Selfless former Marine needs us now

A local Staten Island family needs our help... 

Sean Torres Sr is a dedicated family man and Commandant of the Staten Island Marine Corps League detachment.  He devotes almost all of his time to the mission of the Detachment and the betterment of the community by working with local charitable organizations and donating his own personal time and resources to children with special needs; persons in assisted living facilities; the community in general; and both the active duty and reserve Marines of the nearby Marine Corps Reserve unit through cookouts, individual recognition and donations both personal and monetary to those in need. 

During Superstorm Sandy, Sean tirelessly coordinated and led the efforts of the Staten Island Detachment in acquiring and distributing relief supplies throughout Staten Island and Brooklyn virtually 24 hours a day.  He was always available and always involved making sure the needs of those impacted were addressed and that all we could do to help was done.  He did this despite having lost his entire home and almost everything he and his family owned to that very same storm.

In the days weeks and months that followed, Sean (retired due to medical disablity), worked to secure a contractor in order to rebuild his home where he had raised his family, while paying rent for temporary lodging after the insurance ran.

Ater some time and a great deal of money it became clear that the contractor was not getting the job done and the money was being squandered.  Due to the trauma associated with being so harshly displaced from their home and the subsequent troubles with the re-building process, Sean and his family felt it best to move on and start their life fresh in a new home far from the painful memories.

In negotiating with their mortgage company, Sean was able to put the remnants of his home on the market for a short sale and identified a motivated buyer, while still making the mortgage payments on the destroyed property as well as his current housing expenses.

Shortly afterwards, Sean, his wife and his son all ended up committed to the hospital in rapid succession for a myriad of health issues and procedures, leading to mounting medical bills not all covered by their insurance.

While still recovering from their medical issues, the City informed Sean that his old house would have to be torn down and that if he did not do it immediately, they would do so and bill him the costs.  This put an end to the short sale and Sean's ability to finally get out from under the crushing and mounting financial burden that circumstances have put upon him. 

We are trying to help Sean and his family by raising the funds necessary to cover the cost of the demolition of the old house.  Any help you can give to someone who always has, and will always continue to, give so much of himself, would be greatly appreciated.

Sean epitomizes what it means to be a Marine... he is selfless and giving and always puts the needs of others ahead of himself.  We need to now put his needs first.  Please give in whatever amount you are able, to show our appreciation of someone who is a fine example of what it means to be truly selfless and human.  Thank you so much!


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Dave McCann 
Staten Island, NY
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