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Army Sergeant's Truck Stolen While He's In Afghanistan (Photo)

| by Michael Doherty

An Army sergeant currently serving in Afghanistan reports that his truck has been stolen from his parents' Colorado home.

Sgt. James Donovan Neily reached out for help on Facebook after his wife, Kayleigh Neily, told him about the theft during a FaceTime conversation, according to Fox.

"It does make me mad," said Kayleigh, whose husband has been deployed since December. "I had to calm down about it because I can't do anything about it right now."

"It's our family truck," she added. "[My son] loves the truck. He was [just] playing in it."

"My truck was stolen in Arvada last night," wrote James, describing the truck as blue and gray, lifted with 33-inch tires, and sporting "Honorably Discharged Veteran" plates.

"I am currently deployed and someone thought they needed it more than me," said James in the post, which has since been taken down. "I disagree so please help me find it. Thanks."

Kayleigh said that the family has received supportive messages since the post, and she hoped to track the truck down before James returns from Afghanistan in the fall.

"So sorry about your truck. Thank you for your service," responded one commenter on James' post. "May you be home safe very soon."

"Hope it's found," wrote another user. "Worthless people."

In another story involving a crime against a serviceperson, a stolen service dog was reunited with her Army veteran owner, according to WPIX.

The 8-month old puppy, Mala, was stolen from former Army Ranger Robert Lebron on May 14 -- Mother's Day -- while he was taking the dog on a walk in the Bronx in New York. Two men attacked Lebron and stole Mala. Lebron said one of the attackers was his wife's ex-boyfriend, and the attack was carried out as part of a feud over his wife.

"I was attacked from behind," said Lebron, reports the New York Post. "I didn't want to fight. I didn't know if they had a weapon. I didn't want my dog getting hurt."

Mala was finally returned to Lebron almost a month after the incident. The dog helps Lebron to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder.

"What she gives me I can't get from someone else," he said, "Not a therapist or a family member or my friend. It's unconditional love."

He added that getting Mala was "one of the most amazing things that has happened to me in a long time. Because I can take her everywhere, to the store, to church, to the hospital -- and I do."

Sources: Fox News, WPIX, New York Post / Photo Credit: Dave_7/Flickr, Fox News via James Neily/Facebook, Fort Rucker/Flickr

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