Twin brothers Clifford and Gary Koekoek, 84, have done everything together but now they are bonded together in the most difficult fight of their lives.
Years back, the twins bought a house in California from their mother and had lived there since 1984. In 2007, they took out a loan to fix the roof. They thought it was a conventional loan, but were surprised when the payments increased over time.
When they could no longer afford it, the bank foreclosed on the house.
In 2016, the twins were evicted with no surviving relatives and nowhere to go. They were forced to sleep in their shared car often going without food.
“Right now, I’m broke,” said Clifford. “…Sometimes we don’t eat.”
Clifford and Gary spend most of time reading at a public library, trying to get their house back.
“I would almost say it’s hell,” Gary told the local news about their condition.
“It’s a lot of stress. I’d rather go back to the war and get shot at,” added Clifford.
Meanwhile, the twins’ story went viral and people across the country learned about their unbelievable past and the struggles they worked so hard to overcome.
Clifford and Gary survived World War II living in Nazi-occupied Netherlands. They immigrated to the United States with their families. They fought together in the Vietnam War.
Touched by their heroic past, kindhearted neighbors and strangers banded together to help the twins find permanent housing. In just several days, $90,000 was raised for Clifford and Gary.
According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, around 11 percent of homeless individuals in America are veterans. We hope the twins will soon go through these hard times and find a place to call their home.