COMMUNITY HOSTS BBQ FUNDRAISER FOR DISABLED VETERAN

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Pawling, NY – 09/8/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, hosted a fundraiser BBQ dinner for Private Dan Flanigan on Thursday evening at the Pawling Fire Department alongside Purple Heart Homes, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson.

Dan Flanigan is a service-connected disabled Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient who currently lives in a 100-year-old home that is in dire need of repairs. Senator Greg Ball teamed up with Purple Heart Homes to raise funds for the Daniel Flanigan Project, which was selected by Purple Heart Homes for their Aging in Place Program.

“I am thrilled that we have received immense community support on this project, and have been able to make significant progress on Private Flanigan’s home. It has been an honor to work with Purple Heart Homes, who have helped these renovations move along in a timely fashion,” said Senator Greg Ball. “This BBQ fundraiser is the final push we need to wrap up the project, and properly welcome home this deserving veteran!”

“Our veterans have given selflessly to protect the rights and freedoms we enjoy.  Private Dan Flanigan, a Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient, is a hero among us, demonstrated by his unrelenting willingness to serve our country. I am humbled to stand alongside Senator Ball, Sheriff Anderson and Purple Heart Homes as we honor Private Flanigan, and assist him with the home renovations he justifiably needs and deserves,” said Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro.

Proclamations were presented to those who have donated to the project so far, including: Whispering Pines Gardening Center, Jay Hildebrandt Electric, Kevin Schick of McGrath & Company, Mike McCormack of Liscum McCormack Van Voorhis LLP, Ken Ford of New York Title, Daniel Marxer of Chazen Companies, James Schmitt of Schmitt Bros. Excavation, Lloyd St. Louis of Boneyard Cruisers of Hudson Valley, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Local 279, Mark Franzoso of Franzoso Contracting, Camille Parisi of Adirondack Hops, Dan Maguire of Nuisance Wildlife & Timberline Tree, Peter Wilcox of Pepsi Co, Gino Capicotto of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society, McGraths Tavern, Gerry Klein of Mahopac National Bank, Mitch Klein of Krasdale Foods, Brewster Hills General Store, Hannaford of Pawling, Kobacker’s Market, McKinney & Doyle, Shoprite of Carmel, Christopher Page of Army Week, Major Robert Ramos, Joe Krulder of Drexel Hamilton, My Brother Vinny Community Organization, George Apap Painting , Jilco Windows, GAF roofing, Page Lumber, Dave Zublin of Old Time Barns, Lina Fierro, Steve Saba, Anthony Quatrone of Wood Stone Contracting, Brian Gallagher, Bob Nunziato, Rollo Podilla, Judy Fitzgerald, Minutemen, Bell Heating & Cooling, Jim Corless, Steve Adams, Echo Electric, John Biddle, Local 235 Labors Union, Anthony Farese, Clancy Moving, Karl Fister from the Village of Pawling Buliding Department, Chip Mullins, Rich Taylor, Kevin Andros, Rhino Linings, Team Depot from Brewster Home Depot, Hannaford in Pawling and many more.

Over the past several weeks, two brand new decks have been installed; new siding and a brand new front door on Dan’s home have been installed. The old carpeting and hardwood flooring has been removed and was replaced with new flooring. The old bathroom has been completely removed and the new bathroom and shower have been installed and completed. All the exterior storm windows have been removed and all the rotten molding on the exterior is being replaced.

“What a fantastic evening for a fantastic project. Purple Heart Homes is delighted to be working side-by-side with Senator Greg Ball and hundreds of community partners from throughout the Hudson Valley area to truly welcome home this local hero,” said Vicki Thomas of Purple Heart Homes. “Senator Ball is certainly proof that the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

To make a monetary donation for the Purple Heart Homes project you can visit: www.purplehearthomesusa.org. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Senator Greg Ball’s office by calling (845) 279-3773.

For more information, please contact Joe Bachmeier at jbachmei@nysenate.gov

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POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL: BARBECUE HELPS FUND HOME REPAIRS FOR PAWLING VET

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The community continues to contribute to help a Vietnam War veteran in town rehabilitate his home.

A barbecue fundraiser was held Thursday afternoon at the Pawling firehouse in honor of Daniel Flanigan. The event was billed as, “Welcome Home Private Dan Flanigan.”

