Vandals damage Marine Corps veteran’s truck (UPDATE)

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COLFAX, N.C. – The Guilford County Sheriff's Office is investigating a crime of vandalism, and the victim is a two-tour Iraq War veteran in Colfax.

Corporal Noah Anderson said he was resting on his couch Friday night when his motion sensor lights turned on outside. He went out to investigate and saw three suspects running away through the woods.

Then Anderson took a look at his truck.

The suspects used some sharp instrument to carve deep scratches into the driver's side panel and the hood of his 2011 Chevy Colorado. On the side, the message read "F--- Marines."

"I went to Iraq and fought for our country, and I gotta deal with stuff like this. It's ridiculous," Anderson said.

Neither Corporal Anderson nor his wife Keri said they have any idea who would want to insult him like this.

"I don't know if it was an attack against me, somebody didn't like me, I don't know," Noah Anderson said.

Keri Anderson said she doesn’t know if they’re being targeting or if it’s just kids being stupid.

While in Fallujah, Corporal Anderson suffered major injuries in an IED attack. He sustained nerve damage on the right side of his body, suffered a traumatic brain injury, and now struggles with post traumatic stress disorder.

"I know certain things that make his PTSD flair up and that it one of them," Keri Anderson said.

Noah Anderson said insurance will cover most of what a new paint job will cost, but he'll have to pay a $500 deductible.

"We were supposed to visit my parents in Florida for Thanksgiving next month," Noah Anderson said. "Now that's not happening."

Guilford County deputies are still looking for leads in the case, and the Andersons said they're hopeful someone will step forward to help bring the vandals to justice.

"I ain't gonna do nothing to them if they come back. I just want to ask them why they did it," Noah Anderson said.

UPDATE: Multiple body shops have offered to fix the Anderson's truck at no cost. Hundreds of people contacted FOX8 and offered to cover the cost of the deductible. The family appreciates everyone's concern and generosity. 

"We are more than appreciative. Thank you and thank everyone for their kind words," Keri Anderson posted on MyFOX8.com.

The Andersons said they "do not need anymore money." However, if you feel you need to donate money to the cause, the Andersons have set up an account at SECU and 100 percent of the funds will go to charity. The account is in Keri Anderson's name and is under account #675358. 

33 comments

  • natalie anderson

    Noah is my brother and it sickens me that someone would do this to him. He is an amazing man and served his country almost losing his life and watching his friends lose theirs. How dare these ignorant people go this far. I pray they are found and dealt with.

    • Kimberly Dixiemom White

      makes me sick too and MAD !!! Thank you Noah for your Service. LOTS of us DO CARE :) Much Respect and Honor to you Sir.
      thanks to all that have offered to fix his truck. I hope they are caught SOON and dealt with immediately.

    • mr5

      I am so sorry this is happening to your brother. He nor his family deserve this. Heck they deserve the upmost respect for what he has courageously done that most people are too scared to do. Thank you to not only Noah but all military personal and their families for what they sacrifrice so we can be free.

  • Bob

    How can I donate towards his repair and trip for Thanksgiving?? I hope they find these idiots and put them in public stocks like they show in Colonial Williamsburg.

    • Keri Anderson

      There is a local body shop who is willing to fix
      the truck for free, we are more than appreciative
      Thank you and thank everyone for their kind words

    • Natalie

      Our family appreciates everyone offering help to get them home for Thanksgiving. It’s so overwhelming all the people who are reaching out. God’s work in motion! We will make sure Noah and Keri make home to us. :D God bless you all so much!

  • Marie Jones

    Those last two comments bring tears to my eyes, most people are so wonderful, only a few would do something like this. Noah, I want to thank you for you service.

  • Bobbi

    Noah, thank you for your service! Your family will be in our prayers! We would also like to help his family with their trip to Florida. How can we do that?

  • Yvonne Rice

    I would like to help with Thanksgiving too. Noah, thank you for all you’ve done for us and our country. Please let me know how I can send help for Thanksgiving.

  • Ashley

    I know them from back in HS, and I am sorry but as a Navy combat vet this really sickens me! we go out and fight for our country just to come home to deal with BS like this…I can feel their aggravation, I am glad to see others though with a kind heart and willing to help them, nice to see some decent people still left in this world!

  • Greensboro PD JDB

    It would be an honor on behalf of me and a HUGE amount of officers who have served to help you pay not only your deductible but also send you and your family to your Thanksgiving Vacation destination with some extra cash. We’re told all the time “thank you for your service” but on behalf of this former Squid, thank you for your sacrifice and enjoy the turkey…please email w/ info…hoorah

  • Marie Idol

    Thank you for you service, and i am so sorry you have to deal with this on top of having PTSD. I’m glad your truck is getting fixed and that you will make it home for Thanksgiving. So many of us would have not givin in until we knew you were getting home!! I will have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Crystal Swink

    I am very sorry this happened to you. Thank you so very much for your service. I greatly appreciate you and everyone else who puts their lives on the line for our country. God bless you!

  • Wilbur Evans

    Noah, So very sorry these idiots had the gall to do this to your truck. What kind of person would do this, especially someone who has sacrificed for our country or anyone else for that matter.. Glad your truck is getting fixed and you and the family will be home for Thanksgiving. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. I would love to send you a little extra spending cash for your trip. I’ll try to get a mailing address from Greensboro PD. Again, thank you for your service and sacrifice. From a Navy Vet.

  • Valerie Begovich

    Thank you for you and your families sacrifice for my freedom!! May God turn this into a blessing you never expected!! Praying you continue to heal and find a good EMDR specialist for the PTSD.

  • Lauren

    Coming from an Army BRAT this sickens me. I wish those punks would end up with an IED staring them in the face because that’s what they deserve.

  • Janet bowers

    Who ever they where when they are caught someone should give them an Old fashion A— whooping. Thank you NOAH ANDERSON for your service and sacrifies to our country

  • Amy Small

    How can I help you. My son is in the military as well. Thank you so much for your service and I hope they find out who did this

  • Karen Larson

    My dad was a Marine – I have many friends in the military and friends with family members in the military. For all, each and every one of you do – thank you! Your sacrifices are so appreciated – so much more than the idiots that do these things. God bless you and yours!

  • Patti

    Thank you for everything you have done for our country. I dont know that simple words can do much but please know you are appreciated and there are some people in this world who are grateful for all you have given.

  • Diane Kimble-Turner

    Thank you for the sacrifice you and your family have made. It is never easy to be away from loved ones for such a long period of time. How dare this spineless person (s) disrespect such a good person who gives so much of himself for all of us, and our freedom. Shame on you whom ever you are and I hope Karma shows up on your door step real soon!

  • Penny

    Noah, Thank you for all you have done for our country. I am sorry some people just don’t understand what it means to serve our country. I hope they catch the people who done this to your truck. Keep your head up and know that we are proud of you. We are able to speak free and live in a free country because of Marines like you. Thank you again.

  • meaganC

    Thank you for your service, Noah. So glad to hear that your truck will be fixed & you will make it home for Thanksgiving! Sending prayers for a safe trip!

  • C.W. WILHOIT

    THANK YOU FOR YOU BRAVE SERVICE AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS . MAY YOU HAVE THE BEST THANKSGIVING EVER.
    I HOPE THEY CATCH THESE IDOITS VERY SOON. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

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