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IRS Charges Veteran For Lost Equipment

February 19, 2014

Gerrad Branum, a veteran who served in Iraq in the early 2000’s, was recently charged for equipment that had been lost nearly a decade ago.  According to the veteran, on his way home from Iraq, a bag was lost that was filled with equipment that had been issued to him.  He reported the equipment as lost and didn’t hear anything…until this year when the IRS kept $1,600 of his tax refund in order to pay for the missing gear.


For veterans like Gerrad Branum, September 11, 2001 made him realize there isn’t much he wouldn’t do for this country.

“I even lost friends of mine in those Twin Towers so it kind of hit home for me,” said Gerrad Branum, U.S. Army Veteran. “When it comes down to losing good hearted Americans that worked their lives away, in this country we look at terrorists as two things. You are the enemy and you don’t come in our backyard.”

Branum served in the U.S. Army from 2001-2005. He spent most of his time serving in Iraq.

“More or less on the factors of going over there, I wish it upon no soldiers to have to deal with stuff we had to deal with in Iraq,” Branum said.

On his way home, a bag containing a lot of field equipment that was issued to him got lost.

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