Nearly 100 disabled Indianapolis veterans go 11 days without air conditioning

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 28, 2015) – Almost 100 disabled veterans living in the Lincoln apartments on Indy’s west side are still suffering through the extreme heat and humidity, without air conditioning.

Disabled Navy Veteran Leon Eggers hates having to sleep in his sweltering studio apartment. He’s had to suffer through these soaring summer temperatures for 11 days.

The air conditioning at the Lincoln apartments for disabled vets has been broken for more than a week, after a lightning strike knocked out the unit on July 17.

“It’s just hard sometimes to just stay positive. It’s very difficult to sleep at night when you’re probably, I’m guessing maybe 110, 120 degrees in this little unit. I’m not sure the square footage but it gets really hot at night,” said Eggers.

Almost 100 disabled veterans live in the complex where the heat is so severe inside; veterans like Howard Schmidt opted to stay at a hotel.

“I had to go to a Motel 6 with what little money I have and just make sure this time when I woke up, I wasn’t in a ball of sweat,” said Schmidt.

The problem according to residents stems from a broken piece of the air conditioning unit that was ordered from Japan, and could take another few weeks to arrive.

When the manager on site was asked what was being done for these former service members suffering through the heat, she referred us to corporate headquarters.

“We’re doing everything we possibly can, working with our insurance company and vendor, but we are at the mercy of Panasonic when replacing this part and when we’re doing this we want to do it right the first time,” a representative from Medallion Management based in Michigan said over the phone.

A wait that some veterans can’t deal with any longer.

“That’s what we’ve been told it can take at least up to another week to two weeks because it’s supposed to be coming from Japan,” said Eggers.

When Eggers was asked if he’d be able to live in the heat for another two weeks he responded by saying, “I’m going to try! I don’t know, it’s very overwhelming.”

Residents were given fans to cool their apartments down but with heat indexes soaring above 100 degrees this week, the management company is looking at installing window air conditioning units at the complex. The earliest that could happen would be by the end of the week.

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