OP-ED FROM SENATOR BALL: HELP RENOVATE A HOME FOR A LOCAL DISABLED VETERAN

 

    Dan FlaniganOn September 12, 2013, we gathered together as a community with one purpose – to  renovate, or build a home for a service-connected disabled veteran. At the meeting, we were fortunate enough to have with us Dale Beatty, a service connected disabled veteran who co-founded the non-profit Purple Heart Homes, with his battle buddy and John Gallina.

    It is my pleasure to introduce the community to Private Daniel Flanigan. Private Flanigan is a service connected-disabled Vietnam Veteran who lives in Pawling, New York. Private Flanigan received a Purple Heart due to the blood he shed for our country. Like other seniors in New York State, Private Flanigan is living on a fixed income, as the cost of living around him continuously escalates.

    As many of you know, our Vietnam Veterans were never officially welcomed home and thanked for their service. I am proud to announce that as a community, we will be able to come together and finally give Private Flanigan the “welcome home” he so greatly deserves, by working with Purple Heart Homes to renovate Private Flanigan’s home through their “Aging in Place” program. Private Flanigan’s home is in dire need of repairs and restoration.

    This project is going to be an enormous lift for our community – we are going to need all the help we can get. From small businesses in the community donating services and materials, to volunteers actually renovating the home, this project is going to be huge!

    It has been heartwarming to see the immense community support this project has already received. Literally hundreds of local elected officials, financial institutions, small businesses and community partners have stepped up to the plate. Some businesses have already donated their services, including: Hildebrandt Electric, McGrath & Company Inc., Liscum McCormack VanVoorhis LLP, New York Title, Chazen Companies and Schmitt Brothers Excavation. I would personally like to thank these local businesses, because without their crucial donation, the project would not have been able to move forward.

    I would like to invite you to please join me, Dale Beatty, John Gallina and the Purple Heart Homes team for a “Grand Kick-off Event” on April 3rd from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., at the Patterson Fire Department located at 13 Burdick Rd, Patterson, NY.

    At this exciting event, we will be introducing Private Flanigan to the community, and going over the volunteer roles and responsibilities, as well as what we need in terms of donations for this important project. If you would like to RSVP for the meeting, or have any questions or comments, you can contact my office at kgobins@nysenate.gov, or 845-279-3773.

    There’s an old saying that “our old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” I hope you will join me on April 3rd to show Private Flanigan that in our community, we don’t turn our backs on our veterans.

    For more information, please contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796

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