Flanigan is a service-connected disabled veteran and Purple Heart recipient who lives in a 100-year-old home that is undergoing much-needed renovations.

While serving in the Mekong Delta in 1969, he suffered multiple wounds, including head injuries, when an enemy grenade exploded next to him during an ambush, according to Journal archives.

Flanigan, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, attended the barbecue.

“I am not a hero or celebrity,” he said. “I’m just one of the fortunate ones who made it back.”

The barbecue was hosted by state Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, along with Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, Sheriff Butch Anderson and Purple Heart Homes, a nonprofit based in Statesville, North Carolina, that helps disabled veterans resolve housing issues.

The approximately 100 attendees paid $20 each to enjoy the grilled burgers and hot dogs, and potato salad and coleslaw.

Flanigan, 66, said he was grateful for all that has been done for him. This included a fundraiser held in April at the Patterson firehouse in Putnam County.

Much work has already been done in renovating his home on Spring Street through donations of materials, labor and money.

“It’s beyond my wildest dreams,” Flanigan said. “It’s all the grace of God and everyone’s been fantastic.”

Ball said Flanigan is a “stark reminder” of the thousands of returning Vietnam veterans whom the nation did not take care of.

“Daniel is a perfect example of a true hero who suffered enormous hardships, gave his country everything short of his life and found himself, decades after serving honorably, in a home without a useful bathroom and facing foreclosure,” Ball said.

Molinaro said the nation must do a better job of caring for its veterans.

“Let us hope we don’t have to do this for anybody else in our community, and if we do, we’ll stand up and be counted,” he said.

To donate or for more information, visit www.purplehearthomesusa.org. (ARTICLE)

OP-ED: LOCAL DISABLED VETERAN IN NEED

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Last year I announced that my office would be teaming up with the Purple Heart Homes organization to completely remodel the home for a service-connected disabled veteran in our area.

In June, we found a Vietnam Veteran from Pawling, Private Dan Flanigan, who lived in a 100-year-old home that was in dire need of repair. Dan inherited his parent’s home in 1999. Like many service-connected disabled veterans, Dan lives on a fixed income and hasn’t been able to maintain the home over the years. Before we started the work on his home, Dan didn’t have a working shower and was forced to shower each morning at the local gym.

I am very excited to announce that thanks to the immense community support, we have made significant progress on Private Flanigan’s home and we are slated for an early fall ribbon cutting!

However, we are running extremely low on funds and need to raise money to finish this project to give Dan Flanigan the home he deserves.

I have worked with Purple Heart Homes, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson to organize a BBQ Dinner in honor of Private Dan Flanigan.

The event will be hosted on Thursday, September 4th from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Pawling Fire House, South St, Pawling, NY 12564. Tickets are $20 per ticket at the door. Please RSVP by visiting: http://bit.ly/1lmcfiC or by calling (845) 279-3773.

We need your help to continue this project to give Dan Flanigan the proper “welcome home” he so rightfully deserves.

Local Businesses and partners that have helped with this project include:

Whispering Pines Gardening Center, Jay Hildebrandt Electric, Kevin Schick of McGrath & Company, Mike McCormack of Liscum McCormack Van Voorhis LLP, Ken Ford of New York Title, Daniel Marxer of Chazen Companies, James Schmitt of Schmitt Bros. Excavation, Judy Fitzgerald, Lloyd St. Louis of Boneyard Cruisers of Hudson Valley, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Local 279, Mark Franzoso of Franzoso Contracting, Camille Parisi of Adirondack Hops, Dan Maguire of Nuisance Wildlife & Timberline Tree, Peter Wilcox of Pepsi Co, Gino Capicotto of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society, McGraths Tavern, Gerry Klein of Mahopac National Bank, Mitch Klein of Krasdale Foods, Brewster Hills General Store, Hannaford of Pawling, Kobacker’s Market, McKinney & Doyle, Shoprite of Carmel, Christopher Page of Army Week, Major Robert Ramos, Joe Krulder of Drexel Hamilton, My Brother Vinny Community Organization, George Apap Painting , Jilco Windows, GAF roofing, Page Lumber, Dave Zublin of Old Time Barns, Lina Fierro, Steve Saba, Anthony Quatrone of Wood Stone Contracting, Brian Gallagher, Bob Nunziato, Rollo Podilla, Judy Fitzgerald, Minutemen, Bell Heating & Cooling, Jim Corless, Steve Adams, Echo Electric, John Biddle, Local 235 Labors Union, Anthony Farese, Clancy Moving, Karl Fister from the Village of Pawling Buliding Department, Chip Mullins, Rich Taylor, Kevin Andros, Rhino Linings, Team Depot from Brewster Home Depot and many more.

