“After already being at the airport since 4ish and dealing with a 2 hour layover that turned into a 2 1/2 hour layover then 3 hour layover plus my huge disappointment in nibbling at an overpriced crappy chicken salad sandwich and trying to drink a VERY lackluster hot chocolate…basically just having a huge pity party! Something changed in my heart…God put a stop to all my complaining right away. I met the nicest soldier who had just spent nearly 2 days and 6 different flights to try to get back home to San Antonio after being away from her husband for 6 months while serving in Jordan.
The flight I was getting ready to board was sold out and her chances of getting on as a stand-by looked very slim. I overheard the conversation and without a second thought, I immediately offered her my seat. She was so incredibly grateful, she nearly cried. We hugged and she expressed her incredible gratitude, I couldn’t believe how nice she was. She was thanking me?!! It is I who am most grateful for her service in continuing to fight for our freedom to even allow me to be in this position, to have the luxury of getting to travel whenever and wherever. I was immediately moved to help out this soldier who has done soooooooooooo much more for me than I could ever repay her and so many for. This was the least I could do. So I encourage each and everyone one of you to consider giving up your seat for a soldier trying to get back home. While my day is lasting a great deal longer, her return home just became a great deal shorter!”