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A veteran's coalition * CREATING Villages

...Never will stop helping one veteran at a time!

Helping one Veteran at A time.



Iraq combat MEDEVAC Lori Goodwin, returned home with PTSD after two deployments. She had nowhere to live.
Somehow she found 68 year old Gold Star Mother Nadia McCaffrey of Tracy, CA who immediately took her in "
“ no questions asked.
Despite her own meager retirement income from Social Security, Nadia provided shelter, food and - most important of all -
love. With Nadia's guidance and support, Lori now own her own home and has a Degree, Lori has much of her life back.
She calls Nadia every Mother's Day and holiday. Lori is not the only vet who was rescued from the streets and nurtured back
to life.
Twenty-nine veterans have graduated from "Miss Nadia's" program.
Today they, too, see her as family.
Soon after her son Patrick was killed in Iraq on June 22, 2004, Nadia McCaffrey turned her grief into passion for wounded
soldiers. She gave her heart, home, time and her own money to homeless and disabled veterans who had nowhere else to
go. She also started a nonprofit called the Patrick McCaffrey Foundation with a mission to create a network of veterans'
villages "“ using her home as a base and example.
Nadia is also an activist. She has spoken tirelessly to politicians, the media and just about anyone who'd listen "“ selflessly
and passionately appealing on the behalf of homeless and disabled veterans everywhere.
She has relentlessly tugged at the conscience of government officials "“ convincing them to make changes in how we deal
with PTSD and soldiers. In large part due to her efforts, PTSD is no longer the neglected condition it once was.

Suddenly Nadia is now facing her own trauma.
Patrick's home went into foreclosure on over some very bad advice given to Patrick's widow who owned the house.
Nadia was added to the deed, a loan modification process had begun and a short sale were being arranged, but on January
8th, a man knocked on Nadia's door saying her house had been sold at auction that morning. She had days to vacate. Nadia
immediately picked up the phone trying everywhere to get help. Finally, she was told that if she paid $50,000.00 by February
15th the sale could be reversed and the house would be saved. Mark Knipper, MSW, a vet himself and social worker working
with PTSD vets is ready to take charge of the program at the house, if saved.

Some supporters:

William Vann of Lakeport, CA
I am a Veteran of the 579th Combat Engineer Battalion, and an active Bugler of military funerals. I too have been adopted by
Nadia a few years ago when I provided TAPS at our Memorial. Knowing how she has personally and selflessly helped
hundreds of Veterans get back on their feet. Nadia is our Unit Mom. When any member of this unit, or any other unit or
branch of service has needed help and had nowhere to turn, she not only opened her door, she opened her life for them.
Plain and simple. Nadia is every Veterans Mom. We love her.

Lisa Valdez of Witter Springs, CA
My husband served in Iraq in 2004; Nadia's son, Patrick McCaffrey was one of his men. Nadia is one of the most selfless
people I have ever had the honor of meeting. She has dedicated her life to helping Veterans get the benefits they have
earned, and has personally invited them into her home whenever they needed it, and has given freely of her time, money,
hard work, and most of all, love. Please help her to be able to continue the good work she does! She is truly an Angel on

Summer Lipford of Statesville, NC
This woman does more than ten VA hospitals, this woman give those young soldiers who have given up on life, love,
affection, hope, a warm bed and food in thier stomach. This woman makes a real difference. We Gold Star Mothers gave our
very best and most cherished lives to the government. The government needs to help this wonderful Angel, Nadia McCaffery.

John Keith
I am writing you on behalf of myself and Nadia McCaffrey, Gold Star Mother of Sgt. Patrick McCaffrey, KIA Balad, Iraq 2004.
As most of you know, Nadia started taking veterans into her home after Patricks death.
Since she has begun this mission, she has helped temporarily house over 27 veterans, all have returned to civilian life!! I
have now been here [at her house] a year, and finally got my VA claim taken care of last Sept.

