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    Brewster, N.Y. – 05/05/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, and Purple Heart Homes will host their first fundraising and building and trades planning meeting on Thursday, May 8th at the Patterson Fire House, located at 13 Burdick Road, in Patterson, New York from 6 PM – 7 PM.

    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.

    Anyone interested in joining the fundraising or professional building and trades volunteer team is invited to attend Thursday’s meeting. The fundraising volunteer team will brainstorm ideas to raise money and donations for the project. The building and trades volunteer team will review the scope work and renovation plans with the General Contractor Bobby Farese and architect Michael McCormack for Private Flanigan’s home, in Pawling, NY.

    “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.”

    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. 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.

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

    What: Purple Heart Homes Fundraising and Building and Trades Volunteer Meeting

    When: Thursday, May 8th from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Where: Patterson Fire House: 13 Burdick Road, Patterson, New York

    Contact: Joe Bachmeier, or (845) 531-9796