Community Service Awards Committee was established by the National Board of Management (NSDAR) in April 1995, as an opportunity for chapters and states to recognize worthy individuals in their communities for outstanding unpaid voluntary achievements in cultural, educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical, citizenship, or environmental conservation endeavors.
•The recipient must have contributed to the community in an outstanding manner through voluntary heroic, civic, benevolent service, or by organizing or participating in community activities
Sgt Stanek, with the assistance of his wife Lindsay and many volunteers, founded Paws and Stripes, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. This organization assists wounded veterans of the United States military suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) by working to provide them with service dogs. After 6 ½ years in the military, the Army retired Sgt. Stanek due to his many combat-related physical injuries, chronic and severe PTSD, and TBI. During his recovery, Jim had found that the times he felt the most comfortable were when there was a therapy dog with him. Being unable to obtain a therapy dog through an existing organization, he and his wife were inspired to form an organization dedicated to helping homeless animals as well as returning veterans. In 2010 Paws and Stripes was born. Jim and Lindsay were faced with a problem, and created a solution not only for themselves but for others. Jim is a disabled veteran who has eliminated the DIS and has definitely become an ABLED veteran.
Sincerely, Meg Swanson