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Vietnam War veteran to get new Purple Heart medal after theft

Vietnam War veteran living in South Dakota is set to get a replacement military medal after someone broke into his home and stole his Purple Heart.

Charlie Running Hawk, 66, of Rapid City, has been offered a replacement medal by members of South Dakota’s Congressional delegation, The Rapid City Journal reported Thursday.

Running Hawk said he and his wife were away recently when their home was broken into and the suspect took his Purple Heart medal, $80 in change and some prescription pills.

A representative from U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson’s office said veterans can usually get lost or stolen medals replaced at least once. Joe Roberts, a staff assistant in the senator’s Rapid City office, said he expects a replacement to arrive in three to six weeks.

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