She was the first to die in the War on Terror, as reported in the February to April 2005 issue of Port Of Harlem. However, her hero status that did not keep her belongings safe back in America. Hero Sergeant Jeannette Winters’ family placed her personal belongings, including military medals, dog tags and the American flag they draped over her coffin, in storage after their home was burglarized during Winters' funeral.
Relatives said Winters' father became ill and failed to pay the storage fees so the items were put up for auction. They were purchased by Mark Perko. The family has since been locked in a battle over her personal belongings
"Feels heart wrenching," Matthew Winters, Jr., said. "Very violated, I would say." Perko had told ABC 7 News - Chicago he was not sure what he would do with the fallen Marine's items- whether he would sell them, donate them or offer her family a deal.