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5440FIGHT EXCLUSIVE: SANDY STRUCK VET DENIED HELP BY OBAMA’S FEMA

EXCLUSIVE 5440FIGHT.COM:  Dateline Highlands New Jersey – November 11, 2012.  On a day meant to honor our service members, a proud ex-servicemember is denied help by the country he fought so hard to protect.  Jamie Gowan who is living out of his neighbors Jeep was denied assistance by a FEMA representative because his home is covered by flood and homeowners insurance.

Veteran Jamie Gowan is being denied emergency assistance by FEMA. He was reached by phone after this photo of his house went viral on Social Media.

Gowan was reached exclusively by 5440FIGHT.COM for a telephone interview.  While his own insurance company adjuster has not come by the house, he’s not receiving any assistance and there is no telling how long that will take.

Regrading the adjuster, Gowan says

“He was supposed to be here Wednesday, and now it’s Sunday and he’s still not here.  I’m not looking for a handout or anything I’m just looking for a place where I can live with my family.  My house is destroyed.  It had four feet of water in it and it’s a single one story house.  I lost everything I ever worked for.  I’m 57 years old, I served my country proudly for 30 years and I’m just frustrated.”

After almost two weeks Gowan becomes obviously weary and irate as he quotes the FEMA representative who came by the house:  “What are you doing just looking for a check?”  “That really put a bad taste in my mouth,” says Gowan.  “I’m not just looking for a check are you for real?  … I just want a place I can go to to sleep with my family … not living out of someone’s Jeep …  It’s bad.”  While the sun is out today, they just missed a Nor’easter and it’s getting cold.  He explains that adjacent to his house is a pile of trash with people’s lifelong possessions that “just keeps getting higher and higher and higher.”

Highlands New Jersey where a choked up Gowan explains the devastation is overwhelming.

Gowan has no immediate family in the area.  His wife is on the volunteer squad providing First Aid.  He grew up in upstate New York, a four and a half hour drive from where he is now.  He lost his Mom in 1974 and enlisted the in the Navy in 1975 during the Vietnam War.  He served proudly until 1995 when he retired.  He’s been all over the country, both east and west coasts, California, Florida, and finally where he met his wife, in New Jersey.  “Back then if you had told me at the time I’d end up in New Jersey I’d have told you that you were crazy,” he jokes.

While Gowan finally has power, he must turn it off when he leaves for work on a graveyard shift as a boiler operator.  Salt water corrosion of the electrical system for his home has rendered it unreliable and unsafe to operate when he’s not there to keep an eye on it.  He and his neighbors live in constant fear of fire from these damaged electrical systems:  “If one of these houses go up they all go up,” he explains.

Hurricane damage in Long Beach near Gowan’s home.

While FEMA hasn’t helped much, private individuals have come forward to provide emergency assistance.  “You know what?  You know who has been of help?  I can tell you right now it’s the American People that’s been the one’s who have helped,”  he explains.  According to Gowan one wealthy individual came forward to donate an entire tractor trailer truck of emergency generators to the town.  It didn’t come from the Government let’s put it this way,” Gowan explains stiffly.

Obama’s Katrina? Some say the current Administration has not been held to the same level of accountability as President Geroge W. Bush.

This is just one example of how the plight of those injured by Sandy has been ignored by the mainstream media, and how Barrack Obama has not been held accountable to the same standards George W. Bush was in wake of Hurricane Katrina.  Gowan becomes obviously emotional when he talks about the Government’s reaction to his pleas for help.

“I believe in the American Flag because number one I served my country … I don’t believe in our Government sometimes.  I took my flags down because of the storm, but it’s back up [sic].  I believe in that flag.  There’s a lot of things I don’t believe in but I believe in that flag.”

How are folks getting by?  Gowan explains:  “We’re a tight knit community here and we are helping each other out.”

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UPDATE: Our friends at Spotlight On Corruption have also blogged about this gentleman here.
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26 Comments

  1. SarasotaSal's Gravatar SarasotaSal
    November 11, 2012    

    Living where he does, he is required to have flood insurance and also homeowners insurance. FEMA is meant to help those who have nothing. It is the homeowners duty to report the damage ASAP and to prevent any further damage from happening. Since he will be paid under both the government flood ins and his homeowners he would be overpaid and be taking money from others who have no insurance. Sorry, but while I appreciate the Vets service to our country, it is up to him to contact and BUG his insurance company and the flood program to receive aid. Sadly with so many hurt, I am sure theres a lot of people ahead of him which is why its imperative people file for a claim ASAP following a catastrophe. They are helped in a first come first serve order. Possibly the veterans admin. could help or I would hope he would have family too that would help him. While FEMA is a great program, it cannot just give out money to everyone , esp people who will be helped in other ways, or it will go bankrupt sooner than later.

