Occupy Atlanta saves war veteran’s home from foreclosure
Summary of story from The Huffington Post, December 21, 2011
In a victory for the USA’s national Occupy movement, Occupy Atlanta has successfully helped an Iraq War veteran losing her house from foreclosure by the bank JPMorgan Chase.
Brigitte Walker, 44, joined the Army in 1985 and was among the first US personnel to enter Iraq in February 2003.
She was injured in May 2004 when the shock from mortar rounds crushed her spine. She now has titanium plates to reinforce her spine, but has limited movement and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
The mortgage repayments only started to become a problem for Ms Walker after the military medically discharged her, against her wishes in 2007, and by April of this year foreclosure proceedings were initiated.
Activists began occupying Ms Walker’s home on December 6, just one month before she and her family were due to be evicted on January 3.
By the end of that first week, JPMorgan Chase, which owns her mortgage, began discussing with the activists and Ms Walker the possibility of a loan modification that was made official on December 19 and will save Ms Walker hundreds of dollars per month.