with a little help from our
friends and visitors like you.
We're not big on the
"We told you so" routine. The media finally woke up to
the way your government treats our honorable veterans,
military families in crisis and returning injured troops. We
have thousands of homeless veterans in California's capital
city. Yet the City of Sacramento spends millions on a new
sports and entertainment complex and nothing on veterans!
Since Thanksgiving, our Wounded Warrior Workshop and PDN
Center could only provide shelter, food and clothing to
three homeless veterans and two homeless Blue Star mothers.
Just a year ago we saw donations
for our one-on-one Casework needs met in 48 to 72 hours. The
last three projects had to be completed with dollars from
our own volunteers and Board members. Apathy is a killer.
Wounded Warrior Workshop Opens
more cases are pending intake, interviews or caseworker vetting.
Sadly, some are just beyond our means and we're seeking new
Network Partners to help with them. The US Government has failed
them. We won't with just a little help for YOU!!
When you help us, it allows us to do even more for thesereturning injured troops and military families in crisis. CLICK HERE
SUMMER 2014 EMERGENCY FUNDING
- MONITORED/CLOSED CASES -
Case # CA-HARV-786 -
US Army medically discharges veteran in Sacramento receiving
assistance returning to civilian life after issues with
Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Immediate need was bringing her
vehicle current with DMV and repairs to make it safe and
dependable. CLICK HERE TO
Expended to date: $341 of
$500 goal - Donations received $125
WW-K9 Christopher An IED
Injured Chris and his K9 partner Jack. The immediate need is
for a laptop computer and software since he was a victim of
"Sequestration" cuts last March.
Expended to date:
$1,721.48 - of $1,800 goal - Donations received $870
Laptop has shipped without meeting our goal but we had to
tap resources that usually pay our bills. We still need a
hand up if you can help.
Pete Rarely does PDN divulge the full identity of the
military personnel or family we assist in crisis situations.
This Wounded Warrior's case justifies an exception.
Furthermore, SFC Peter Lara's story
earned him the valor awards below and further recognition by
Expended to date:
$2,556.88 - of $3,000 goal - Donations received $2,556.88
CALIFORNIA, LONG BEACH:
CA-DAV-276 John - This Disabled American Veteran, for the
eight years, served as the owner's resident manager on the
property where John and his wife live. The apartment was
recently purchased and the new owner(s) have been engaging
in questionable conduct towards existing tenants including
John and his wife. After John filed formal complaints with
the appropriate local agencies, he fears the new owners will
ignore the law and evict him. He lacks the financial
resources to move now or in the immediate future.
MICHIGAN - MI-DAV-273 - Disabled Navy veteran needed financial
assist with storing personal property after being
hospitalized in Sterling Heights VA facility. He has now
lost his home. While we secured the storage, it is not
needed due to short term housing being in place on a trail
basis. We will refund all donations that were specified for
this veteran's immediate needs.
Our case was featured in a local newpaper resulting in
immediate assistance for this veteran.
William URGENT NEED - Working Used or
New Refrigerator! This honorable veteran served in 1989
during Noriega conflict - 76Victor US Army. He is
currently unemployed with no income. and the last of his
food is going bad. He lives in South Sacramento on Sunnybrae
Drive Sacramento CA 95823.
Zajic Appliance donated refrigerator. PDN paid portion
of SMUD bill and provided gas money. PDN is providing part
time work for this veteran to cover remaining utility bill.
William has found suitable employment. He wants to assist
with our Wounded Warrior Workshop on his days off.
CALIFORNIA, SACRAMENTO: Assist Vietnam Veterans of America,
Mary Lou McNeil with obtaining and installing countertops,
cabinet, deep sinks, faucets and heavy duty garbage disposal
at their Veteran's Center - 4441 Auburn Blvd. Ste. J.
All materials procured. Installer (plumber) needed.
WASHINGTON STATE & DC Walter Reed: P-357VA
Shipping of ARC kits for WA state wounded warriors at Walter
Reed. Assist for Heartbeat Serving
Cell: 425-931-1047to donate funds for
shipping while searching for remedy to such needs.
CALIFORNIA, SACRAMENTO: CA-DAV269 - Disabled Navy veteran
deserves a hand up. This can be a part time job and
donations to help him get back to school, continue medical
treatments, leave the Veterans Shelter and seek more
Our first failure in spite of meeting
the needs of this veteran. See the donations posted on
his page and closing comment
FORT BLISS TEXAS TX271 An
injured US Army soldier needing a
hand up! Funding for family's transportation from Fort
Bliss - El Paso, Texas to home in Franklin, Ohio. Goal of
$1200 has been reached.
Family adopted in Ohio by "The 9/12 Project" via Geoff Rapp,
Executive Director of the Westlake 9/12 Project.
CALIFORNIA: CA-DAV268 Purple
Heart Recipient, 10 year veteran having served in both the
US Navy and US Army was injured by an IED in Iraq. Returning
home to Elk Grove from Fort Bliss, this disabled veteran has
been without pay since February 2011 and is seeking
FORT BLISS, TX267
Save the family of four's vehicle, their only form of
transportation. If our goal is reached, funds will go
directly to lender.
8-19-11: While 50% of our goal had been reached,
the finance company Santander
Consumer USA Inc. has yet to respond to calls from PDN, our
soldier or to phone messages and a fax. Donors will receive
refunds or have the option to apply them to our newest
Wounded Warrior case CA-DAV268.
CALIFORNIA: M258 Marine Dad, 5 children, wife
passed away December 24th. PDN Webmaster provided apartment
and waiver of deposits/rents until family is stable.
