Matthew Redlein, an 8th grade student at Nesaquake Middle School in Smithtown, is doing what he can to raise funds and awareness about service dogs, and teach others how the dogs can help veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD, blindness, hearing loss, amputations, and other post-combat disabilities. Matthew is raising money to donate to America’s VetDogs and the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, located in Smithtown, who serve the needs of disabled veterans from all eras who have honorably served our country. For every $6,000 raised, Matthew will be able to sponsor a future service dog that will be trained and placed with a veteran or first responder. Recently, Matthew came in to receive a donation from The Bristal at Lake Grove. He is currently just $5,500 away from his personal goal of raising $50,000! Congratulations Matthew on all of your hard work, we’re so happy to support your cause!