General Brady attended 10 schools in his first 9 years of schooling. Some of that time was spent in boarding schools/orphanages run by the Irish Christian Brothers. He was out of a home and pretty much on his own at age 13. He was in and out of jail, kicked out of ROTC, and on academic probation most of the time. Then he married Nancy Lee and his life changed. Under her inspiration he became a Distinguished Military Graduate and member of Who’s Who in Colleges and Universities before joining the Army.
Today Brady is best known as a helicopter ambulance pilot in Vietnam where he helped rescue over 5000 wounded; men, women children, enemy as well as friendly. He is identified in the Encyclopedia of Vietnam, and other books, as the top helicopter pilot in that war and recognized by many today as the most highly decorated living veteran.
After retirement he dedicated his time to our youth and to veterans. He has spoken to thousand of teachers and students on the importance of courage, sacrifice and patriotism for a happy and successful personal life and the survival of our country.
For 10 years he cared for his wife who suffered from Alzheimers. Although he had been almost dead many times he said nothing compared to the emotional and physical demands of being a caretaker for his beloved Nancy Lee. When he was nearing the end of his rope, he was rescued by Catholic sisters who provided her with a care and comfort he could not match. He decided to dedicate the rest of his life to helping the sisters in their mission for needy children, unwed mothers and the elderly; all passions of Nancy Lee.
For anyone who has served our nation in uniform, Adam’s rib which produced God’s fairest creatures, the military wife, was God’s greatest gift to our warriors. Nancy Lee loved being a woman, a lady, a mother and a military wife. All of her children served in the military and were commissioned in every way: West Point, ROTC and OCS. She was often cited as the ideal military wife. As the spouse of a Major on the Army Staff in the Pentagon, a staff of many generals’ wives, she was elected president of their wives club. Through many separations, house burnings and tragic deaths, to include her own child, her only lament was “this too shall pass.” She was never known to criticize or complain. She could not stand to see anyone hurting. Her special passions were children, unwed mothers and the elderly. She took 10 years out of her life to care for her mother from age 90 to her death at 100.
Even in the throes of the disease that took her memory and her life, she never forgot the words to the prayers of her faith. Each day began with a recital of what good she would do that day.
"Today we're just gonna be happy.
Now Happy is not easy.. I love to be happy, everyone loves to be happy - sure they do. So today, we got a happy day, today we are gonna love each other - Today!"
The final 8 months of her life she experienced the same care she provided her mother in a home full of loving catholic sisters. She would want more of these homes
Catholic charities lead mankind in compassionate care for those in the throes of hopelessness. The vast majority of this care is provided by Catholic women especially Sisters. Think of what these frail women have done through the ages. Mother Teresa, a single sister, founded an order of 5000 sisters operating over 600 missions, schools and shelter in 120 countries. Mother Cabrini, an Italian immigrant, filled America with orphanages, schools, hospitals and medical centers across America. Over 120,000 mourners ttended her funeral in Chicago. Catholic Sisters continue their work today and Nancy Lee was blessed to spend the last months of her life in a home with them. It was truly a home, not a center or a unit, but a loving home ministered by Mexican missionary sisters. The care is as in a family, one on one, 24 hours a day. In such an environment the attention to the dietary, hygienic, psychological, medical and spiritual needs of the patients is impeccable. The patient is surrounded by beautiful music and videos. Exercise is stressed and spiritual needs are emphasized through daily prayer, to include the holy Rosary, and frequent visits by priests and ministers. Nancy Lee herself described the home as “wonderful.”
The Brady family was thrilled to find this home and even before Nancy Lee passed, decided help the sisters build more of these homes and also help them in their work to build orphanages for homeless children and unwed pregnant girls.