September 14, 2016
“We were outraged,” said Dennis Moschella, a Vietnam veteran and president of VAV. “Guys like Mr. Bazin should be living free. He shouldn’t have a bill in the world. And all these young military people coming up should have health care forever.”
Credit: Patrick Whittemore ‘THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME’: Army veteran Herman Bazin, who served in World War II, had his house in foreclosure before a veterans’ organization stepped in to help.Herman Bazin served his country above and beyond the call of duty. The Army drafted the Lawrence teen during World War II right after he graduated from high school. He rode a tank in the Battle of the Bulge and saw the atrocities of the Dachau concentration camp after it was liberated.
A few months ago, Bazin, now 91, nearly lost his beloved house after he got behind on mortgage payments and went into foreclosure. Numerous veterans’ organizations couldn’t help because he didn’t meet their “criteria” and the VA offered to move him into a housing complex, but Bazin wanted to stay put.
“It’s my little nest. It’s home. It’s my security,” Bazin told me during a recent visit to his Lawrence house. “Everybody likes their independence. I go to bed when I feel like it.”
Veterans Assisting Veterans stepped in and gave Bazin the $5,000 he needed to get his house temporarily out of foreclosure.
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