The REAL truth about the Sgt David Battle and family!

You know something about human nature makes us jump and believe the worse when we here of people defrauding or doing wrong. But word says, 'in all thy getting.. get an understanding.' Do you really want the truth? When the truth comes out and things are recanted the corrections never receive as much attention. You wanted the whole truth I am going to give it to you.. but then what will you do? Will you be as outraged to learn that the Powers that be redirected your focus and misled you? Will you respond to them as you did the Battle family? Let's see.

received a call from my cousins David and Lakeisa Battle late last night/ early morning. They were so upset they couldn't sleep and it broke my heart so that I too tossed and turned all night. It seems trouble is never ending for this family. As most of you know, David suffered many injuries in Iraq due to and IED explosion. The list of injuries includes the loss of both legs and his right arm. The entire family has been living in two rooms at the Fisher House at Walter Reed Medical Center since David was transported there following his injuries in December of 2007.

We were all so encouraged when the organization, 'Homes for our Troops' came to them in mid 2008 and granted them with a home! They were so excited and have been anxiously awaiting the big move in date for over a year. Yesterday, however, the day before they were due to start moving in, there home where they had lovingly picked out colors and patterns and graciously received donations was snatched back from them by this organization.

The Organization stated that they chose to take the home back because they 'found out' that the Battles had two other properties in Fayetteville and that they violated there contract by not revealing ownership of these other properties. It was insinuated that this was done in an attempt to hide something when nothing could be further from the truth.

The truth in fact is that the Battles, chose to use the one time $100,000 allotment that all injured soldiers receive from the government to go into business. While $100,000 may appear to be a great deal of money, the Battles were strictly warned of being wasteful and not wanting to end up homeless and unable to work as most Veteran's do in there old age, they consulted a Financial Planner. The planner mapped out a strategy that would help them to be able to support themselves and their family of 4 kids (currently). The plan included purchasing some foreclosed and short sell type properties in a weak economy so that in a few years they could began producing an income that might be able to assist the family.

The were wisely advised not to only consider low pricing but to pick good neighborhoods and properties that could escalate in value as opposed to ones in neighborhoods that would deteriorate and end up costing them more money through damages and vandalism. They started searching in the area that they knew best, the place where David's wife had grown up. They did find several properties and decided on purchasing two of them, one was considered a steal at $15,000 because it had been terribly vandalized with gaping holes in all of the walls and every window knocked out. Not to be deterred though, the Battles moved forward in there knew business repairing their investment property. Of course, the cost of revitalizing the home exceeded what they had expected. And consequently, Mrs. Battle began to make frequent trips to Atlanta on the weekend trying to do as much of the work as she could by herself because the family couldn't afford to pay for the ever growing need for repairs in the business that they had selected to help with there retirement. In fact, during one visit, Lakeisa fell from the roof while trying to clean out the gutters and ended up being rushed to the hospital by ambulance.

These homes were purchased as a business. They were not purchased to be the family home and are not handicap accessible one of them is even a multi-level home where David would not even be able to easily get to the bedroom without fighting a long flight of stairs. Let me be perfectly clear here so that there are no misunderstanding they can be made like the ones that can easily be assumed by reading the press release from HOMES for our troops. .. the Battles did not own any property when they signed the agreement with Homes for our troops. Nor did they have any money to purchase any properties. The facts that the listed on there application that were used to qualify them were true. They were only advised of Real Estate as a way to prepare for retirement months later. And it was clearly described that it would take several years before they would see a return on there investments.

Now, on a personal note, David and Lakeisa Battle have arguments and disagreements, just as any married couple does. The stresses involved in dealing with everyday life can be a trial for even the best of marriages even with two able bodied people with no children. The fact that they have 3 teenagers and a 3 year old is simply par for the course. Add to that the stress of the constant surgeries and additional injuries that David has suffered, the anger and frustration of the situation and you get something that can be volatile. It was during one of her trips to Atlanta to work on the family retirement plan that David and Lakeisa had one such fight and decided to separate. The stress was too much for either of them to deal with. Lakeisa made a sporadic offer on a short sell property that looked to be a good home for her and the kids. A few days later of course, David and Lakeisa made up and couples frequently do, and decided that they would go to marriage counseling to make there marriage work. The family was going to stay together in the Maryland. Three months later, Lakeisa received a call that the offer for the house was accepted. She of course no longer wanted the house because things were looking better for the family with the counseling that they were receiving they were learning how to communicate there fears and frustrations to each other so much better. When she advised the agent of the fact that she no longer wished to purchase she was told that she could be sued by the Agent, the bank that accepted the short sell offer and the current owners because there credit was on the line. Lakeisa was overwhelmed. She spoke with her husband and they decided that they couldn't afford to be sued right now with their retirement resources tied up in rental properties that were only costing money and did not even have tenants in them as of yet.

When she told me about the situation, I agreed to try and help. I told her that I would move and occupy the new home and try to assist with as much of the management, maintenance and repairs of the rental properties as possible.

Homes for our Troops seems to think that the Battles should have called them when these events took place but I didn't call everyone when my husband and I had a fight and I certainly didn't disclose any of my retirement plan efforts to everyone either. Although they were cautioned about things that could break the contract, it was never stated that they had to disclose any new business ventures that may or may not ( in this market) be helpful toward retirement. Would they have taken back the house if the Battles had placed there money in the just as precarious stock market? This seems so unfair!

Now, to my part in the story, when Lakeisa kept telling of David's desire to get out of the cramped living quarters for a family vacation, I suggested that they come here for a few weeks. There are a lot of family members that have not seen David since he was injured because he can't travel as freely. Lakeisa discussed it with David and it became an exciting idea. Lakeisa went out and spent thousands buying supplies to make the house accessible to David.

