Disabled Macon veteran says medications stolen

A disabled Macon veteran is in pain after he says someone stole a package full of his medications off his front porch.

MACON - A disabled Macon veteran is in pain after he says someone stole a package full of his medications off his front porch. 

Bibb County resident, William Dugger, says he served in the U.S. Air Force for nearly 10 years and has been considered a disabled veteran since the 1990s.

Dugger says he receives medicine from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs monthly, and was expecting to see his September shipment when he got home around 9:30 last Friday night. 

"I came to the front door and looked and I saw the bag laying there on the ramp and it was empty," says Dugger. 

He contacted the VA Tuesday morning after the long Labor Day weekend and they instructed him to file a police report. Dugger says he presented the report to the VA and was told his prescriptions could not be refilled for 30 days. 

"My doctor referred me to a drug contract that said they would not reissue medicine if lost, stolen, or misplaced," says Dugger. 

Dugger acknowledges that he signed the contract, but doesn't think he should be held accountable for medicine that he says was never in his possession. 

"Do you know what it's like to walk around with pain everyday? It's inhumane for them to not even consider that I never received the medicine," says Dugger. 

According to Dugger's package shipment number, UPS delivered the package to his doorstep last Friday at 2:27pm. But since the bag was empty, Dugger filed a damage claim and it is currently under investigation. 

"I served my country... and for this I think I should be treated better," says Dugger. 

We spoke to communications director, Dr. Frank Jordan, with the VA who says they have done everything they legally can do to help Mr. Dugger... and the VA is committed to helping United States veterans. 


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