Armando Telles of Escondido, CA
A parent's committment to serve Veterans following the loss of their own child is a decision not all choose to endure, yet when
we do have parents who provide essentially life saving resources-such as stable and secure housing- Veterans and
government officials should be inclined to step forward to provide the resourceful backing of such efforts. I salute this mother
for honoring her son, and our Veterans, as she does, and recognize that we all have a responsibility to be the lifeline of our
fellow Troops and Veterans...EVERY SINGLE ONE.

Kevin Benderman of Augusta, GA
Because these veterans and this mother of a veteran would both lose a valuable resource they have earned. She lost her
son in the war and she is giving back to veterans. Can the greed be curbed in order to do the right thing?

Joe Mulholland of Chesterton, IN
Though I have never met Nadia, I did know her son Patrick during my short time in the service. He helped me the same as
Nadia is helping other veterans. It's our turn to help.

Alyce Cartier of Santa Clarita, CA
Home is where the Heart is and they gave there hearts to us all to protect this country, they should always have a home in
their country!

Judi Burns
It is time to own up to the debt that we owe these amazing Americans, stand up for their rights and help them when they come
home and need us.

DC Matthews of Newport Beach, CA
I was homeless . It is hell. We need more of these helps, not less.

M. Webb
I was just reading a combat ptsd article and it made me think of you and how one person can make a difference. You saved
my sons life and for that I will be eternally

Richard Farrand SAN DIEGO, CA
Nadia is a wonderful Veterans advocate and deserves to be able to assist those that are broken and she will do all she can to
fix what's wrong!

Ron Friedli SAN DIEGO, CA She is a Patriot.

She deserve to have her home saved, she is giving all just like her son.

Jennie McFarling ESCONDIDO, CA
I know Nadia. Since her son gave his life for freedom, she has dedicated her life to thoses heroes who are in need of a home.
She also has helped so many other mothers who have lost children in the name of peace. She has done so much where our
govt has stopped, she should be given an award, not loosing her home. Please save her home.

important to so many.needs to help this wonderful Angel, Nadia McCaffery.

Kathy Carlson HALF MOON BAY, CA
Our vets matter. Nadia's work matters!

because it is the right thing to do and i am a veteran

Nettit Dobrynski CASS CITY, MI
this should never ever happen, its so wrong

David Burton CAMBRIDGE, OH
I am a Veteran, and our country forgets us. Maybe its time we send you that forget to combat.

Jeanine Richter ASTORIA, NY
This is important - because of the sacrifices our soldiers make of their emotional well being, happiness and ability to make
money when they come back is altered/sacrificed - we should ensure they have the basic necessities

Pamela Brown ARCATA, CA
None of us would have the lives we have if it wasn't for the risk and courage of those men and women we send to defend us.
Even if I disagree with some wars/interventions, it's not the fault of the vet who deserves to be treated with respect and honor
for his/her service.

Denise Goldmann GOLETA, CA
Reason #1: Nadia stood up to the Bush Administration when they said to hide our returning servicemen's caskets from public
news and said 'You WILL see my son!', forcing America to wake up to what was happening!

Janine Gonsiorowski EL DORADO HILLS, CA
Because we need to stand behind all our servicemen and women to help with their readjustment to society and their way of

Pamlyn Millsap EUREKA, CA
I have worked for County Mental Health for 20 years as the homeless coordinator. I took a job as the homeless liaison with the
Eureka Police Department 2 years ago. There are so many wounded in the heart and soul veterans on the streets. How can
we ask them to die for us and then not help them with recovery, housing and acceptance. Most of these folks have post
tramatic stress. There is one veteran I work with who is paralyzed from the chest down. He is homeless. He needs help. He
has a head injury. We need housing in every city and every town across the USA to provide a safe place for our war
veterans. And while I am at it- how about some drug and alcohol treatment for these folks also- Pamlyn

Derek Davey LOWVILLE, NY
I am a Gold Star Father who lost my only son in combat in Iraq. I am an advocate for veterans by occupation.

I am a Vietnam Veteran and support our troops when they return from service to our country.

