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Arizona military vet files lawsuit against online bullies

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - 31 year-old Air Force Senior Airman Brian Kolfage lost both legs and his right arm when an RPG exploded near him while serving in Iraq in 2004.

Now Kolfage is fighting a battle online against people he says are attacking him and his family via social media.

"The same people would write stuff on my Facebook page, and the stuff they would write is just horrendous. They would say they wished I had died, they said I was a drain on the government system, just really nasty stuff. I started sharing the comments, and it went viral. Because I was just fed up with it," said Kolfage.

"The trust of their lies about him are that he plagiarized and he's a racist, and neither of those are true at all," said Logan Elia.

Brian's attorney Logan Elia filed a defamation lawsuit in Maricopa County. It alleges that seven defendants libeled Kolfage over social media.

"He did everything he could beforehand to get these people to stop. He begged them to stop online, he attempted to clear his own reputation. Nothing he did lead them to backing off, in fact they just became more aggressive in their pursuit of him," said Elia.

Kolfage makes a living as a motivation speaker. He claims the online bullying has not just hurt his reputation, but also his wife's who is a school teacher.

"And once they brought my family into it, and tried to do things against my family, and ruin my wife's career, I decided I needed to take legal action to stop it," said Kolfage.

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