Michael Dowens

Michael Dowens

President:

Michael Dowens is currently a township police officer, lifelong New Jersey resident, and a¬†graduate of Albright College who earned a Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice. He is also a United States Navy veteran who served as a Search and Rescue Swimmer and Boatswain Mate in Liberia, Somalia, Haiti, and the Norther Arabian Gulf during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since his discharge from military service, Mr. Dowens struggled with civilian life. He experienced firsthand the lack of funding available to returning servicemen and servicewomen who struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). After receiving residential trauma treatment in 2016, he confronted his military experiences and was motivated to pay it forward. It was there he devised his first endeavor to raise awareness for a mental disease most, including him before this experience, know nothing about. Michael Dowens raised $30,000 for walking from the NJ Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial to the Washington DC Veterans Memorial in June 2016. From the recognition the cause received, Mr. Dowens put all his military-minded determination into creating a nonprofit organization to help other veterans. He is fulfilled knowing he is leaving a positive legacy, along with his devout following of the Miami Dolphins, behind for his young son, Greyson. Mr. Dowens has shown natural leadership abilities throughout all his personal and professional undertakings and successfully leading this organization is in the forefront of his heart because it is so personal to him.