Save a war heroes home for veterans
  • Petitioned US Senator Barbara Boxer

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US Senator
US Senator Barbara Boxer
California 5th District
Congressperson Mike Thompson

Save a war heroes home for veterans

    1. Marc Knipper
    2. Petition by

      Marc Knipper

      Willow Creek, CA

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.

Kathie Costos

Recent signatures


    1. Barbara Boxer's office is aware of and working on this issue. (cont.)

      Marc Knipper
      Petition Organizer

      Hi Everyone, Thank You, so much for you support in our petition drive, as you may know time is of the essence, so please pass this petition on to your network. Our goal is to achieve at least 1,000 signatures and then hand deliver it to Barbara Boxer's office in San Francisco. We are working on setting up some press interviews including a press conference upon delivery of the petition. Thanks once again for your support on this extremely important community concern. Marc

    2. Barbara Boxer's office is aware of and working on this issue.

      Marc Knipper
      Petition Organizer

      Our efforts will be redirected to Barbara Boxers office, since her staff is aware of the issue and working to see what they can do... contact info for her representative is below; Thanks again for your support!

      Allen M. Chiu
      Constituent Representative
      Office of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer | California
      70 Washington Street, Suite 203, Oakland, CA 94607
      t: 510-286-8537 | f: 202-228-6866 |

    3. Moving Forward

      Marc Knipper
      Petition Organizer

      Hi folks, thank you so much for your interest and support, we have surpassed 100 signatures and are moving forward! Here is an email I sent Nadia that should serve as an update for you.
      Hi Nadia,
      I went to the Petition page to increase the number of signatures. John Kieth is on board, we are off to get 200 signatures, I believe we can get a lot more. Here's the problem, neither of these congresspersons has an email unless you are in their district. I chose John Garamendi because he represents the 3rd district in which Tracy is located and I chose Mike Thompson because he is a veteran.
      In my opinion, we need to print the petition out have someone hand deliver it to Garamendi's Davis, Yuba City or Fairfield, office, with media. I can do a radio interview, on where we go from here on our local station and call Thompson's office to tell them what we are up to. I will also print out and mail the petition to both congresspersons offices in DC. We need someone to hand deliver the petition...

    4. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • over 1 year ago

      My Dad was Veteran good rest is soul.I will stand for these Veteran they did so much for this country and now u all want to take everything away from them.that is bull crap.if it wasn't for them we wouldn't be here today.

    • Douglas Baker OAKLAND, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Veterans may or may now understand loyalty; but they gave up some of the time of their life at the risk of loosing their own and should get consideration for putting their bodies in harms way for the nation.

    • Lani Stoner STOCKTON, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Helping homeless veterans--a must!

    • Alan Kardoff PALM BAY, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      I feel the there should be war homes for vet.

    • Al Bernard MARRERO, LA
      • over 1 year ago

      My son served four deployments in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.


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