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Post Falls veteran forced to leave home, doesn't know why

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Bill Davis is frustrated. Bill Davis is frustrated.
POST FALLS, Idaho -

It’s sometime between 1969 and 1971. Army Ranger Bill Davis is in the jungles of Vietnam. He’s in the middle of the firefight when he tells his fellow soldier, “I’ll hold the fort down.”

Davis wakes up in the middle of the night. He’s in Post Falls, Idaho, not Vietnam. There is no fort, just his bedroom, and his fellow soldier: His wife.

Davis has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

“It's an ordinary reaction to an extraordinary event,” Davis tells the camera crew in his living room Monday.

The 67-year-old sees two types of doctors. One is for his mental state and another is for a number of physical issues.

“I was exposed to Agent Orange.”

While the doctor visits help, Davis has a caretaker who’s with him at a moments notice, his 10-year-old Mini Australian Shepard named Suki.

“That dog senses it,” said Davis. “I'll be sitting there and I’m agitated and she’ll jump up and get in my lap.”

But Suki might be the cause of problem Davis doesn’t know how to fight. One week before Christmas, Davis and his wife were given a 90 days notice to leave their mobile home at River Village Park.

“I’m frustrated and angry and I don't like being treated this way,” said Davis. “If they would just tell me what the problem is and give me the opportunity to mitigate it.”

According to the rental agreement, pets are not allowed on the property. But Davis says Suki is a service dog, something not addressed in the lease.

“If they would have told me that ‘no you can't have the dog and we're not going to honor the paperwork’ we would have given them to these [friends] people.”

The property manager declined KHQ’s request for an explanation. 

Davis and his wife are at a loss because they are both retired and on a fixed income. They say they planned to stay at the home for the rest of their lives.

“They just stand behind, ‘we don't have to tell you anything,’” said Davis. “I’m at wits end here trying to figure out what the problem is.”

Davis and his wife aren’t the only ones wondering what happens next. An 89-year-old veteran who lives in the same community was also asked to leave without an explanation.

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