National military nonprofit and South Windsor fence company team up to provide peace of mind for veteran and his family
Hartford, CT (Oct. 25, 2016) – Thanks to the national nonprofit Hope For The Warriors and South Windsor-based Fence One, Army veteran Sgt. James Amaro recently received a donation of a privacy fence that will provide a private and safe environment for his family and service dog.
Living with PTSD, Amaro is transitioning back to civilian life with the assistance of Hope For The Warriors and his service dog Lucky. Living in a high-traffic area heightens his PTSD and therefore he desired a privacy fence to make his family’s backyard a secluded sanctuary for him, his wife, children and Lucky but did not have the means to pay for it.
As a part of Hope For The Warriors’ Critical Care Coordination program, social workers serve as advocates for clients in many areas including financial assistance and connecting veterans with community resources. Working with Sgt. Amaro and his social worker, Fence One donated 100 percent of the materials and labor, totaling over $6,000, to make this dream a reality.
“Words cannot explain the appreciation I feel for Fence One for donating its services to my family and my service dog, Lucky. The new fence will provide a safe place for Lucky’s continued training,” said Sgt Amaro. “I’m also extremely grateful for Hope For The Warriors and my social worker, Jory as she’s never given up on me. This could not have been possible without the combined efforts of Fence One and Hope For The Warriors and its generosity and commitment for helping veterans.”
Amaro, born and reared in Hartford, joined the Army in 2006. He was based at Joint Base Fort Lewis McChord in the state of Washington and then with the U.S. Army Reserve in Connecticut, where he served for nine years. Deployed from October 2007 to January 2009 in Iraq, one of Amaro’s many duties included driving a truck as part of a supply convoy. With convoys a constant and prime target, Amaro’s job was a difficult one. As a result he was rewarded for his dedicated service with the Army Commendation Medal and the Driver and Mechanic Badge for driving over 8,000 miles in Iraq accident free.
“Sgt. Amaro is not alone. It’s not uncommon for military members to take years to transition from post-combat life and to have a heightened sense of security, “ said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of Hope For The Warriors. “Sgt. Amaro had an extremely dangerous job in the military and we’re grateful to Fence One for making him feel more comfortable in his backyard thanks to the donated fence and labor.”
“When we heard about Sgt. Amaro and his service dog, Lucky, and their need for a backyard fence we decided it was an ideal fit for our company,” said Patrick Kupchunos, owner of Fence One LLC. “Our company is small but we like to think we have a big heart when it comes to helping people. We just felt this was a project where we could help a deserving veteran and make his life a little easier.”
“Sgt. Amaro’s black lab, Lucky, will now be able to enjoy a fully enclosed backyard with black chain link. This will allow Lucky to safely exit the back of the house and have his own personal dog park,” added Kupchunos.
Fence One is a South Windsor residential and commercial fence company in its 12th year in business owned by lifelong South Windsor residents Patrick Kupchunos and his father, Al.
Celebrating 10 years of service, Hope For The Warriors assists veterans, service members and military families with a variety of programming including clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation, community and military relations and transition services.
For more information on Fence One, visit fence-one.com or call (860) 644-5757.
Photo: (Left to right) Fence One Co-owner Al Kupchunos, Fence One staff, Fence One Co-owner Patrick Kupchunos, Sgt. James Amaro and service dog, Lucky in front of Amaro’s newly donated fence.