SWFL veteran receives aid after home overrun with bedbugs

Reporter: Lindsey Sablan
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NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. — A veteran finally received the help he needed Wednesday after he and his wife were forced to live in a tent in their backyard due to a bedbug infestation.

Booyah Veterans Bus Project, a nonprofit organization that refurbishes transit buses to help veterans, paid for Scott and Donna Banning’s hotel relocation until the situation is stabilized.

The Bannings said they had been living in the home for the last 11 months, which is partly paid by HUD-VASH, a program between Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs to help place homeless veterans.

However, the home is overrun with bedbugs and they couldn’t afford to fumigate.

The couple hopes to eventually move into a new home.

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