WWII Veteran facing eviction gets new home

ABC Action News first told you about a World War II Veteran facing eviction in Winter Haven.Chet Lebrun's home...

Posted: Feb 22, 2018 7:43 PM
Updated: Feb 22, 2018 7:43 PM

ABC Action News first told you about a World War II Veteran facing eviction in Winter Haven.

Chet Lebrun's home is in shambles after Hurricane Irma and he doesn't have any way to fix the damages.

After our story aired, the community has come together in a big way.

"It's just been overwhelming," Karen Bingham said.

Bingham, Chet Lebrun's power of attorney and caregiver, called out for help, to everyone on social media.

And it was just minutes before money started flowing in.

"Fix it, fix it, fix it, how was he going to fix it?" Bingham said Cypress Shores senior living community has sent Lebrun a notice citing his hurricane damage as a violation of the neighborhood's codes.

But without FEMA's help, or insurance funds to fix it, Lebrun had nowhere else to turn.

Chet has a few choice words for how he feels about his damaged home.

"I'd like to put a stick of dynamite in it," Chet Lebrun said.

"You almost lose hope in humanity and then something like this happens and it just restores your hope in humanity you know," she said.

Bingham said after she made her call for help public, people from across the nation started to donate to Chet's GoFundMe account.

Money has not been the only thing donated to Lebrun.

Two anonymous business owners have gotten together and donated a new manufactured home to Lebrun.

"A new home? Of course! Brand spanking new!," Chet's face brightens up as he describes the new home to ABC Action News.

"You know we are going to be able t, move him into a new home, a safer place," Bingham said.

She began to tear up, emotions overcoming her as she realized the huge gift that had been bestowed up her father-like figure.

"It's got a double fridge, beautiful in there," he said.

The home is a god send, according to Bingham, and a healthy bank account to fund Chet's new home expenses.

"As long as he lives now he's never going to have to worry about his finances again," Bingham said.

"I would like to meet them and thank them." Chet said. "You were darn right, doesn't happen to everybody every day," he said.

Chet will move into his new mobile home in March.

Huntsville
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 63°
Florence
Broken Clouds
67° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 67°
Fayetteville
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 60°
Decatur
Overcast
61° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 61°
Scottsboro
Overcast
63° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 63°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 128818

Reported Deaths: 2284
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson18772333
Mobile12975289
Montgomery8598173
Madison742275
Tuscaloosa7081114
Lee560359
Shelby557250
Baldwin503348
Marshall378442
Etowah330645
Calhoun324939
Morgan314226
Houston264422
Elmore249747
DeKalb232619
St. Clair219835
Walker219180
Talladega203426
Limestone194219
Cullman180817
Franklin173428
Dallas173226
Russell16922
Autauga166424
Lauderdale161633
Colbert158126
Escambia155424
Blount152714
Jackson148511
Chilton146327
Covington130327
Dale130043
Coffee12488
Pike11359
Tallapoosa112983
Chambers111742
Clarke104617
Marion92128
Butler90638
Barbour8247
Marengo69619
Winston68712
Lowndes64527
Pickens62814
Bibb61910
Hale61028
Randolph59112
Bullock58514
Lawrence57820
Monroe5738
Geneva5564
Cherokee54816
Washington54513
Perry5366
Clay5317
Wilcox53011
Crenshaw51931
Conecuh51711
Macon46720
Henry4594
Sumter41719
Fayette4159
Choctaw34412
Lamar3372
Cleburne3166
Greene30015
Coosa1603
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 180497

Reported Deaths: 2196
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby29702443
Davidson25798287
Hamilton898589
Rutherford886987
Knox872671
Williamson501936
Sumner462193
Wilson330839
Putnam296537
Montgomery291841
Out of TN287623
Bradley280016
Unassigned27806
Madison256856
Sevier249313
Blount241123
Maury217822
Robertson214134
Washington210732
Sullivan202631
Hamblen182425
Tipton170417
Trousdale16457
Hardeman151225
Wayne14785
Gibson146419
Bedford128716
Dyer124613
Dickson116612
Cumberland112616
Fayette111017
Carter110627
Anderson110311
Loudon10936
Weakley109118
Henderson108919
Greene107536
Obion10609
Coffee105712
Jefferson104614
McMinn102824
Macon100019
Warren9967
Monroe98716
Hardin94114
Lawrence93011
Lauderdale92314
Haywood89616
Lake8682
Franklin8627
Bledsoe8424
Roane8123
Carroll80616
Cheatham78110
McNairy77816
Rhea76311
White7528
Hawkins74216
Cocke7249
Marshall6974
Smith66310
Overton6623
Johnson6332
Henry5909
Chester5699
Lincoln5661
Giles54717
DeKalb54210
Hickman5074
Crockett49519
Marion4887
Decatur4526
Claiborne4194
Campbell4123
Fentress4063
Polk37111
Grainger3372
Benton3299
Union3211
Morgan2993
Jackson2984
Unicoi2701
Cannon2630
Humphreys2213
Grundy2195
Meigs2163
Sequatchie2162
Scott1942
Clay1765
Houston1710
Lewis1681
Stewart1462
Van Buren1460
Moore1451
Perry1380
Hancock1062
Pickett952

Community Events