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PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -

Christmas is often family time, and many people go home to celebrate the day. However 63-year-old Charlie Bagley's homecoming was not what he expected. Bagley is a retired and disabled veteran, and the home that built with his father in 1956 was recently vandalized and torn down.

"It looks like nobody has been living here for year," Bagley, said, shaking his head. "Why would anyone do this? I just don't understand."

Charlie's mother passed away when he was only six years old. Since the loss, Charlie's father, who used to work as a carpenter in Fort Benning, bought 10 acres of land and built a house for this children.

"My father built this house by himself and I helped him when I was a kid," Bagley recalled. "I remember my father working hard on this house. It kept all of us busy after my mother passed."

Charlie went to Arizona for about a year to help his younger sister. His sister's husband passed away, and she became ill. Charlie had to go leave his home to help his sister.

"I put chains on the doors so no one can come in," Bagley said. "I knew I wouldn't be back for a while, because my sister is very ill. I never imagined that this would happen."

"I was raised here," he said. "It's not worth anything to these people who destroyed the house, but it was to me."

Charlie assumes that vandals might have spent few months at his house. Leftover food, used dishes, and sweaters littered the floor.

"They might have lived in my house for a little bit until they stole all my furniture, tools..." Charlie said.

Charlie said he is not sure what he will do with the broken home.

"I might sell the house or the land," Bagley sighed. "I don't know. I don't know what to do. I don't know how to sell this house. It's my house. This holiday is going to be strange knowing my house has been destroyed into pieces."

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