Today my husband and I went to Victoria’s Restaurant on Merritt Island in Florida to enjoy a little lunch before his dental appointment. The food there is always excellent and business around the lunch hour is always bustling. We had an elderly couple approach us towards the end of our meal, the husband was a Vietnam Vet in a wheelchair, and they welcomed my husband home and thanked him for his service. My husband is a disabled Vet, who counts his blessings for coming home with all limbs attached, although not in the condition they were went he went to Vietnam.
After chatting with the couple for a bit, they left and we finished our meal and asked for our check. Imagine our surprise when we were informed that our meal was paid for! We discovered that the Veteran we had just been speaking with had picked up our tab. We rushed out of the restaurant and were able to thank them properly before they drove off. While I spoke with him, my husband was told by his wife that they always do this to thank God for bringing him home safe, albeit in different condition than when he went.
I have read stories of this happening to others, and never expected it to happen to us. It is a humbling experience and the warm feeling you get from being on the receiving end is indescribable. We will definitely be paying this forward. God bless all our service men and women who have sacrificed so much in the name of freedom and some paid the ultimate sacrifice.
When you see a Veteran, please, thank them for their service. You have no idea how much that means to them.