CLINTON, Conn. (WTNH)-- For over a month, a disabled veteran's home has been turned upside down.
He says the plans to make his house handicapped accessible were approved by Veteran's Affairs. But it wasn't until workers actually got started on the job that he realized the crew had actually been given different instructions.
When people get contractors to write up plans for their homes, they expect the result will be what they all agreed upon. Well, a Clinton disabled veteran says some confusion at the Veteran's Affairs office in Newington has put himself and the hard working contractors in a tough spot.
"I love to cook. That's one of my favorite things to do," said Stephen Blair.
Outside Stephen Blair's home, the construction equipment is there, so he figured he would be able to start enjoying his hobby.
"I can barely reach the bottom shelf," said Blair.
But, as the work began, problems kept piling up.
The contractors got the ok from the VA and were told they were going to get paid. The contractors, also disabled vets, won the bid online to do the work at his home.
The original plan was written up by his friend, but Blair says the office of Veteran's Affairs made it clear that disabled vets get the first shot at the job, which was fine by Steve.
"They were going to get paid for what was on that list," said Blair.
It turns out, the lists were different. He says the plan his friend drew up was approved by Special Adaptive Housing and the plan the contractors drew up after looking at his house was approved by vocational rehab,
"He said wait a minute, they didn't tell me I had to take down the wall and put up another one," said Blair.
But, the contractor still did it.
"He decided he was going to eat the price of the wall. He can't do everything for nothing. He can only do what he gets paid for," said Blair. "I've called everybody I can call and I don't seem to be getting any voices to say ok, 'wait a second."
To make matters worse, Stephen is diabetic and without a stove he is pretty much stuck with a rice cooker and hot plates, pretty tough when you're on a strict diet.
"I just got out of the hospital. I have an infection. My blood sugar was over 500," said Blair. "I don't want anyone else to have to go through this process."
News 8 left detailed messages for the public relations department at the VA as well as the department Steven has been dealing with directly. They have not returned our calls.
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