Once again, we underestimated, we thought we could place a ramp on the house and widen some doors and the house would be handicap accessible for David. We quickly learned that a lot more was involved. It's strange but you don't think of things like toilets and handrails and electrical wiring when you think of making a home handicapped accessible. Lakeisa quickly ran out of money to have the labor done an ended up with a basement full of supplies and still no place that David could get away from the hospital for a while. In the meantime, the home that they had been promised from homes for our troops was at stand still. She constantly tried emailing for updates and information to no avail. David's frustration at being boxed in again was beginning to take its toll. When up steps the Dynamic Patriot Guard Riders of Ga.

They offered skilled and unskilled labor to help finish the job so that David could get away for a while. They were outstanding partnering with wonderful people like Mr. Parker and his team and Bob the Builder and his team they reformed a basement into a haven that was greater than anyone could have EVER imagined. It included a full size kitchen and bath and all of the amenities that David could ever dream of. It wonderful and all of the volunteers had such warm hearts and bright spirits that it became a anticipated joy to see the reaction that David would have finally being able to get away from Walter Reed Hospital and be in a family environment (not a hotel with strangers staring every time you leave your room). A celebration surprise was scheduled for David's arrival and everyone got busy making sure that everything was in place. Fox 5 news aired a story a few days before David's arrival to talk about the wonderful work of all the volunteers that stepped up to help and ....

The bottom fell out. Homes for our troops decided that they no longer wanted to give the home to David that many had donated to expressly for him and his family. They claimed not to have known about the project to remodel the basement in GA when in fact Lakeisa had spoken with a representative from the organization months before. She had given the information about the Patriot Guard Riders to the rep and even offered to stop the project if it would jeopardize the home that they were being gifted in Maryland. She was asked who was this where the family was going to be living, was this to be their home? Lakeisa told her that the family would have to reside in the MD/DC area for some time that her husbands injuries mandated that he have therapy daily at Walter Reed so that Md had to be home. That the renovations were being done to the basement that, I, her cousin now call home. I know she had this conversation as I was standing beside her when it happened. The rep also called the organization to verify that the Battles had not solicited the help or received any financial assistance. How could they claim not to have known when they made verification calls to the Patriot Guard Rider's? She was reminded about not doing any publicity until the home was complete. She agreed and held up her part of the agreement. The story that aired was about the volunteerism of the Patriot Guard Riders and Lakeisa was not even aware of it. Homes for our troops after using David and his story for over a year to raise all of the funds and materials needed for his home said they were taking it from him because:

The partnership agreement indicates that Homes For Our Troops can withdraw support for cause and one specifically stated is 8.3.2
Cause for release may be in the form of, but not limited to: felony criminal acts by the veteran; falsification or intentional omission of information provided to HFOT to determine edibility; Dishonorable Discharge from the armed forces; sudden obtainment of significant wealth; and/or other extreme cases as determined by the HFOT Board.

I fail to see a felony criminal act in trying to provide for your family's retirement or for accepting unsolicited help to provide him with a home away from home where he can get away for a while. There was no falsification or omission on the application that was completed to determine eligibility. HFOT has the deeds that show that these investments were made months after that agreement. I definitely don't consider $100,000 to be great significant wealth if that is the case HFOT should know that every injured soldier receives it, but many don't invest it. They allow it to dwindle away. Will HFOT go and take their homes away now? Why would they wait until the day before to disgrace a wounded soldier this way. I can't believe that an organization recognized by the American Institute of Philanthropy would behave in such a manner. How could they treat a wounded warrior this way?

I am at a lost... I don't know what to do. . it seems to be yet another horrible tragedy for this family and if anyone can think of anything that can be done.. please PLEASE tell me.. This set back has been so depressing for a family that has already endured so much loss. Perhaps, if Lakeisa had been able to contact her regular rep with Homes for our troops she would have known that this could happen, maybe if she hadn't acted so rashly when they had a spat, maybe if they had told her that she needed to notify them of ANY business ventures not ones that would cause a huge sum of money this wouldn't have happened. I know hindsight is always 20/20 but this seems to be soooo wrong. We all make mistakes but should they really be this punishing. Now the family has no place to live in a place that will be home for a long time to come. I have never seen volunteer efforts and a desire by everyday people backfire in such a way. Somebody HELP!!! Anybody please help!

Here you have it. Your move! What will you do? (my guess is,,, you'll sigh and say..oh what a shame. That poor family will you offer and apology for your angry words or quick deeds?).

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Submitted by doubledown on Tue, 06/23/2009 - 12:13am.

Once all the superfluous detail is removed, the two important primary details of the story are still true:

1. Sgt. and Mrs. Battle in fact own homes already.

2. This was a violation of the contract that was signed with "Homes for Troops." It matters not *why* or for what purpose they owned them. If the contract has a prohibition on owning other property as a condition of participation, and it turns out that you do indeed own other property for whatever reason, then you have violated the contract.

I'm sorry the Battles got bad financial advice.
I'm sorry the Battles didn't consult a lawyer when threatened with specific performance on the short sale.
I'm sorry that that $100,000 wasn't spend on obtaining and retrofitting a house that would be compatible with Sgt. Battle's needs.
I'm sorry they didn't read the contract and do what was necessary to understand what they were binding themselves to.

My sympathy they get for the medical hardships they face. But the house issue is a wound that sounds somewhat self inflicted.

Submitted by NinaLynn on Sun, 06/21/2009 - 3:17pm.

I think this will be the last time I write something here. My husband and I were there 2 wks. ago to pay our respect as we honored our fallen soldier. I was also there yesterday for Sgt.Battle. I some how knew that there would be mud slinging and disgrunted comments on here.Who cares where our soldiers live or how many homes they have.Gee whiz...our military are there for US all. You would not be able to write your feelings as you do here if you lived anywhere else.Support our troops,love your country,display OUR AMERICAN FLAG and above some RESPECT !

