My wife and I were eating lunch today at a local nice restaurant/brewery. They have amazing food and the best ale on the planet. At the next table were 4 Air Force personnel. A Captain, a Senior Master Sergeant, and 2 Tech Sergeants. As we ate we decided to pick up their tab. We called the waiter over and asked him to bring their tabs to our table. When the guys realized what was going on they were surprised, which surprised us. We actually thought that this would be a regular occurrence in this country, but I guess not. But that is not the point, we were honored to do this for our serving military in a time of war. When we got up to leave they jumped to their feet and all shook our hands and we had a moment of who was more honored. I think we won. These guys are serving in a time when things are stacked against the military. We appreciate that they are doing. One very cool thing is that they gave us a Unit Coin. These guys work for a very interesting unit and we now have a sign of their commitment to our country. God Speed to these awesome guys!
Firehunter Good on you for showing your support in a very real way.
Not to derail but I befriended and supported a returned Somalia/Kuwait/Iraq soldier over the course of a couple of years - mostly just with "friendship" and time. It was my honor to do so! I was completely blown away when he secretly got some of his fellow Marines together and had a little "ceremony" for me and they presented me with a genuine USMC Ka-Bar. I told him I would display it on the wall and he said, "Hell no! Go get that thing bloody on your next hunting trip!". Like your story, I certainly felt more honored and didn't realize how much a little support goes a loooooong ways for some folks. I was happy to do it.
Both of these stories, WAY cool-
I was gone last year and couldn't remember it happening at all the year before, but this year it seemed like every restaurant in town was offering free meals to Vets on Veterans' Day. Applebees, Chilli's, TGI Fridays, Golden Coral and countless others. First we went to Applebees, and there was an hour wait so we went to leave. That's when I seen an old bird wearing his ol' flight jacket, olive drab trousers, bloused, with black combat boots. Proud Vet. Just lots of great support these days- when people give me their thanks and everything else, I tell them that its the Vets that came before me are the ones that we should be thanking. I don't know...
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