Bank Of America: Offer a disabled vet and his family an opportunity to stay in their home
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Bank Of America
CEO, Bank of America
Brian Moynihan
Bank of America
Scott Silvestri
Bank of America
TJ Crawford
Bank of America
Nicole Nastacie
Bank of America
Diane Wagner
Bank of America
Rick Simon

Bank Of America: Offer a disabled vet and his family an opportunity to stay in their home

    1. Kathryn Jones
    2. Petition by

      Kathryn Jones

      Uniontown, PA

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March 2013

Victory

After over 185,000 people signed Kathryn's petition, Bank of America has agreed to a loan modification that will allow Kathryn and her family to stay in their home. Kathryn says, "Without the signatures of you fine people, this petition would have been useless. For those who signed, you have our most humble gratitude. May your kindness find it's way back to you. To those of you who left words of encouragement, statements of solidarity, to those who shared personal stories, and to those who expressed their anger with banks in general; I read every last comment. Some made me smile, some made me cry, but they all had one common theme...our shared humanity. And that gives me hope. "Finally, I would like to thank Change.org for giving all of us the opportunity to effect change in our world. Last, but not least, I want to thank the two BoA reps who have been facilitating the modification. Their work has been impeccable."

My husband, William, was diagnosed with end stage kidney disease in 2010. He lost his job and health care coverage shortly afterwards. Facing increased health costs and lower income, we fell behind in our mortgage payments. My husband never missed a single payment until his prescriptions, doctor appointments, hospitalizations, lab tests, etc overtook everything.

Now that we are in a position to continue to make regular mortgage payments, Bank of America has told us that they won't work with us unless we can come up with $15,000 at once. The bank is now planning to sell the home we live in with three of our six sons this coming May.

My husband served with the United States Air Force from 1979 through 1990. His Military Occupational Specialty was combat control and he saw action in El Salvador as a young recruit. William was severely injured in a parachuting accident in the late 80s and received an honorable discharge from the US Air Force when it became clear he would not be able to jump again. 

My husband sacrificed a lot for this country and our family has been through a lot. We're ready to continue our mortgage payments, but we need Bank of America to work with us to help us stay in our home. Please join me in asking Bank of America to stop the foreclosure on our house and offer a disabled vet the opportunity to save his home.

To:
Bank Of America
Brian Moynihan, CEO, Bank of America
Scott Silvestri, Bank of America
TJ Crawford, Bank of America
Nicole Nastacie, Bank of America
Diane Wagner, Bank of America
Rick Simon, Bank of America
I am writing to ask that you offer a disabled vet and his wife, William and Kathryn Jones of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, an opportunity to stay in their home. Please cancel the foreclosure and auction sale and work with them to modify their mortgage so they can save their home.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Band of America update

      Kathryn Jones
      Petition Organizer

      As I shared earlier, BoA is working with us to resolve this personal crisis. Representatives of BoA have asked me to provide the following information for those of you who find yourselves lost in the maze as well.

      Bank of America, N.A.
      Home Retention Department
      PO Box 942019
      Simi Valley, CA 93094-2019
      800-669-0102

      homeloanhelp.BankofAmerica.com

      Information specific to Veterans can be found at BankofAmerica.com/military

      Don't take no for an answer, folks. We have their attention. Take advantage of this window of opportunity and this contact information Awareness is high, act now.

      Peace.

    2. Increasingly optimistic news, friends...(edited)

      Kathryn Jones
      Petition Organizer

      Somehow I managed to delete the last update. I apologize. My husband and I are increasingly optimistic that BoA is working with him in good faith and that an agreement can be reached benefiting both our family and BoA While nothing is a sure thing until the ink is dry, I have every reason to believe that with your passion for justice that we will see a positive resolution to our situation by the end of the month.

      BoA did request that I post information for anyone wanting to follow up with them regarding their mortgage. Unfortunately, I don't have access to that information at this moment. I will re-post it tomorrow. Again, I apologize for the technical glitch.

    3. Cautiously optimistic news, my friends....

      Kathryn Jones
      Petition Organizer

      Bank of America has made contact with us and we believe, at this time, that they have reached out in good faith. We will, of course, work diligently with the bank to facilitate the process of modifying the mortgage for the benefit and satisfaction of all parties involved.

      Friends, Bank of America heard you loud and clear. They didn't hear me, they didn't hear my husband, they heard YOU. Representatives of BoA read your words, heard your stories and felt your anger and disappointment. The victory we see on the horizon belongs to all of us. And, perhaps our experience will be another small step towards recognizing that every situation is uniquely human and requires a uniquely human response.

      May that which you hold Sacred, bless you and keep you. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers and yes, signatures. I will keep you updated as events unfold.

    4. Reached 150,000 signatures
    5. Many thanks...

      Kathryn Jones
      Petition Organizer

      We feel both humbled and empowered by your taking the time to leave a signature or a few words of encouragement. I've tried very hard to read all of your responses. To those who feel our pain, to those who respect my husband's sacrifice, to those who wish us well, to those who pray for us, to those who offered heartfelt and helpful advice as well as insider warnings, and to those who just plain don't like BoA, we thank you...more than words could ever convey. Peace be unto you all.

    6. Reached 100,000 signatures
    7. I am moved beyond words...

      Kathryn Jones
      Petition Organizer

      As I watch my petition close in on 7500 signatures, I am moved beyond words at the generosity of spirit displayed by each and every one of you who signed my petition. I read your names and where you're from and I thank you each silently and individually. BoA seems willing to talk now, if the email we received today is any indication. We will see how those talks play out on Monday. But hey...my husband and I have hope again, and that's the greatest gift you all have given us...hope. May you be blessed as you have blessed us. And I promise to pay these kindnesses forward for many years to come.

      Thank you again.
      Peace.

    8. Reached 7,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Emily Kranenburg BRONX, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      My late husband was a vet...they fought for us..we should fight for them.

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    • MARYANN DOWLING AMBLER, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      Fair is fair, the bank NEEDS to work with them, if not because it's the right thing to do ,becausle it's great promation for the band and wonderful customer service , appeal to them that way.

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    • Sheryl Hagen ST PETERS, MO
      • about 1 year ago

      This bank is doing the SAME thing to my elderly roommate that works two jobs, after he lost his wife to ALS. They want $16,000 out of him! This bank doesn't care about people, community, or ethics. They would rather a house sit empty and a family be homeless than work with those that would happily work with them. Bank of America is a national disgrace.

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    • Tim Ladner GRAND RAPIDS, MI
      • about 1 year ago

      I know if I was in this position, I would want my bank ( and I'm sure my bank would) to work with me.

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    • William Campbell MIAMI, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      banks need to do more to help their customers, period. all industries need to return to taking care of customers and employees at the lower pay levels. that brings an economy up.

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