Richard Overton - 24/7 homecare

$166,960 of $200k goal

Raised by 3,603 people in 2 months
Volma Overton Jr.
on behalf of Richard Overton
 AUSTIN, TX
Richard Overton is 110 years old and is the oldest living United States veteran. He is a veteran of World War II and currently lives in his home in Austin, Texas.

Richard has out lived all of his closest relatives and is in need of 24/7 home care. We are asking for donations to keep him living in his home instead of a nursing home. 

In 2013, Richard met President Obama at the White House for breakfast before accompanying the president to the to Arlington National Cemetery for a Veterans Day ceremony, where he was honored.


In 2015, Austin filmakers Rocky Conly and Matt Cooper made a short film about Richard Overton. 


Richard Overton and Ben Crenshaw, two internationally
known Austinites coming together to show their love for Lions Golf Course and their wish to have Lions saved from development.  Lions Golf Course is on the National Register of Historic Places.


In 2015, Richard Overton was featured in Cigar Aficionado magazine as America's Oldest Cigar Smoker. He says the secret to long life is "Cigars and God". He is also known to enjoy his whiskey still. 

Richard Overton enjoying cigars with two of his cousins, Sarah and Adrienne Overton, on his front porch in August 2015. 

Richard Overton being greeted by General Martin at the 2016 Army All American Alamo Bowl in San Antonio along with 2 Tuskegee Airman.

Richard Overton at 109 years old represented The Greatest Generation at the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, held in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Overton was asked to start the game off by delivering the game ball. (Photo taken by: Honor Flight Austin)

Ken Pridgeon runs the Portrait of a Warrior Memorial Art Gallery in Baytown, Texas. He’s best known for painting more than 300 portraits of fallen soldiers. On Richard's 110th birthday he presented this portrait to him.

Richard and Volma Overton, Jr. at his home on Veterans Day 2016.

On behalf of the Overton family, we greatly appreciate any donations to help Richard stay in his home and receive in-home care.
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Update 12
Posted by Volma Overton
2 days ago
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Richard will be in San Antonio at the Spurs game on Thursday March 23rd sitting on row 2, seat 16 and I will be in seat 17 as the Spurs game with Tennessee will honor Military Services. Richard will be honored as the oldest living WWII military veteran and honored for his service to our country. Richard continues to get stronger day by day. Richard is more mentally alert, has a great appetite and is walking better day by day. I want to thank everyone who has supported Richard during this effort to keep him in his home. Your sharing, caring and love has made a wonderful difference in his life as he has now had about 3 months of 24/7 home care. This past Saturday Richard went to a wedding of a friend and turned the wedding party out as he danced with members of the brides family and talked about all of the fun that he had. This would not have happened with out your support and love for him. Thanks, thanks and thanks again for the wonderful and most exciting change you have made in his life. Please continue to share his story and pass on the love, care and concern you have shown for Richard. Peace and love to you all.
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Update 11
Posted by Volma Overton
28 days ago
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Richard Overton and Ben Crenshaw, two internationally known Austinites coming together to show their love for Lions Golf Course and their wish to have Lions saved from development. Lions Golf Course is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Pic taken February 24, 2017
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Update 10
Posted by Volma Overton
1 month ago
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Thanks to everyone who has supported Richard in his effort to stay in his home. He has been blessed by all of you. With your support we have now reached his 3rd goal of $150K which gives him about 10 months of covered home care. The new goal of $200K will cover one year of 24/7 home care plus other relevant expenses. Here is the break down of 24/7 home care cost:

$480/day
$3,360/week
$14,400/month
$175,200/year

This does not include some medical costs, prescriptions and dental care. The remaining money raised will cover these costs. Thanks to all who have shared, cared and given love to Richard.


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Update 9
Posted by Volma Overton
1 month ago
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Sunday was another beautiful day in the ATX with the temperature reaching 80 degrees. Spent the afternoon with Richard on his porch. With the 24/7 home care Richard continues to do well. We are so thankful for the caring, loving, sharing and giving by all of you who have helped Richard to stay in his home. What a difference you have made in his life at this time. We are close to having 10 months of care covered with the donations at 145K plus and will be reaching for our 4th goal of 200K in which 180K will cover about 1 year of home care for Richard. Many, many thanks to all of you wonderful individuals who have given of yourselves to the life of Richard Overton. Please continue to spread the word. Peace, blessings and love to all of you.
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Heidi Shelton Oliver
2 months ago

I provide elderly care service and would like to volunteer time to help take care of Richard. Please reply or email me who to contact to make arrangements.

