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SAVE THE PATRICK MCCAFFREY FOUNDATION HOME FOR VETS!
Iraq combat medevac Lori Goodwin, returned home with PTSD after two deployments. She had nowhere to live. Somehow she found 68 year old Gold Star Mother Nadia McCaffrey of Tracy, CA who immediately took her in "“ no questions asked. Despite her own meager retirement income from Social Security, Nadia provided shelter, food and - most important of all - love. With Nadia's guidance and support, Lori now has a Master's Degree, and has much of her life back. She calls Nadia every Mother's Day and holiday. Lori is not the only vet who was rescued from the streets and nurtured back to life. Twenty-nine veterans have graduated from "Miss Nadia's" program. Today they, too, see her as family.
Soon after her son Patrick was killed in Iraq on June 22, 2004, Nadia McCaffrey turned her grief into passion for wounded soldiers. She gave her heart, home, time and her own money to homeless and disabled veterans who had nowhere else to go. She also started a nonprofit called the Patrick McCaffrey Foundation with a mission to create a network of veterans' villages "“ using her home as a base and example. Nadia is also an activist. She has spoken tirelessly to politicians, the media and just about anyone who'd listen "“ selflessly and passionately appealing on the behalf of homeless and disabled veterans everywhere. She has relentlessly tugged at the conscience of government officials "“ convincing them to make changes in how we deal with PTSD and soldiers. In large part due to her efforts, PTSD is no longer the neglected condition it once was.
Suddenly Nadia is now facing her own trauma. Patrick's home went into foreclosure on over some very bad advice given to Patrick's widow who owned the house. Nadia was added to the deed, a loan modification process had begun and a short sale were being arranged, but on January 8th, a man knocked on Nadia's door saying her house had been sold at auction that morning. She had days to vacate. Nadia immediately picked up the phone trying everywhere to get help. Finally, she was told that if she paid $50,000.00 by February 15th the sale could be reversed and the house would be saved. Mark Knipper, MSW, a vet himself and social worker working with PTSD vets is ready to take charge of the program at the house, if saved.
Now it's Nadia and her Foundation's turn to be helped. Please donate now to help save the house and enable the Foundation to continue its work taking care of homeless veterans suffering from PTSD and other disabilities. Send your generous donation TODAY to the Patrick McCaffrey Foundation at www.gofundme.com/1ayct8
William Vann of Lakeport, CA
I am a Veteran of the 579th Combat Engineer Battalion, and an active Bugler of military funerals. I too have been adopted by Nadia a few years ago when I provided TAPS at our Memorial. Knowing how she has personally and selflessly helped hundreds of Veterans get back on their feet. Nadia is our Unit Mom. When any member of this unit, or any other unit or branch of service has needed help and had nowhere to turn, she not only opened her door, she opened her life for them. Plain and simple. Nadia is every Veterans Mom. We love her.
Lisa Valdez of Witter Springs, CA
My husband served in Iraq in 2004; Nadia's son, Patrick McCaffrey was one of his men. Nadia is one of the most selfless people I have ever had the honor of meeting. She has dedicated her life to helping Veterans get the benefits they have earned, and has personally invited them into her home whenever they needed it, and has given freely of her time, money, hard work, and most of all, love. Please help her to be able to continue the good work she does! She is truly an Angel on earth.
Summer Lipford of Statesville, NC
This woman does more than ten VA hospitals, this woman give those young soldiers who have given up on life, love, affection, hope, a warm bed and food in thier stomach. This woman makes a real difference. We Gold Star Mothers gave our very best and most cherished lives to the government. The government needs to help this wonderful Angel, Nadia McCaffery.
I am writing you on behalf of myself and Nadia McCaffrey, Gold Star Mother of Sgt. Patrick McCaffrey, KIA Balad, Iraq 2004. As most of you know, Nadia started taking veterans into her home after Patricks death. Since she has begun this mission, she has helped temporarily house over 27 veterans, all have returned to civilian life!! I have now been here [at her house] a year, and finally got my VA claim taken care of last Sept.
