Our military does an awful lot for us, but sometimes they’re surprised when civilians do acts of kindness for them. Here are 8 stories of just that.
1. Last Memorial Day weekend, soldier Keaton Tilson was really looking forward to seeing his family back in Granite City, Illinois, for a few days. But Keaton had given the airline last-minute notice and only had a standby ticket. He watched several filled flights leave without him and he was starting to lose hope of spending that time with his family.
But seemingly out of nowhere, Josh Rainey approached Keaton and bought him an actual $350 ticket so Keaton could get back to his family. Josh was a complete stranger. Keaton made the next flight, thanks to that stranger in the airport.
2. Like a lot of young people, Kimberly Schintzius of Atlanta was out trying to find those crazy mythical creatures for the Pokemon Go game. Then Daniel Wise approached her and asked her what she was doing. When she explained it, Daniel laughed and said he could understand why everyone was walking around looking at their phones like that. Then the two started talking.
Daniel was a Vietnam War veteran. He was an older man and was frail…and he was homeless. He told Kimberly he hated to beg, but asked if she could buy him some food. So she went to a nearby restaurant and got him some food. After eating, he asked her for one more thing. A hug. Then he thanked her for her kindness, saying she was one of the few selfless people in a world that “often turns its back on old men like me and pretends we don’t exist.”
Kimberly took a picture of the two of them together and posted it, receiving thousands of likes and being shared more than 800 times. She then started working with Atlanta’s veterans assistance programs to get Daniel some help.
3. A woman was walking behind a uniformed servicewoman as they boarded a plane. As they were passing first class seats and preparing to take their seats in coach, a man stood up and told the servicewoman “Sorry, ma’am…I’m in your seat.”
The servicewoman looked stunned as he walked away and gave her his first-class seat. The woman walking behind her went on to her seat and wrote the man who gave up his seat a note with some money and gave it to a flight attendant to give to him.
The note read: “Please accept a drink or snack on me. If everyone treated people the way you treated the servicewoman, the world would be a better place.”
4. In New Hampshire, two servicewomen with the National Guard stopped at a Ruby Tuesday’s restaurant a few years back and told their waitress they needed an inexpensive meal, because the government was shutdown and they had no income.
So waitress Sarah Hoidahl got them their food and, instead of a bill, gave them this note: ‘Thanks to the government shutdown, the people like you that protect this country are not getting paid. However, I still am. Lunch is on me. Thank you for serving ladies! Have a good day!”
5. During a layover in Shannon, Ireland, L.A. Entrepreneur Shlomo Rechnitz came upon a group of 400 soldiers who were preparing to eat their paper sack dinners. Rechnitz asked if he could buy all of them a hot meal, but their commanding officer said that would not be necessary. With that, he gave each soldier $50 and told them to enjoy a restaurant of their choice in the airport.
He told them, “You guys risk your lives to protect me and protect my family. I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
6. On a flight heading to Chicago, a passenger decided to strike up a conversation with one of the many soldiers seated on the plane. The soldier told the passenger they were all headed to Great Lakes Air Base for two weeks of special training. They would then all be deployed to Iraq.
About an hour after the flight took off, it was announced that sack lunches would be available for all passengers for $5 each. That passenger who spoke with one of the soldiers bought a sack lunch for every single soldier.
7. Lisa Freeman, of Georgia, lost her son, Matthew, while he was serving in Afghanistan. It was tough, as it would be for any parent. But Lisa tried to cope as best she could and one day she decided to try something to help her ease her pain of losing him.
She took one of his uniforms and made a teddy bear from it… one that she could hug and be with her always.
Soon, she was offering to do this for other families who lost service men and women, and she called the project, Matthew Bears. She does this for families free of charge.
8. Sometime back, at Fort Hood, Texas, Elizabeth Laird made it her mission to hug every soldier she possibly could before they went off to war.
It is believed she hugged an estimated 500,000 soldiers for luck before they left. And for all that, she was known as “The Hug Lady.”
But in mid-November of 2015, Elizabeth, at 83 years old, was hospitalized after her breast cancer started spreading to her bones. When soldiers found out, they started lining up at her hospital door, each wanting to give her a hug. Hundreds of thousands of them showed up.
Retired Army Staff Sgt. Edmond Clark was one of the soldiers she hugged years ago, and he showed up at her hospital room to return the hug. “I love you so much,” he told her, as tears rolled down his cheek. “I just had to come and see you.”
Sadly, Elizabeth lost her battle with cancer a month later, on Christmas Eve.
Bonus story. In one final extra story… I want to tell you about Cena. Cena, a 10-year-old black lab, did three tours of duty with the U.S. Marines in Afghanistan. He was a bomb-sniffing dog and became good friends with his owner, Lance Cpl. Jeff DeYoung, 8 years ago.
DeYoung would carry Cena over rivers and shield him from Taliban fire. In return, Cena would show his love for DeYoung by keeping him warm during cold desert nights and comforting him when he lost 7 of his military friends over a three-week period.
But, cancer found Cena and his body was soon riddled with it. There was nothing that could be done. So, in a hero’s farewell, Cena’s owner dressed up his longtime canine buddy in a blue Marine vest and took him to be euthanized in Michigan.
Several attended the special ceremony for Cena, and servicemen and women saluted Cena as he was carried past them.
DeYoung’s canine friend was put to sleep and when his body was taken away, it was covered in an American flag.
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