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Sun, 06/21/2009 - 4:14pm.

I think you have misinterpreted comments on the Battle issue here--No one has disrespected his service--most of of us just want to have the facts correctly reported--plain and simple--or as a minimum, whatever the battle family is willing to release. I disagree with your "mud slinging" chaacterization of the comments here--folks just seek the truth. Wouldn't you do that in a questionable situation?

Submitted by HoochieWagon on Sun, 06/21/2009 - 2:11pm.

I can only speculate that there is a long list of folks waiting for a home. Some of those who had to use their 100K to pay off debts when they were called up to active duty b/c their civilian job paid a whole hell of a lot more, and cannot return to that job because of their permanent disability (and their combat disability pay won't come close either). The charity has the right to be picky and determine need with the limited funds they have. Now, whether or not it is justified in this case, it's hard to tell.

No matter what the turnout may be (for or against the Battle's), thankfully he has a home that is equipped for his needs. Some folks don't even have that.

Submitted by CarefulResearch on Sun, 06/21/2009 - 11:24am.

The real truth comes out. The Battles did buy two homes as investment properties. Neither of them are being lived in by their Cousin. Neither of them were rennovated by the PGR. The Battles own a 3rd home and that is the home that was rennovated and where the Cousin lives. There is no doubt SGT Battle deserves the utmost in respect for his service - no question at all. The string of deceit is a fundamental character flaw in someone - maybe not his, but certainly someone in his circle. It's a shame such a noble cause by all involved in both states has been trivialized by this issue.

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Sun, 06/21/2009 - 11:32am.


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Submitted by suggarfoot on Sun, 06/21/2009 - 10:43am.

the more I check on this, the more disgusted I get that you aired this in the paper.

In my eyes, it appears you were trying to dupe 2 volunteer groups that busted their butts. You also sound like you may possibly be doing the same to the vet. I have no way of knowing.

I did read that he is 22 and that the wife didn't give her age. His teens look almost as old as him. I also came across a site where there is a taped interview with the guy that started the charity up north. It was said the wife started trying to get the house while the guy was still in a comma.

I don't' think you get it at all. This is a group of ...voluteers...and don't have to do anything. They did, under the
misconception that this man had no other home.

As I mentioned before, my ex was almost a triple amputee from Viet Nam. The older wounded vets had a really hard time of it and are now trying to help the younger ones. When I met him he was living off a 30% disabled check which was nothing. They use to have to fight for those disability check because there was so many of them. They were hoping most would give up, which my ex had.

Knowing that I couldn't live with him any more. I started working on getting him declared 100% as he should have been. It took several years ..after..we were divorced...I got nothing out of it, nor did I want anything. He didn't even pay his child support. We are birds of different feathers and frankly, I don't have any respect for you for what you have attempted to do.

Maybe I married my ex out of pity, I don't know. What I do know is I left him in better shape financially than he was. I wonder if you will do the same.

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Submitted by AtHomeGym on Sun, 06/21/2009 - 12:08pm.

Sorry you had to live through that experience with the Vietnam vet. Obviously you were smart enough to get out of it. Unfortunately, there are some vets who use their service as a crutch or excuse for their questionable behavior and bad decisions. Those are simply sorry humans who would have been sorry regardless of whether they served or not. I continue to believe that there are some details in the Battle situation that we don't know and quite honestly, probably have no right to know--none of our business. But some want to make Homesforoursoldiers out as the bad guys and I just don't think that's the case--their history is admirable and they simply can't afford bad publicity that would affect their future activities to help needy vets. Hand salute to them!

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Sun, 06/21/2009 - 3:15pm.

I had so many friends that I grew up with come home emotionally scarred. I would sit and listen and they knew I cared. They would cry and say I have never told anyone. Then the next sentence out of their mouths was, no one ever asked, and no one seem to care.
It was bad. They came back with a totaly different look in their eyes. I felt they were robbed of their youth. This was the draft.

Years later, I met my ex, and I think I felt sorry for him. All the guys I grew up with were good people. But, my ex was just as you described. He spent every nickle I'd ever saved and then some. Women calling the house etc., I could go on about the way he treated me and our son, but it isn't worth it. Let me just say, he was crazy as an out house rat! When I divorced him, I found there was a trail of ex es, all cleaned out. He got married for the 6th time about a month after we divorced. Because I have a respect for people serving out country, my father, my friends etc. No matter what he had done to me, I felt I would leave him better than I found him and hope he would mend his ways. If he didn't, I could walk away with a clear conscience. I got him declared 100% after I was divorced. It was my testimony. He should have been declared 100% just for the limbs, but the mental was as bad. I saw the report later and it was 70% mental! The legs, the arm, I couldn't believe it.
All the evil he pulled on me I have tried to think of all the good vets and know that I did the right thing.

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Sun, 06/21/2009 - 4:35pm.

Clearly, you did the smart thing. I'm just a hard-core SOB who has been married to the same wonderful woman for 40+ years and I have zero tolerance for men or women who violate their wedding vows and do things that result in anything negative to their family. I hope you have found a relationship founded on trust and honesty.

Submitted by AFspouse on Sun, 06/21/2009 - 9:54am.

While he should be thanked greatly for his military service. I've done some checking around and this story written here is bogus. The family just had a huge parade and was giving a home in Fayetteville,GA yesterday! Not anything like what was described here. They should be ashamed for taking advantage of people willing to help out a family in need.

Submitted by FireWolf on Sun, 06/21/2009 - 11:10am.

I cannot vouch for whether the story is actually written by a family member or not. The majority of it is validated by other stories in print.

