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Bank official: Wellington wounded vet not facing imminent foreclosure

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at 4:49 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at 5:05 p.m.

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A U.S. Bank official on Tuesday provided a hopeful-sounding update on a severely wounded Wellington war veteran who has been worried that he could lose his home to foreclosure.

“I can tell you there is no imminent foreclosure. And we are working with him to find a good solution,” said Nicole Garrison-Sprenger, Minneapolis-based spokeswoman for U.S. Bank.

On Saturday, The Eagle published a story on Kansas.com about how 44-year-old Jerrod Hays and his family could lose their dream home to foreclosure and that for him the prospect is “worse than getting blown up.” In 2007, Hays suffered extensive injuries to his face, mouth, arms and hands in a roadside bombing attack in Iraq while serving in the Kansas National Guard. He underwent more than 45 surgeries and spent two years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

During his recovery, Hays said, he and his wife fell behind on their mortgage payments and were mostly at fault for their financial problems but wanted to save their “dream home” in Wellington.

Garrison-Sprenger said she couldn’t go into detail on the Hayses’ mortgage situation. “We’re pretty limited as far as customer privacy in what we can share,” she said.

Told of the lender’s comments, Hays’ wife, Nancy, said Tuesday afternoon: “I love U.S. Bank. They’re doing really good trying to help us out.”

On Monday, Jerrod Hays heard from the Veterans Administration that he had been approved for 100 percent disability status, which will boost his income. He retired in August after 26 years in the National Guard. As a civilian, he worked for a foundry, but he says his war wounds have left him unable to work.

Meanwhile, The Eagle on Tuesday continued to receive phone calls and e-mails from people who have read about Hays’ financial problems and have offered to donate to or set up a fund to help the family of four.

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com.

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