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“Thank You” Breakfast for Veterans Hosted by the Madison Area YMCA and Professional Physical Therapy, LLC: More Than Just Breakfast

Nov 13, 2017

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“Thank You” Breakfast for Veterans Hosted by the Madison Area YMCA and Professional Physical Therapy, LLC:   More Than Just Breakfast 

Caption: A guest at the Madison Area YMCA and Professional Physical Therapy LLC's breakfast that honored our veterans on Nov. 8, John A. Punola, a 1st Cavalry Division Korean War Veteran, holds a photo of himself from when he served our country. 

John Punola 

(Madison, NJ) November 13, 2017– The Madison Area YMCA and Professional Physical Therapy, LLC, held a special “Thank You” breakfast on November 8 to honor our veterans at the Madison Area YMCA’s Family Center. For the veterans, it was more than just breakfast. 

Veterans shared stories, wrote letters to active duty soldiers and made new friends while enjoying a complimentary breakfast with their families. Veterans also brought photos of themselves in uniform from when they were serving our country. 

John A. Punola, a 1st Cavalry Division Korean War Veteran, who has lived in Madison for 46 years, attended the breakfast with his wife, Nancy. He expressed his gratitude for the chance to make new friends with other veterans. “For a brief precious moment, veterans were living those times and places where they served. Some of the new vets I met treasured their time of service to America and would instantly do it again if they were needed,” he said, adding that there is an unspoken communication between veterans when they meet. “You can be total strangers but when you look each other in the eye you both know,” said Mr. Punola, noting that events like this rekindle things that you don’t usually think about. 

“The veterans who attended were heroes of World War II, the Vietnam War and the Korean War who came not to be treated to a nice breakfast, but to be able to mingle with other vets and reflect on their mutual experiences,” said Mr. Punola. “It was a job well done by all.”     

“We were pleased to have the opportunity to honor and support our veterans,” said Madison Area YMCA Community and Member Engagement Manager Gwen Riddick.  

“We appreciate the sacrifices made by those who served and who are serving today and every day,” said Dr. Matthew Riordan, P.T., owner of Professional Physical Therapy & Training (PPT), LLC. PPT is located on the ground-floor level of the Madison Area YMCA Family Center in addition to an office at The Summit Area YMCA. 

The Madison Area YMCA is a 501(c)(3) cause-driven charitable organization dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. All are welcome to be enriched by Y membership, programming, community wellness and health-enhancing programs, regardless of ability to pay. Generous donations to the Madison Area YMCA’s Annual Fund make it possible for everyone in our community to experience the Y.