What I do know is that the "huge parade" was for David to honor HIM and that the house he went to had the basement worked on so he could stay there when he does come down to Georgia. It is lived in by his cousin on his wife's side of the family.

The parade was in honor of the man and the soldier, mixed with ex-veterans and bikers called the PGR and blended with the county police and sheriff's department. (They were much kinder and supportive of the PGR than some counties are be by the way. Which is sad because the PGR ONLY come when they are ASKED to and invited by the families they support) The PGR worked very hard and gave their time, equipment, and energy out of respect and love to a fellow soldier so that the home would be accessible to him when he comes down to visit.

They, David and his wife, were not given a home in Fayetteville. That is the one his cousin in law lives in and was supposedly purchased as an investment so David would have a way to have income in the future, since it will be nearly impossible for any handicapped vet in his condition to find work in this economy.

I do wonder if this cousin pays any monies or rent to David since according to the family, the homes purchased were for income for him and not for them to live in free of charge like leeches.

David deserves all the honor and respect due any soldier that has faught. He paid a high price for our freedom and he should not be questioned at all.

I do however question the motives of those around him in doing what is truly in David's best interest.I am saddened to see that while he will forever live his life with the trauma's of war - those investing his money seems to be doing it for their own agenda.

Somehow, when all is said and done, David will forever be a hero and a soldier of honor. He needs to be protected by anyone trying to use his sacrifice for their own good.

He does deserve the home up near Walter Reed because that will be where he is forced to live to have the physical therapy and doctors caring for him. It will be years until he is able to be on his own and really be able to support himself and be mobile and active.Just my two cents anyway. David is a man worthy of honor, respect, and support.


Submitted by AtHomeGym on Sun, 06/21/2009 - 2:12pm.

The original Citizen article said the Battle home was in Clayton County. If that's true, just what is the Battle connection with Fayetteville or Fayette County? C'mon Ben Nelms, tell us what the real story is---it's called "responsible journalism."

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Submitted by Tug13 on Sun, 06/21/2009 - 9:27pm.

I'm confused here. What difference does it make if Sgt. Battle lives in Fayette Co. or Clayton Co.? I am confident that Ben will write his story about all of this, when he has all the facts and does the research. I'm looking forward to reading it. Smiling

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Submitted by Bonkers on Mon, 06/22/2009 - 6:11am.

Since the dawning of time there have been those who take full advantage of people who are to be pitied due to misfortune.
If we are to ignore the criminal acts by these leeches in deference to the wounded won't that simply promote the next bunch of thieves, tarnished by their conniving heritage?

This man needs to be relieved of his weird hangers-on--cousins living in houses, trying for two houses just to sell them while pretending to need them to live in.

I have never read any more confusing cover-ups perpetrated by whomever in explaining the "facts" in this case. Who is the writer anyway?

Get that soldier into one home near the hospital where he needs to be and issue a cease and desist order on the rest of that crowd.
It is not helpful to the soldier either when motorcycle parades, etc., add to the farce, for their own purposes more than being helpful.

Ignorance and devious heritage can be eliminated by simply separating
the wheat from the chaff!

Submitted by Finnchadh on Sun, 06/21/2009 - 2:04am.

David, I am one of the PGR members who had the privilege of welcoming you home instead of consoling your family’s grief; you were kind enough to shake my hand – thank you.

After over 100 surgeries you still face more surgeries; the physical therapy, pain and mental anguish that accompany injuries of this magnitude will be your constant companions. You will go to sleep and wake up to their presence, possibly all the days of your life. One of the most significant healing balms that could help you recover is having your family near you. The worst thing that you could possible endure is 6 people living out of a two bedroom accommodation. If there was any sanity left in this morass it would be to lease this property to you, for as long as you need it, while your are recovering. Then after all of the tom-foolery and organic farming preparations have ended; let calm heads and common sense prevail. It is also my hope that HFOT will be required to fully explain 8.3.2 and not hide behind it. Vis Veritas Aequitas; the strength of truth is justice.

There is noting that I or anyone can say or do to make you whole again. But because of you and those like you, I and millions of Americans breathe free air and come and go as we please. We all enjoy the blessings of Liberty. I will never ever never forget what you have done for me and my countrymen for as long as I live.

Submitted by WilliamDGoose on Sat, 06/20/2009 - 4:17pm.

Here is the problem. Any program of this nature should consider the Veterans or Army benefits each veteran gets. Presuably they know this. Since this is the case, then why should they care what this SGT spent his money on? Any injured vet would fit this same catetory. What will they look for? An injured vet who got his money, went to Vegas, and gambled it all away. Thats nonsense. They key here is to help these soldiers and do not count it against them that they are recieving Govt help. If the Govt help is too much and none of them need this type of help, then shift geers and find some type of help they do need. Everyone in this situation needs some type of help to include these veterans.

Bottom line is that they are srewing over this SGT. If they say they are giving him a house, the promise should be honored. Everyone already knows that a SGT in the Army today gets paid better than in the past and will get some good benefits, but that does not mean these people need help. I look for ways I can help every day, bit and small things. Just reach out and help and you will feel good for it. Most veterans are not looking for someone to move thm into a new house, but rather help getting a home set up they have paid for and financned. Help could come from real estatle brokers, attorneys, banks, and the renovation and repair industry. We not looking for something for free, but rather just help doing it right without being taken advantage of.

Submitted by FireWolf on Sat, 06/20/2009 - 9:19am.

Seems to me this entire mess has gotten totally out of hand. David has done nothing wrong except serve his country & survive the war. He has sacrificed his life, still has years of rehab that will forever affect his life, and given several limbs to show his true bravery. He is a living warrior with a Purple Heart he has to see every day he gets out of bed. On the other hand, this wife of just a few yrs. & this cousin seem to be doing quite well & look to do even better when that eventual divorce steals it all out from under him.

