Journal intended for Guardsman's children stolen on Veterans Day

By JOHN SPINA | Daily Times-Call, Longmont, Colo. | Published: November 17, 2018

(Tribune News Service) — Oomar Olivas, a sergeant in the Colorado Army National Guard , accidentally left his garage door open Sunday night after celebrating Veterans Day with family and friends. When he awoke the next morning a "go-bag" containing his military uniform, some warm clothes and a journal detailing his experiences while deployed in Afghanistan was gone.

Olivas expects that because it was so cold Monday night whoever stole it did so because they needed the warm clothes. He doesn't really care about that. All he cares about is the journal.

"They can keep everything else," he said. "I just want the journal. Inside I had written journal entries about the memories and events that occurred while I was deployed in Afghanistan for 13 months."

With an 11-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old-son, Olivas took care to write in the journal every day while he was deployed as a way to share his experiences with his children when they came of age.

Because Olivas doesn't like talking about his experiences in Afghanistan, he said the journal, which is no bigger than a CD case and wrapped in a light green cover, is key to sharing that part of his life with his kids.

If anyone finds it, Olivas requested that they contact the Longmont police or the Times-Call.


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