NEWINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) -- A 90-year-old decorated combat veteran will not be evicted from his home in Newington.
The town Housing Authority had sent him an eviction notice because he was not complying with new 'No Smoking' rules at the complex where he lives with his 90 year old wife.
"It's hard for these guys to quit smoking and I think it's very unfair what they've done to him," said Sam Ranno. "We as vets organizations, we're going to be behind him all the way until this is over."
Representatives of several veterans groups rallied around 90-year-old Andy Nowicki at housing court Tuesday.
He admits he's been smoking even more now because of the stress of receiving an eviction notice from the home he shares with his wife in Newington.
His 90-year-old wife is suffering from Alzheimer's Disease.
He has been disabled since 1945 when he suffered a severe leg wound.
The Housing Authority made the move against the highly decorated World War II combat veteran because he was not complying with the rule to smoke 10 feet outside his home.
In an effort to comply, he recently fell down injuring several ribs on the stairs.
He says he started smoking in his 20s when he was in the service and the army routinely gave cigarettes for free to enlisted men.
He says this battle with the Housing Authority has taken a toll.
"I'd rather go back to the infantry and be in the outfit I was with," said Nowicki.
After nearly four hours of negotiations by attorney Paul Doyle who volunteered his services, the housing authority agreed to alter the entrance-way to Nowicki's home to accommodate his mobie. And veteran's groups will help build a canopy extending more than 10 feet away from the building.
"We sat down, we spent four hours or so...we nailed down a common sense compromise that gives honor and dignity and respect that Mr. and Mrs. Nowicki deserve," said Doyle.
Of the changes that will be made to his home, Nowicki said simply, "It'll help."
Nowicki and his wife will be next in line for the next handicapped accessible unit that become available in that complex, and the modifications to his front door and the canopy are to be completed within the next 30 days.
In the meantime, veteran's groups are planning to visit the couple every day to help him out.
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