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Susan Morrison Sattler
2 months ago

I am a nurse and would be honored to care for Mr. Oliver, free of charge for a few hours a day, any day of the week, if needed. Please email me if help is needed. God Bless this wonderful man. :)

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Adrenne Mendoza
2 months ago

Please have him call our office at Meals On wheels. We can help Mr Overton with his Home health care needs. I am the Veterans services case manager at Meals on wheels. I can be reached at 512 476 6325 ext 155 Thank you for your service and God bless you Sir. Adrenne Mendoza

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Aamilah Janie Washington
2 months ago

Good morning, My name is Janie Washington. I would like to volunteer my 15 yrs of C.N.A experience to Mr. Overton. I made a promise to my father who was 96 yrs old when he passed to care for him until God called him but, I was unable to keep but, I know my father would be honored to know I passed my promise to Mr. Overton! I truly hope to hear from someone. God bless you Mr. Overton, Janie Washington

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Lady Bird
2 months ago

To the people leaving negative comments and questioning the family's motives: No, Mr. Overton has not already passed away, he is still alive and kicking and being awesome. I know because he's my cousin. Additionally, homecare is exponentially more expensive than you might think. And if the family raises way more money than they intended, good! He deserves it.

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Katrina Denise Battle
2 months ago

For the people saying home health care doesnt cost $100,000 you are correct. It costs way more! 24 hour care is from $15-20/hr so that would be over $2800/wk. That doesnt add in food, medicine, and equipment. Home care can cost a low average of $174,000/ year. I know personally because I own a home care agency. Unless you go pick a random person off of the street and pay them a little bit of nothing health care is expensive and unfortunately that amount of care will never be covered by any insurance company. Thats why our elders end up in nursing homes. Educate yourselves before speaking.

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Donna Dipaolo-Alexander
2 months ago

I think Steve Harvey would donate if he was told about this.

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Robert Pratt
2 months ago

So glad to give airtime to this today. I think this is the first time I've suggested listeners participate and it's an honor to help a True Texan and cigar connoisseur!

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Mark P Schram
2 months ago

Our Cub Scout Pack had a meeting with Mr. Overton on the front lawn a few years ago. We would like to know if there are any home maintenance items that need attention around the house, anything from lawn mowing to clearing the roof of leaves, trimming trees, etc. (I am a roofing contractor & have all the tools for handling any of these items & more). Please contact me via: Roofing.Quote-at-yahoo.com if there is anything we can assist with. Sincerely, Pack 101 Dripping Springs

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Apple-Elgatha Ethel
2 months ago

I'm an Executive Chef and will be traveling through Texas this week. it would be an honour to cook for Mr. Overton while I am in Texas. Please feel free to email me....

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Angela Palmer
2 months ago

For all of you leaving negative and comments questioning the amount of money being raised, really? Shame on you! As Christina Hoppes laid out for you the healthcare costs are real and I do not believe that she even factored in any medications. If you have paid for any of these type of services you would know how expensive it is . If you would have bothered to do just a bit of research instead of being automatically critical you would also have known how expensive these services are. With the much talked about proposed decimation of social security, medicaid/medicare, and ACA these expenses are only going to increase. What has happened to empathy and caring in this city/country/world? (Granted, the negative comments were not as many as the positive but it just irks me to no end why people begrudge an elder who has sacrificed so much this campaign.)

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LO P Lope
2 months ago

I'd like to volunteer some help if anyone can get in touch with me.

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Christina Hoppes
2 months ago

I have worked in home health for years and without proper insurance or supplement coverage full time round the clock specialized care can easily cost 15,000+ a month. Just for a full time home health aid at $20 an hour, which is what the average cost is out of pocket in Texas, is about 13,000 a month and that doesn't include RN,LVN,PT, or OT needs.

