COSTA MESA (CBS) — A decorated war veteran faces foreclosure next week after the Veterans Administration lost his disability paperwork.
Daniel Foster earned a purple heart and a silver star for defending his Army unit during a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan.
The 23-year-old now faces a long road of recovery after suffering shattered bones in his face, missing teeth, and a traumatic brain injury.
When Foster returned from Afghanistan, he didn’t realize he would have to begin a whole new fight – a battle for his disability benefits.
One week before the bank is scheduled to take back the home his grandfather built, Foster still has not seen a dime of the disability benefits he applied for last year.
Deanne Tate of non-profit group Veterans First says the VA misplaced Foster’s paperwork. She says Foster should be receiving about $2,700 per month.
Foster is told he must come up with nearly $12,000 by next Friday, or he will lose the home he shares with his father, a contractor who is out of work.
“I don’t know how I would look at myself if I couldn’t save the house,” says Foster.
The VA was closed Friday and could not be reached for comment.