An Iraq War veteran is asking for an American flag that had sentimental value be returned to him after it was stolen.
An Iraq war veteran to ask for the return of an American flag that was recently stolen from him, that he says has sentimental value.
Nolan Gomez said he usually flies the flag of his truck, but took him out when he was doing some work in the garden. He placed it in a cone along the way, ran an errand, and discovered that it was gone, when he came back.
“It is the ultimate lack of respect for every soldier who served their country,” said Gomez KIRO-TV.
Someone stole this #Tacoma veteran of the #AmericanFlag. He used to keep the fly out of his truck. Now he says a piece of him is missing. ??
Zoom in and you can see faint spots – blood spots from a friend that he lost. The pole is made of a yellow broomstick.
Pls RT! @KIRO7Seattle pic.twitter.com/Ox7MHPPdtF
— Deedee Sun (@DeedeeKIRO7) July 22, 2018
The flag was very special to Gomez, who told news stations that it was given to him by a boy in Iraq in 2007. Later, after a roadside bomb injured his team, he said that he used the flag as a tourniquet on his friend, finally losing his legs.
That friend eventually died by suicide. The flag, Gomez said, has his friend’s blood on the bottom four stripes.
“It shows that I’m proud of what I’ve done, and I love my country,” Gomez, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, told KIRO. “It doesn’t matter what I have experienced, I love my country, and I want everyone to see that.”
“I just pray that whoever that flag can be found in them as a human being and as a god-fearing American – to get back in,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter what I have experienced, I love my country, and I want everyone to see that.”
Neighbor Kim Phillips helped make a sign that calls for the return of the character.
“I just can’t imagine that someone who has served for our freedom,” Phillips told KOMO-TV.
A few neighborhood children, who saw Gomez story gave him a flag that belonged to their uncle. Gomez said the gesture meant a lot to him.
While the blood on the flag is faded, Gomez said the spots are still visible. He also said that the flagpole is a yellow stem with a wire around it.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.