ALEXANDER, Ark. (CBS St. Louis) – A disabled veteran is angry with the repairs done to a home that he received through a nonprofit organization.
Thomas Smith explained that he was excited when he walked through the front door of the home he received from Home on the Homefront. But soon the feelings of excitement vanished as he saw all of the problems with his new home in Alexander.
Smith, who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, told KOZL that problems with the home range from a faulty water heater to an extremely dangerous deck. He shared that he fell through the deck and went to the emergency room.
“When I fell out there, everything came racing back. I thought I was past that,” Smith told KOZL.
Smith, who is an Army veteran, is eligible for a program which places veterans in foreclosed homes. Contractors fix up the homes before families begin to occupy them.
But Smith shared that his home was a complete mess.
“And for a company to do this to veterans, that they get hurt, that’s just God, it’s so wrong,” Smith explained to KOZL.
Contractors who worked on the home were contacted and a representative with Truly Noble out of Texas explained that workers ran into problem’s when Smith’s wife became angry about their work.
The representative told KOZL, “I am not going to put myself or my people that work for me in a bad situation.”
The veteran denies the allegations against his wife and said things never got out of hand when they addressed their concerns with the contractors.
“I don’t know what to say about all this. It’s messed up,” Smith said to KOZL.
The family now is trying to make the necessary repairs on their home themselves hoping that no one gets hurt again.