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Biker Dad: Wounded vet's custom Purple Heart bike stolen

Florence KY (CNN) -

"I fought cowards all over the world and then I come here and someone comes and takes a possession of mine."

Bailey Bradley lost a lot in Afghanistan in the War on Terror. But it's what he lost at home that hurts almost as much.

Bailey was hit by an improvised explosive device when overseas at war. The explosion crushed his pelvis, broke his back and both of his hips. 

The injuries earned him a Purple Heart, and the right to ride his pride and joy. That's a custom Purple Heart Harley Davidson motorcycle. He fought back from his injuries just to walk again, then to ride again.

"That's my release, you have guys that go to war and they do things a human shouldn't do and they see things humans shouldn't see, so you need that release or you are going to explode or implode," Bailey said. But someone decided they needed it more.

The bike was stolen from his mother's home in Florence Kentucky, the heartbreaking theft caught on surveillance video.

"I was just kinda helpless, I can't run to start with because of the injuries that I sustained, but it, just, you're just helpless," Bailey said.

His bike will stand out in a crowd, so you can help get it back. It has a custom paint job, purple and black and the unmistakable Purple Heart on the gas tank that also has the fateful date when he was hit by the IED.

If you spot the bike, contact the Florence Kentucky police department and let's help get this hero back in the wind where he belongs!

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Chris Best is the Assistant News Director for WMC Action News 5. He's a husband and father of four, He's also a motorcycle enthusiast.

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