It's been a rough few years for the Gittens family. In 2007, while on his third deployment in Iraq, Sergeant First Class Sean Gittens suffered brain damage during a series of I.E.D. explosions. (WRDW-TV / June 23, 2011)
Monday, June 27, 2011
EVANS, Ga. -- The family of a disabled veteran said they no longer want to live in an Evans community. Their decision comes after the controversy surrounding the construction of their new home in Knob Hill.
Sharon Gittens told News 12 they felt like they were not welcomed after a homeowners association blocked Homes for Our Troops from building a handicap-accessible home for her husband Sgt. First Class Sean Gittens.
Homes for Our Troops claimed the association wanted the house to be bigger, but the board president said that wasn't the case and they were looking forward to the project.
Sgt. Gittens was injured in 2007 during his third tour of duty in Iraq. A series of IED blasts took a toll on his body causing traumatic brain injuries. He later had a stroke which left him paralyzed and was unable to move or talk.
The family had been renting a home in Knob Hill.