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Protest held in response to WWII vet’s eviction

Around 15 U.S. veterans, family and other people gathered outside of the Hall County Courthouse...
Around 15 U.S. veterans, family and other people gathered outside of the Hall County Courthouse Wednesday to protest Wilson’s eviction.(Hailey Mach, KSNB)
Published: Oct. 6, 2021 at 9:30 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - World War II Veteran Jack Wilson was issued an eviction notice at the Regency Retirement Residency last year. Around 15 U.S. veterans, family and other people gathered outside of the Hall County Courthouse Wednesday to protest Wilson’s eviction.

The protest began an hour before a district court hearing was to go on for Wilson’s case, but it was announced through court documents that the hearing was postponed until November 22.

Prior to district courts, the evication was at the county-level and was supposed to begin toward the end of 2020. The county court hearings continued to be postponed one after the next, leading the case to be closed at the county level. Wilson’s case was then moved up to the higher courts.

The WWII vet’s supporters remained calm through the entirety of the Wednesday protest. There were signs and a green tent-like structure was set up in front of the courthouse reading: “Future home of homeless World War II Veteran Jack Wilson.” There were also a few signs in a pile during the protest that the supporters rarely used.

One of Wilson’s supporters, Mike Follmer, said residents at the Regency came forward to take a stand for their neighbor.

“We got a petition signed by 14 residents of the Regency wanting Jack not to be evicted, they felt there was no reason to evict Jack,” Follmer said. “To me, that tells you that Jack was not somebody that everybody wanted to see leave the Regency.”

He added, the retirement home hadn’t provided much reasoning to why Wilson was asked to leave his apartment, but continued to tell Local4 the Regency had said Wilson had broken some of their rules.

Follmer said Wilson has continued to live at his apartment at the Regency Retirement Residency following the eviction notice.

Wilson admitted he was also confused why he was being removed from his apartment.

“I still haven’t been told why I was being evicted,” Wilson said. “I would really appreciate somebody telling me the reason of it, because I know it hasn’t been financial. I pay my rent every month.”

Despite the situation, Wilson noted he was grateful for all of the people who were helping him through these times.

“It’s a great feeling. It’s just hard to describe how thankful ... I am for all the support,” he said.

During the protest, several passersby’s in their vehicles honked their horns to show their support for Wilson.

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