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Board of Directors


Al Kennedy

Al started Provisions4Patriots in 2015 in an effort to provide outreach and assistance to the homeless veteran community. 

Al is a United States Navy veteran serving from 1986-1994 and his son Liam served in the Navy from 2012-2018.

The mission is personal. 

I have been in transportation and logistics since 1999 holding various roles and responsibilities in all aspects of the industry. Currently residing in the greater Savannah, Georgia area, Al is a member of the American Legion, VFW Post 660, the Chatham County Veterans Council as well as the Knights of Columbus. 

Al graduated from Montclair State University in 1998 with a BA in Communication Studies, Cum Laude. 



William "Bill" Madaras
Strategic Planning and Outreach

Bill (William) Madaras - Nov. 27, 1949 - 

Rutgers Univ - Psychology - 1971 --

1971~1997 - H.H. Brown Shoe Co. - 

                 - Import Division - Off-shore Footwear Sourcing - 

1997~present - Madaras Int'l. Inc. - Footwear Sourcing - 

- Gold Star Father of PFC Nicholas A. Madaras - KIA Baqubah, Iraq - Sept. 3, 2006 - 

- November 2006 - started the Kick for Nick Foundation, Inc. - (Google - Kick for Nick) -

- 2007 - By way of a donation from the Homeless Veterans at Homes for the Brave ( ABRI- 

Applied Behavioral Rehabilitation Institute, Inc.) was introduced to the same  -

- 2007~2011 working with ABRI my wife set out to establish a "residence" for Homeless

Female Veterans by way of the - Female Soldiers / Forgotten Heroes- program - She led

fundraising, ABRI applied for a grant &, being in Real Estate, my wife arranged a house -

The ribbon was cut on October 21, 2011, what would have been Nick's 25th birthday - 

The home is named the - Nicholas A. Madaras Home for Homeless Female Veterans -

( & it can also accommodate up to 4 Veterans with young children) - 

- In 2018 we were awarded the American Legion's Americanism Award for Connecticut for

our work with the Homeless Veterans & the Kick for Nick program - 

I am an honorary member of the James B. Whipple American Legion Post-86 in Wilton,CT. -


Scott B. Andrews
Military Outreach

Scott is a veteran with over 31 years of service and three combat tours.  He enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1989 and after completing Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training he deployed to Operation Desert Shield/Storm.  While in the Army National Guard he was hired as an Indiana State Trooper where he served for 6 years.  He was then offered a position with the Purdue University Police Department, where he dealt regularly with homeless persons, to include many Veterans.  After tours in Afghanistan and Iraq he was hired into the full time force (AGR) where he continues to serve.

“I was very honored when Alan Kennedy asked me to serve on the Board of Directors for Provisions4Patriots.  I have known homeless veterans, and it absolutely breaks my heart.  One of my own soldiers, I found out later, had been homeless and living in his car for over a month.  When I asked him why he didn’t reach out to any of us from the platoon, he told me that he was just too embarrassed.  That really brought it home for me.”   

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Michael Helmstetter

Mike is a Financial professional with several decades of experience managing financial accounting and reporting, financial systems implementation, budgeting, inventory reporting and variance analysis in the Consumer Products Industry. Mike has been employed with Resources Global Professionals since 2007. MIke is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and received his Master’s in Business Administration from Seton Hall University .

Mike has been married to Marianne since 1992 and has two daughters, Maureen and Maggie. Mike has volunteered for various civic and church organizations in New Jersey and is grateful for this opportunity to help the Veteran community.


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