Amy Fairweather , CA
Nadia is a true hero. She has helped countless veterans and literally saved lives and has been absolutely selfless in the

Ben Dibell MESA, AZ This is a great idea.

my wife is a Gold Star Mom and I know first hand what these wonderful family members have gone and are going through. I
know well of Nadia as my wife knows her and what she has done for so many veterans asking for nothing. She and all the
Gold Star Moms do more than any government agencies have ever done. For a bank to do this is only for greed, shame on
them and not all things should be for a profit. I know and see so many veterans from the many wars our country has engaged
in without a place to live. For what they have done for this country when asked we owe them at the very least a safe place to

Rebecca Kerby MABANK, TX Because I support our Vets!

Shayne Holler ARCATA, CA
I'm a veteran myself. served 5 years in the US Navy, and a veteran of OEF, OIF and war on Terrorism. People like this who
are willing to put themselves aside to help out vets is a huge deal.

Andre Ferrella MONONA, W
This woman deserves all the help so that she can continue to help and comfort our returning veterans.

Linda Ferrella MADISON, WI
Nadia is a true American hero, who has tirelessly worked to help veterans despite losing her only child and has selflessly
used her own funds to do this... She is an amazing example of courage and compassion

Theresa Edwards HOLLISTER, CA
In the spirit, memory and honor of Patrick's life and sacrifice, and in support of Nadia's efforts to help Veterans', please
support this cause. The bank has conducted itself unethically and unfairly. Nadia and our Veterans' need and deserve our

Nadia is taking care of the veterans few others were willing to. Can you think of a group more deserving of her kindness?
If we don't help her, who will help them

Karen Meredith MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
Nadia tried McCaffrey tried to do the right thing for Veterans and the bank treated this situation as business as usual for
them, I spoke to her the nght before the bank took her home, She was waiting for the final paperwork. Nice move- whatever
awful bank you are!

Diane Santoriello VERONA, PA
Nadia is a women of integrity. As a fellow Gold Star mom I can say that she has set the bar for other Gold Star families of how
to not wallow in grief but to turn it to good.

Gretchen Bradley ROSEVILLE, CA
What Nadia is doing to help our veterans is so important and while trying to take the proper steps to keep the home still
operating, the bank did the unthinkable (and also violated guidelines set forth in the new California Homeowner Bill of Rights
that went into effect Jan 1, 2013). I fully support Nadia and Veterans Village in their quest to save this home that means so
much for our veterans. ,

Nadia McCaffrey has adopted more veterans than I can remember. I was contacted by her after a post I did way back in 2005
because of this article I read on One Mother's War. Veterans Village started because her son died in combat.
That's the way most things start.
The grief causes a lot of people to seek something to do with their lives that will make up for the loss the world suffered.
Yes, the world. Each of us have something we are supposed to do on this planet we live on. Some are supposed to do things
on a grand scale, getting money, power and attention to find support for what they are supposed to do while others are
supposed to work on a small scale.
Nadia is one of that type of hero.
The problem is in doing what she has done is few think about her and supporting the work she does because the reality in
this country is veterans are usually last on the list of things to do. Oh, sure we can line some streets in our home towns when
heroes like her son Patrick come home in a casket with a flag covering it. We can show up when there is a local fundraiser for
a triple amputee Green Beret SFC. Josh Burnette but everyday there are more and more no one ever hears about.
They end up homeless in the very country they risked their lives for. In an odd way, their very sense of selflessness that
caused them to set aside everything for us, is what keeps them from asking us for help. Most are suffering from PTSD. When
the military loves to point out that military suicides are more connected to relationship problem and financial hardships, they
never seem to mention the fact that less than half of the veterans needing help for PTSD ask for it, so that in turn means that
less than half are diagnosed with it. If they don't seek help to heal, then they are passed off as not suffering due to military
service. Reporters never seem to know enough about PTSD to understand that. It still causes relationship problems and
financial issues diagnosed or not. Families cannot understand and deal with the actions of these veterans, so they end up
homeless and supportless.
Nadia tried to do something about it and now the bank took the home she had established to give these veterans a loving
home they not only needed, but earned. What happened to her is just one more example of the people doing the work to help
our veterans more than raise funds are suffering.
Military Chaplain Kathie Costos

From Bill Modad Vann: "This is personal for me. Nadia is my unit Mom. 579th Combat Engineer Battalion.
A couple of clicks may be all that is needed to help Nadia McCaffrey and many wounded Veterans".,

Lori's story

In order for you to understand the gravity of my story, I feel it necessary to fill you in on the whole story and the transformation following my
encounter with Nadia McCaffrey.
Baggage may be a more descriptive term.
Because baggage is what we care with every bit of strength we can muster when we talk even one step in the home on Rusher Street.