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Frank Howe
2 months ago

I may not have $, but I would be happy to come and spend time with this gentleman and listen to his stories of life.

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Carmen Martinez
2 months ago

To people who are being negative. I hope you are never in need of care like this gentleman who gave so much & expected so little in return. & the people saying that it doesn't cost $15,000 a month... The average CNA makes $15hr... 24hrs in a day, 365 days a year. Thats just pay that doesn't include food, his bills, medications & everyday needs. So before you want to speak on something know what your talking about. I'm to far to offer my time but I truly hope people step up give a lil back to someone who gave so much for them... Thank You for your service Sir & may God bless you always.

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Kristina Tidwell
2 months ago
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Is Mr. Overton's home healthcare an item that a blood donation program could be used to raise nontaxable funds that way? I'll call the blood center to ask, if you want, bc I've previously helped my sister in 2000 to AML & a racer in 2010 whose car blew up in what's called "micro midgets" in both cases over $50K was raised about every 2 weeks! I'm sure people would support this if it's possible.

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Christa A. Davis
2 months ago
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Mr. Overton should be eligible for the Star Plus program. That program helps with long term services such as in home nursing services and personal care aide. Contact HHSC or SSA. There are Veterans who are on the program.

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Erik Maloy
2 months ago
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Can we find a way for veterans to volunteer to come and take care of him?

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Molly Alana Karlin
2 months ago
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Volma- If you are not already aware, Richard may be eligible for the little-known aid and attendance benefit from the VA, which provides additional monthly support for homecare. See http://www.benefits.va.gov/pension/aid_attendance_housebound.asp.

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Toni Sperduti McGrew
2 months ago
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Someone should make sure that the VA is fulfilling their job of providing home are for him.

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$166,960 of $200k goal

Raised by 3,603 people in 2 months
Created December 27, 2016
Volma Overton Jr.  
on behalf of Richard Overton
RF
$50
Russell Fallon
7 hours ago
$50
Anonymous
7 hours ago
$50
Anonymous
8 hours ago
$50
ShannaS Kurtz
9 hours ago

I pray God blesses you, Mr. Overton!

JT
$20
John Trosko
10 hours ago
GK
$50
Grace Kim
12 hours ago
LK
$20
Lori Koufos
1 day ago
KS
$5
Kylee Sillivan
1 day ago
SN
$5
Stacey Nelson
1 day ago
$20
Joseph Garcia Garcia
1 day ago
Heidi Shelton Oliver
2 months ago

I provide elderly care service and would like to volunteer time to help take care of Richard. Please reply or email me who to contact to make arrangements.

+ Read More
Susan Morrison Sattler
2 months ago

I am a nurse and would be honored to care for Mr. Oliver, free of charge for a few hours a day, any day of the week, if needed. Please email me if help is needed. God Bless this wonderful man. :)

+ Read More
Adrenne Mendoza
2 months ago

Please have him call our office at Meals On wheels. We can help Mr Overton with his Home health care needs. I am the Veterans services case manager at Meals on wheels. I can be reached at 512 476 6325 ext 155 Thank you for your service and God bless you Sir. Adrenne Mendoza

+ Read More
Aamilah Janie Washington
2 months ago

Good morning, My name is Janie Washington. I would like to volunteer my 15 yrs of C.N.A experience to Mr. Overton. I made a promise to my father who was 96 yrs old when he passed to care for him until God called him but, I was unable to keep but, I know my father would be honored to know I passed my promise to Mr. Overton! I truly hope to hear from someone. God bless you Mr. Overton, Janie Washington

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Lady Bird
2 months ago

To the people leaving negative comments and questioning the family's motives: No, Mr. Overton has not already passed away, he is still alive and kicking and being awesome. I know because he's my cousin. Additionally, homecare is exponentially more expensive than you might think. And if the family raises way more money than they intended, good! He deserves it.

+ Read More
Katrina Denise Battle
2 months ago

For the people saying home health care doesnt cost $100,000 you are correct. It costs way more! 24 hour care is from $15-20/hr so that would be over $2800/wk. That doesnt add in food, medicine, and equipment. Home care can cost a low average of $174,000/ year. I know personally because I own a home care agency. Unless you go pick a random person off of the street and pay them a little bit of nothing health care is expensive and unfortunately that amount of care will never be covered by any insurance company. Thats why our elders end up in nursing homes. Educate yourselves before speaking.

