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Nevada Homeowner Assoc. Tells Vet to Stop Building Furniture for Needy Military Familes

Nevada veteran Dennis Kocher is being told by his homeowner's association to cease and desist building furniture for needy veterans in his home despite the fact that he does so as a non-profit and even enjoys the support of his neighbors.

A homeowners association is telling Dennis Kocher he needs to close up shop after years of doing business, or he could be fined between $100 and $1,000. “I may not paint, sand, cut wood or screw on the property at anytime,” he said.

The new mandate cuts deep, as he’s been building cabinets and dressers for a decade, donating most to military families. “Everyone who received my furniture or responsible for dispersing it gave me this gift and it’s something I’ll treasure forever,” he said holding a photo. 

Kocher intends to appeal the decision at an August 5 meeting.

Such complaints typically come from neighbors, but those who live nearby have written letters supporting Dennis Kocher and his work. We tried getting answers from the association’s general manager, but he would not comment. 

He plans to appeal his case to the board at an Aug. 5 meeting. He will have some company, as the senior master sergeant from Beale has also promised to be there.


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