With 2 tours of duty, they have not lived together long enough to "have" a marriage, but her family sure see a free meal ticket coming their way. Here they are living off property that David physically could not have purchased himself, nor see, nor manage. About all he could do during these last long months is go to therapy & just try to survive. Some one was managing that money for him. All he had to do was sign the paperwork and trust that the woman he married really did have his best interest at heart.

I am sure that this "financial advisor" is related to this wife's side of the family somewhere along the way. Another factor is more than likely this family of gold diggers will "help her with her traumatic" divorce when it surely occurs & make sure she gets all the money, houses, & compensation she can. Someones commiting fraud here alright & poor David is being victimized again.

Seems the government should have an adult protective services to help protect their wounded while they are the most vulnerable!


Submitted by redboy1 on Sat, 06/20/2009 - 10:26pm.

I have been reading all of this. First, I will certainly not deny that Sgt Battle has fought for my freedom and almost lost his life. I owe a debt of gratitude for this young man. He deserves to be compensated for his life changing injuries as he has fought for my freedom. Thank you. My prayers continue for you on your long road of recovery. You sound like a fine young man.

Now for some specific question. Is the house the cousin is living in the one his wife in haste put an offer on for herself and the kids when it looked like the couple was separating?

Is the cousin who is so graciously living in their investment property paying to live in one of their business homes?

Are all 4 children David's biological children? If not, is his wife getting child support for them? Or is David supporting them? I think I remember reading somewhere that they met at a base and were married 3 years ago. It seems to my little brain that it would not be possible for them to have teenage children.

Where is David from and where is his family?

If these were investment properties, where was David and his family to live when he completes his treatment? Is there any consideration for moving David to Augusta VA for treatments?

Just some thoughts. Lots of unanswered questions.

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Submitted by Git Real on Sat, 06/20/2009 - 1:30pm.

David has done nothing wrong except serve his country & survive the war. He has sacrificed his life, still has years of rehab that will forever affect his life, and given several limbs to show his true bravery. He is a living warrior with a Purple Heart he has to see every day he gets out of bed

As much as I'd like to jump in with some strong opinions on this subject I cannot go after Sgt Battle with what he has gone through. I highly suspect his 'Handlers' have contributed to this complicated issue. I hardly think that this war hero's agenda has been to see what he can scam off others or how he can milk the system. Right now I have to give every benefit of doubt to this maimed and injured war hero. I would imagine that as his 'Handlers' were handling his finances Sgt Battle spent most of the time on his back recuperating from the multitudes of surgeries and physical pain and suffering associated with such trauma. That's not even to mention the mental suffering and adjustments that have taken place. With that said my hopes are that Sgt Battle can overcome all of this and not live his life as a victim but will become an inspiration to others and that he chooses not to be shoved off into a corner. This choice is his to make and I hope he is able to manage his personal manners and finances in the future in an honorable and profitable manner without a bunch of "gold diggers" looking to profit in the short term.

Seems the government should have an adult protective services to help protect their wounded while they are the most vulnerable!

It seems there are some fine vets and other individuals out there that are truly helping our battle injured heroes out. I salute them... Perhaps it's time people give our war vets the same respect and honor we give our cancer victims. I would walk a hundred miles on a 3 day walk-a-thon to raise money and awareness for these men and women. When are we going to start seeing people wear purple ribbon and putting purple ribbons on products we buy as manufacturers brag about how much our warriors do for the free enterprise system.

Just some thoughts.... Thanks again Sgt Battle.

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Submitted by Tug13 on Sat, 06/20/2009 - 2:08pm.

Git,you are right! He was in the hospital for 18 months, numerous surgeries. I could go on & on. How could he "handle business" in that condition?? He is a HERO in my book!! A lot of people who were around me when the Sgt. passed by think so too. Very emotional.

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Sat, 06/20/2009 - 9:29am.

you summed it up better than anyone else.

He is a good guy, the vet groups are good guys, someone is trying to take them both for a ride!

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Submitted by Git Real on Sat, 06/20/2009 - 1:33pm.

I have to agree. Something surely stinks in all this. But NOTHING can take away from the proven sacrifice that Sgt Battle gave up for the concept of freedom, security and liberty.

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Submitted by soretoe on Sat, 06/20/2009 - 5:51am.

For those of you that are questioning this whole affair, I would like to suggest you do one thing and then return to this blog and tell us about it. Join the military and go through what this soldier has.

When one enlists in the service of his country they are promised the world. Free medical care is one of those promised entitlements. The military in general has a difficult enough task at providing medical services to people with NO handicap. There are medical problems that occur simply because of military service. Because of the mission of a military unit you become a second class citizen, giving up "rights" that some people sue each other over. You are expected to move where ever the services ask you to. Your families do not know what it is like to live in the same place their whole lives. But we join and serve because it's the right thing to do.

Now add the complication of a war to the picture. Families endure long periods with out their solders that have been deployed. News articles and stories make the places that their loved ones are serving into a blood bath. They receive advice from every corner. Then comes the day when there are men in uniform at their door. Their loved one has been injured.

Fast forward to our hero Sgt David Battle. By all accounts he shouldn’t even be alive today. His family has dealt with his problems fro battle on an hourly basis. They have gone the full road of emotion and doubt. Advice is a non stop interruption in their lives. Special needs arise and in the mean time their loved one is under going surgery after surgery. One day everyone is in a “high” because David is doing better than expected. The next day they are told he still needs more. If they go “home” then he is alone as he goes through his ordeal. Living near the hospital becomes a burden and a sacrifice at the same time. At times the whole situation seems hopeless. Then along come venues of assistance. They accept this assistance which happens to be a home where they can have a somewhat normal life. But there are strings attached. Each string has a different requirement and they can change at the whim of the organization.