Senator Greg Ball represents the 40th Senate district and is the Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee.

For more information, please contact Joe Bachmeier at jbachmei@nysenate.gov

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SENATOR GREG BALL TO HOST FUNDRAISER DINNER FOR DISABLED VETERAN SEPTEMBER 4TH

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Brewster, N.Y. – 08/14/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, will be hosting a fundraiser BBQ dinner for Private Dan Flanigan on September 4th at the Pawling Fire Department alongside Purple Heart Homes, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson.

Dan Flanigan is a service-connected disabled Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient who currently lives in a 100-year-old home that is in dire need of repairs. Senator Greg Ball teamed up with Purple Heart Homes to raise funds for the Daniel Flanigan Project, which was selected by Purple Heart Homes for their Aging in Place Program.

“This is a tremendous project that has been off to a phenomenal start so far. Countless volunteers and businesses have stepped up to the plate to donate their time, money and services to keep progress rolling,” said Senator Greg Ball. “This being said, there is still a great deal of money needed to complete the necessary renovations. I want to encourage everyone to join me at this fundraising event in order to help give this disabled veteran the home he so desperately needs and deserves.”

“Our veterans have given selflessly to protect the rights and freedoms we enjoy.  Private Dan Flanigan, a Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient, is a hero among us, demonstrated by his unrelenting willingness to serve our country. I am humbled to stand alongside Senator Ball, Sheriff Anderson and Purple Heart Homes as we honor Private Flanigan, and assist him with the home renovations he justifiably needs and deserves,” said Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro.

The dinner will take place on Thursday, September 4th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pawling Firehouse, South St, Pawling, NY 12564. Tickets are $20 per person, and can be purchased at the door. Those that would like to attend are asked to RSVP by calling (845) 279-3773 or by visiting: http://bit.ly/1lmcfiC.

Over the past several weeks, new siding and a brand new front door on Dan’s home have been installed. The old carpeting and hardwood flooring has been removed and is currently being replaced with new flooring. The old bathroom has been completely removed and the new bathroom and shower have been installed and completed. All the exterior storm windows have been removed and all the rotten molding on the exterior is being replaced.

Materials that are still needed include carpeting, a Bilco cellar door, air conditioning and landscaping services.

If you would like to get involved in the project or donate please contact Senator Greg Ball’s office by calling: (845) 279-3773.

For more information, please contact Joe Bachmeier at jbachmei@nysenate.gov

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MAHOPAC, YORKTOWN AND SOMERS BUSINESSES DONATE TO LOCAL DISABLED VETERANS HOME

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Pawling, N.Y. – 07/28/2014 – Businesses from throughout Mahopac, Yorktown, Somers and the entire Hudson Valley area have donated their goods and services to “welcome home” a local service-connected disabled veteran. Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has teamed up with Purple Heart Homes and the community to make renovations and improvements on Vietnam War Veteran Private Dan Flanigan.

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 his 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 businesses, 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 underway. 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.”

Local businesses in Mahopac, Somers and Yorktown have stepped up in an extraordinary way to help move along this project.

James Schmitt, owner of Schmitt Brother’s Contracting, who lives in Mahopac and owns an excavation business in Pawling has volunteered his services for the project.

“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.”

Whispering Pine Landscape Supply in Yorktown donated $10,000 for the project and is working on the landscaping around Dan Flanigan’s home.

“Our company decided last year that we wanted to raise money for a local veteran. When we heard about Dan Flanigan, it made perfect sense that we would donate the funds we raise to his house renovations. It is great to see Senator Ball team up with Purple Heart Homes for this project, and I am very proud to be a part of such a wonderful cause,” said Brad Kuck of Whispering Pine Landscape Supply.

Jilco Window Corporation in Somers donated replacement windows for the entire home.

“When we heard about this project, we were eager and excited to get involved. We wanted to give back to a man who has given so much to his country,” said Michael McDonough of Jilco Windows.

