Veteran speaks out about Knob Hill Controversy

By: Cleo Greene Email
By: Cleo Greene Email

June 24, 2011

HARLEM, Ga. -- The Homes for Our Troops organization has built several hundred homes to assist severely injured service men and women. One home was built two years ago in Harlem for Sgt. Darryl Wallace.

Sgt. Wallace and his family feel Homes for Our Troops gave them a start to a brand new life -- one they thought they would not have. They just hope the Gittens' family can soon feel the same.

"It's just wonderful what they are doing for extremely wounded soldiers like me," said Sgt. Wallace.

He was stationed in Afghanistan back in 2007. An IED exploded under his work truck and he lost both his legs.

"It was pretty painful, I woke up two months after it happened," he said. When he woke up, his wife Tiffany was right by his side and so was the community.

In April 2009, volunteers and troops from Fort Gordon helped build a house for Sgt. Wallace. The home was 100 percent handicap accessible with lowered counters, wider showers and doors that power open. Many felt it was the least they could do for a man who put his life on the line.

"Had we not been able to get a house that was fully handicap accessible, he would struggle a lot more than what he does," said Tiffany Wallace.

"It's so much easier for me to get around and do things for my family," said Sgt. Wallace.

Now he wants a fellow veteran, Sgt. First Class Sean Gittens to have the same opportunity. Sgt. Gittens was left paralyzed and unable to speak after injuries during his third deployment.

Construction on a home designed for his needs was supposed to begin on Friday, but they hit a road block with the Knob Hill Property Owners association.

"He's a veteran and he was severely wounded," said Sgt. Wallace.

He thinks it is ridiculous that plans for construction were stopped.

"I am upset and mad." he said.

So are plenty other people. Now there are signs that the project at Knob Hill will move forward. But Sgt. Wallace said he would think twice about living there.

"If it was me and my house, I would not pick Knob Hill after this," he said.

The Wallace family says Homes for Our Troops will stand by their soldier.

"They will do everything in their power to get a house built for him, whether it will be in Knob Hill or somewhere else," said Tiffany.

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  • by Carla Location: Atlanta Ga. on Jun 28, 2011 at 03:04 PM
    I was interested in purchasing a home in this subdivision, however, after the recent insult to injury that the people in this neighborhood inflicted on this paralyzed vet, whom was injured while fighting for OUR COUNTRY, denying him and his family human kindness of the Homes for Our Troops organization. I would not live among such people if they were giving homes away! May God have mercy on your souls.
  • by Lawrence Location: SC on Jun 27, 2011 at 06:05 PM
    .....Well, Well the truely gutless, heartless and cowards come out. Why don't you just come out and say you don't want someone whom you feel is beneath you living in your neighborhood! That's what it boils down to! These are the type of people who tell their children don't go into the military the same type who would show up and disrupt a soldiers funeral. They should be deported because they are not Americans!
  • by Doug Location: Martinez on Jun 27, 2011 at 09:14 AM
    Well I think it is pretty sad to see this behavior myself. People at like one thing is going to impact their house (snobatorium Iknow not a word but sounds good). If your house goes down in the I think value well then you have a serious issue in that your neighborhood is precisely the reason for the housing crisis overvalued for nothing. They tried to follow the rules by the WAY those crude commenters. saying rules are to be followed. I agree follow but their also suject to revision as I am sure they do if it is percieved to increase their greedy overpriced mansions
  • by Thomas on Jun 26, 2011 at 01:19 PM
    Covenants or deja vu????
  • by Terrence Location: Charleston on Jun 26, 2011 at 01:10 PM
    This community should be renamed Snob Hill. Without the brave men and women serving in the military to protect the freedom of all Americans there would be not gated communities. The rules were developed by residents for residents and can be changed. No change sends a very powerful message about the community....
  • by Lisa on Jun 26, 2011 at 11:28 AM
    Sorry you were wounded, however rules are made for a reason, to be kept. Everybody else has to abide, so do you!
  • by olan Location: grovetown on Jun 26, 2011 at 06:04 AM
    welcome to life in a gated community!! the so called patriotic military loving types in Evans talk a good game about supporting our military as long as it doesn't violate our neighboorhood covenants!!The awesome people buliding this home should find another place to build because this sounds like a case for NIMBY (not in my backyard)
  • by pete Location: augusta on Jun 26, 2011 at 05:15 AM
    Build the house according to approved plans and the covenant or build it somewhere else---simple!
  • by sylvia Location: augusta on Jun 25, 2011 at 08:09 PM
    If I were they people in Knob Hill I would be ashamed to let this fine man know you don't want him there,if it weren't for men like him to fight for YOUR freedom you probally wouldnt have a home,shame on they lot of you.
  • by Mirranda Location: Martinez on Jun 25, 2011 at 07:44 PM
    More like Snob Hill. As a veteran myself I am appalled that these fellow Americans can be that heartless, this close to July 4th nonetheless! How dare they tell a wounded veteran, and the proud company that is building it, that they can't build just because the house doesn't "fit in" with the others around his. How many of those snobs are even veterans? I'm sure that subdivision is violating many Americans with Disabilities Act and Disabled Veterans laws. I'm not feeling the Southern Hospitality at Knob (Snob) Hill. Oh I do say, is that wheel chair ramp? How hideous. Quick Marcy, me must move, the neighborhood gone down the drain.
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