CALIFORNIA: DAV257 Disabled Army
officer and minor daughter about to become homeless.
Emergency housing until back pay arrives, food and some
clothing, This soldier discharged from Mather VA hospital
with no resources, friends or family in Sacramento.
Housing needs provided along with gift cards. Pending budget
ILLINOIS: WW256 OIF Wounded Warrior
veteran 50% disabled. Deaths in immediate family added extra
burden (four minor children) for this veteran, his wife and
his own three young children. Need immediate financial
assistance with heating bills, insurance, mortgage and auto
repairs. Donations of
food, diapers, clothes for kids, shoes and gloves needed.
CALIFORNIA: 249 Wounded warrior
injured in Ramadi, Iraq. Was homeless for a period after retuning
stateside. Now married with six month old daughter. Financial
assistance needed to while he's undergoing treatment and starting
TEXAS FT BLISS: 250
Wounded Warrior Soldier served 3 tours to Iraq: April
2003-April 2004 March 2005-February 2006 October
2006-December 2007. Family facing eviction and relocation
Partial rent payment funded.
MISSISSIPPI: 251 Wounded warrior
served with honor. Wife abandoned family leaving two sons
aged 14 years and six months old. Loss of second income and
his 60% disability has the family at risk pending future VA
TEXAS: 232L Five years of Iraq
deployments leaves a Wounded Warrior behind on car payments after
suffering identity theft, learning his AT&T cell phone bill was
billed at conventional rate totaling $3,000 or more.
Cleared through caseworker. Pending service member's update.
CALIFORNIA: 213 First Gulf War wounded
warrior having long term issues with the VA system, benefits and
disability pay. The family car needs transmission & fan clutch. PDN
is offering some transportation assistance for a long overdue
weekend getaway for the family. Frequent travelers could
donate free hotel nights to make the package complete.
Get-a-way funded. Need hotel nights!
NORTH CAROLINA: 254WW. Disabled veteran, one year old
daughter and his spouse, need first months rent and security
deposit. Wife is a teacher but hiring is frozen due to current
economy. Undergoing treatment at Hefner VA Medical Center.
255VA. Disabled American Veteran , informed by his VA Outpatient
physician, that he needed emergency surgery to remove his gall
bladder on July 7, 2009 or he could die. His case has been bounced
all over the VA system with no results. Today he was provided some
pills and sent home with no further word on the life saving
operation he needs. friends and PDN pulling
out all the stops on this case. calling VA OIG, Hotlines,
media and posting in blogs to keep the pressure on. Need volunteers
to do the same.
NORTH CAROLINA: 225 Soldier at Ft. Bliss, Tx has wife and two kids
at home and needs past due rent paid. They reside in Fayetteville.
PDN will take care of utilities and we've talked to the landlord.
Soldier's status is a bit in limbo as is some of his pay.
Assisted with utilities
Travel assist for a wounded warrior to come home. He
served in Iraq in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 07- April 08 until he was
medevaced to Kuwait, Germany, Fort Andrews, and then to Fort Bliss,
Texas, to heal while assigned at the Warrior Transition Battalion.
TENNESSEE:228 A Wounded Warrior had to borrow money to get a flight
home to Nashville, TN for a family emergency. A little financial
assistance is needed so he can tend to his families welfare,
foregoing his own treatment at the Wounded Warrior Unit in Ft.
Vietnam Veterans of America took ownership. PDN
funded prepaid VISA for expenses.
COLORADO: 231L OIF Active Duty returning
veteran needs Family Law & Skip Tracer assistance to locate wife and
child who moved out of state and further help with divorce and
custody matters. PDN Board member assisting.
OHIO: 226 The
Columbus Townhall Chapter and PDN are working to help this Ohio
military family meet past due utility and mortgage payments. This
Bronze Star 22 years of service veteran US Army soldier was called
up from his reserve status for his first deployment to Iraq then
deployed again to
Ft. Monroe, VA.
Adopt-a-Soldier program steps up to keep water from
being shut off. Insurance cancellation avoided thanks to talk radio
hosts Quinn & Rose. Local
Vets for Freedom
resources has covered the mortgage, utilities and groceries. Car
payments up next. Awaiting report from Columbus Townhall Chapter.
Band of Brothers Three!
Sometimes we get a case that just breaks
your heart when you hear the sacrifices brave soldiers make to serve
us. Three Colorado National Guard brothers were so motivated to
deploy to Iraq that they arranged to join a unit in California so
they could deploy together.
Having just arrived here, tragedy struck
at home. One of the brothers who was just married three weeks ago
learned his wife passed away last Friday. The soldier and one
brother were flown home to Colorado to take care of funeral
arrangements. The airline tickets was provided by USAA and
petty traveling cash provided by VFW and passing of the hat amongst
the unit at
Camp Roberts 1/185th California National Guard.
The family faces an additional $5,000 in
funeral expenses they cannot afford to pay. PDN has been authored by
the family to facilitate direct payments to the mortuary from
donations earmarked for that purpose.
PDN matched donation from California State
President, Association of the US Army. Generous donations from AUSA
Mission Trails Chapter - Camp San Luis Obispo and Rita in Plainview,
MN. A special thanks to CJ Grisham's
4th of July Mission - Accomplished
Click to follow progress
Turns out the family car was not safe to
drive back to California without repairs costing more than the car is
worth. In spite of many bumps along the way, the family is safely home
and will be assisted further by the Operation Ready Families Program
here in California.