http://houston.cbslocal.com/2012/05/02/homeowners-association-sues-returning-army-vet-over-backyard-swing-set/ MINEOLA, Texas (CBS Houston) — A homeowner’s association is suing a returning Army veteran for having a swing set for his kids in his backyard. The Spring Lake Homeowner’s Association has filed a lawsuit against Bill Fry, an Army National Guard captain who just recently returned from Afghanistan after serving overseas for a year, and his wife, Candi Fry, for not getting approval to put up the swing set. “The way the homeowner’s association has treated us and portrayed us to our neighbors, it has caused a fairly sizable rift,” Capt. Fry told WFAA-TV. Candi Fry says they got permission to build the $1,200 swing set for their children in their backyard last year, but the homeowner’s association claims that is not true. “They’re in the wrong only because they declined to make the proper application and submit the drawings,” homeowner’s association chairman Harold Lemmon told KLTV. The lawsuit states that the swing set is “not in harmony with the design and location in relation to surrounding structures and topography,” according to The Mineola Monitor. “Not once before or even during construction was anything mentioned that we need to submit documents for this,” Capt. Fry told the Monitor. Lemmon says the homeowner’s association has received several complaints from neighbors over the swing set. “We are sorry for the children, what has taken place in our community, but there is nothing we can do about it,” Lemmon told WFAA. The case is expected to be settled in court. ----- 1.)This is one reason I refused to buy a house in any neighborhood that has an HOA. 2.) I don't see what his being a veteran has to do with him not filing the correct paperwork. His service should not allow him to just circumvent any rules that he deems inconvenient. Especially since no one forced him to buy a house in a neighborhood with an HOA. I cannot tell if it is the family attempting to use his service to get their way or if it is the media just trying to make a boring story more sensational.