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Vet gets apology from HOA over American flag flap

Vet gets apology from HOA over American flag flap

POST FALLS, Idaho - Korean War vet Curtis Benham, who was asked by his homeowners association to remove an American flag from his window has received an apology from the HOA and the overwhelming support of his neighbors.

Benham received a violation notice last week that his American flag was considered "inappropriate curtains" and was asked to remove them. Within hours of the story going viral on Facebook Monday, the Fieldstone Homeowner Association board rescinded the violation.

Later in the evening the HOA board president paid Benham a visit. When he showed up at Benham's home Monday night, he probably noticed some of his supporters had placed small American flags on his lawn.

"They were out there when that gentleman from Fieldstone came last night," Benham said.

The purpose of the visit was to tell him personally that he could keep his flag displayed in a window and to apologize.

"He just wanted to know if I would accept an apology and he's apologizing all over the place," Benham said.

A week ago Benham received a notice that his flag violated the covenants, conditions and restrictions of the neighborhood. He had two options: take it down or face a $100 fine, a decision that ultimately wasn't needed once the board rescinded the violation late Monday.

"Once the board heard about it they were very interested in finding out what the particulars were," Fieldstone Homeowners Association attorney Art Macomber said.

Macomber added the board had no idea about the notice until Monday. The HOA has someone that monitors the 750 homes in the neighborhood for violations. Once the board found out about this particular incident, they met to hold a special vote.

"Sometimes you can look an individual situation and go 'We'd rather not pursue that one' and then other times you look at a situation and go 'Gosh, we absolutely have to pursue this what if everybody did it,'" Macomber said.

Although Benham wasn't complying according to Fieldstone rules, which he agreed to when he bought the house. the board let it go. Benham is happy that they did, but would also like a written apology so he can show all veterans.

"Because I think they're part of it. They're as much of the American flag as I am," he said.

Whether or not he will get a written apology is up in the air, but for now he's happy that his story has received so much attention and hopes it doesn't happen again.