From IJ Review
On Thursday morning, however, Waits—a man whom many would consider a hero—was shaken to his core when he awoke to find a single word carved into the side of truck:
Understandably, Waits says having the word “murderer” carved into his truck was not something he ever expected:
“I didn’t even put it together what the word meant at first, but then it all just hit me like a wave…
My mind went blank. When you look at it, it’s so hard to actually accept that it’s real.”
Waits adds that he has no idea why or by whom he was targeted, but believes it was either due to his connection to the Iraq War or simply because he’s a veteran, something he proudly displays with his specialized veteran license plate.
Regardless of the reason, the vandalism hit the former solider hard:
“You know the word. I’m not easily offended. I don’t get messed up too easily, but this one hit me pretty hard.”
He has since filed a police report over the incident, which is currently being investigated.
Since 2003, it’s reported that a total of 4,496 U.S. military members have been killed in Iraq, and an additional 2,381 in Afghanistan.
Waits, meanwhile, says even if his disquieting experience was caused by his veteran license plate, that he’s “not going to stop” showing his pride, adding that he considers his military service “the best thing” he’s ever done.