|HELPING ONE VETERAN AT A TIME
|From left to right:
Steve Edwards, Iraq Veteran, Nadia McCaffrey.
World Famous Reporter Dan Rather
|Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh speaks with Nadia McCaffrey, Gold
Star Mother, following a ceremony, Sept. 25, at the Pentagon. McCaffrey
lost her son, Sgt. Patrick R. McCaffrey Sr., June 22, 2004, when his patrol
was ambushed in Balad, Iraq.
|From left to right:
May 6 meeting:
|Nadia Introduces Valley Forge Center to General Chiarelli
(Vice Chief of Staff of the US ARMY) &
Remembering Sgt Patrick McCaffrey
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Meeting on May 6 2007 Swanton Berry Farm, Davenport, CA
Michael O'Gorman, Jim Cochran,
Linda Speel, Donna Jacobs...
Behind the banner (from left to right):
Gold Star Mothers Nadia McCaffrey ,
Mary Tillman &
Dolores Kisterson. www. farmsnotarms.org
& Nadia McCaffrey
" WALL of HEROES"
|Nadia McCaffrey Gold Star mother and advocate for veterans with PTSD
Mother of Sgt. Patrick McCaffrey, who was killed in Iraq,
and an advocate for Iraq veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome,
she founded Veterans Village.org
NPR RADIO-NATIONAL ON PTSD
Marin United in Support of
Below from far-left David
Dionisi Author of American
Hiroshima and former
Intelligence Officer, Michael
Edwards, Gold Star Mom
Karen Meredith, Gold Star
Mom Nadia McCaffrey, Dr
|Warwick Hotel Manhatan NY
National Conference From left:
Donna Jacobs, Tonia Sargeant;
to General Chiarelli.
|The meeting in Santa Cruz will be televised for the
DAN RATHER REPORTS
"Heroes at Home"
One Mother Story
A Wife Story
Newsman Dan Rather will be in Tracy today talking to the
mother of a soldier killed in Iraq for a piece on recovering
By Jennifer Wadsworth
The interviews will be for an upcoming “Dan Rather Reports” show called “A Mother’s Story,”
focused on McCaffrey, whose son Sgt. Patrick McCaffrey died in Iraq three years ago, and her
vision to create agrarian havens for veterans to peacefully recover from the stress of combat.
Rather will interview several Tracy locals besides McCaffrey, including John Treantos, the
president of the Tracy War Memorial.
McCaffrey said she could think of no one better than Rather to investigate the plight of veterans in
what she describes as an age of perpetual warfare, where there’s a constant influx of young,
One in six Iraq veterans suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a study by the
New England Journal of Medicine. The same study reported that less than 40 percent sought
professional help under the assumption that it would compromise their military careers.
McCaffrey’s goal is to give veterans like these a place to live and stay active until they readjust to
“One thing that many people don’t know is that Dan Rather was a Marine,” she said. “That’s why
this topic is very dear to him, and very close to his heart.”
The interviews will center on an informal coalition of professionals and farmers, dubbed Swords
to Plowshares, looking for ways to pool their resources to help veterans.
“This effort is politically neutral,” emphasized McCaffrey. “I don’t want people to mix up the
political part of the issue with this.”
Farms Not Arms, one of the nonpartisan farm groups joining the cause, offers paid jobs and
sometimes room and board to U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq.
“It gives them a chance to get back on their feet,” McCaffrey said. “The big news there is that the
farmers are opening up their farms to help out the veterans. And not just here — there are farms
in Mexico and across the country participating in this.”
Since the inception of Swords to Plowshares, people from all professions have found ways to
contribute. Doctors offer medical assistance, homeowners provide shelter and various
businesses give paid job training.
Rather will interview several sources in McCaffrey’s home, and the show will
follow them to the coalition’s international meeting at the Santa Cruz
Veteran’s Memorial Building this Sunday.
By Kathie Costos
McCaffrey's mother Nadia McCaffrey was dissatisfied with the findings by the United States Army of her son's
death and asked Senator Barbara Boxer for assistance to pressure the Pentagon for answers about the case. ...
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Memorial Honors 6 Fallen Soldiers
TRACY, Calif. -- With six servicemen from Tracy killed in the conflicts in Iraq and
Afghanistan, the city of 80,000 has one of the highest rates per capita of casualties in
California and in the county.
More than a year has passed since the last name was inscribed on the Tracy War
Memorial, and World War II veteran Don Ridolfi said he hopes the city will not have to
add any more names.
Ridolfi helped build the war memorial. He's seen his and his fellow veterans' view of
the war change.
"Most ex-servicemen are strictly behind the troops, but I believe the majority of
ex-servicemen that I have talked to are not happy about the war," Ridolfi said.
Pvt. Jesse Martinez joined the Army for job training and died in Iraq in 2004.
