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Good Samaritan helps veteran keep his home


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KEEP HIS HOME. WESH 2’S AMANDA DUKES HAS THEIR STORY. >> A DISABLED VIETNAM VETERAN WHO’S CONFINED TO A WHEELCHAIR SAYS THIS CASSELBERRY HOTEL WAS HOURS FROM THROWING HIM OUT ON THE STREET WHEN A VERY COMPASSIONATE MAN CAME TO HIS RESCUE. ERNIE CLAYTON AND JOHN DEMAURO MET IN PERSON FOR THE FIRST TIME SUNDAY. DEMAURO IS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE LOCAL CHAPTER OF PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA, CLAYTON IS A VIETNAM VETERAN WHO AFTER DECADES OF HEALTH ISSUES AND PERSONAL MISFORTUNES HAS ENDED UP LIVING AT THE HOTEL. CLAYTON REACHED OUT TO DEMAURO’S ORGANIZATION WHEN HE LEANED THE HOTEL WAS GOING TO FORCE HIM OUT SATURDAY NIGHT BECAUSE HIS LATEST ROOM BILL WAS DUE,BUT HE CAN’T PAY IT UNTIL HIS SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK ARRIVES WEDNESDAY. >> YOU HAVE A DISABLED VETERAN IN A WHEELCHAIR ON A CATHETER AND YOU’RE GONNA PUT HIM OUT ON THE STREET? REPORTER: CLAYTON SAID FOR THE SIX WEEKS HE’S BEEN AT THE HOMETOWNE STUDIOS HE’S PAID HIS ROOM BILLS ON TIME AND SHOWED US THE $2300 WORTH OF RECEIPTS. HE SAYS HE ASKED THE HOTEL TO WAIT FOR HIS PAYMENT UNTIL WEDNESDAY BUT THE HOTEL CONFIRMED TO US THAT CLAYTON HAD BEEN TOLD HE HAD TO PAY OR LEAVE. >> IF I WENT TO A HOMELESS CAMP, I WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN ABLE TO HAVE MY OXYGEN AND I WOULD HAVE DIED. REPORTER: CLAYTON REACHED OUT TO DEMAURO WHO SAYS HE TRIED TO NEOGITATE WITH THE HOTEL ON CLAYTON’S BEHALF BUT HE HAD NO LUCK. SO HE PAID THE $341 TO COVER CLAYTON’S ROOM UNTIL WEDNESDAY. DEMAURO BELIEVES THE INCIDENT POINTS TO A GREATER NEED FOR COMPASSION FOR VETERANS. >> THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS NONE OF US WOULD HAVE WHAT WE HAVE IN THIS COUNTRY IF IT WEREN’T FOR OUR VETERANS. REPORTER: THE GENERAL MANAGER OF HOMETOWNE STUDIOS SENT WESH TWO NEWS AN EMAIL SAYING, I HAVE TO FOLLOW THE COMPANY GUIDELINE. I AM ABLE TO MAKE AN EXCEPTION FOR A DAY BUT NOT FOR 4 OR 5 DAYS. I DID TRY TO REACH SOME CHURCHES. OUR COMPANY DOES CARE. DEMAURO HOPES TO FIND A BETTER LONG-TERM LIVING SITUATION FOR CLAYTON SO HE DOESN’T END UP IN THE SAE SITUATION AGAIN. IN SEMINOLE COUNTY AMANDA DU

Good Samaritan helps veteran keep his home

A local veteran is thankful to have a roof over his head after he says staff members at the hotel where he lives were hours from kicking him out. A good Samaritan stepped in to make sure he had what he needed to keep his home. WESH 2’s Amanda Dukes has the story.

CASSELBERRY, Fla. —

A local veteran is thankful to have a roof over his head after he says staff members at the hotel where he lives were hours from kicking him out.

A good Samaritan stepped in to make sure he had what he needed to keep his home.

WESH 2’s Amanda Dukes has the story.

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