WASHINGTON — A disabled U.S. Army veteran says someone burned his American flag the day before Independence Day — and he’s taking it personally.
Dick Cohen, a World War II veteran, spoke to NBC Washington about waking up to discover that his flag was burned and in tatters. He joined the Army when he was 17 years old, and later lost the use of his left when he was wounded while fighting in WWII.
“The flag means I gave a lot of service in my late teens and I bled pretty ‘fusely for it,” Cohen said in an interview. “So I take that flag as a symbol very importantly in my life.”
Three of his neighbors’ home were also vandalized. One of his neighbors, a fellow Army veteran, replaced his flag.
Watch the complete interview from NBC Washington below: