POSTED: 1:22 pm EDT August 3, 2006
UPDATED: 1:28 pm EDT August 3, 2006
BUFFALO, N.Y. — An Iraq war veteran who lost an arm and leg in a roadside bombing was mugged during a night out from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, according to an Associated Press report.
Lance Cpl. Mark Beyers, 27, and his wife were attacked and robbed as they left a restaurant in Bethesda, Md. on July 22.
The Marine from western New York was dining out while finishing up rehabilitation at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
As they left the restaurant, five men approached them and asked for a cigarette.
Denise Beyers told The Buffalo News they gave the men a cigarette — but then the men grabbed her purse, kicked her and knocked the couple to the ground.
The thieves made off with $500 just wired to them by a relative.
Mark Beyers expects to be back home in the Buffalo area this weekend.
His family is planning a fundraiser for him on Aug. 12.