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Afghanistan war veteran's 'family history now missing' after medals stolen

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 6/09/2017 Harry Frost

For a proud soldier and veteran of Afghanistan and East Timor, it was a low blow.

Corporal Jay Deeming returned home from work last week to discover his Canberra unit had been robbed.

The thieves punched their way through the laundry door and trashed the Stirling house, taking laptops, tablets and even toys put aside for his children for Christmas.

Picking up the pieces that night, Cpl Deeming discovered his medals - awarded for his ten-years service and overseas deployments - were gone.

Though he has replicas, without the original medals printed with his name and service number, he said he feels an important part of his family history is now missing.

"My wife agreed when I got home we'd maybe keep the medals and maybe give them to my daughter when she turned 18 and now, obviously, it's just a bit upsetting in that sense that they won't get handed to her," he said.

<p>Corporal Jay Deeming says he feels an important part of his family history is missing after discovering his medals – awarded for his service and overseas deployments – were stolen from his Stirling unit.</p> © Provided by Nine News

Corporal Jay Deeming says he feels an important part of his family history is missing after discovering his medals – awarded for his service and overseas deployments – were stolen from his Stirling unit.

ACT Policing Station Sergeant Chris Meagher said any burglary had a lasting financial and psychological effect on the victims but the theft of personal items such as medals was particularly abhorrent.

"These medals represent a personal commitment and a professional journey in a theatre of war," he said.

"I implore anyone who has any information in relation to the whereabouts of these medals or conversely any second hand dealings or anyone who is approached by anyone with these medals to either sell them or move them on or obtain them - that's very important information for us to work with."

Cpl Deeming said he hopes the thieves will consider returning the medals.

"I think anything that divides us aside, national service is something that unites everyone and I think if we can get to them, they will hand them back," he said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers online or on 1800 333 000.

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