WE ARE ASKING THAT EVERYONE STAND DOWN FROM CONTACTING THE REAL ESTATE AGENCY. AS WE HAVE BEEN INFORMED THEY ARE WORKING WITH THE FAMILY AND THE SOLDIERS CHAIN OF COMMAND. THE SOLDIER WILL RECEIVE HIS BELONGINGS BACK, AND THE FAMILY IS HANDLING IT FROM THIS POINT FORWARD. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT THE SOLDIER, THE SISTER HAS SETUP A SITE FOR YOU TO SEND LETTERS ETC. YOU CAN FIND IT IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. SINCE OUR GOAL HAS BEEN ACHIEVED, ENSURING THE SOLDIER WAS TAKEN CARE OF, THEIR WILL BE NO MORE UPDATES TO THIS STORY.
THANKS TO THE REAL ESTATE COMPANY FOR COMING FORWARD AND HELPING US OUT WITH THIS.
A real estate agency out of Killeen, Texas has evicted a Soldier from his residence while the Soldier was in the hospital. They also sold all of his belongings and trashed the rest. The Soldier SGT Porrazzo, has been in the hospital for two and a half months. Here is the email I received:
.”Sgt Porrazzo has had 15 years of service in the Army with four years being in Iraq deploying with 1st Cav and 2nd ID. In May 2012 my battalion had a training exercise to Yakima Training Center in Washington State while there Sgt Porrazzo had to be hospitalized at Fort Lewis, WA. at Madigan Hospital. My 1SG was contacted by Sgt Porrazzo’s landlord a Mr. Tommy Atha of Texas Town Line in early June and my 1SG briefed him on the hospitalization of Sgt Porrazzo. Over the next few weeks I kept them abreast of the situation until Sgt Porrazzo returned to Fort Hood, the whole while being assured they would work with him. While Sgt Porrazzo was being treated at Fort Lewis I contacted Mr. Atha that Sgt Porrazzo was still in the hospital and reassured the real estate agency he has the money but not his check book and they would be paid upon his return. Sgt Porrazzo returned to Fort Hood in July and contacted his landlord. They informed him that the house was being rented by someone else and all his worldly possessions had been auctioned off or thrown away and he owed them money for past due rent and moving fees from the time he was in the hospital between May 2012 and July 2012. I drove out to Sgt Porrazzo’s house with one of my NCOs and verified that there was someone living there. My NCO called the Landlord and the secretary verified the story that they auctioned off everything that was of value and threw out what couldn’t be sold. I then proceded to the rental agency and talked to them in person. Mr. Atha along with his lawyer assured me that they had waited the appropriate times to evict my soldier and they were in their legal right. When the rental agency first made contact with the Company my 1SG let it slip we had Sgt Porrazzo’s keys, Mr. Atha told me that they had to change the locks on the house because of this and could only release the new keys to Sgt Porrazzo or someone with a power of attorney. He also said that they inventoried the home when they changed the locks and between then and the eviction several of Sgt Porrazzo’s fire arms had gone missing. While Sgt Porrazzo was in the hospital I harassed my CO daily to help me get a limited power of attorney so someone can pay his rent which never came about.
Sgt Porrazzo lives very Spartan but, his father before he died owned and operated a gun store; his prize piece that Sgt Porrazzo inherited was a Barret 50 cal sniper rifle retailing at $10,000 and many other fire arms that were in his house were seized by his landlord. His house he was renting wasn’t impressive.”
We will post updates as they come available.
UPDATE 1: After several hundred disgruntled Soldiers and Veterans voiced their opinions on their facebook page, the company took the Facebook page offline.
UPDATE 2 The rental agency has made contact with the Soldiers brigade, we will update you as this progresses.
UPDATE 3: We have found out more about the Soldiers injuries from a family member, it will be at least another 4 months before he is released from the hospital. it looks as though it will be a career ending injury.
UPDATE 4: We are being told by the family that their maybe as many as 20 weapons missing totaling in excess of $50,000. Also we are hearing that Ft. Hood has placed a warning about this company on their Newcomers document
Also the family does not wish to take donations, but if you would like to help, they say letters of support can be sent to:
SGT Mark Porrazzo
Fort Hood, TX 76544