SENATOR GREG BALL & CNN HERO TO RENOVATE HOME FOR LOCAL VIETNAM VETERAN

 

    Patterson, N.Y. – 04/04/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, joined Purple Heart Homes Co-founders Dale Beatty (a 2013 top 10 CNN Hero) and John Gallina to introduce Private Dan Flanigan to the community on Thursday evening at the Patterson Fire Department.

    An initiative began in Mahopac, NY on September 12, 2013 when the community gathered together with one purpose, to build or renovate a home for a service-connected disabled veteran in Senator Ball’s District.

    Private Daniel Flanigan, a 100% service-connected disabled Vietnam Veteran has been selected after a thorough vetting process by Purple Heart Homes, a non-profit based in Statesville, NC that provides housing solutions for disabled veterans.

    “It is a sad reality that this hero who has suffered with his war wounds, both visible and internal, for decades is now on the verge of homelessness. As a nation we must do better, and while we can’t change the world, we can change the world for this hero, and we will. Private Flanigan had no choice but to serve in Vietnam, he took shrapnel to the head and could have died. He received a Purple Heart because of the blood he shed for our country, and he suffers daily,” said Senator Greg Ball. “It is heartwarming to see the immense community support we have received since we first made this announcement. Literally hundreds of local elected officials, financial institutions, small businesses and community partners have stepped up to the plate. If you would like to join our Purple Heart Homes Senate Task Force and join our honorable efforts, please contact my office today.”

    The Kick-off Ceremony was held to invite all interested professional trades and volunteers that want to get involved – roll up their sleeves and pitch in to help renovate Private Flanigan’s home in Pawling, NY.

    “We look forward to working with the community of Pawling and surrounding areas to renovate Vietnam Veteran Dan Flanigan’s home. Hopefully by working closely with Senator Ball and his staff we can provide more housing solutions to enable our older veterans and their caregivers to keep up with needed repairs on their homes and provide the adaptations so they can successfully and safely age in place while lessoning the feelings of financial despair,” said John Gallina Purple Heart Homes Co-founder.

    Those that attended the event had an opportunity to meet Private Daniel Flanigan, who received a Purple Heart while serving in Vietnam.

    “This house I live in was left to me by my parents who died in 1999. It needs a lot of repairs, which I can’t afford. I’m struggling to make ends meet and my physical health is deteriorating with a severe spinal condition and arthritis in my left hip. The VA replaced my right hip three years ago,” said Dan Flanigan. “My neighbor was nice enough to make Purple Heart Homes aware of me, and I hope they can help. I thank God for sparing my life in Vietnam and am proud to have served my country to this day.”

    On the morning of May 9, 1969 a hand grenade exploded near Dan spraying shrapnel into his head. After this, he was sent home and spent time in and out of Montrose Veterans Hospital. Dan Flanigan suffers from many of the invisible injuries of war — Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), anxiety, night mares as well as injuries to his hips when the hand grenade exploded along side of him when he was on a mission in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

    Dan Flanigan inherited his parent’s home in Pawling, NY in 1999. Dan like many Vietnam service-connected disabled veterans lives on a fixed income. The home he lives in is 100 years old and is known as a stately four square home situated on the crest of a hill on Spring Street in Pawling, NY. The front porch has to be completed torn down and rebuilt. Old leaky window need to be replaced throughout the entire house with energy efficient windows.  The home does not have insulation and a foam insulation would help reduce the cost of fuel oil going out of the windows, doors and walls during our harsh New England Winters. A new kitchen will be put in. To give Dan some additional income, the second floor will be converted into an apartment with a separate outside entrance. Dan Flanigan does not have a shower in his home and has been leaving each morning to go to the gym to shower. One of the rooms on the main floor will be made into a bedroom and an expanded bathroom will provide him with an easy access shower. Old rotted siding needs to be torn off and replaced with new siding.

    Renovation will begin in June tied in with Army Week Association. Work on the project is expected to take at least four months. An official Welcome Home Ceremony will be held for Private Daniel Flanigan when the renovations have been completed.

    “Today is an especially proud day for me as we welcome home one of my fellow Purple Heart Vietnam combat brothers, so he can truly be thanked for his service to our country,” said Eugene Parrotta, Chairman of Senator Greg Ball’s Veterans Advisory Council. “Thanks to Purple Heart Homes, Senator Greg Ball, and countless volunteers, Dan Flanigan will be able to enjoy the rest of his life, secure in the knowledge that other people care and he has not been forgotten.”

    If you would like to join the Purple Heart Homes Task Force you can contact Senator Greg Ball’s office at kgobins@nysenate.gov or 845-279-3773.

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

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