Keep Al in the Veteran's Home
Organized by: Andrea Harvey
Its June sixth 1944, Omaha beach Normandy France. Out of the 105 landing ships Albert Hodgkins is on one. Al lied to the government on enlistment day, saying he was 18 so he could fight for a cause. At seventeen he signed his life away to fight a mans war. The heavy steel door of the landing craft drops like a drawbridge, it fills the gap between reality and hell on earth. Many months later, he was on a boat headed to Japan when they surrendered and the war was over.
After returning home, AL spent his life working, raising a family and loving his wife. He lost his oldest daughter and wife both to cancer about 28 years ago. He continued on - as a loving, wise role model for his children and grandchildren. AL developed dementia several years ago. He is no longer able to live at home, as he must have 24 hour care. He was admitted to the Maine Veteran's Home in Scarborough in December 2013. He cannot afford to pay the $7200 a month bills, so he had to apply for Maine Care. The State of Maine has refused to pay the first month and a half of fees, so he MUST pay $8500 by July 9th or he will be discharged from the Veteran's Home with no place to go. He cannot stay alone during the day - it is not safe. His children and grandchildren all work in order to support themselves. Please help us keep Al in the Veteran's Home so he can live out the rest of his life with the dignity and care he deserves.