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    Injured veteran won't get new house; he already has two

    Injured veteran won't get new house; he already has two

    The floors were lacquered and shining, the grass was mowed and the handicapped-access tracks and ramps in the new $800,000 home (2,400 sq ft.) in Pasadena, Md., were ready for use...

    ...The night before [they were to get the keys in a ceremony], organization officials learned that the Battles already own two homes in Georgia, a fact officials said the family concealed until confronted with the evidence Wednesday...

    ...A tearful Lakeisa Battle said the family didn't know they had to disclose ownership of other properties, which she said they bought as investments after arrangements for the new Maryland house were set...

    ...[Lakeisa Battle] contacted Homes for Our Troops in early 2008 when her husband was still unconscious.

    "We're desperate for a place to live," she told a newspaper at the time, saying they had no permanent home for a large family. "We're so grateful for this opportunity"...

    Construction began in October 2008, which is when the Battles used a $100,000 compensatory payment from the Army to buy two houses in Fayetteville, Ga., according to records on file with Clayton County, Ga. The Patriot Guard Riders, a Georgia-based nonprofit, contributed labor to make one of those houses wheelchair-accessible.

    Gonsalves said a Google alert brought that project to his attention several weeks ago, but Lakeisa Battle told him that a cousin owned the home and that the upgrades were done to let Battle visit.
    Wow. I hate to speak ill of anyone who served America in the military, especially those that were injured as a result, but this is just absolutely disgusting. Lakeisa said she didn't know she was supposed to tell them about the other two houses, yet when asked about it, she told them a cousin owned it...dispicable.

    And a minor point...I love helping out former soldiers by building them homes, a truly great cause. But an $800,000, 2,400 sq ft house? Is that necessary? Why not build 2 $400,000, 1,200 sq ft houses for two soldiers? Or maybe even split it up more to help more soldiers?

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    Yeah pretty low and I agree why not build two houses for that price instead of the one.

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    For $800,000 you should be able to build 3 or 4 houses $200,000 should more then enough to build a comfortable home esp in these harsh times when labor and supplies can be bought cheaper

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