Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Dream Now Has Growing Roots

A Great Big Cyber HUG going to Ilona Meagher for this catch {I might have missed it} and passing it on at her site {that girl just keeps her Dedication front and center}, especially from All of us, here in North Carolina, working with Nadia to help these Roots Grow for the Health and Welfare of our returning Veterans of these Wars of Choice.

Patrick is smiling down and I'm sure giving a little push here and there to help his
mother, wife, and young daughter bring about the help his fellow returning soldiers need and are owed, for their service!

First 'Veterans Village' Set to Open in California in November

A World War II veteran, who wants to remain anonymous, made the donation late last month after hearing McCaffrey speak in Petaluma two months ago about her vision for the Veterans' Village program
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About The Veterans Village

Veterans are the light at the tip of the candle, illuminating the way for the whole nation. If veterans can achieve awareness, transformation, understanding, and peace, they can share with the rest of society the realities of war. And they can teach us how to make peace with ourselves and each other, so we never have to use violence to resolve conflicts again".
Thich Nhat Hanh

Sergeant Patrick Ryan McCaffrey
Foundation for War Veterans

Please visit the Veterans for further information.
The mission of Patrick McCaffrey’s Foundation is to promote mental and holistic wellness and palliative care among veterans returning from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, especially those suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), by providing a live-in retreat village, wherein with the help of trained professional staff and volunteers, veterans will find inner healing and an eventual re-entry into society. The Patrick McCaffrey Foundation, named after Sergeant Patrick R. McCaffrey, the first California National Guard, since WWII, (from the 579th Engineer Battalion from Petaluma), to lose his life in Iraq on June 22, 2004, is committed to bringing healing and hospice, as well as career counseling and training, to veterans returning from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Its founding member and President, Nadia McCaffrey, mother of Sergeant Patrick McCaffrey, wants to carry on the work her son would have pursued had his life not been curtailed so prematurely. Patrick, who did not expect to be deployed to Iraq, decided to honor the commitment he made to help people by going to Iraq as a leader and Combat Life Saver, bringing healing and love to his fellow soldiers and the Iraqi children.

Visit the Veterans Village Site for further information.

Before the deployment to Iraq: Patrick McCaffrey with wife and daughter

PLEASE JOIN US IN MAKING The Patrick Ryan McCaffrey Village-Retreat for Veterans, a Reality.

A place of peace, a place to heal, a place to renew… …. a place built by gratitude.

The U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs estimates there are 275,000 homeless veterans, about a quarter of the nation's homeless population. 19 percent of troops returning from Iraq suffer from such mental health issues as major depression, generalized anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder. These conditions frequently lead to substance abuse. This population is the most susceptible to homelessness and suicide. As of July, 2006 18,490 U.S. Servicemen and women have returned with severe injuries suffered in Iraq. Almost half of America's 2.7 million disabled veterans receive $337 or less a month in benefits.

Patrick in photo taken shortly before he was killed

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