UPDATE: 92-Year-Old Veteran Will Stay in Home

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 9/23/12 @ 11:50 a.m.
VINTON COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A 92-year-old World War II vet, facing eviction by his daughter, will get to keep his home.

Jack Potter's daughter sent him an eviction notice back in April. The house was in her name after Jack granted her power of attorney several years ago.

Family members tell the Vinton County Courier that an agreement has been made to allow him to continue to live in the house he built himself.

According to the Courier, Potter's daughter has agreed to sell back the house.

The money for Potter to buy the house back came from an online campaign on GoFundMe.com, where in a few weeks, more than $140,000 was raised.

The case was set to go to trial next month.

ORIGINAL STORY 6/26/13 @ 9 p.m.
VINTON COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Sometimes, the smallest victory can turn the tide in a war -- 92-year-old Jack Potter knows that well.

He's a World War II veteran. And he's hoping this week's little victory will help keep him in his home.

"I don't know of a juror in this county that would vote to put me out of my own house," Potter said.

In April, his daughter sent him an eviction notice. The house is in her name, after Jack granted her power of attorney several years ago.

"Took her power of attorney, went to the court ... and took every possession I had," Potter said.

Now a jury will decide if he can stay, or if he has to leave his home of 60 years.

"See, I built this house," Potter said. "Built it! Don't mean I had it built. I nailed it together."

Jack has a lot of support. His granddaughter set up a fund online that's raised nearly $150,000 to keep him in the house -- but, to no avail.

"I tried to buy it back, and she turned me down," Potter said.

Wednesday was the date his original hearing was scheduled. Dozens of people planned on coming. And even though that hearing was canceled, some like army veteran James Owens showed up anyway.

"Whether there's much they can do or not, sometimes it just helps to know there's someone who knows what you've been through and that they're there for you," Owens said.

"I can tell you why she dislikes me," Potter said. "I didn't die. If I'd have died when I broke my hip, that's what she thought I was going to do."

As this veteran continues to fight.

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