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  Fri May 04

7th Annual Robert Cafici PTSD Benefit - 5th May 2018

WHEN: Saturday, May 5th, 2018 3:00-7:00
WHERE: Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall, 2323 Railroad Ave, Wantagh
COST: $65 (over 21), $35 (for under 21), 
children under 6 are Free.
On May 5th 2018, the 7th Annual Robert Cafici PTSD Benefit, to be held at Mulcahy’s Pub in Wantagh, will allow the Long Island community to remember Robert and all of those like him who have struggled and lost. But the brighter side of this benefit event is that it is also a day of hope in which awareness of those who still struggle in their own minds is brought to the forefront. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is all around us, and Boots on the Ground NY is committed to ensuring that our Heroes receive the help they need. The funds raised by this event will help BOTG-NY continue to expand programs directed at raising community awareness and direct veteran support, including anonymous veteran support groups, the maintenance of our Veteran Activity Center (The VAC), which serves as a place for veterans to find the camaraderie of their peers in a healthy environment, and our veteran outreach programs, such as our food pantry and furniture program.
Boots on the Ground NY and the family of Robert Cafici invite you to join us as we remember Robert and actively work for a brighter tomorrow.
$65 for tickets and at the door, open bar & top of the line buffet. A portion of ticket costs are tax deductible. There is also a huge Chinese auction of great items, and a 50/50 style raffle that goes on sale in February and becomes quite a large amount. Live music by 2 of LI’s best bands Hi-Def & Bill Shuren and the Calvary 
All proceeds go towards assisting Veterans coping with PTSD. BOTG-NY maintains a Veterans Activity Center which offers group meetings and sanctuary for Veterans. The building also houses all Boots on the Ground NY programs, including care packages processing, food pantries, and open houses for Veterans of all eras. The VAC as it’s commonly called is known as the place “where Veterans come together”. In November of 2014 the group room was named in Honor & Memory of Robert. The building was opened in April of 2013.
Robert Cafici was a Marine Combat Veteran who lost the battle with PTSD on December 18th, 2007. In 2012, his discharge was rightfully upgraded to an Honorable Discharge. In April of 2012 he was given Full Military Honors at his Memorial marker in Farmingdale. This is his legacy.
Hope to see you on the 5th. (and we have an open bar this year, and you don't have to drive as it’s across the street from the Wantagh train station.) Please share this with your friends, co-workers and on your social media.
I think everyone that knows me knows how important the VAC and Boot on the Ground NY is to me, please try to support our big event. A successful event keeps the doors open and pays the bills at the VAC for the year. And the VAC is very important to many local Veterans. 
A little bit about Boots on the Ground NY: BOTGNY is a 100% volunteer organization which operates night and weekends. We do not have any brochures or PR literature though as we try keep the costs of overhead down we only print basic flyers for our 2 peer groups, and the rest is word of mouth and referrals sent to us thru caseworkers in the VA, HUD-VASH, SUS, SSVF and from veterans that attend our weekly peer groups. I started the mission 10 years ago this year and we have assisted over 300 Veterans by moving them into apartments by providing food and furniture, new beds and various household items. We became a 501c19 in 2012 and moved into our Veteran Activity Center in 2013. 
We have shipped over 27,500 care packages also to troops serving around the world. We visit Veterans in VA hospitals. We provide food, toiletries, pet food and cleaning supplies pantries for Veterans to utilize when they are in need. We also support the Honor Flight mission and Boots also personally takes 12-18 WW2 Veterans down to New Orleans every December to the WW2 Museum annually. 
I established the VAC so Veterans would have a safe place to go when they needed a shoulder an ear, or a cup of coffee, after losing 8 Veterans to suicide in 2012 that many we befriended while visiting the VA hospital that year.
If you can not attend but still wish to support the cause you can so at
Thank You for Your Support
Frank Bania
Boots on the Ground NY, Founder & President
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