A veteran and mother of three is being sued by the VA and now her Pflugerville home could be taken away. She says this comes after the VA took more than a year to approve her benefits and never back-paid her.
Natasha Taylor says the VA was asking her to make house payments, all while she wasn't getting the 80-percent benefits she was approved for because of a back-log of paperwork. Now she could be kicked out of her home as early as next week.
Natasha Taylor served more than 8 years in the U.S Army. She says instead of the VA honoring her service, they aren't doing anything at all.
"I did three tours in Iraq, all while I was a single mother. I gave them everything I had and for them to turn around and not help me," Taylor said.
Taylor was discharged from the military in September 2011 after a 15-month deployment because of a serious back injury.
Around three months later, she says the VA told her they were on back order for any disability pay. She contacted Wells Fargo about her mortgage loan through the VA but they said there was nothing they could do to help, so she paid as much as she could out of pocket.
"I was trying to make my payments, I even made partial payments. I still didn't get any help and my partial payments weren't given back to me," Taylor said.
Over the next two years she received two foreclosure notices by the bank for not being able to make payments. She then learned in October of 2013 that the VA was suing her.
It's been a constant struggle for the Army Veteran.
"I don't have any savings because I went through that when I was trying to pay for my home, as far as the mortgage. So I don't have anywhere to go, you know with my children. I don't have money to go back on the bus. I honestly have three dollars," Taylor said.
She has even taken jobs that she wasn't supposed to for medical reasons and only paid minimum wage, but she says something is better than nothing. Taylor's attorney, Stephen Casey, says this is an injustice.
"When she left the military, the VA took over 18 months to get her the benefits. During that 18 months she fell behind on her mortgage, whose fault was that? It was the VA's fault. So what does the VA do? They buy her a house and then they evict her," Attorney Stephen Casey said.
Taylor isn't the only veteran facing this type of problem. 7 Degrees is a non-profit advocacy group that says it happens all too often.
"Problems aren't all the same. Whether it be because of a benefit delay or because each government office doesn't know what the other office is doing," said Deborah Larson, 7 Degrees, Executive Director.
"At the end of the day, even a veteran like me will actually go work in the office, probably for free, just so that myself and other veterans' cases are being looked at," Taylor said.
The 7 Degrees says if you are interested in helping Natasha Taylor you can donate to their agency by check and they will get the money to her. Make the check out to 7 Degrees and on the memo put Natasha Taylor.
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