A disabled veteran in Arizona could lose his home over approximately $230 he owes in back taxes; sparking an outpouring of support for the former service member across the United States.
“Disabled military veteran Jim Boerner bought his buttercup-yellow mobile home in Mesa two years ago, hoping to live affordably into his old age,” reports AZ Central. “Boerner, 49, is unable to work because of spinal and brain injuries he suffered during a training exercise in 1991 at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi.”
“A stranger knocked on his door last month claiming to have bought his home at auction because of $236 in late taxes,” adds the website.
“I said, ‘What are you talking about? … This has got to be wrong,’ ” Boerner said. “Had I known I was in peril of losing my home, I would have paid it in full.”
“It’s difficult. It’s just difficult,” Boerner added. “I love my home. I love my neighbors. … This was my nest egg, you know? That’s why I paid cash for it. This is where I was going to retire. And now I don’t have that assurance anymore.”
The county office in charge of taxes say there may be nothing they can do to get around the sale.
“I’ve been getting the brick wall everywhere I turn,” Boerner said.
Read the full report here.
A NEW LOW: Veteran Forced to Sell House After Being Fined $100 Per Day for US FLAG
An Air Force Veteran living in Florida sold his house after the local homeowners association fined him $100 per day for displaying a 17” American flag in a flower pot on his lawn, reports the Washington Post.
According to the Post, the HOA deemed the flag an “unauthorized object” on his front porch and had to be removed.
This is such a disgrace 😠 Larry Murphree is a proud veteran and should be treated as such! Good for him for showing his national pride! 🇺🇸 https://t.co/hotGbe8qHG
— Thrifty Sue (@thriftysues) July 8, 2018
“After filing a lawsuit in federal court, Murphree came to an agreement with the HOA that he could continue to fly the flag, only to discover a few months later that the HOA had made a new ordinance to remove his flower pot. He also discovered they were using money from his HOA dues to pay off his ‘unauthorized object’ fees, causing him to fall far behind in the dues. With foreclosure imminent, Murphree decided to sell his house three years ago,” writes the Washington Examiner.
“It just dawned on me there’s people that strap on a gun every day to protect me and the people I love. It’s a small flag, but it stands for a big thank you,” said Larry Murphree.
“He’s probably lost . . . hundreds of thousands of dollars of his retirement money, not to mention the time he’ll never get back from having to fight this battle,” said his attorney.
Read the full report at the Washington Post.
AMERICAN HERO: Disabled Veteran REFUSES AWARD from 'Tainted' NFL Team
“Although I am touched and honored to be selected for such an award, the ongoing controversy with NFL players’ disrespect for the national flag forces me to decline to participate in the presentation,” Wells said.
“I am unable, in good conscience, to enter an NFL stadium while this discourtesy prevails. Since this award is tainted with the dishonorable actions of the NFL and its players, I cannot accept it,” he added.
The NFL has been struggling to regain its footing following weeks of players choosing to “take a knee” during the performance of the US national anthem.
The ensuing controversy gained national attention when President Trump called for a total boycott of the NFL until officials and owners require players to stand during the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’