McConnell camp works to help veteran replace stolen medals

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by Whitney Harding

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 17 at 6:34 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It’s a story that is hard to believe: an Iraq war veteran, Ron Hinkle, having his valor medals stolen by someone burglarizing his house.

Now, after seeing the story on TV, Senator Mitch McConnell and his staff want to help Hinkle get his medals back.

"You've really got to be the lowest of the low to not only be a criminal and break into someone's home, but to take medals from someone who served our country," Terry Carmack of Senator Mitch McConnell's Office said. “When Senator McConnell heard about this he asked that we reach out to the family and see if we can restore these medals to someone who has served our country and been on the front lines for us and we'd like to help them if we can."

The most valuable of those medals was a purple heart - a reminder for Hinkle of what he had sacrificed for his country. A car bomb on April 15, 2006 left him with a traumatic brain injury. Today, Hinkle has a service dog that helps him deal with post traumatic stress and seizures.

“Disgusted more than anything,” Hinkle, with regards to how he felt when he found out the medals had been stolen, said. “These aren't going to mean anything to anyone else they aren't worth anything to anyone. Their only meaning is for me or my family."

"He served our country it's the least we can do," Carmack said.

McConnell’s camp has reach out to anyone they can, including the Breckinridge Sheriff’s Department, to see if they can help Hinkle get his tangible memories back.

"Just told them we are willing to help,” Carmack said. “We stand ready to contact the department of defense and find these medals. We often times are asked to intervene with the Department of Defense, replace medals or medals that have been stolen, because our veterans not only deserve to have those medals for themselves but also to pass on to future generations."
 

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