Glendale woman pleads for return of late husband's stolen military tags

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GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A Glendale woman is heartbroken after an irreplaceable memento from her late husband's military service was stolen.

"He was a proud veteran, very proud," said Brenda Sample said of her husband, Sam, of his 22-year service in the Navy.

'He was in the Persian Gulf he was also in the Vietnam War," she said. 

He served in several states and countries. Sadly, he died in 2011, leaving behind a very precious memento.

"Beat up and crunched as they were, they were a memory of something to hold onto," she said.

Then, her car got ransacked.

"His dog tags were taken," Sample said. "Those were the only tags we had."

Sample wanted to pass the tags along to her two sons. It's not only a symbol of the love she has for her husband. It's also a symbol of respect and admiration for his service.

She has a message to the thief or thieves - do the right thing.

"Drop them at the door in the middle of the night, I don't care," she said.

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Lindsey ReiserLindsey Reiser is a Scottsdale native and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

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Lindsey returned to the Valley in 2010 after covering border and immigration issues in El Paso, TX. While in El Paso she investigated public corruption, uncovered poor business practices, and routinely reported on the violence across the border.

Lindsey feels honored to have several awards under her belt, including a Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award, Hearst Journalist Award, and several National Broadcast Education Association Awards.

Lindsey is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, and she currently serves as a mentor to journalism students. She studied for a semester in Alicante, Spain and also earned a degree in Spanish at ASU.

She is proud to serve as a member of United Blood Services’ Community Leadership Council, a volunteer advisory board for the UBS of Arizona.

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