updated 2/8/2007 8:05:14 PM ET 2007-02-09T01:05:14

A soldier whose stored possessions were sold while he served in Iraq has received their full value of $8,000 and an apology from the storage company.

Army Reserve Spc. Patrick Rogalin, 20, came home in October from a year in Iraq to find that his furniture, clothes, books and everything else had been auctioned. Public Storage Inc. said he had fallen behind in storage payments.

The company first offered $2,000 for the loss, then $4,000 as the news spread. Last month, Rogalin received a full apology and the entire amount of damages he had claimed.

"This unfortunate situation is certainly not something that we intentionally wanted you to have to face on your return from Iraq," wrote John Graul, Public Storage's president of operations, in a letter to the soldier.

Rogalin, now a student at Missouri State University, said he was glad the company promised to work on preventing similar problems for other soldiers who use Public Storage units.

"If there's anything good out of this, it's to make sure in the future it doesn't happen again," he said.

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