War veteran Chris Lazzara homeless for Christmas after Army gave notice from Howe Barracks
by Chris Pragnell
27 November 2015
Former Private Chris Lazzara has been told to pack his bags – and slapped with a court summons for December 16.
Refusal could see Mr Lazzara, his wife and baby son turfed out of their house in Howe Barracks and left homeless over the festive period.
Mr Lazzara, who served his country in Afghanistan, said: “I feel like the Army has declared war on me."
“I feel really let down. I just can’t believe the timing of this. All we need is time to stay in the property while we acquire other accommodation.
“We’ve nowhere to go so I don’t know what we’re expected to do? I’m now trying to sort emergency accommodation through the council but we’ve no guarantees at all.”
Canterbury’s Howe Barracks site will eventually be bulldozed, but while most properties sit empty, some occupants are still in place.
Mr Lazzara, 32, is confined to a wheelchair following injuries he says he sustained during an Army exercise.
He says Army bosses are refusing compensation, claiming his injuries are the result of an earlier condition, and have launched eviction proceedings.
Having served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Mr Lazzara was discharged on medical grounds in July this year.
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