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Veteran's wheelchair stolen, family pleads for its return

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A war veteran is having trouble getting around because someone stole his wheelchair right out of his yard.

With limited resources to get a new one, the family is pleading for the wheelchair to be returned.

The Hudgins family has been living on Oak Circle for more than 30 years. In the past year, Mrs. Hudgins says things have changed, "It seems like the past year they vandalized things in my yard."

Someone stole her husband's wheelchair out of his drive way built for him by "Houses for Heroes".

Gray is a Vietnam Veteran. He says he lost his leg because of injuries from the war. 

"It's a shame that you can't trust people no more. It's a shame now you [have to] lock everything up," said Gray. Soon after retiring from the city, his health began to deteriorate pretty quickly.

"It pretty much put a stopper on our plans and he doesn't get out much and the only way he can is through the wheel chair," said Mrs. Hudgins

Mrs. Hudgins says it would be fine if the person that took the wheelchair simply put it back in her yard.

If you have any information about who could have taken the wheelchair, please contact Columbus police. Or, if you would like to help the family, just email your information to bdionne@wtvm.com

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