9/11 responder to speak at PAC event

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MIDDLE TOWNSHIP— National Guardsman Ed Afanador, whose experiences with post-traumatic stress disorder have led him to help others with the same problem, will speak at the Performing Arts Center of Middle Township on Monday night, Dec. 16, in conjunction with the film, “Free The Mind.”

Afanador was one of the first volunteer responders on Sept. 11, 2001 and what he saw set the stage for physical and psychological symptoms he battled for more than a decade. He has since become a prominent speaker on the subject and he brings with him his service dog, Arnie.

“I can’t save the world,” said Afanador, “but I can definitely make a difference by helping others.”

For his efforts Alfanador has been nominated as a New Jersey Governor’s Jefferson Awards honoree in the volunteer leadership category.

He will speak following the 7 p.m. showing of the “Free the Mind” which points out that many war veterans, as well as well as civilians, suffer from PTSD. The film is being presented as part ProMedia’s Monday Night at the Movies series. Admission is $8.

The Performing Arts Center is at 212 Bayberry Drive, Cape May Court House. There is free parking on the premises.

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