Current Status

 

After release from prison, SFC Stewart was forced to move to Virginia where he lived in an old 20 foot camper in a very, very rural area near the Shenandoah Mountain range.   Over the next 3 years he did not have funds to purchase propane gas on a regular basis and suffered through cold winter nights without heat.  A water hose ran from a well froze and there was no water and he frequently went to use a nearby river as the bathroom facility.  Having little funds for utility payment, during the heat of summer he was without air-conditioning. 

Last year, with assistance of his parents, they were able to rent and move SFC Stewart into an unfinished garage of an old home, one without heat or any comfort items.  He purchased a used wood stove, ran a stovepipe, to have heat in the garage.  Wood was hung on the wall for shelves for food items, etc.  An old, worn out couch and chair were purchased from a thrift shop for about $25.  A used bed and work table were found, the table serving as somewhere to sit and eat.  The unfurnished floor found some cheap throw rugs from a thrift shop.  A used refrigerator with a bad door and no icemaker were found, as was a makeshift kitchen stove to cook on.  He was unable to purchase a microwave oven.  Lighting was rudimentary at best.  In a joint room through a large opening is a portion used by the owner for repair to motorcycles and other items.  Obviously odors and fumes permeated throughout the living area..

SFC Stewart has an entry level job now at a wonderful local business who stepped forward, understood his situation and the outlandish conviction.  Unfortunately, he makes a very, very small salary but it is the best that can be done for now.  From that small amount of take-home pay he must pay a large child support payment, necessary utilities, food, insurance and gas to get to work while using an old car purchased by his parents, medical bills must be paid (he has extensive health issues from military service and his without VA health benefits), clothing, etc., etc., etc.  Additionally, the United States Army has billed him for over $35,000 in back pay issues from his active duty time and shortly will begin garnisheeing his pay for a monthly amount that appears to exceed his entire monthly income.  Being unable to pay, he will be once again sent to prison.

Using a large chunk of their life savings and selling a treasured family car, his parents were able to make a down payment and pay closing costs on a small fixer-upper home and SFC Stewart finally has a roof over his head.  But also overhead is the pending bill to the government that he nor his parents have funds to pay off the debt.

Update November 15, 2015:  Due to the financial situation of SFC Stewart he was forced to declare bankruptcy.  Another step in humility from military injustice.

Update January 2017.  In October 2016 SFC Stewart was critically burned in an industrial accident suffering 2nd and 3rd degree burns on about 60% of his body.  He is now home undergoing therapy and has a long road ahead of him in the recovery process.  Your prayers are appreciated.  Unable to work, his financial situation is dire.  If you would like to contact and help him the address is:

Kelly Stewart
447 Falling Rock Drive
Amherst, VA  24521