+ Read More
Donna Dipaolo-Alexander
2 months ago

I think Steve Harvey would donate if he was told about this.

+ Read More
Robert Pratt
2 months ago

So glad to give airtime to this today. I think this is the first time I've suggested listeners participate and it's an honor to help a True Texan and cigar connoisseur!

+ Read More
Mark P Schram
2 months ago

Our Cub Scout Pack had a meeting with Mr. Overton on the front lawn a few years ago. We would like to know if there are any home maintenance items that need attention around the house, anything from lawn mowing to clearing the roof of leaves, trimming trees, etc. (I am a roofing contractor & have all the tools for handling any of these items & more). Please contact me via: Roofing.Quote-at-yahoo.com if there is anything we can assist with. Sincerely, Pack 101 Dripping Springs

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Apple-Elgatha Ethel
2 months ago

I'm an Executive Chef and will be traveling through Texas this week. it would be an honour to cook for Mr. Overton while I am in Texas. Please feel free to email me....

+ Read More
Angela Palmer
2 months ago

For all of you leaving negative and comments questioning the amount of money being raised, really? Shame on you! As Christina Hoppes laid out for you the healthcare costs are real and I do not believe that she even factored in any medications. If you have paid for any of these type of services you would know how expensive it is . If you would have bothered to do just a bit of research instead of being automatically critical you would also have known how expensive these services are. With the much talked about proposed decimation of social security, medicaid/medicare, and ACA these expenses are only going to increase. What has happened to empathy and caring in this city/country/world? (Granted, the negative comments were not as many as the positive but it just irks me to no end why people begrudge an elder who has sacrificed so much this campaign.)

+ Read More
LO P Lope
2 months ago

I'd like to volunteer some help if anyone can get in touch with me.

+ Read More
Christina Hoppes
2 months ago

I have worked in home health for years and without proper insurance or supplement coverage full time round the clock specialized care can easily cost 15,000+ a month. Just for a full time home health aid at $20 an hour, which is what the average cost is out of pocket in Texas, is about 13,000 a month and that doesn't include RN,LVN,PT, or OT needs.

+ Read More
Frank Howe
2 months ago

I may not have $, but I would be happy to come and spend time with this gentleman and listen to his stories of life.

+ Read More
Carmen Martinez
2 months ago

To people who are being negative. I hope you are never in need of care like this gentleman who gave so much & expected so little in return. & the people saying that it doesn't cost $15,000 a month... The average CNA makes $15hr... 24hrs in a day, 365 days a year. Thats just pay that doesn't include food, his bills, medications & everyday needs. So before you want to speak on something know what your talking about. I'm to far to offer my time but I truly hope people step up give a lil back to someone who gave so much for them... Thank You for your service Sir & may God bless you always.

+ Read More
Kristina Tidwell
2 months ago
8
8

Is Mr. Overton's home healthcare an item that a blood donation program could be used to raise nontaxable funds that way? I'll call the blood center to ask, if you want, bc I've previously helped my sister in 2000 to AML & a racer in 2010 whose car blew up in what's called "micro midgets" in both cases over $50K was raised about every 2 weeks! I'm sure people would support this if it's possible.

+ Read More
Christa A. Davis
2 months ago
7
7

Mr. Overton should be eligible for the Star Plus program. That program helps with long term services such as in home nursing services and personal care aide. Contact HHSC or SSA. There are Veterans who are on the program.

+ Read More
Erik Maloy
2 months ago
6
6

Can we find a way for veterans to volunteer to come and take care of him?

+ Read More
Molly Alana Karlin
2 months ago
6
6

Volma- If you are not already aware, Richard may be eligible for the little-known aid and attendance benefit from the VA, which provides additional monthly support for homecare. See http://www.benefits.va.gov/pension/aid_attendance_housebound.asp.

+ Read More
Toni Sperduti McGrew
2 months ago
5
5

Someone should make sure that the VA is fulfilling their job of providing home are for him.

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