This family has endured every bit of David’s pain, each emotion and each let down. People have volunteered their resources, money or time and done so freely. They didn’t care if he has other resources that were unexpected; you see he is a HERO. He is in need. He can not provide these things for himself or his family. People gave because they wanted to. The story is not about someone defrauding an organization. The real story is about a man that almost paid the ultimate price for our freedom. He didn’t have clauses in his contract with the American People. He signed his blank check and said I’ll do what ever it takes, and he did so. The price he is paying now and will continue to pay the rest of his life is not worth all the controversy over whether or not he should have a house near his treatment center. It should be about what I can do to make sure Sgt Battle has a home where ever he needs one. What can I do to contribute to this Heroes well being? How can I make his life better in any way?

To those of you that are pointing fingers at him and his family, I say to you go find a recruiter and go through what that family has and pray that you do not cash the same check that the Battle family has. If you are not willing to do so then keep your thoughts to your self.

Thank you Sgt Battle and the whole Battle family. I owe my freedom to you.

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Sat, 06/20/2009 - 7:39am.

I think you relatives as missing the point. Two independent groups, and vets themselves, volunteered their time and money to make a home happen for a disabled vet, believing he had none. Neither group of volunteers knew of the other until they read of the other in the papers. One house and 100,000 is more than vets from previous years has ever got. Two houses is nuts.

How do I know this? My ex was a viet Nam vet. He too stepped on a mine and was in a hospital overseas many months before they could patch him up enough to live through a plane trip back to the states. He almost lost both legs, they left them on because he was 18 and begged for them. His left arm, the muscles were blown away and though he has it, his fingers are useless.

When I met him he was getting a check as 30% disabled. It was over 20 years after Viet Nam. While I was married to him I drug him kicking and screaming back to MDs and had more shrapnel than I care to talk about removed from his legs. I was shown x rays and told they should have been removed, they were slowing poisoning him and should have been taken off years before. Still the VA paid 30% disabled. I divorced him because he had PDSS and it got really freaky waking up in the middle of the night to find your husband on 'night watch'.
I wasn't about to turn him loose like that because he couldn't hold a job for the pain the the PDSS so I made it my mission to get him 100% disabled with the VA. It took years. Another thing, while I was married to him, every 6 months we had to go have the warts and tags taken off of his hands and neck from being exposed to agent orange.

These VET groups, you are bad mouthing are volunteers like my ex would have been if he could have gotten around. They themselves,got a bad deal and wanted to help a fellow soldier. They wanted to take care of their own. Most of the VietNam era vets got the same treatment as my ex. Nothing wonderful like 100,000. and a house, I can assure you. They have made it a point that no one else be treated as they were.

Instead of thanking them for trying to make a bad situation better, you have publicly put them down for not giving more. SHAME ON YOU!

Submitted by monkey on Sat, 06/20/2009 - 3:18pm.

how about three houses? would that be too much to qualify for charity?
do some research in the county records and you will find not one, not two but three homes owned by them..... disgusting at best and they were almost got a fourth one in Maryland!

and that is all i have to say about that

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Sat, 06/20/2009 - 3:35pm.

They bought investment properties with money the received for his injuries. IF he had used the money to open some sort of retail store, would that have been wrong? I don't see the differnence. Fact is, the guy won't be able to work for a very long time and $100,000 doesn't last long when you have 4 kids to feed. I'm glad ge tried to be responsible and use the money to earn a living. I have had several friends serve in Iraq and everytime they go over they come back with 20k to 40k in the bank and they burn through very quickly on stupid stuff. Is that what you think Sgt. Battle should have done?

Submitted by doubledown on Tue, 06/23/2009 - 12:34am.

If the contract they had previously signed said specifically that owning a retail store would constitute a violation, then yes that would have been wrong.

Substitute "retail store" in the above with "residential real estate" and you'll have an idea why all this happened.

I would not, under any circumstances, call real estate speculation in properties such as these "making a living". People watch two episodes of "Property Ladder" and suddenly think they can live the high life being a property investor.

The fact of the matter is that if they needed re-occurring cash flow to live off of now, they picked the exact worst short-term choice for that.

I read somewhere that Sgt. Battle's disability income will start at somewhere around $4,000 a month and that it will be for the most part tax free. While it's not a huge amount for a family of that size, it would be an error to believe that residuals from the $100,000 is their primary source of income.

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Submitted by Git Real on Sat, 06/20/2009 - 3:30pm.

Let's pray these 'extra' homes give this Sgt. Battle subsistence for the rest of his life. Find a deserving family for the one in Maryland and let's thank God that Sgt Battle didn't need it after all. Thanks man for your service and the work you are doing for our vets.

Your frustrations are understood.

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Fri, 06/19/2009 - 10:59pm.

He did for me and my family something that I didn't do; period.

That some company feels less than great thanks for his sacrifice, I can't help that.

Whatever the circumstance's Sgt David Battle has my thanks and respect for defending me, my family, my children, my neighbor's and the rest of the U.S. with his service.


Submitted by truthrevealer on Fri, 06/19/2009 - 3:53pm.