Other businesses that have donated from Mahopac, Somers and Yorktown include: Jay Hildebrandt Electric in Carmel, Bell Heating and Air Conditioning in Mahopac, Steve Adams Jr Plumbing & Heating, Inc in Carmel and Brian Gallagher of Mahopac that is doing the tin roofing.

Upcoming interior work within the residence includes removal and replacement of carpeting and hardwood flooring, complete reconstruction of bathrooms and the kitchen, insulation installment and general painting.

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: www.purplehearthomesusa.org.

For more information, please contact Joe Bachmeier at jbachmei@nysenate.gov

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PURPLE HEART HOMES TEAMS UP WITH SENATOR GREG BALL TO HOST 4TH ANNUAL VETERANS THANKSGIVING DINNER

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Brewster, N.Y. – 07/21/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, is teaming up with Purple Heart Homes Association to host the 4th Annual Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner in November.

“The Thanksgiving dinner is one of my favorite events that I have the distinct honor of hosting each year, and I hope to continue to do so for years to come, regardless of if I am elected into public office. Seeing the smiles on the veterans’ faces is truly rewarding,” said Senator Greg Ball. “I am thrilled to get to work with Purple Heart Homes this year to make this the best Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner we’ve had yet. I urge anyone who wants to give back to those who have given so much for our country to assist us in the planning of this dinner.”

Over the past three years, Senator Ball has worked with the community to host an annual Thanksgiving dinner for local veterans. This year, the Senator is partnering with Purple Heart Homes to seek donations and volunteers in order to make the free meal possible. The event will take place on November 22nd at the Putnam Golf Course. Seating times will be 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

“I always look forward to the Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner each year, as it is truly an incredible event for everyone who attends,” said Vietnam War veteran and Purple Heart recipient Eugene Parrotta. “It’s great that Senator Ball is hosting the dinner for a fourth time this year. I know that the hundreds of veterans who attend each year are already excited to be invited back for another great Thanksgiving celebration.”

“Thanksgiving is a time for all of us to be thankful to all of our Veterans and their families that served and are serving this great nation.  We will take delight in serving them a delicious meal at the Fourth Annual Veterans Dinner with Senator Ball,” said John Gallina, Co-founder of Purple Heart Homes.

In addition to volunteers, Senator Ball is also seeking donations for the Thanksgiving Dinner including: uncooked turkeys (20 lbs or more), turkey gravy, cans of string beans, cans of whole white potatoes, cans of corn, cans of cranberry sauce, salad dressing, premade bags of stuffing, 48 oz cans of chicken broth, pies and décor.

To RSVP for the dinner, or if you are interested in volunteering or donating goods, please contact Senator Greg Ball’s office at (845) 279-3773.

For more information, please contact Joe Bachmeier at jbachmei@nysenate.gov

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THE COURIER: BALL SECURES $60,000 TO FIGHT YOUTH HEROIN ADDICTION

By: Eric Gross

State Senator Greg Ball has secured $60,000 of state funding to combat heroin and opioid addiction among Putnam’s youth.

The funds will be channeled through the Peers Influence Peers program—a non-profit aimed at providing opportunities for young people to use their influence with their peers to make healthy life style choices.

Ball called the epidemic of heroin addiction plaguing the Putnam region as “frightening. It is sickening to hear of the countless deaths in our communities. We must get to our young people before it is too late.”

Upwards of three dozen young men and women have died of heroin overdoses in the Putnam area within the past 18 months.

Peers Influence Peers will use the infusion of cash to visit high schools in Brewster, Carmel, Mahopac, Putnam Valley and Lakeland starting in September.

Frank Reale, president of the Putnam Valley based organization, praised his members for producing a documentary “Chasing It,” that examines the explosive issue.

Reale said the state grant will allow his group to “reach out to local high school students and their parents in order to raise awareness about the epidemic.”

Susan and Steven Salamone of Mahopac lost their son to a heroin overdose last year.

Steven Salamone said he was “excited and encouraged” by the news. “We are facing an epidemic and need strong tools to win the battle against addiction. Education is key towards preventing drug abuse. We must keep the momentum going.” (ARTICLE)

HOMELAND SECURITY CHAIRMAN ISSUES STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF ISRAEL

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Brewster, N.Y. – 07/17/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issued the following statement in support of Israel.

