An Afghanistan War veteran became the latest person to find an anonymous note left on his car — but, unlike many other letters that have made the news recently, his didn’t wish him well or thank him for his courage and service.
Matt Zeller is an Army intelligence officer, a recipient of the Purple Heart and other honors, and the founder of No One Left Behind, an organization that provides assistance for military translators. On April 26, he says he went shopping at a Safeway grocery store in Vienna, Virginia, with his daughter and returned to his car to find this note:
The note reads: “You should be ashamed of yourself. You are a murderer if you ‘served’ in Afghanistan. I hope you watch your child starve and die in front of you, as you have done to the people of Afghanistan.”
Although Zeller reacted on Twitter with one simple word: “Seriously?” he told The Havok Journal he was livid.
“I wanted to confront the person,” Zeller said. “What coward threatens a toddler? I have a car seat in my car. Disagree with the war? Fine. Disagree with my service? Fine. Both are one’s right. Threaten my kid? Line crossed.”
Despite the attention positive notes receive in the media, Zeller isn’t the first war veteran to find a nasty note on his or her car. In January, Air Force Veteran Mary Claire Caine, who served in Kuwait and now lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, received a note from someone who was angry she had parked in a “Veteran Parking” space at a grocery store because he assumed she wasn’t a veteran, reports WECT. The note was signed “Wounded Veteran.”
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