• December 21, 2014

Uncertain times for local family

Henrys face foreclosure, unemployment, post-war stress, medical trials in wake of leaving the Army

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4 comments:

  • Rachael posted at 8:46 am on Wed, Sep 26, 2012.

    Rachael Posts: 1

    Hi all, the wife of this couple here...

    With regards to the aerial view that shows two cars- sweetie, that sat. picture is years old, as we had to voluntarily surrender the more expensive (payment AND gas consumption) vehicle almost 2 years ago. The wind chimes were a present so I have no idea what they cost, though I will agree, most steel charms of that size (cathedral) would be about $60... I don't know if you are seeing steel or wood, because both were presents (the wood replaced the steel).

    With regards to our "expensive wooden playset"- it is over 10 years old, falling apart, oh, and it also was a GIFT. I DO know how much that cost, but only because my father was the one providing the gift and had asked us to shop around.

    Before you judge me or my husband have the strength of character to at least QUESTION before ACCUSING us.

    I hope fate continues to treat you well.

     
  • Viktor posted at 2:13 pm on Mon, Sep 24, 2012.

    Viktor Posts: 317

    Killeen simply doesn't have enough jobs to go around. But they sure are quick to market the dream of owning a home to soldiers. Reality is most stay in the area 3-5 years(if that) before moving on to next duty station. Those that separate from military & stay here are hard pressed to get jobs that pay well & foreclosures become the norm when bills fall behind. It's not anyone else's place to judge how someone spends their money or why they don't commute to work. Anyone seen gas prices lately? For a city that lives to market home ownership to incoming soldiers there sure isn't enough effort to bring jobs to Killeen that can actually help keep up house payments! Foreclosures continue yet developers keep building more homes like they are going out of style. Who are the buyers of these new homes? More soldiers which leads to having to rent out a home when one moves because it may be too hard to sell a lived in home when new homes keep going up on the market. Those that stay in Killeen need better job prospects when they separate from military.

     
  • SunniM posted at 8:23 pm on Sun, Sep 23, 2012.

    SunniM Posts: 5

    I am sorry, but this story shouldn't make front page news!
    There are hundreds, if not more, people already homeless in the city of Killeen that deserve front page, instead of this couple! Thanks to the entire photo showing online at this website, anyone can go to maps.google.com and find the address, the photo has the house number (4107 Rambling Range Drive) and the aerial image shows two vehicles in the driveway, and one of those hi-priced wood jungle gyms in the backyard. Also the photo shows they have a paid security system for their home, and a huge wind chime that is at least priced higher than $60.00 hanging by their front door!
    This man uses the excuse that commuting to Austin is too much to get a hi-end computer job in Austin? POOH!! Thousands make that very same commute daily from Killeen to Austin (car pooling for lots). I see lots of excuses for not doing this, or not doing that riddled throughout the entire 2 page story. Living in a 1 1/2 story home appears to be well above their means too. If they are in such a bind, downsize and move into a much smaller home. Sell one car, make do with one vehicle, lots of families are doing just that already!
    Growing up, in a family of 2 parents, 3 kids, here in Killeen, my dad was deployed to Viet Nam, Korea and served in Germany and Alaska and my parents managed to make it just fine in a small 3 bedroom brick home in Killeen. We all had separation anxiety from our father being away too! My dad had PTSD when he came back from Vietnam too, but they weren't treating soldiers openly back then. This young man, 37 yrs old, could have easily stayed in the Army 5 more years instead of getting out early, they managed to make it 15 yrs, what's 5 more, especially if it would mean possibly losing your home?
    I'm sorry, I think KDH needs to dig a little deeper in this town to find more deserving news stories than this families so called hardship story. Find the young man that is living in downtown Killeen that is already homeless and report HIS story! This family appears to have squandered money on frivolous items for their home rather than take care of the important things in life.