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.