  2. daylightdisinfectant's Gravatar daylightdisinfectant
    November 11, 2012    

    @SarasortaSal Then the program needs to be changed in my opinion. First off the representatives need to be sensitive and not ridicule those in need. Second, there needs to some emergency help for those when their own insurance does not arrive in time, particularly when they are those who served our country. This is a disaster of epic proportions and the mainstream media is not holding Obama accountable in the same way George W. Bush was. Thanks for your comment.

  3. FarfalleAlfredo's Gravatar FarfalleAlfredo
    November 11, 2012    

    SarasotaSal, it’s very difficult to contact anybody when there’s no power, no phone service, nothing. They need to go to the hardest hit areas first, then deal with those with little damage.

    I hope you never find yourself in the same situation, you should so you know what it’s like needing help and being told “sorry but no”, or “We’ll be there” and nobody shows up. Then have some insensitive jerk say “You should have asked sooner”

  4. Val's Gravatar Val
    November 11, 2012    

    It states right in the article that he’s not looking for money, just a place to sleep. “After almost two weeks Gowan becomes obviously weary and irate as he quotes the FEMA representative who came by the house: “What are you doing just looking for a check?” “That really put a bad taste in my mouth,” says Gowan. ”I’m not just looking for a check are you for real? … I just want a place I can go to to sleep with my family … not living out of someone’s Jeep … It’s bad.””

  5. November 11, 2012    

    Despite his having insurance. He may still have a case. http://www.fema.gov/disaster-help-available-if-i-have-insurance

  6. Tony Bond's Gravatar Tony Bond
    November 11, 2012    

    Why would he turn “on” his electricity if he’s living out of his neighbors Jeep?

  7. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 12, 2012    

    maybe we should all move to mexico god knows there all living here now lets trade places se-habla english

  8. Anonymous2's Gravatar Anonymous2
    November 12, 2012    

    In an area that took such a bad hit aren’t the emergency shelters still running?

  9. sandy fields's Gravatar sandy fields
    November 12, 2012    

    This is a DISGRACE … The fema rep whom asked him if he was looking for a check.. needs to be taken and dropped out of a plane in the middle of Afghanistan.. pathetic excuse for an administration..

  10. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 12, 2012    

    Obviously SarasotaSal is not up on the job of FEMA. They are there to help people in a disaster whether they have insurance or not.

  11. November 12, 2012    

    Romney wanted to get rid of FEMA and now you’re having a problem because one vet didn’t receive the help his insurance company was supposed to provide? Republican governor Christie had a lot of nice things to say about “Obama’s FEMA” and denounced bs partisanship like this. State, federal and local governments work together in these types of disasters not only FEMA. Republicans didn’t want to spend the money to help disaster victims like tornado victims in Missouri. Bush left thousands of people stranded in a stadium in New Orleans. Try telling both sides for a change.

    • daylightdisinfectant's Gravatar daylightdisinfectant
      November 12, 2012    

      Nevertheless, the Administration is failing and is not being held to the same level of accountability. This falls squarely in Obama’s lap and the folks who voted for him.

  12. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 12, 2012    

    Where is all the so called damage on the outside of this house make you wonder if any in the house

  13. November 12, 2012    

    Where all the damage on this hose cause you don’t see it o0n the outside

  14. CoolMan's Gravatar CoolMan
    November 12, 2012    

    They are not asking for money, they were trying to get a place to stay. Guess the pro OBAMA replies did not catch that part and were blinded by their Liberal BS.

  15. Wagner's Gravatar Wagner
    November 12, 2012    

    Isn’t this a tea party/conservative/small government website? The man has private insurance, and its failing him, so now he wants BIG GOVERNMENT to help. Strange how when its someone else, its a ‘hand out’ but when you hear a personal story, its the government’s responsibility to help. Under the most recent conservative paradigm, FEMA shouldn’t even exist. So something that you dont even believe should exist, is failing an sympathetic individual. Are you smart enough to feel the irony? Where is his insurer? I thought the answer to everything was private industry?

    You can’t have it both ways, folks.

  16. November 13, 2012    

    sooo why does he turn his power back on when he’s not at work if he’s living out of his jeep? If there was 8 4 feet of water in that house, why didn’t his Coors sign and wicker couch and plant… wash away. Why isn’t the story naming his insurance company that is clearly screwing up? So you want FEMA to bail out that private insurance company? Did this man’s bank wash away?he goes to work but can’t afford a cheap hotel until he can get his insurer to pay up? This story is a lie and you look foolish pushing it

  17. November 13, 2012    

    Unless you have been down there for your self to see the devistasion that I have seen first hand, you have no right to judge what these people need or don’t need! It looks like a bom went off down there! Take a ride down yourself and tell me if you could live in those homes! Remember people, DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER! The inside is not always what the outside seems like!

