Purple Heart Winner Attacked at Winter Classic Speaks [Video] | Bob's Blitz

Purple Heart Winner Attacked at Winter Classic Speaks [Video]

"It was a special day that was ruined," Iraqi vet and Woodbridge Policeman Neal Auricchio told NBC's Roseanne Colletti last night. They grabbed my friend's hat, threw a cigarette in it, threw one at me -- striking me in the mouth. I said, 'Relax, it's just a game' Then I was overwhelmed by a mob, 2 or 3 guys started punching me, kicking me. I get back to my feed and get a blind side punch that knocks me unconscious."

As first reported on Bob's Blitz, Auricchio, a Sergeant in the Marines who was awarded a Purple Heart, is scheduled for surgery to repair the fractured bone under his left eye.

In a related story, Denis Veteri, father of 3 with a long history of drug and fighting charges who had been free on 10% of $100,000 bail, had his bail increased to $400,000. The 32-year-old was back in jail briefly Wednesday. Three and half hours later he was able to post 10 percent of the bail and was free again.

NBC Philadelphia reports that Veteri faces 20 years in prison. He had nothing to say as he left court yesterday.

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