Join us for a Powerful Panel Discussion

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 5:00pm

This year’s Dine for Veterans brings together Executives from across the United States that serve our active military and veterans. Every soldier has different needs after serving our country. Join us to learn about how these incredible panelists do their part to support our troops.

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Free Webinar

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VIP Experience

The VIP Experience includes a special meet-and-greet after the event, as well as limited edition etched glassware and a specialty charcuterie board delivered to your home or office. 

Meet Your Panelists

Mike Durkee

Mike Durkee

Wounded Veterans Relief Fund

Deb Dougherty

Deb Doherty

DDS4Vets

Debbie Lee

Debbie Lee

America's Mighty Warriors

Lynelle Zelnar

Lynelle Zelnar

Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc.

Thank You to This Year's Sponsors

Our Mission at HOW Foundation

Every day, thousands of Veterans in South Florida go without treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury.

These men and women, our heroes, live with an affliction that impacts every aspect of their lives: family, career, and social.

Luckily, there is a therapy that not only can alleviate the symptoms, but in some cases help repair the physical trauma to the brain. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has helped tens of thousands of men and women throughout the United States. The problem is that insurance does not cover this therapy for any conditions that are related to the brain.

Through the efforts of the Help Our Wounded (HOW) Foundation, we’re changing the lives of veterans not just here in South Florida, but also across the nation.

No one organization can successfully address the needs of our veterans; it takes a Unit. Here at HOW Foundation, we believe in the Spirit of Collaboration and bringing together stakeholders to further discuss how to coordinate our efforts to help as many veterans as possible. When people who care join together, great things can happen. 

You Can Help Our Veterans

A single session of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) costs $200. A full treatment regimen for PTS can include anywhere from three to forty sessions, depending on the severity of the injury and the time elapsed before treatment. 

Sponsor a veteran’s return to wellness by donating one or more sessions today.

Mike Durkee

Mike Durkee

Executive Director

Wounded Veterans Relief Fund

A native Floridian, Michael Durkee joined the US Army in 2003 to enter the fight against terrorism. During his 11 years of service, he was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, in 2005, and then to Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2012-2013. He flew more than 64 combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, witnessing numerous soldier injuries and enduring the loss of good friends. He is devoted to helping his fellow veterans and offers a deep respect and first-hand understanding of their challenges once service has ended. Michael joined the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund Team in 2014. After first-hand experience with other veteran support organizations, Michael says what compelled him to join the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund Team was the fact that most of the donor funds go directly toward helping veterans. Now, in his role of Executive Director, he helps to provide guidance and essential relief to Florida’s disabled veterans on a daily basis.

Deb Dougherty

Deb Doherty

Founder & CEO

DDS4Vets

Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage: Our military learns this from day one in boot camp. But what happens when their time is up and they come home? What appreciation and support do they get? I, personally, have concerns for veterans and active military. Having grandfathers, brothers, and cousins who have served this country and grandsons who are currently serving in the military is why my passion has escalated. Bridging the gap that veterans face with services that they are entitled to is imperative. Our veterans deserve the benefits that they were advised of at enlistment with absolutely no challenges. My desire to help, and to accomplish what I can for our veterans is personal to me. For this reason, I started DDS4Vets, a 501 (C) (3) Non-Profit organization who reaches out to veterans in bridging that gap. “LEAVING NO VET BEHIND”

Debbie Lee

Debbie Lee

Founder & CEO

America’s Mighty Warriors

Debbie Lee is an author, public speaker and CEO of America’s Mighty Warriors. She travels the nation telling her son’s amazing story and advocating and supporting our Veterans, Troops, their families and Gold Star families. On Aug 2, 2006 she was notified that her son, Marc Alan Lee, had been killed in action becoming the first Navy SEAL killed in Iraq. In response to her son’s last letter home to “pass on the love, the kindness, the precious gift of human life” she founded America’s Mighty Warriors. Since that day, Debbie has worked tirelessly to ensure that our Troops, Veterans and Gold Star families have access to respite and important services that help assist recovery after injury or loss. Debbie has visited Iraq in 2007 and 2010 becoming the First Gold Star Mom in history to visit the combat zone where her son died. She has met with numerous Presidents and can often be found on Capitol Hill advocating for our troops.

Lynelle Zelnar

Lynelle Zelnar

Founder & Executive Director

Forgotten Soldiers Outreach

In 2003, Lynelle was in contact with a co-worker who had a son that was deployed to Iraq. This soldier and his squad members, were becoming tired and frustrated, longing for home. Lynelle started collecting items to send to them to lift their spirits and provide encouragement. Thus, from humble beginnings, Forgotten Soldiers Outreach was born. In March of 2004, after a profile segment on Good Morning America, Forgotten Soldiers Outreach became nationally known as a 501(c)3 non- profit organization. Forgotten Soldiers Outreach mission is to send out monthly “We Care” packages to our deployed United States Armed Forces, primarily reaching out to those who receive little or no support from the home front. Lynelle recently moved from Lake Worth, Florida and now resides in Port Saint Lucie, Florida with her husband and son.