“The recent letter from @fema alerting him he may be eligible for additional payment should have come as good news to William Lynch, who is pictured here climbing the cribbing in his hurricane-damaged home in Baldwin, New York. But William, who has been driven to the point of desperation by his dealings with one government entity after another, is hesitant to face more red tape. “This is the most painful thing I’ve ever done in my life,” William, a 52-year-old Iraq war veteran, said. “I’d rather go back to Fallujah.” With a Sept. 15 deadline less than a month away, only about 11,000 eligible homeowners have asked @fema to look again at their cases, a number that several advocates describe as “scary low.” Kevin Hagen photographed William in his 1920s cottage that was gutted by Hurricane Sandy nearly three years ago.” By nytimes on Instagram.
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