|Published:||Jul 15, 2010 10:34 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 15, 2010 7:16 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Stealing from veterans, not once but twice!
Last week, a Purple Heart was stolen.
Then on Tuesday $450 dollars was taken.
"I don't even want to think about who did this," said Donald Graf, of the Veterans Foundation.
The money stolen is used to help local veterans pay their bills, utilities or buy food.
Lunch is also made for vets, who come to the foundation headquarters to get a meal.
This Monday, World War II veterans from area nursing homes are coming for lunch.
But with $450 bucks stolen buying the food is going to be difficult.
"Monday will be a big day. Of course we're short so we'll have to reach into our own pockets and try to make it up because we can't disappoint them. They look forward to this," Graf said.
Adding insult to injury earlier this month, a thief also stole a Purple Heart from a display shelf.
The medal given to a soldier injured in combat isn't worth much money wise, but to these veterans, it's priceless.
"To us it's very much a treasure," Graf said.
The foundation has now put all its medals in an enclosed case with an alarm.
"It's really hurtful that someone would do that. And now that we have to put everything under lock and key is really despicable," Graf said.
He also says the foundation have no idea who the thief is.
They believe the thefts happened during the lunch hour when the foundation is at its busiest.
"It could've been anyone who walked into the door," he said.
If you want to donate to the Veterans Foundation, you can go to their headquarters at 3100 Del Prado Blvd S Bldg3 unit 6 or call them at (239) 541-8704