Donations pile in for homeless Marietta veteran

6:34 PM, Jan 14, 2014   |    comments
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MARIETTA, Ga. (WXIA) -- A Vietnam veteran who lost his home last year has been fighting for it ever since ... all while living out of his car.

"I believe human nature is good," says John Chambers. "I genuinely believe that."

For a full year, this 68-year-old Vietnam veteran has lived in a Marietta Wal-Mart parking lot with his dog, Scout -- or, as Chambers calls him, "my best friend."

But Chambers is homeless by choice. He was evicted from his home in January 2013 and decided not to use his remaining money on a place to live.

Instead, says Chambers, "I decided to take all my money and get the best lawyers I could possibly get."

Chambers has been locked in litigation ever since.

But he has received help via the power of the public.

The Marietta Daily Journal published his story last week. Since then, he has received numerous checks and donations.

"You don't know there are so many good people out there," said Chambers, "and then you see something like this, and all the people come out."

Chambers is temporarily homeless no more. Members of his local American Legion post found him and have placed him at a hotel. But he still needs a permanent place, and he still wants to be in the home he once owned.

"They wrongfully took my home," Chambers says of his eviction, "and that's all I ever think about. I don't really think about how inconveniencing it is; I don't think about any of that stuff.

"I think all the time about how I'm gonna get my home back."

Community members are raising money to buy Chambers' home and deed it back to him. Anyone looking to help is instructed to contact Melody Unger at melodyunger@kw.com.

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