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Fri Jul 11, 2014, 08:19 AM

Veteran needs help to get home back

Veteran needs help to get home back
Fundraising effort seeks $132,000 for Hamburg resident

Howell, Michigan: -- A Livingston County Veterans Affairs employee hopes others will step up to help an 82-year-old Hamburg Township veteran on the brink of being homeless.

Joshua Parish, a veterans benefits counselor, launched a crowdfunding campaign June 25 and plans to host fundraisers to try and raise $132,008 for Ross Dahlberg to reclaim his home before a six-month redemption period expires Sept. 26.

Owing about $4,000 in mortgage payments, the Korean War-era veteran lost his home of 17 years at a sheriff’s auction in March while in the hospital recovering from triple-bypass surgery. Parish said he believes Dahlberg was overlooked by a state system when he applied for financial assistance.

“It’s not just this veteran in this county that it’s happening to, it’s everywhere,” Parish said.

Dahlberg, who uses a wheelchair due to the effects of diabetes, said he applied for assistance through the StepForward program after he fell behind on mortgage payments after several surgeries and a divorce.

Parish said he had been conditionally approved through the program and was told his house would not be foreclosed upon while the program processed his application. Yet, Dahlberg received a letter from the program weeks later informing him that his application had been declined due to a clerical error, Parish said.

“Either something fell through the cracks, or someone didn’t do their job,” said Parish, who is acting as a representative for Dahlberg while he recovers from a bacterial infection at a Howell rehabilitation facility.

“It’s a nightmare,” said Dahlberg, who said his faith is helping him through his situation. “It’s like I’m in a horror chamber.”

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Fri Jul 11, 2014, 08:23 AM

1. K&R His Birthday is July 16. Thank You the Post

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Fri Jul 11, 2014, 08:27 AM

2. Where is the 4k for the mortgage payment?


I understand he was in the hospital and And maybe unable to write a check for the payment. However, when he got out, the money would have still been in the account. I am so glad I electronically pay. I could be in the hospital a year and the house would be paid at least. Well best of luck to him. He needs to contact the bank to ensure his account was not hacked.

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Fri Jul 11, 2014, 08:42 AM

3. If he wasn't a veteran, then too bad?

What difference does being a 'veteran' have to being rendered potentially homeless by medical issues and divorce?

Besides, what does being a Korean-era 'veteran' mean? Was he a clerk? Was he in Korea? For most folks, being in the military is/was just a job -- it doesn't necessarily mean 'hero' or having been in a war zone, etc.

'Veterans' are people just like the rest of us and I just don't see why there should be any different treatment. It seems like these days all you have to do to activate the liberal-guilt response is attach the word 'veteran' to anything and people go all gushy (to be fair this tactic is being used on America at-large, too -- like the insurance and mortgage TV ads I've seen just for veterans).

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