Sigh.. You know what.. my family told me not to respond to the accusations logged, they said that people automatically want to believe the worst about people and nothing you say will change their minds. I disagreed. I said if they knew David they wouldn't think that way. I thought I could help them understand by explaining the full details to them. I was wrong. I am sorry to have taken up your time attempting to enlighten you. For those that know David, there is nothing else that needs to be said and I am sure God will provide. For those that do not you are welcome to join us tomorrow when he arrives. Then and only then will you see the spirit of a true hero. As I notice that most of these inflammatory postings are from the Baltimore area I assume it is further public relation techniques from Homes for our Troops. How ironic that we should receive so many comments in a local Fayetteville paper from your area today. It's quite obvious. I do not wish to go back and forth with you. The true citizens are the ones to whom I addressed these responses. Your actions have already ruined what was to be a beautiful ceremony for David. Please cease and desist this attack on his character and integrity. You do not know him. We do. He is a True Hero. Leave him alone and let him enjoy this time in peace. For everyone else... please continue to keep them in your prayers. They have a long road ahead. Thank you and God Bless!

Submitted by leslie zimmerman on Fri, 06/19/2009 - 2:54pm.

I saw the liner in BaltimoreSun.Com:"Plan to give Arundel home to man who lost 3 limbs fell apart", and had to find out more. I thank God for our brave soldiers who sacrifice so much for the citizens of the USA. I wanted to know how did this fall through? So many local businesses and volunteers donated so much to give a home to a deserving family!
Obviously this was not an easy decision for the officials of Homes for Our Troops to make. I urge you to read the article and watch the video at,0,1207592.story.
However, I wish to point out some discrepencies in your blog and what the press printed, (even in this very website). You state:These homes were purchased as a business. They were not purchased to be the family home and are not handicap accessible one of them is even a multi-level home where David would not even be able to easily get to the bedroom without fighting a long flight of stairs. Let me be perfectly clear here so that there are no misunderstanding they can be made like the ones that can easily be assumed by reading the press release from HOMES for our troops. .. On June 16, reported: "Saturday will mark the return of a wounded warrior and real-life hero. The afternoon of June 20 will be a special day for U.S. Army Sgt. David Battle and his family. And Fayette County residents are invited to share in the occasion and line the streets as the family receives a homecoming motorcade escort by the Patriot Guard Riders of Georgia and multiple law enforcement agencies to their home in Clayton County just outside Fayetteville. Note: "...return of wounded their home in Clayton County."
And from the Fayette Daily News: "The Patriot Guard Riders of Georgia's Help On The Homefront Project visited the hero's home in Fayetteville, Ga. and buil(sic) out the unfinished basement in his to provide handicap access to the upper floors of his home so that he may enjoy time and meals with his family."
"Georgia companies, many individuals, along with members of the Patriot Guard Riders of Georgia have already stepped forward to support our Wounded Warrior. Financial contribution may be submitted to: Patriot Guard Riders of Georgia 2009 Wounded Warrior Project Fund, P.O. Box 490835 Lawrenceville, GA 30049." Note: The Patriot Guard Riders of Georgia built out the unfinished basement in his to provide handicap access to the upper floors of his home so that he may enjoy time and meals with his family. Yet you state " They were not purchased to be the family home and are not handicap accessible...
Let me be perfectly clear here so that there are no misunderstanding they can be made like the ones that can easily be assumed by reading the press release from HOMES for our troops." Reads to me like the Patriot Guard Riders of Georgia has already made the home accessible to return home to Georgia.
These are unfortunate circumstances. I am not sure who is taking advantage of whom. But, there are many veterans that have been severely wounded while serving our country who have no home. And the reporting regarding the Battles family sure states they almost had two homes in two states that volunteers upgraded to be accessible by Sgt. Battles. So what is the REAL truth?

Submitted by FayetteFlyer on Fri, 06/19/2009 - 1:31pm.

would be to contact several of the media outlets about this. This is far to urgent to leave to the musings of a blogging site. I'm sure no one wants to see this fallen warrior duped and deprived by what may be a situational snafu.

Submitted by Mom of a Hero on Fri, 06/19/2009 - 1:13pm.

There is no denying that SGT David Battle should be praised for serving his country...he is among the small minority of Americans who risk everything to honor the truths and rights we are privileged to have as American citizens. For that, I thank him. He is a hero.

I am saddened to read this post. As Lakeisa's cousin I would imagine that you love her very then can you air public such private information? This family deserves their privacy and all this long, drawn-out post does is make people question their actions even more.

It is my understanding that the true issue that Homes for Our Troops had with the Battle's situation is the fact that they were told the house did not belong to them, that it belonged to you...that was a lie. The newspaper said the Battles would be welcomed home to their "Specially-adapted HOME" on Saturday. A HOME is not an investment property. Stop trying to make others look as though they were out to get this family...they were doing everything they could to empower this family. Why in the world would Homes for Our Troops award a specially adapted home to a soldier who had one already, as a secondary home so that he and his family could stay there while he received treatments at WRAMC? Also, how was it possible for Lakeisa, after "the fight", to go and make an offer on a home in her hometown with the money that is DAVID's without his permission...his name is on the deed...he is an owner with her on BOTH homes in Georgia. Good for them that they were looking to invest in their future...unfortuantely they were not truthful to an incredible organization who was working miracles in this troubled economy to find contractors, donors, and volunteers who gave more than money...they gave their blood, sweat and tears to this cause.

I wish only the best for the Battle family and am pleased to know they will have a wonderful support system in place in Fayetteville where they will be close to family and friends. I am glad David will have a home that meets his needs.

I look forward to the day the Pasadena, MD home is turned over to a veteran in need.

Submitted by truthrevealer on Fri, 06/19/2009 - 1:47pm.

