OP-ED: LOCAL DISABLED VETERAN IN NEED

PHH Fundraiser

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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About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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