  18. bozo's Gravatar bozo
    November 13, 2012    

    Wow! I was bothered by this story until I read the eloquent, informed responses. He had insurance, there are shelters, he’s still working, and the Right hates FEMA until they don’t write them a check on demand.

    I love this county.

  19. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 14, 2012    

    This is absolutely the same situation that happens in every disaster! I have personal experience with this. Guess what geniuses? Just because you have personal insurance does not mean that your insurance company is standing there with their checkbooks! They are in the business to make money, and they will fight every step of the way before they pay a dime. What do you do in the meantime when FEMA denies you, your insurance company delays, and lawyers want 40%? It’s really amazing how out of touch with reality some so called Americans are. The help of friends, family, and co-workers is the only thing that helped my family after a gulf coast hurricane. FEMA immediately denied us because we had insurance. Flood insurance is denied because its a Windstorm issue. Windstorm insurance Is denied because it’s a flood issue. Homeowners insurance is denied because its a Windstorm/flood issue. Temporary living expenses are denied! It’s a.never endings cycle of liars! It took.us two years and huge attorneys fees to straighten it out. Unless you’ve experienced it, you will never understand how corrupt and BROKEN the entire system is. God Bless the private citizens helping this man.

  20. Carly's Gravatar Carly
    November 14, 2012    

    for everyone that thinks this is a lie or a scam just for money and pitty, your wrong. this is my house, everything my mother and father have worked for are gone. it may not look damaed from the outside but i can asure you it is wiped out. the reason we are not staying in our house is because of black mold and unsafe living conditions. if you dont believe me that this house is unsafe i will gladly post pictures. some of you posting on this are a disgrace. imagine everything you’ve ever owned or loved was gone. we lost everything, the most depressing was childhood memories. we lost pictures videos and much more. my fathers mom comided suicide when he was 16. all the memories he had left of her were washed away. we had to swim out of our house that night when sandy hit. there was 11 feet of water on our street. i respect everyones opinion on this, but you have no need to run you mouth about this story, if you know nothing about what happened to this great town i grew up in. also the reason for turning on the electricity is because we have no help with the house. we cannot just leave it there. each day we are tearing down the walls because of the black mold in them from water damage. like it was stated in this article, we are not asking for money, just a place to be safe and warm. once again, if you do not believe this story or have any questions about it, please email me @ carlygowwan@yahoo.com. thank everyone for there suport!

  21. Kerry's Gravatar Kerry
    November 14, 2012    

    This is Kerry, I lived in that house, with my husband and two kids. Anybody that knows us knows that it is definitely not about money. I just spent another 2 hours at our local FEMA office in Leonardo, the staff there is extremely helpful, warm and even loving, they feel our pain. I just found out that we were denied by FEMA because the FEMA inspector that came out reported that we sustaIned wind damage only and that we could live in the house, this report taken on location with visible total loss and the stench of raw sewerage. The staff advised me that I had to appeal it, they are currently working very hard for me tonight. My stay at the hotel is up tomorrow morning, no hotels close by, and my daughter’s school is opening up tomorrow at 8 AM. I will be posting pics of our house and property, I have over 300 on a flash drive. Thanks for ALL the kind words, and support, we appreciate it, and to the people that have had questions about our devestation, I understand, unless you have lived thru this, you have no idea, I didn’t either when that scary, fast rising water came, but I understand. Our family sends our love and support to all that have been effected, and we are thankful for the overwhelming help to our town from people from ALL over!! STAY SAFE AND STRONG HIGHLANDS!!!!

  22. Mary Natoli's Gravatar Mary Natoli
    November 14, 2012    

    I have also been denied for assistance with Sandy. We do not have flood insurance. My house is gutted. All the appliances, furnace, hot water heater, most of the furniture, clothing, beds contaminated. No electricity, heat, hot water. Trying desperately to find a short-term housing situation but there are a thousand other families also looking.

  23. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 25, 2012    

    FEMA Concentration Camps in America but hey research it yourself and tell me their still great.

  24. Senora del Fuego's Gravatar Senora del Fuego
    December 1, 2012    

    Carly it appears you don’t know how to spell your last name. If this website is the exclusive source for this story it is no wonder people are having trouble believing it. But as much as some want so so badly to make this about Obama, he does not personally look over every FEMA claim. There are obviously problems with the system which need to be addressed, I believe everyone is aware of that. But this story has some obvious problems too.

  25. daylightdisinfectant's Gravatar daylightdisinfectant
    December 2, 2012    

    I personally interviewed the subject Senora del Fuego. Perhaps it’s time for your beloved Messiah to come down off this thrown and help these poor people. Obamadrone.

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