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‘Occupy Atlanta’ helps Iraq vet stay in her home

By Andrew Jones
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 11:36 EDT
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An occupied sign on an Iraq vet''s home. Image via CBS Atlanta.
 
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An Iraq war veteran became the latest symbol of “Occupy” protesters fighting to prevent foreclosures nationwide.

According to a CBS affiliate in Atlanta, Brigitte Walker is thanking “Occupy Atlanta” for keeping her in her home.

Walker, whose pay was cut in half by the military after they discharged her for an injury, struggled for 18 months to strike a deal with her lender, Chase Bank, to reduce her monthly payment.

Chase said they offered Walker a deal that she wouldn’t accept. But the veteran, who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, said she doesn’t recall an offer.

With her home scheduled for foreclosure on January 3rd, “Occupy Atlanta” moved in and called Chase on behalf of Walker.

“I know because of them I am still in my home,” Walker told CBS Atlanta. “They got everyday people like myself involved. Everyday people contacting Chase and advocating for me, peaceful demonstrations, people calling and writing in.”

After a few days of calls, Walker and Chase were able to reach an agreement.

“I feel a lot of stress is off me now,” she said. “I feel like now we can celebrate the holidays.”

Despite putting her home on auction, a Chase rep told CBS Atlanta, “We are very pleased we could help a military veteran who has sacrificed for our country.”

Walker’s story comes two weeks after the start of “Occupy Our Homes”, a nationwide action from the 99 percent movement to reverse foreclosures.

Although Walker’s situation didn’t involve any possible illegal actions from her lender, JP Morgan Chase has been sued by state attorney generals and others for foreclosure fraud.

Chase was also twice sued in subprime lending practices that led to the housing finance crisis in 2008, and for automating the foreclosure process through methods known as robo-signing. At the height of the financial crisis, they accepted over $95 billion in taxpayer bailout money.

WATCH: Video from CBS Atlanta, which was broadcast on December 20, 2011.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
 
 
 
 
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