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    (Pictured left to right: Senator Greg Ball, General Contractor Robert Farese and the owner of Schmitt Brother’s Contracting James Schmitt)

    Pawling, N.Y. – 07/14/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has continued to make progress on the home of Vietnam War Veteran Private Dan Flanigan’s home, alongside Purple Heart Homes. Renovations began last month and are expected to be completed by this fall.

    Senator Ball and Purple Heart Homes are currently working to upgrade the home of Private Daniel Flanigan, a 100 percent service-connected disabled Vietnam veteran who lives in Pawling. Construction on Private Flanigan’s house kicked off June 14th with the demolition of the front porch.

    “I am thrilled that the renovations on Dan’s home have been moving along so smoothly. From the very start of the project, countless volunteers and donors have reached out to contribute time, money and supplies to this great cause,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Help is still needed in order for us to complete this tremendous project in the coming months. If you would like to join our efforts to give this service-connected disabled veteran the proper “welcome home” he deserves, I encourage you to contact my office to get involved.”

    Since the project began, a new front and back porch have been built and plumbing for a new bathroom is under way. Upcoming steps include redoing the roof, painting the interior and exterior of the house, completing the electrical work and upgrading the kitchen and bathrooms.

    “I am beyond humbled to have been selected by Purple Heart Homes and Senator Ball for this project. From the beginning, I have received a great deal of support from my community throughout this process, and for that I am truly grateful,” said Vietnam War Veteran Private Daniel Fanigan. “It is exciting to see the numerous volunteers and donors at my house each day who are so eager to help out.”

    Materials that are still needed include ¾ inch hardwood flooring, windows, carpet, Bilco cellar doors, two entry doors, spray foam insulation, air conditioning, stove, refrigerator, washer, dryer, microwave and kitchen counter-tops.

    If you would like to volunteer your time or professional services, please contact Senator Greg Ball’s office by calling (845) 279-3773.

    If you would like to make a monetary donation for the project, please make a check payable to Purple Heart Homes and send to Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union: 1620 New York 22, Brewster, NY 10509 or visit:

    James Schmitt, owner of Schmitt Brother’s Contracting, whose excavation business volunteered their services for the project said he was more than happy to help.

    “Schmitt Brother’s Contracting is all about giving back to the community. We are honored to help in completely renovating the home of this war hero,” said James Schmitt. “I would like to thank Senator Ball and Purple Heart Homes for putting this project in motion. I greatly look forward to the day that Dan can proudly enjoy his new home.”

    For more information, please contact Joe Bachmeier at