Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes

Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes (FS:FH) is the first community-based transitional home dedicated to homeless female Veterans and their children up to 10 years of age in Connecticut. FS:FH is a 15 bed transitional housing facility. 10 of these beds are funded by the VA GPD. In addition, the program offers or refers residents to additional specialized services that address the unique needs of the female Veterans.

Working with the City of Bridgeport, ABRI/Homes for the Brave purchased a beautiful home located in the city’s West End for FS: FH. ABRI/Homes for the Brave partnered with the Kick for Nick Foundation. The national foundation adopted FS:FH and participated in every stage of development.

The house’s name, the PFC Nicholas A. Madaras Home, is a tribute to a young soldier from Wilton, Connecticut who wanted to share his love of soccer with the children of Iraq.  He never had the chance to hand a ball to a child, but his spirit has inspired people across the United States to send over 32,000 balls, each one bearing his name, to children of Iraq and Afghanistan. Nick’s spirit lives on with each of those balls carrying the belief that every person should have the opportunity to overcome hardships and improve their life.

This same spirit now lives on in honor of the female soldiers who served with him in Iraq. This home serves as an important reminder of the courage and strength of our female soldiers who have sacrificed so much to protect our way of life.  It is a sanctuary for those who have returned home bearing the physical, mental, and emotional scars of combat so that we may live in freedom and security.

PFC Nicholas A. Madaras
Iraq, October 21, 1986 ~ September 3, 2006

To read about the ribbon cutting for the PFC Nicholas A. Madaras Home which was held on October 21, 2011, please click here.

For a slideshow of the renovations of the house check out our youtube video!

For more information on this program and our partnership with Kick for Nick, please visit http://www.kickfornick.org/FemaleSoldiersForgottenHeroes

For more information on how you can support the FS:FH program, please click here.

Click here to view Women Veterans: The Long Journey Home from DAV

Released on September 24th 2014, “this report shows service gaps for women in health care, transition services, disability compensation, employment and housing” and highlights the need for more programs such as FS:FH.