Jan Martinez, Jesse's mother, has her son's name on her car license plate.
"I think they have to stay there and finish what they are doing, does it change my
mind? I don't like war no matter what, but it's something my son wanted to do,"
Nadia McCaffrey's son Patrick was killed in Iraq.
McCaffrey became a critic of the war and helps returning soldiers with jobs, housing
and medical aid.
"I cannot stop this war by myself. I do not agree with it, but why waste my time? There
is so much to be done helping all soldiers," McCaffrey said.
Stockton has suffered seven war casualties. There are 16 total war deaths in San
MOVING A NATION TO CARE
Ilona Meagher http://ptsdcombat.blogspot.com/
About the Book
Once called shell shock or combat fatigue, post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, in our returning combat forces
is among the most catastrophic of issues confronting our nation today. Yet, despite the fact that nearly 20-30
percent of the over half million troops that have left the military since 2003 have been diagnosed with conditions
such as PTSD, and that many who suffer symptoms are unlikely to seek help because of the stigma -- even
reprisals -- attached to coming forward, our government's silence and sluggish response has been deafening and
Moving A Nation to Care: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and America’s Returning Troops is a grassroots call to
action designed to break the shameful silence and stigma and put the issue of supporting the successful
reintegration of our returning troops front and center before the American public. In addition to presenting
interviews with Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and military family members directly feeling the effects of post-
deployment stressors (through hypervigilance, anxiety, anger, avoidance and even suicide), this book will be the
most comprehensive resource to date for concerned citizens who wish to understand the complex political, social
and health-related issues of PTSD, with an eye toward “moving our nation to care” to do what is necessary to help
our fighting men and women achieve a successful transition to civilian life.
Penny Coleman is author of Flashback: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Suicide, and the Lessons of War and
contributes the book's foreword.
Robert Roerich, MD, is one of the world experts in trauma therapy and PTSD and a board member of the National
Gulf War Resource Center and contributes the book's introduction.
|Ilona Meagher writes:
"There's a movement underfoot these days. Can you feel it?
Families who've lost loved ones in the new century's wars are beginning to find creative solutions to problems that the underfunded VA (as professionally-manned
as it may be) isn't able to solve for our returning troops. I reported on Sarah Farmer's Lehner Foundation earlier in the month; now there's news of another woman,
Nadia McCaffrey, using her personal pain to find a way of giving returning troops a sanctuary from the din."
in Growing Military Family Movement Helps Returning Troops
"As painful as this time must be for McCaffrey, she's determined to do what she can to help other returning troops who are experiencing difficult readjustments to
civilian life. Judging by the editorial board of the Tracy Press, she's on to something. McCaffrey's been inspired to act by one of her late son's Iraq battle buddies."
"Edward had PTSD, and his buddy's mother helped to set up a visit for him to the Zaltho Foundation in Oregon which offers a unique 4-day retreat for returning
veterans (the next one scheduled to take place in June email or call 503-636-8635 for more details)."
"I'll look into Nadia McCaffrey's plans for that farm retreat program, and see what more I can dig up. But, I want to commend people like her and Sarah Farmer
for using their pain to ease that of those returning home and in need of our help."
THANKS Ilona for continuing to advocate for veterans and their families!
Roerich Growing Military Family Movement Helps Returning Troops
There's a movement underfoot these days. Can you feel it? Families who've lost loved ones in the new century's wars are beginning to find creative solutions
to problems that the underfunded VA (as professionally-manned as it may be) isn't able to solve for our returning troops. I reported on Sarah Farmer's Lehner
Foundation earlier in the month; now there's news of another woman, Nadia McCaffrey, using her personal pain to find a way of giving returning troops a
sanctuary from the din.
First an editorial appearing in today's Tracy [CA] Press:
Sanctuary idea good for troops
Although it may have a fancy sounding name and acronym as post-traumatic stress disorder and PTSD, our troops are returning from war still shell-shocked.
It was that way during Vietnam, Korea and World War I and World War II. Even today, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are flaring up the PTSD in aging Vietnam
veterans. The Department of Veteran Affairs says PTSD disability-compensation cases have nearly doubled since 2003 to more than 260,000. What may be
happening is that many Vietnam veterans are reliving their own war trauma while watching or reading about the combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
What we do know is that these flashbacks are striking America’s most recent war heroes, where the estimated risk of PTSD is 18 percent from Iraq and 11 percent
from Afghanistan. Thirty percent of the 260,000 PTSD cases are Iraqi war veterans.
Our troops are reliving the nightmare of a war where there are no borders or uniforms worn by the enemy. The person standing next to you, whether a friend or a foe,
might kill you, and sometimes himself or herself, too. No wonder our returning troops are edgy and many times unable to trust their families, friends and neighbors.