Dear 'Mom of a Hero", you are right. I did disclose some very personal information but as a result of the press release from Homes for our Troops this family is being assaulted. The 1/2 truths and innuendos that were released made them out to be bad people trying to take advantage of others and I had to correct that. The best way to get the whole truth out is to just tell the whole truth that way if people chose to think poorly of you its for something you did not due to something that they misunderstood. I apologize for the length of it. I didn't realize it was that long. When I see injustice I get passionate and when I am upset I tend to ramble. Forgive me.
I would like to address the questions you voiced above if I may. You ask how could she purchase a home in Ga without David's permission. I never stated that she didn't have David's permission. Of course, she did he is a man of honor and would take care of his family to the best of his ability for as long as he could. I don't know what the issue is with Home for our Troops. If they were told it is my home that was not a lie. I live here. I pay the bills here. It is my home. David could not live here for any long period of time. He could only access the living room and kitchen up stairs otherwise he would be forced to stay in the area in the basement. If he wants to use the restroom he has to go outside and around the house into the basement where a restroom was built that can accomodate him. This is one of the half truths that Homes for our troops has released. They would have people believe that the entire home is handicapped accessible when the truth is that it is not. It can not be. The entryways are not wide enough and can not be made wide enough because of load bearing walls. That's why the basement was done. He does not have a specially adapted home, there are two floors that he would not be able to access. The only thing done on the main level was a widening of doors. Stop saying that they were not truthful. Where does it say you have to tell people where you invest for your retirement? The Battles will always have family who love them both in Ga and Md, but they can not live here. Sgt Battle has therapy daily. This is a home away from home because family is here. But they live in DC/MD. They still need a home now more than ever because everyone that wanted to assist them personally was sent to the Homes for our Troop website to make the donations. How do the people that specifically wanted to donate to David and his family get their money back since Homes for Our Troops is not giving it to them? ONCE AND FOR ALL.. He does not have a home that meets his needs... he continues to have investment properties that while they were good deals for the long run can not be adapted to be fully handicapped accessible! This Veteran is still without a home! He simply has a retirement plan in process. Is that so difficult to understand?

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Fri, 06/19/2009 - 6:39pm.

In addition to the VA, get Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the GA Dept of Veterans Affairs involved.
When I read the description of the housing situation here in GA, I am even more puzzled how a decision could be taken to abandon what appeared to be a certainty to own an $800,000 home specially designed and constructed for David's needs. And I think the family got some really bad financial advice that turned them into real estate speculators. What they originated was not truly a "business", but they turned themselves into risk takers gambling in an uncertain market. I wish nothing but a positive outcome for them all, but somewhere down the road, there should be a critical family review of investment and relocation decisions taken in the last 2 yrs.

Submitted by doubledown on Tue, 06/23/2009 - 12:22am.

Right on.

No separate company to shield them from liability.
No dedicated work crews to help shoulder the load.
No experience in real estate.

Sounds like some shyster financial planner to me. *NO* responsible financial planner would look at someone who has a disability like this and advise them to start doing real estate speculation.

Submitted by Mom of a Hero on Fri, 06/19/2009 - 2:46pm.

Much of my information came from this story and the interview I heard on the radio today...did the Patriot Guard think this was all done so David could stop by when he was in the area? It doesn't sound that way. They thought he was going to live in Fayetteville and this link says that the entire lower level is fully accessible.

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Submitted by S. Lindsey on Fri, 06/19/2009 - 12:25pm.

probrally not.. many kneejerk here without even attempting to discover the truth.. they are the typical "bit*h" about everything types..
Glad you told the "rest of the Story"

"When the person who in possession of a government, shall say to a nation, I hold this power in 'contempt' of you, it signifies not on what authority he pretends to say it is..but an aggravation to a person in slavery"..Thomas Paine

Submitted by monkey on Fri, 06/19/2009 - 2:47pm.
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Submitted by monkey on Fri, 06/19/2009 - 3:00pm.

so how does one say "GA is not our home Maryland is, and then come to a "Welcome Home" ceremony in Georgia with a parade and police escort from the airpor, people lining the streets....i dont get it

Submitted by monkey on Sat, 06/20/2009 - 1:53pm.

why would a charity go through months of soliciting contractors, spending dollars on materials and travel for project managers and HFOT officials, make ceremony preparations right down to yard signs that recognized each and every contributor, obviously all were waiting for the special day when their mission could be fullfilled. To give a specially adapted home to an injured soldier in need, provide them with a home that they will live in for the rest of their days, give them a mortgage free head start on life etc etc etc only to cancel it at the last minute? they must have had travel plans, food, dignitaries all at the ready from months of planning for this day.....ask yourself why would an organization that has done this 30 other times across the country, put a halt to it all?

Cmon people, wake up already and take a look at this. This is why. Because the Battles are all set, they have a beautiful home or two or even three, who knows?
One is handicap accessible made possible by the AWESOME Patriot Guard Riders of Georgia.

I cant wait for the day a truly NEEDY family will be given the home in Maryland. Maybe a family with kids and not even one home or business or other means, a family that spend their TSGLI on living day to day while the family was in Fisher House or somewhere....BTW FISHER HOUSE IS A GREAT PLACE FOR FAMILIES TOO - without Fisher House, injured and their families would have a much harder time being together during the most trying time of their lives.


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Submitted by Git Real on Sat, 06/20/2009 - 1:58pm.

I'm thankful that that there is a home available for another injured war hero. For that we need to be thankful.


I'm sure all parties involved have learned some valuable lessons here. Let's stop bashing these wonderful charities and instead stand up, salute them, and help fund them for their well intentioned and beneficial works. Thanks Monkey... I can't help but think you are a part of all these wonderful projects.

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Submitted by monkey on Sat, 06/20/2009 - 2:28pm.

you are right, i give to many military charities, money, time and support of any kind, some are closer to my heart than others but i am deeply committed to helping them and i have strong feelings and do not want them to be played as the "Bad guy" in this situation

i am done with this blog, there have been some great posts here and i feel good that most have a grip on reality
so my friends, i salute all men and women of our armed forces past and present and i will continue to help the charities that support our defenders of freedom.

And I wish nothing but good things to Sgt David Battle and his family

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