By J.D. Miles


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FLOWER MOUND (CBSDFW.COM) – A group dedicated to keeping Flower Mound beautiful has come across an ugly sight.

They were searching a neighborhood for code enforcement violations when they stumbled onto a home that needs to be torn down but found a veteran actually living inside.

Charles McAnally lives in an unstable, dilapidated home falling apart.

“I don’t like it, it makes me feel uncomfortable,” says McAnally.

It was discovered to outsiders by surprise and now there’s a desperate campaign underway to help him get out. His roof and floors are collapsing. Not to mention the suffocating piles of items and trash that have built up, a result of his late wife’s hoarding addiction

“It could be better,” says McAnally.

Still, the 71-year-old Army vet wasn’t looking for help when the group Keep Flower Mound Beautiful discovered his living conditions while helping neighbors with code enforcement issues.

“The mobile home is basically falling apart, it to be needs to be condemned. It’s not fit for anybody to live in and no veteran should live in such a home,” says Marilyn Lawson of Keep Flower Mound Beautiful. Lawson’s group wants to raise money to help McAnally, who’s partially paralyzed from a stroke last year, get into a safer, healthier environment.

“It’s really great I’m happy for the help,” says his daughter Kriste McAnally.

McAnally’s daughter says her father was told he makes too much money for military assistance.

But his wife’s death last year took what money he has away.

“We can hardly pay our bills,” says Charles McAnally.

So McAnally’s mobile home rots. But a chance encounter with a concerned community group now offers hope of pulling the veteran out of this rubble before he becomes lost in it.

A fundraising page has been set up by the City of Flower Mound to raise money to help the veteran.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so by clicking here.

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