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Marietta veteran living in van after foreclosure

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A Marietta veteran has lived in his van for the last year after losing his home.

John Chambers said the foreclosure was the worst thing that ever happened to him.

"I came home from work and saw them throwing all my belongings out on the street," Chambers said. "It was horrible. It was really horrible because I didn't really have any warning."

Since then, the Vietnam veteran and his dog, Scout, have lived in a van in a Walmart parking lot in Marietta.

The 65-year-old veteran lost his job at Walmart and spends his social security check and pension paying lawyer in hopes of getting his house back.

"I wanted to maintain my dignity if you can think of it as that, and I chose to live in my car and try make my own way," Chambers said. "I never did the food stamp thing or anything else. I wanted to be as self-sufficient as I could possibly be."

Chambers refuses to stay at a homeless shelter because of his pride and of his 7-year-old dog. Raised an orphan, Chambers said he's not looking for sympathy, but has survived some difficult days.

Things may have finally started looking up for the Veteran. After the Marietta Daily Journal ran Chambers' story last week, strangers have opened their hearts and wallets.

"I think it's God's will that I get my house back," Chambers said.

A real estate agent said it will take about $57,000 for Chambers to buy his home back. So far, he's collected about $1,500.

A nonprofit group has been set up to help John Chambers. Donations may be mailed to:

JRC Home fund Inc.
196 Freyer Dr. N.E.
Marietta, Ga. 30060

Anyone wishing to help can also call Melody Unger at 770-596-6352 or email her at

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