It didn’t take long for a US soldier to get help from veterans around the world when his house was taken by squatters while he served his country overseas. The sheriff would not do anything about the situation but US veterans are not trained to sit by and do nothing.
Veterans quickly mobilized and vowed to help the soldier get his house back. Looks like the squatters never really stood a chance.
According to the Blaze,
Lauren Price of Veterans Warriors told WFLA that Ortiz picked the wrong house to squat in, adding that she’s heard from veterans around the world who want to help. An attorney was secured who would handle the eviction process for free. Volunteers have since come forward and agreed to keep a close watch on the property to deter vandalism.
Then WFLA reported that two Tampa motorcycle clubs filled with veterans were planning to ride over to the Sharkey residence on Sunday “and peacefully make the squatters uncomfortable.”
With that, Ortiz started packing up, noting the planned biker visit was one of the reasons he and Cardoso were leaving, WFLA said.
More from WFLA:
Early Thursday morning the house seemed unoccupied. A few belongings were scattered on the front yard and two dogs were barking in the house. One of the animals jumped out of a broken window and ran around the yard. A Pasco County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the scene waiting for the animal control to get to the house.
When Animal Control trappers arrived they eventually captured both dogs. Ortiz’s friends came over and took the animals. Duke Energy crews came to the house to investigate how the squatters got electricity at the house.
Price said Veteran Warriors is organizing a cleanup and remodel of the house.