Richard Overton - 24/7 homecare

$268,477 of $400,000 goal

Raised by 5,221 people in 17 months
Volma Overton Jr.
on behalf of Richard Overton
 AUSTIN, TX
Richard Overton is 111 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 Overton 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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I am very happy to inform everyone about Richard's 112th Birthday Party which was held at his home yesterday on his Birthday of May 11, 1906. The party brought the community together to share in the joy and happiness that Richard has given to so many. The party was supposed to start at 4pm - 7pm but got started about 10:30am when about 8 veterans from Ft. Hood on motorcycles came by bringing gifts and cheer. Next several Austin Police Department Officers along with their Chief came by and delivered a gift to Richard and then sang Happy Birthday to him. And then Austin's Mayor Steve Adler came by and read a proclamation from the City in making May 11th Richard Overton Day. After the Mayor spoke there was a continuous flow of people until after 8pm. Chaka and his crew took the party to another level with volunteers that helped to do it all, with food venders with plenty of food for everyone, with lots of fun, joy and happiness to go around for all and DJ Kay Cali providing the wonderful sounds that kept us all jumping for joy. The volunteers collected donations and sold t-shirts in raising a little over $1,300 which will help in paying the care givers for their 24/7 home care. The 24/7 home care continues to be the difference in Richard's life. There is no doubt that Richard would not be with us today, enjoying and celebrating his life if it were not for the giving, caring, sharing and loving concern for all who have given so that Richard could have the 24/7 care that he has had for the past 17 months. I would like to thank everyone for their continued support of Richard. And as a reminder to all, 24 hours X 20 = $480 every day, rain, snow, sleet or shine. Please continue to share this amazing story of Richard with everyone.
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As I write this update #21 we are 1 week away from Richard's birthday celebration. The celebration will be held at his home as it was last year. All are welcome to come and help him to celebrate and to enjoy his very special occasion. I want to remind everyone that Richard's gofundme account is the reason that he is here with us today and looking forward to celebrate 112. Many thanks to all who have given to his gofundme account since December 2016. It has been your gift that has made it possible for Richard to stay in his home of 73 years with the helping hands o f 24/7 care givers that has given him a new desire to live and have fun, in which he has been doing just that. With all said I will ask you to continue to do the things that you have done for him before like giving, sharing and caring. Who would have thought that we are now at 17 months of 24/7 care. The $232k that is shown as the amount raised since December 2016 does not cover the expense for 17 months of 24/7 care. Looking forward celebrating and enjoying Richard's 112 Birthday Party with him in 7 more days. Peace, blessings and love to all.
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We are now approaching the 16th month of 24/7 home care for Richard. The gofundme for Richard is a LIVING FUND and was started on the 27th of December 2016 and the donations collected up to today have totaled to $219 thousand plus. And as I had mentioned in one of the earlier updates it has been running close to $15 thousand a month for the 24/7 home care. We are approaching the 16th month of 24/7 home care. So doing the math 16 months times 15G's is 240G's and now we are operating in the red. I am asking for your continued love, concern and support of Richard which is essential to keep him on his wonderful journey. Please share Richard's story with others and please continue to make a difference in his life. Richard is looking forward to celebrating his112th birthday on May 11, 2018 at his home.
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Many thanks to each and everyone for your concern, love and support of Richard as we have reached a new bench mark for now, 1 year and 1 month of home care for Richard. Without all that you have done for him it would be quite a different story. Blessings to all as it is with your loving support, Richard is looking forward to in less than 4 months his 112th Birthday on May 11th. As he says this one coming is going to be a BIG ONE and I will say that his last 20 have been BIG ONES. Be assured that you all have him looking at his life in a much more opportunistic and positive way. It is so exciting to see him each day looking forward to the next day with joy and happiness. And again you have made this possible and we all are so thankful and blessed by his life. Living in his home for 70+ years is part of his blessings and the care givers are another part. Much more to his story but what I have just mentioned is key. The need for continued love, concern and support is essential for his joy and happiness. Let me mention that there has been a shortage of his favorite cigars "Tampa Sweet Perfecto" in which we have not been able to find any around Austin or other cities close to Austin. I would like to thank all who have had some shipped to Richard from all over the country as you have made a difference again. Another of the titles that Richard holds is "America's Oldest Cigar Smoker", "Cigar Aficionado" magazine. Richard also is now the oldest man in the United States of America. So much history in this man. Please keep the love, concern and support for Richard going as this GoFundme is a living fund that has kept him going full of joy and happiness since it was started for him on December 27, 2016. Since January 1 of 2017 Richard has not spent a moment of time by himself as he has always had care givers with him since. Thanks to all of you. Please continue to pass on to others the Richard Overton story and the need to keep it going. Much love, blessings and many thanks to all.
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Heidi Shelton Oliver
16 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
16 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
16 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
16 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
16 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
16 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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Mark P Schram
16 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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Donna Dipaolo-Alexander
16 months ago

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

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Apple-Elgatha Ethel
16 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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Robert Pratt
16 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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Angela Palmer
16 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
16 months ago

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

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Carmen Martinez
16 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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Christina Hoppes
16 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
16 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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Erik Maloy
16 months ago

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

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Toni Sperduti McGrew
16 months ago

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

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Kristina Tidwell
17 months ago

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
16 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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Molly Alana Karlin
16 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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Andrew Zelade
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Here's to another 112 years!

JR
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Justin Rummage
2 days ago
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Thanks for all youve sacrificed... True American Hero!

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Anonymous
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MW
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Mark Wells
4 days ago
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On behalf of the Austin Patriot Guard Riders, God Bless Mr. Overton

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Heidi Shelton Oliver
16 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
16 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
16 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
16 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
16 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
16 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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Mark P Schram
16 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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Donna Dipaolo-Alexander
16 months ago

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

+ Read More
Apple-Elgatha Ethel
16 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
Robert Pratt
16 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
Angela Palmer
16 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
16 months ago

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

+ Read More
Carmen Martinez
16 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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Christina Hoppes
16 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
16 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
Erik Maloy
16 months ago

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

+ Read More
Toni Sperduti McGrew
16 months ago

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

+ Read More
Kristina Tidwell
17 months ago

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
16 months ago
9
9

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
Molly Alana Karlin
16 months ago
9
9

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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