Army veteran finds lost uniform three years later at antique store in Bakersfield

California

After being lost for three years, a US army veteran has found his uniform in an antique store in Bakersfield. 

Xenos Lopez served in the army as a parachute rigger and infantryman from 2004 to 2010.

He says he lost his army greens when he moved from one part of Bakersfield to another back in 2016.

The loss left him heartbroken, he said he sees the uniform as a representation of the time he spent serving his country.

But recently, Lopez and his wife were in an antique mall and came across the lost uniform complete with all the medals.

“I said no, that’s yours, you earned that. I could tell how much he appreciated it,” said store owner Rick Freels. 

Freels says he could tell that Lopez was the rightful owner and let him have it for free.

“He saw that it was mine and he thanked me for my service and said you know you earned it, you take it. I almost cried in here because I was so happy and I just can’t be more thankful,” stated Lopez. 

He says he’ll add his uniform to a shadow box he’s been building to commemorate his time in the military.

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