In 1991, Air Force veteran Jim Boerner suffered “spinal and brain injuries” during a training exercise at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi. Until recently, he had been the proud owner of a mobile home in a Mesa, Arizona mobile home community. He “loves his neighbors” there and “brings flowers to widowed neighbors on Christmas, Easter, and Mother’s Day,” Rebekah L. Sanders of the Arizona Republic writes.
He had purchased the home, his “nest egg,” as he refers to it, for a sum somewhere just north of $30K, according to the article.
Now, at age 49, he is on the verge of being evicted by the new owner of that mobile home, which was seized by the government for Boerner’s having been delinquent on his taxes — to the tune of an unpaid amount of $236. The home’s buyer, named Lester Payne, purchased the home at auction for the trifling sum of $4,400.