28 Nov '15, 4pm

Town demolished veteran's house while he was away for surgery

Town demolished veteran's house while he was away for surgery

In this Nov. 25, 2015 photo, a lot stands empty in West Hempstead, N.Y., after the township had the home that once stood on it torn down. Frank Eltman/AP WEST HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — When a U.S. Navy veteran traveled from Long Island to Florida for a knee replacement, his house was the last thing on his mind. But now his memory of it is all he can think about. Philip Williams' home was demolished in the spring by town officials while he spent about six months recuperating from surgical complications in Fort Lauderdale. Back in New York, officials in the Town of Hempstead deemed his modest two-story home unfit for habitation and knocked it down. The 69-year-old has now waged a legal battle against the suburban New York town. He wants reimbursement — for the house and all the belongings inside. "I'm angry and I'm upset. It's just wrong on so many levels," he said "My mortgage was ...

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