GLADSTONE, Mo. -- A metro mother of a fallen soldier receives a special Valentine's Day gift from her belated son. She is receiving her son's home that once faced foreclosure.
Joyce Bussinger-Turner's only son was killed while fighting in Afghanistan. She wanted her son's home to help her remember him. Now, after months of waiting and worrying, the fallen soldier's mom is getting her wish.
When Bussinger-Turner talks about her 32-year-old son Shaun Mittler, she immediately lights up. He was a decorated Army Staff Sgt. who received a bronze star, purple heart and the first presidential coin as well as a certificate from Austin Peay State University.
"He was a really good son," she says. "His friends were the elderly and the young. He loved Christmas time."
In 2008, Staff Sgt. Mittler investedin something else. His first home which he loved in Clarksville, Tennessee.
"It was his pride and joy," she said. "I spent two weeks with him there prior to deployment."
His mom says he had plans to fix up the house when he returned from being deployed. Sadly, her son never got a chance to decorate his new home. On July 10, 2010, the young soldier was killed in Afghanistan.His heart broken mom thinks about him every day.
After burying her son, she tried but couldn't continue making the mortgage payments on the home. It then went into foreclosure. At almost the last minute she noticed a clause in the mortgage pertaining to borrowers killed in action.
"I only contacted them in December of last year," she said.
After making that one phone call to JP Morgan Chase's military hotline, Turner found out that after the tragedy of her son's death, his loan would be forgiven. She learned the bank would award her the house because Staff Sgt. Shaun Mittler paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country.
"I feel like I've been given a gift from him," she said. "I know the bank is doing it but it's a connection between me and him. I've told him I'm happy on Valentine's Day.
On Saturday, She will drive to Tennessee and walk inside her son's home for the first time since the bank forgave the loan. She tells FOX 4 it's a dream come true.
JP Morgan Chase told FOX 4 they're proud to be able to help the family of a soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.