Richard Overton - 24/7 homecare

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Volma Overton Jr.
on behalf of Richard Overton
 AUSTIN, TX
Richard Overton is 112 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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Hello to all I am deeply saddened today at the loss of my cousin Richard Overton. I don't know what to say but I will try to share what is on my heart at this time. I have teared up at some times and then I have laughed a lot as I try to cary on in dealing with the loss of Richard. He had a way about himself of making anyone around him feel special. Richard made his family proud, his community proud, his city proud, his state proud, his nation proud and the world proud of this soldier. Richard's family is so thankful for all that has been done for him, for all the kind words that have been said about him, for the wonderful love that has been given to him by so many from around the world. You all have been a blessing to Richard and to his family.
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Hello everyone today is Wednesday December 26th and I want to give you all an update on Richard. He is still in rehab at this time and is pretty much just as he was yesterday still weak from the pneumonia and moving his arms and legs around getting some needed exercise. He is still in need of your prayers to help him get through this. I can only try to tell you all just how much your prayers, your love and your caring concern means to him and his family. Thank you so very much with a prayer of peace, blessings and love for you all.
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Hello everyone, today is Christmas. I spent some time with Richard today and he is still in need of your prayers as his weak status has not changed very much. The staff told me that they worked with him today and did not stress him out and that he was resting well with no pain to speak of as he told me "I have no pain" which was good to hear. Please keep him in your prayers as we all know that God is able. Hoping that your Christmas has been special for each and everyone of you and again many thanks for all that you have done and all that you have continued to do for Richard. Peace, Blessings and Love to everyone of you.
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Hello everyone, today, Christmas Eve, Richard was released from the hospital and moved to a rehab facility. There is hope that he will regain his strength and be able to do the things that he would like to do. You all need to know just how thankful Richard and his family is for your love, prayers and for the wonderful blessings you are to him during this time of difficulty. Each one of your prayers, comments, gifts and thoughts have been a part of the difference for him and we are so thankful. Peace, Blessings and Love to all!
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Heidi Shelton Oliver
26 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
26 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
26 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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Lady Bird
26 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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Aamilah Janie Washington
26 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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Katrina Denise Battle
26 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
26 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
26 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
26 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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Donna Dipaolo-Alexander
26 months ago

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

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Robert Pratt
26 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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LO P Lope
26 months ago

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

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Carmen Martinez
26 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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Frank Howe
26 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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Christina Hoppes
26 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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Toni Sperduti McGrew
26 months ago

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

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Jeremiah Hall
23 months ago

Hello, I have a truck, a bunch of tools, and a stronger back than wallet. I'm not to far away, let me know if I can help.

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Christa A. Davis
25 months ago

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
26 months ago

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

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Susan Enyingi Spencer
25 months ago

So I'm guessing that he doesn't have VA benefits for Homecare. I've been fought with the VA for almost a year to get Homecare benefits for my 93 year old Pop. He lost his leg during WWII and has been treated like crap. So sad and makes me so angry!

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Steve Pliszka
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After reading the story on how Richard stays connected to his neighborhood, it inspired me. I'm the same way and it's nice to meet other people with this same belief system :) Steve

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Alexandre Augusto
1 month ago
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They deserve to live more time enjoy your lives. Simple like that and lovely.

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Catherine Henderson
1 month ago
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I thank you so much Volma for your dedication to your cousin Richard; I know it is beyond difficult to absorb this loss, but Richard's legacy will live on through his family and many accomplishments. Richard was the epitome of Black Excellence!

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BRUCE GREEN
1 month ago
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Thank you for your service to our nation, and for being a man "Who does it my way". you and Frank! God bless you.

Heidi Shelton Oliver
26 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
26 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
26 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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Lady Bird
26 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
Aamilah Janie Washington
26 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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Katrina Denise Battle
26 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
26 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
26 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
26 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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Donna Dipaolo-Alexander
26 months ago

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

+ Read More
Robert Pratt
26 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
LO P Lope
26 months ago

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

+ Read More
Carmen Martinez
26 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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Frank Howe
26 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
Christina Hoppes
26 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
Toni Sperduti McGrew
26 months ago

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

+ Read More
Jeremiah Hall
23 months ago

Hello, I have a truck, a bunch of tools, and a stronger back than wallet. I'm not to far away, let me know if I can help.

+ Read More
Christa A. Davis
25 months ago

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
26 months ago

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

+ Read More
Susan Enyingi Spencer
25 months ago

So I'm guessing that he doesn't have VA benefits for Homecare. I've been fought with the VA for almost a year to get Homecare benefits for my 93 year old Pop. He lost his leg during WWII and has been treated like crap. So sad and makes me so angry!

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