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BRECKENRIDGE COUNTY, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Ron Hinkle survived an IED bomb explosion on April 15, 2006.

He showed up at his house in rural Breckenridge County, and discovered someone kicked-in his front door.

Burglars stole several valuable family heirlooms, but the family is asking people to keep an eye for two specific items.

Hinkle lost his Purple Heart and a challenge coin which both were given to him by former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Disgusted more than anything, Hinkle said. These aren't gonna mean anything to anyone else. They're not worth anything. Their only meaning is for me - my family.

A challenge coin is given by an officeholder to soldiers as a sign of thanks or pride for their hard work in a particular situation. The coin could be almost impossible to replace because the coin is marked by the former vice president s name and his title.

Hinkle asks that if anyone sees these items, or any challenge coins to please contact police.

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