I joined the Air Force 2 months after graduation in 2000 and was sent to Yokota Air Base, Japan.
While there I was raped. Twice. No one ever got in trouble. Shortly after my second rape, the Air Force Academy scandal broke.
My rape counselor, who was male, told me my rape was my own fault. I have never went for counseling since.

In 2006, I did what I’ve wanted to do my whole life and joined the Army.
I was sent to Fort Lewis, WA and deployed in July 2007 to do MEDEVAC Coordination in Baghdad.
For 15 months we coordinated the movement of patients from many levels, including those who were doomed to die. I lost count of how many
MEDEVAC’s I had to cancel because a service member died.
Our tour was also during the second surge, so we were a hot target for terrorists and their sympathizers.
Rockets came it on almost a daily  basis; as much as 14 on two occasions. I asked for death many times just to get the earth shaking rockets to stop
for me. They didn’t a specific target. But we had no way of knowing when we would die.
We could not fight back. We just sat there, hiding, crossing our fingers. Imagine it. BOOM! The ground shakes.
BOOM! You have a weapon, but aren’t allowed to take a shot at your attackers. BOOM! You’re pinned against a bunker wall, watching as dust and
debris fly around you. You think, “Any minute, a rocket will slam right into the top of this bunker; and if it fails, I’m dead.” Put yourself in the boots of
even that aspect of a veteran’s time at war and you may get why we don't come home the same way we left.
Because this isn’t a one-time occurrence; it’s a daily one.

I went straight to my home state of Pennsylvania when I was medical discharged from the Army in April of 2010.
It lasted a whole month before I was painfully aware of the support system I’d never have from my family.
The cops were called because someone from another state called the cops claiming I was suicidal. A standoff of sorts occurred where an
overzealous cop threatened to taze me, although I was not argumentative in any way.
Overzealous is putting it lightly. He made it perfectly clear that soldiers with PTSD are just too weak.
I was forced to either voluntarily go to inpatient or go against my will: to a civilian hospital where I was surrounded by civilians and no fellow
warfighters. I lasted four days there before I told them I was leaving.
Not long after having a late night pacing and crying fit from my PTSD, I was asked to leave the only place I had to stay: my parents’ home.
So I left and drove as far away as I could get without leaving land. California.

Without question, Nadia took me in knowing I had nowhere to go and no one to lean on. My support system was nonexistent.
She became my support system. Nadia listened to my concerns and worries. She lifted some of the baggage I arrived with.
For months, until my VA disability went through, she gave me a warm place to sleep and food to eat.
She gave comfort when it was needed. At one point, Nadia even went to the VA as a witness to some of my health problems that the VA tends to cast
off as lies and exaggerations.
My time there helped me to get back on my feet in a safe, family-like environment.
We need more, not less, residents like this. It was what helped me move on from my years of torment and guilt. I stayed with Nadia from June –Dec
2010; when I moved to southern California. I had to leave  CA due to the ridiculous prices of everything. But I owe my current state to her and the
what she’s done for countless veterans.

Now, I live in Salem, Oregon in my own place. I am in a place in my life that I haven’t been in a long time. I am able to deal with my past in a healthier
way than before I stayed with her. I don’t drink when I’m having problems. I have yet to turn to drugs. I have a place of my own where I feel safe.
That is ultimately what we like to have when we return.

While not everyone is a success story, there will not zero successes if we don’t push for environments that treat us like people, not cattle.
If any home should get funding from the state or government due to what it does, it is that home on Rusher Street.

She asks so little of those she yearns to help in honor of her only son.
There comes a time when politics should be pushed aside, and integrity should shine through. This is one of those times.  

Army Sgt. Lori Goodwin (Retired)