Retired Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Lister dedicated ten years of service to the Army. He did four tours for our country — Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, Lister is fighting a whole new enemy: the homeowner's association.
During Lister's last tour in Afghanistan, he stepped on an IED. The doctors didn't expect him to live. With more than 30 surgeries, 27 blood transfusions, and losing his lower left leg, Lister survived.
When the ex-combat engineer returned home, like most soldiers, he was diagnosed with PTSD. In addition to his new condition, he was a single father to two children; an 11-year-old boy, and a 12-year-old girl.
Lister is battling with the Chandler Grove Homeowner's Association. The HOA believes Lister is violating the community policies of his trash can, yard edging, and his fence and have placed a lien on his property. Lister said the HOA is demanding him to pay thousands of dollars for not keeping his house up to their regulations.
“I couldn’t do anything," Lister told FOX5. "I was in a wheelchair, and it was just me at the time. A 12-year-old and an 11-year-old. They can’t do home maintenance. So, the trash can stayed where I could use it in my wheelchair."
While being away from "normal life" for ten years, Lister isn't trying to make excuses. He admits that he did not know much about owning a home, the HOA rules, and being a father, nonetheless.
“Up to 2012, I had never really been a parent; I was always deployed. They were with their mom,” Lister explained. “I was also trying to be out of the Army for the first time since I was 21.”
Sgt. Lister said that his children come first on his priority list and that the HOA will just have to get in line.
Lister was awarded a Purple Heart and several other medals for his heroic actions out on the battlefield. What do you think of this story? Share your thoughts with us! In related news, this HOA demands this older couple remove an "offensive" sign from their property. Check out that battle here.