The mother of one of Tracy’s fallen soldiers, Nadia McCaffrey, wants to have sanctuaries for the returning members of our military. Her idea of civilian-run retreats
across the country has merit. Our soldiers must have some vehicle to readjust so the symptoms of post-war stress can be controlled before becoming a
psychological illness that further burdens VA medical care. We agree with McCaffrey that our war heroes need a place to heal their war wounds.
Nadia McCaffrey is back in the news two years after her son, National Guard Army Sergeant Patrick McCaffrey, was killed while serving in Iraq. Only now, 9 months
following the close of their investigation, is the DoD reporting to her (with no further explanation) that her son was actually killed by two of the Iraqi soldiers he was
training. Senator Barbara Boxer today released papers to prove the charge, saying:
"The family was not told the truth," Boxer, D-Calif., told reporters during a conference call. "It's troubling that the Pentagon would withhold this information from the
family. It's troubling that Specialist McCaffrey told his family that he had been attacked twice before by Iraqi soldiers. It's troubling that it took the involvement of a
Senate office to get the autopsy and a written report about his death."
As painful as this time must be for McCaffrey, she's determined to do what she can to help other returning troops who are experiencing difficult readjustments to
civilian life. Judging by the editorial board of the Tracy Press, she's on to something. McCaffrey's been inspired to act by one of her late son's Iraq battle buddies.
"From the San Francisco Chronicle:"
Veterans Village, Guerneville Calif.
Care for Veterans and PTSD
Back on Oct 14th I posted this here, and a few other sites as well as mine, about a Dream and Need by a Gold Star Mom Nadia McCaffrey
in Honor to her son Sgt.Patrick McCaffrey, who was killed in Iraq by Iraqi soldiers.
Well now we can view a little of the grounds, and a brand new four story building, donated by an anonymous WWII Veteran. In this report
New Veterans Program Helps Heal War Wounds from abc7news.com - San Francisco,CA..
Before the deployment to Iraq: Patrick McCaffrey with wife and daughter
A few snippits from the abc7news report:
One In Seven Veterans Seeks Treatment
But a group of parents and veterans supporters say they can no longer wait for the government to provide the help the soldiers need.
And wait no longer is an understatement! Understanding and treating the mental effects of War, not only on the militaries who wage them,
but also on the civilian populations they are waged upon, is not just decades in the waiting but centuries. Because these trauma's have
always been brought about by man's brutal actions to his fellow man, women and especially the children! They not only bring about the life
changing nightmares an individual will now live through but are also the seeds planted in many of those individuals for a life of their own
destructive behavior and for some who join those nightmares and lash out at others, causing extreme destructive behavior and further
The long term goal is to raise $120 million dollars to build a national Veterans Village center 1,000 acres outside of Charlotte, North
Carolina; A true welcome zone.
You can visit my previous recent post about The Veterans Village above or better yet visit the site, where you'll find this:
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
And much more about Nadia's tireless efforts and her Dream of helping returning Veterans of, once again, a Major Debacle of Invasion and
Occupation created by the few with the Support of Many. That have now, once again, created the hatreds and the seeds of further
destructive behavior of Criminal Terror and Wars of the near, and far, future!
You can also help Nadia obtain her goals, if you have a few duckets to spare by giving a donation at the site, or finding other means to
bring about Real 'Support of our Troops', and not only, once again, the military personal creating and being sent into these senseless War
Theaters, but a better understanding so help can be given to the Civilian Populations.
Societies need to come to the realities of Combat Trauma because of the nature and 24/7 reality of existing in those extremely stressful
environments. Trauma, that trigger mental change, do not only occur in War Theaters, they can and do happen to individuals Daily, around
this planet, in their once semi peaceful lives. And do change the lives of those that live through their trauma.
We can become what we like to think of ourselves as, a Peaceful Nation and a Real World Leader, by making War Obsolete, and helping
others obtain that goal. Which would eleminate an overwelming amount of the results of, Mentally and Physically, man's destructive
behavior on others.
Do I think we can obtain that, Nope, but leading a whole nation in that direction will Really bring others to follow the same pattern. What has
happened now, in our recent past to today, will not bring about the Freedom for others, it has caused a bleak and dangerous future for
many that will be extremely hard to bring about a corrective direction that will save lives, Mentally and Physically!
Also on the care of Veterans, on the mental trauma and PTSD as well as the Physical damage done, there was a followup report on the
NPR Diane Rehm show last week, that if you didn't catch you might want to:
Medical Care for Soldiers and Veterans
An update on the ongoing care and benefit challenges faced by wounded soldiers,veterans, and their families.
*Anne Hull, reporter, "The Washington Post"
*Dana Priest, intelligence correspondent for "The Washington Post" and author of "The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with
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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.