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Educate a Project HEAL Assistance Dog in Honor of: Michael Zacchea

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At a recent CT Veterans’ Training event, Mike stopped at the ECAD Resource Table to pose with ECAD Service Dog Tuna. When Mike visited ECAD and met some of the Service Dogs- in-Training, he knew immediately that being paired with a specially-educated dog would improve his quality of life.

Meet ECAD Client Michael Zacchea

I am a combat-wounded, medically retired United States Marine. I was wounded in the Iraq War during the Second Battle of Fallujah in November 2004. I was medically retired from the Marine Corps as a result of my wounds.

In 2012, I earned an MBA from the University of Connecticut’s School of Business. Currently, I serve as the School’s director of Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities.

I still deal with the long-term effect of my injuries. These include low vision (light sensitivity and focal divergence), tinnitus, vestibular dysfunction (loss of balance/falling), neuropathy in my hands, traumatic brain injury and migraine headaches, and Post-Traumatic Stress. And, I have experienced a series of falls, which resulted in injuries requiring physical rehabilitation.

An ECAD Service Dog will dramatically contribute to my long-term health, and my ability to continue to work and to live alone independently.

Thank you for your generous gifts to ECAD in honor of Michael Zacchea.

Donations are 100% tax-deductible as allowable by law.  If your employer has a Matching Gift program,
please complete the form and mail it to ECAD, P.O. Box 831, Torrington, CT 06790.