After being wounded by shrapnel, Miles said he spent 45 days in the hospital before being deployed – and wounded – again.
“The second time, I was hit in the face. (It was) a booze trap,” Miles recalls. “The shrapnel is still in my face and legs.”
That was over 50 years ago. Now, Miles is enjoying retirement in Cypress, but the disabled veteran’s knees aren’t as good as they used to be, especially whenever he gets in and out of his pickup truck.
He uses a walker or scooter to get around, but the driveway is so narrow that he ends up having to walk on grass.
“I did a trail and I tripped a few times because my knee hurt,” says Miles. “I don’t lift my legs as much as I do – as much as I should.”
He knows widening his driveway will help, and he has the money to do it. The US Department of Veterans Affairs has given him a grant to make his family more accessible.
Miles started going to the city to get approved for the job and there were no problems there. But when he told his homeowners association he wanted to add just 24 inches to the sides of his driveway, he wasn’t approved.
He filled out the forms required by the HOA, but after calling, texting, and going to them to ask about the status of his case, he said they never agreed to him.
“They never got back to me. They said 30 days, never come back – 30, 40, 45, 60, 90 (days). I was so frustrated – didn’t know which way to go,” Miles said. .
So he turned to Ted.
“I called you guys and within 24 hours I got a call back apologizing.” Sorry for the misunderstanding,” he said. “I wanted to know what you said when that happened. I really want to hear what you have to say to them.”
HOA said it was not aware the driveway widening request was to accommodate people with disabilities, but quickly approved the application after we asked them about it.
A few days later, a contractor was pouring concrete in Miles’ driveway. Now, the veteran, who once said you’ll always see him wearing a hat or a shirt representing the United States Marines, doesn’t have to worry about tripping over the grass anymore.
Miles says: “I can walk on something smooth and steady instead of scurrying around on the grass. “I really appreciated that – that gave me all the peace of mind.”
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