Greetings!


You are part of my circle. At some point recently we have spoken about inner peace and enjoying life. I therefore want to
invite you to this free presentation:

Veterans' Village: Healing the Society by Healing the Individual

Tuesday, March 6  6:45-8pm

Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte

As you know, I am a yoga teacher and I will demonstrate meditation techniques for healing stress and pain.
I will also, however be speaking to you about an organization with which I am very gratified to be involved: the
Patrick
McCaffrey Foundation
(see online www.veteransvillage.org).

As you can imagine, this is a wonderful opportunity to heal, or reconcile two threads that have sometimes seemed
disparate in my life. Our greater community, in the Charlotte area and America also could use such healing.
The past 5 years have seen a great deal of disagreement about the health of our democracy and our foreign policy. While
this is an important debate, I believe we also need more common ground... So if you have felt a lot of anger but would like to
channel it into good, or just want to learn about stress relief, please join me at this meeting, which is free to the public.
I would like to share with you, and learn from you as well!

Sincerely,
Sri Rajagopalan USMC (almost ret.)

p.s. (Please forward this to anyone, military or civilian, who you think would be interested. And if you can't be there in
person, be there in spirit! We can do a lot of good by just breathing better and helping others...)
Dear Nadia,

Brian and I gave our presentation today on VeteransVillage.
  
We spoke to the Holistic Nurses Association, which seemed to resonate with us greatly.
Healing Touch practitioners and the holistically minded medical community.

The local FoxTV has once again done a nice piece, broadcast  that
prominently features the website.
© 2007-2008-2014, Nadia McCaffrey, the Patrick McCaffrey Foundation &  the Villages, all rights reserved ©
Formed in 2006-2007, the organization is a peace based organization for
members of the military who have served in the war, we are focusing on the Iraq & Afghanistan conflicts, however, this foundation is to help all war veterans . We believe the best way to
support our troops is to bring them home now and take care of them when they get here.
BENEFIT FOR LOCAL
GOLD STAR FAMILY
"OPERATION DOUBLE DEUCE"
SONOMA
HOUSING PROJECT & MONUMENT
PETALUMA






SONOMA

From Paul Hoffman

Ok a few people have asked me about the Purple Heart City program. Well here is a little something that I wrote
up for the city mangers office. Also you do not need to be a Purple Heart recipient or in the military just find your
nearest Purple Heart post and see if your town or county is one already. If not let the post know that there is public
interest in the program.
And also make sure when the city or county writes up the proclamation that it includes in the wording to cover ALL
men and women who currently are serving and those who have served.

The Purple Heart Medal is specifically a combat decoration and it is our nation's oldest military medal. It was first
created by General George Washington in 1782 and was known as The Badge of Military Merit. The current
Purple Heart Medal was developed by General Douglas MacArthur in 1932.

The Purple Heart Medal is awarded to members of the armed forces of the United States who are wounded by an
instrument of war by the hands of the enemy. And it is awarded to the next of kin in the name of those who are
killed in action or die of wounds received in action. The heritage it represents is sacred to those who understand
the price paid to wear it.

The Purple Heart City program falls under the Purple Heart Trails program. The purpose of the program is to
create a symbolic and honorary system of roads, highways, bridges, cities, and states that give tribute to the men
and women who have been awarded the Purple Heart Medal. It accomplishes this honorary goal by creating a
visual reminder to those who travel the system that others have paid a high price for their freedom so they can live
and travel in a free society.

In adopting this program The of Sonoma will once again show their support for not only those that have been
awarded the Purple Heart Medal, but support for all of the men and women who are serving, and those who have
served because " All Give Some. Some Give All "
So hope this help a little and if you need more info. when I can I will try and scan one of the proclamation give me
time on that I'm not a big tech. guy haha .
The Petaluma-based Alpha Company, 579th Engineer Battalion had suffered
one of the highest casualty rates among all Guard units serving in Iraq.

"Many people may not be aware that Petaluma's 579th is California's Most
Decorated Combat Company," said Joe Noriel of History Connection. "These
are so much more then citizen soldiers, these men and woman are often
times in the direct line of fire. This memorial will honor the sacrifice of these
three brave men."

A/579th from Petaluma was the first company to deploy to theater in support
of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. The 145th Engineer Company was the first
company to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.


Announcement from the History Connection:

Donations are being sought for a new memorial to honor three soldiers killed in Iraq who were part of Petaluma's local National Guard unit.

The bronze memorial will recognize Michael Ottolini, Andre Tyson and Patrick McCaffrey.

• Sgt. 1st Class Michael Ottolini, 45, of Sebastopol was killed when a bomb exploded under his Humvee.

•Lt. Andre Tyson, 33, of Riverside and Sgt. Patrick McCaffrey, 34, of Tracy, were both killed in an ambush, when 3 Iraqis ICDC soldiers
accompanying them on patrol turned their AK 47 weapons on them.

For decades before Iraq, the California National Guard had been used primarily to contend with natural disasters and other crises inside the state.
Guard enlistees could count on relatively light weekend duty and summer training camp but with the manpower needs of Iraq the "weekend warrior"
era ended.

The Petaluma-based Alpha Company, 579th Engineer Battalion had suffered one of the highest casualty rates among all Guard units serving in Iraq.

"Many people may not be aware that Petaluma's 579th is California's Most Decorated Combat Company," said Joe Noriel of History Connection.
"These are so much more then citizen soldiers, these men and woman are often times in the direct line of fire. This memorial will honor the sacrifice
of these three brave men."

Following the events of September 11th, 2001, the soldiers responded overwhelmingly to the request for volunteers to guard airports, bridges and
military installations.  

A/579th from Petaluma was the first company to deploy to theater in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II.  The 145th Engineer Company was the
first company to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  

Since that time the majority of the battalion’s soldiers have deployed in support of the Golbal War on Terrorism for Operation Noble Eagle,
Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Multi-National Forces Observers, GTMO, & KFOR.  Many soldiers have been on multiple
deployments.

In 2006, the Battalion was re-organized as part of the National Guard transformation into a Modular Force. A/579 was re-flagged as the 235th
Engineer Company (Sapper).

The monument will be located at the National Guard Armory, 580 Vallejo St., Petaluma.

Tax deductible donations can be made to:

Patrick McCaffrey Foundation. PO Box 694 Sonoma, CA. 95476

Or via Paypal at  http://www.patrickmccaffreyfoundation.org

For more information, contact:

Joe Noriel, History Connection, at
Historyconnected@gmail.com

or Paul Hoffman, Iraq veteran, Purple Heart, at  PMF220604@hotmail.com (VP of www.PatrickMcCaffreyFoundation.org)

WE NEED A HOUSE WITH (5 TO 11 ACRES OF LAND)
TO PERMANENTLY HAVE AVAILABLE FOR OUR VETERANS IN NEED.

A DUPLICATE OF PATRICK'S HOUSE ON RUSHER STREET IN TRACY, CA