Richard Overton - 24/7 homecare

$112,210 of $150k goal

Raised by 2,321 people in 27 days
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. 

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 6
Posted by Volma Overton
2 days ago
So many thanks to everyone who has been a part of this effort to keep Richard in his home. With your support we have reached our second goal of 100K and now are reaching for our third goal of 150K. As I write this update the effort is at $104, 260 which is a little more than 7 months of home care. The new goal of 150K will get Richard close to 10 months of home care. With the continued sharing, caring and loving support from everyone Richard will reach the new goal of 150K. So many thanks to everyone for what has been done for Richard at this time.
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Update 5
Posted by Volma Overton
8 days ago
Hello I wish to thank each and everyone for the love and support that Richard has received in this effort to help him to remain in his home. We are nearing our second goal of reaching $100k. The daily cost of 24/7 care is about $480 a day and about 14k plus a month. As I had mentioned in my last update the support given at this time will cover 6 plus months of care. We are now entering his 3 week of paid 24/7 care. Ideally it would be wonderful to have 1 year of home care covered. So please continue the sharing, caring and the loving support that has been given. Thanks so very much again for the love that has been shared for Richard.
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Update 4
Posted by Volma Overton
20 days ago
We have decided to have Senior Helpers to be Richard's 24/7 home care provider. Thanks to all of the sharing, caring and loving support that everyone has given Richard in his effort to stay at his home. He now has 24/7 home care coverage for a little more than 6 months so please continue to share the love with him.
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Update 3
Posted by Volma Overton
24 days ago
Thank for the love, caring and sharing that so many of you have given this effort to keep Richard living in his home until. We hired our first in home care person today with much more work to be done as we add more home care personnel to the list.
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Heidi Shelton Oliver
26 days 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
25 days 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
25 days 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
25 days 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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Donna Dipaolo-Alexander
26 days ago

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

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Lady Bird
24 days 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
25 days 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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Robert Pratt
25 days 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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LO P Lope
25 days ago

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

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Christina Hoppes
25 days 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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Angela Palmer
25 days 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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Apple-Elgatha Ethel
22 days ago
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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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Mark P Schram
21 days ago
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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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Kristina Tidwell
26 days 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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Frank Howe
25 days ago
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5

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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Molly Alana Karlin
24 days 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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Carmen Martinez
25 days ago
4
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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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Toni Sperduti McGrew
25 days ago
4
4

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

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Christa A. Davis
12 days 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
24 days ago
3
3

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

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$112,210 of $150k goal

Raised by 2,321 people in 27 days
Created December 27, 2016
Volma Overton Jr.  
on behalf of Richard Overton
RV
$25
Ray Voght
1 hour ago
MZ
$50
Mark Ziegenfuss
1 hour ago

Thank you for your service.

DF
$20
Dan Frank
6 hours ago
$10
Andrew Dixon
8 hours ago

Thank you Andrew Preston, UK

AG
$10
Anthony Grande
9 hours ago
JT
$50
Janice Thurston
14 hours ago
SG
$5
susan gordon
14 hours ago
EK
$10
Ed Kahn
15 hours ago
$100
Anonymous
15 hours ago
$20
Anonymous
15 hours ago
Heidi Shelton Oliver
26 days 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
25 days 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
25 days 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
25 days 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

+ Read More
Donna Dipaolo-Alexander
26 days ago

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

+ Read More
Lady Bird
24 days 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
25 days 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
Robert Pratt
25 days 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
LO P Lope
25 days ago

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

+ Read More
Christina Hoppes
25 days 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
Angela Palmer
25 days 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
Apple-Elgatha Ethel
22 days ago
9
9

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
Mark P Schram
21 days ago
7
7

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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Kristina Tidwell
26 days ago
7
7

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
Frank Howe
25 days ago
5
5

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
Molly Alana Karlin
24 days ago
4
4

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
Carmen Martinez
25 days ago
4
4

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
Toni Sperduti McGrew
25 days ago
4
4

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

+ Read More
Christa A. Davis
12 days ago
3
3

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
24 days ago
3
3

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

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