Armando Telles of Escondido, CA
A parent's committment to serve Veterans following the loss of their own child is a decision not all choose to endure, yet when we do have parents who provide essentially life saving resources-such as stable and secure housing- Veterans and government officials should be inclined to step forward to provide the resourceful backing of such efforts. I salute this mother for honoring her son, and our Veterans, as she does, and recognize that we all have a responsibility to be the lifeline of our fellow Troops and Veterans...EVERY SINGLE ONE.
Kevin Benderman of Augusta, GA
Because these veterans and this mother of a veteran would both lose a valuable resource they have earned. She lost her son in the war and she is giving back to veterans. Can the greed be curbed in order to do the right thing?
Joe Mulholland of Chesterton, IN
Though I have never met Nadia, I did know her son Patrick during my short time in the service. He helped me the same as Nadia is helping other veterans. It's our turn to help.
Alyce Cartier of Santa Clarita, CA
Home is where the Heart is and they gave there hearts to us all to protect this country, they should always have a home in their country!
It is time to own up to the debt that we owe these amazing Americans, stand up for their rights and help them when they come home and need us.
DC Matthews of Newport Beach, CA
I was homeless . It is hell. We need more of these helps, not less.
I was just reading a combat ptsd article and it made me think of you and how one person can make a difference. You saved my sons life and for that I will be eternally
Richard Farrand SAN DIEGO, CA
Nadia is a wonderful Veterans advocate and deserves to be able to assist those that are broken and she will do all she can to fix what's wrong!
Ron Friedli SAN DIEGO, CA She is a Patriot.
Derek Davey LOWVILLE, NYI am a Gold Star Father who lost my only son in combat in Iraq. I am an advocate for veterans by occupation.
Louis Loera ROSEVILLE, CA
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Nadia McCaffrey has adopted more veterans than I can remember. I was contacted by her after a post I did way back in 2005 because of this article I read on One Mother's War. Veterans Village started because her son died in combat. That's the way most things start.
The grief causes a lot of people to seek something to do with their lives that will make up for the loss the world suffered. Yes, the world. Each of us have something we are supposed to do on this planet we live on. Some are supposed to do things on a grand scale, getting money, power and attention to find support for what they are supposed to do while others are supposed to work on a small scale. Nadia is one of that type of hero.
The problem is in doing what she has done is few think about her and supporting the work she does because the reality in this country is veterans are usually last on the list of things to do. Oh, sure we can line some streets in our home towns when heroes like her son Patrick come home in a casket with a flag covering it. We can show up when there is a local fundraiser for a triple amputee Green Beret SFC. Josh Burnette but everyday there are more and more no one ever hears about.
They end up homeless in the very country they risked their lives for. In an odd way, their very sense of selflessness that caused them to set aside everything for us, is what keeps them from asking us for help. Most are suffering from PTSD. When the military loves to point out that military suicides are more connected to relationship problem and financial hardships, they never seem to mention the fact that less than half of the veterans needing help for PTSD ask for it, so that in turn means that less than half are diagnosed with it. If they don't seek help to heal, then they are passed off as not suffering due to military service. Reporters never seem to know enough about PTSD to understand that. It still causes relationship problems and financial issues diagnosed or not. Families cannot understand and deal with the actions of these veterans, so they end up homeless and supportless.
Nadia tried to do something about it and now the bank took the home she had established to give these veterans a loving home they not only needed, but earned. What happened to her is just one more example of the people doing the work to help our veterans more than raise funds are suffering.
Military Chaplain Kathie Costos
From Bill Modad Vann: "This is personal for me. Nadia is my unit Mom. 579th Combat Engineer Battalion.
A couple of clicks may be all that is needed to help Nadia McCaffrey and many wounded Veterans".
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