“I strongly stand with our friends in Israel as they defend themselves from senseless terrorists attacks against their civilian populations throughout the country. Without reservation I support Israel’s right to defend herself using any means necessary to persevere, defend and protect civilian life. Hamas and its terrorist activity are not and shall never be acceptable to any freedom loving and humane modern day society. I extend my utmost support and encouragement to Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Israeli Security Cabinet, The IDF Forces and all Israelis who live every day in a constant state of war, and without hesitation bravely defend their right to exist,” said Senator Greg Ball.

For more information, please contact Joe Bachmeier at jbachmei@nysenate.gov

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DAILY VOICE: SEN. BALL NOTES PROGRESS ON VIETNAM VETERAN’S HOME

by Alesha Hanson

PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. — Sen. Greg Ball, R, C, I-Patterson, chairman of the state Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has continued to make progress on the home of Vietnam War veteran Pvt. Dan Flanigan’s home, alongside Purple Heart Homes.

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

“I am thrilled that the renovations on Dan’s home have been moving along so smoothly,” said Ball. “From the very start of the project, countless volunteers and donors have reached out to contribute time, money and supplies to this great cause.

“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.”

“I am beyond humbled to have been selected by Purple Heart Homes and Sen. Ball for this project,” said Fanigan. “From the beginning, I have received a great deal of support from my community throughout this process, and for that I am truly grateful. 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 countertops.

If you would like to volunteer your time or professional services, contact Ball’s office at 845-279-3773.

If you would like to make a monetary donation for the project, visit www.purplehearthomesusa.org. (ARTICLE)

POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL: PAWLING VETERAN GETS HELP WITH HOME

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By: Nina Schutzman

About 15 years ago, Dan Flanigan, a disabled Vietnam War veteran, inherited his parents’ century-old home.

His parents had inherited the Spring Street home in Pawling in 1970 from his grandmother, said Flanigan, 66.

But the once-beautiful home had fallen into disarray over the years.

“It’s an old, old house,” said Flanigan, who served in the Army and is 100 percent service-connected disabled. “With all the expenses and the taxes here, I’ve been barely able to keep up.”

The home has no insulation and the oil bills are “astronomical,” added the Purple Heart recipient who works at the nearby Hannaford.

Enter state Sen. Greg Ball and Purple Heart Homes, a nonprofit that provides housing solutions for disabled veterans and their families.

Ball, R-Patterson, started looking for a veteran to help in September.

Flanigan’s neighbor recommended him for the program, said Krista Gobins, Ball’s director of programs.

“I didn’t know much about the organization but when I heard about it… I thought in my heart, ‘could this be true?’ Now everything is coming to fruition,” Flanigan said.

The Pawling veteran, who is living in his home while the restoration takes place, has been injured in ways visible and not.

On a May morning in 1969, Flanigan was in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. A hand grenade exploded near him, spraying shrapnel into his head, Ball’s office said in a news release. Besides the injuries he sustained, he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and nightmares.

“Dan is a hero in our community,” said Ball, a U.S. Air Force veteran. “This is a man who was in battle… he was in a home that was about to fall down and didn’t even have a working shower.”

Flanigan doesn’t consider himself a hero.

“I’m just one of the fortunate ones who made it back from Vietnam,” he said.

Construction on the Pawling home began in mid-June, with the demolition of the front porch.

“We started with a dilapidated home… trees were falling through the front porch,” said general contractor Robert Farese. “The inside of the house is OK, but it’s dated.”

Farese is one of the volunteers helping out; there have been many in the community, from neighbors who bring snacks, to a retired New York City firefighter who shows up to paint the house, who have made the project possible.

Flanigan is “emotionally attached to this structure, so we’re going to make it like it was brand-new,” Farese said. “I’m sure that’s going to change his life. I can see the change already. He’s ecstatic.”

Since the project began, a new front and back porch have been built and plumbing for a new bathroom is underway, according to information from Ball’s office. Fresh paint, electrical work and a new kitchen and upgrades in a second bathroom are also due.

“I greatly look forward to the day that Dan can proudly enjoy his new home,” said James Schmitt, owner of Schmitt Brothers Contracting, a company that volunteered services, via news release. “We are honored to help in completely renovating the home of this war hero.”

They hope to have the home finished by September. Project organizers have raised money for expenses, and want to have another fundraiser soon.

The project has been a great blessing, Flanigan said.

“This would make my parents so proud,” the veteran said of the restoration. (ARTICLE)

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