer the Call to Help Veterans

Latest Volunteer Effort Yields High Volume of Shaving Cream for Retired Soldiers of Central Jersey Veterans Home

TINTON FALLS, NJ - Residents from Seabrook are giving. They contribute to a great deal many of charities, volunteer their time and talents to non-profits and support a variety of causes. One such cause near and dear to many of their hearts is the support of the men and women who serve overseas in the various theatres of war. Seabrook resident Ed Salvage, a veteran himself who served as a sergeant in the Air Force during the Korean War, has taken on a new endeavor.  Mr. Salvage volunteers his time at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park spending time with retired vets, talking with them, learning about their experiences and trading tales.  After helping organize a picnic for these veterans this past June, he asked one of the staff members what more he could do to help and was told that one item that the retired soldiers could use is shaving cream.  This was the only marching order he needed. Mr. Salvage helped galvanize a collection drive at Seabrook, asking fellow residents to donate cans of shaving cream and gel for the residents of the home in Edison.  The outpouring was incredible.  Following a two-week period that ended on July 30th, more than 500 cans were donated by the residents to add to the supply of toiletries for the veterans. "I feel the service they are doing is so important and that they are doing so much to protect us that this is the least we (Seabrook residents) can do to help them," said Seabrook resident Joe Emm.  "It is our way of giving back a little for the sacrifice that they have made on behalf of the country." Fellow Seabrook resident Mike Donofrio said, "The military is so important for this country and all of us citizens should support the men and women who are putting themselves in danger to make the world safer for us." "I feel as though I am giving back and feel so fortunate because I was one of the lucky ones," said Mr. Salvage, who serves as Commander of Post 133 of the Jewish War Veterans in Somerset, Middlesex County.  "We should never forget what our troops sacrifice.  They are the real heroes, not the sports stars and they are the ones that should always be looked up to." In addition to volunteering at the memorial home in Menlo Park, Mr. Salvage has helped arrange for veterans to go see the Somerset Patriots baseball team play free of charge, worked with Highland Park High School students who have collected food for a veterans shelter in that town and his veterans post and another post helped donate money to help build a recreation room for veterans at Fort McGuire. Any veteran, who has served and is seeking information on veterans associations may contact Mr. Salvage at 732-361-1342. More than 1,400 people live at Seabrook, an Erickson Living full-service retirement community that promotes a vibrant lifestyle.  Erickson Living develops and manages 16 full-service retirement communities that provide worry-free living for America's seniors - the country's fastest-growing population segment.  Erickson Living's refundable entrance deposit and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind. Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into every community, lead to demonstrated resident benefits.  For more information, visit www.ericksonliving.com.