In our Veteran's Protection Project, TV5 is looking for veterans who served our country, only to face foreclosure, housing or medical problems on their return from active duty.
Imagine serving your country for years and returning home to find out the bank was foreclosing on your house.
That's exactly what happened to one Mid-Michigan soldier.
On Tuesday, that soldier was in Bay City Federal Court fighting the foreclosure, saying his rights as a U.S. service member were violated.
Retired Capt. Tony Banaszak is now working to get his life back in order at his home in Bay City.
Banaszak's car was also repossessed, and the home he's owned for ten years is in foreclosure -- all because he says he was serving on a five year deployment overseas.
Banaszak said he got all his paperwork in to the bank explaining his orders and his deployment before he left. He is supposed to be protected by the "service member's civil relief" act that gives them protections as they enter active duty. That act clearly lists mortgage foreclosures and automobile payments.
The judge took Tuesday's hearing under advisement and it could be two weeks to two months before there is a ruling.
In the meantime, Banaszak gets to stay in his home while he continues to fight the foreclosure in court.
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