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Posted on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 08:51

I received this in an email a while back and wanted to share, as it touched my heart... Regardless ones belief in war, where they are located geographically, or what team "PAYS" for them.... The SOLDIERS who fight our battles should be RESPECTED and THANKED for their service to whatever degree their cost. This is a little reminder. ************ I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight. 'I'm glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap,' I thought. Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to start a conversation. 'Where are you headed?' I asked the soldier seated nearest to me. 'Petawawa. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Afghanistan." After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours before we reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time... As I reached for my wallet, I overheard a soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch. 'No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks. I'll wait till we get to base.' His friend agreed. I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty dollar bill. 'Take a lunch to all those soldiers.' She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. 'My son was a soldier in Iraq ; it's almost like you are doing it for him.' Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked, 'Which do you like best - beef or chicken?' 'Chicken,' I replied, wondering why she asked. She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first class. 'This is your thanks.' After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room. A man stopped me. 'I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this.' He handed me twenty-five dollars. Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand and said, 'I want to shake your hand.' Quickly unfastening my seat belt I stood and took the Captain's hand. With a booming voice he said, 'I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot.' I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers. Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm. When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to deplane. Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word. Another twenty-five dollars! Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base. I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. 'It will take you some time to reach the base. It will be about time for a sandwich. God Bless You.' Ten young men left that flight feeling the LOVE and RESPECT of their fellow travelers. As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country. I could only give them a couple of meals. It seemed so little.... A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America ' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.' THAT IS HONOR....... AND THERE ARE WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO DO NOT UNDERSTAND THIS.' Author Unknown.... *********************** According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans... we have on any given night, up to 67,000 VETS who are HOMELESS.. It is stated over 50% are "mentally ill"... I hold issue with the government being in charge of our health care, if no other reason than this.. If a man can't feed his own family, he has no business feeding someone else's. WE AREN'T FEEDING AND HOUSING THE ONES WHO WROTE A BLANK CHECK .. WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF ENDING THEIR LIVES.. The side of the war anyone is on.. should not matter. The soldiers opinion is negate when they sign that piece of paper. At the end of the day... what matters is we provide for those who sacrifice MOST... GOD BLESS OUR SOLDIERS... PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE!!

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Posted on Sat, Apr 28, 2012 06:11

Thanks for asking hope. Yes we are doing ok thanks.

 

Sarah x



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Posted on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 02:55

HI VERSATILE..... Thank you for stopping by.. Always nice to meet knew people! This was not my story.. I was just passing it on and by all means, (I received it via email as well) ...SHARE IT! :) And please let your GF and Hubby know there ARE people who recognize their sacrifice... And obviously the extension of sacrifice always forges deeper, as you are left alone. Please join our conversations and it will ease up some of your loneliness! HI VIVAVICTORIA... I know nothing of all our military positions, where everyone trains, etc. As stated in blog, this is not my story... and as stated at bottom.. author is unknown to me.. This was received in an email, so obviously no disrespect meant to Canada, or its soldiers. I will be certain to ask the sender where he received it. I have had a few Canadian friends in the past years and I feel politically there are some issues Canada has a better grasp on than United States and others I differ. However, I feel in war, ALL SOLDIERS WORKING AS OUR ALLIE PLACING THEIR LIFE ON THE LINE DESERVE OUR RESPECT. WAR IS NOT PRETTY IN ANY REGARD... Thank you for drawing this to our attention! It is not only Americans soldiers and families who sacrifice.. WELCOME TO THE BLOGS LADIES!! :) HI SARA! Hope you and your mom are doing well! :))))

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Posted on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 00:51

Not to sound ungrateful by the feel good story you provided but Petawawa (in Ontario) is responsible for training the Canadian Armed Forces and so maybe you should post a Canadian flag in honor of the soldiers you fed on the flight.


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Posted on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 10:13

Hi there, my best friend and hubby are both in the army and moved to serve. I get to chat once and a while with her but we have note seen each other in years. I would like your permission to copy paste your blog to her. Peace and love to you and your kind heart. Thanks


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Posted on Sat, Apr 21, 2012 04:16

Aww its good to see acts of kindness. Sarah :-)


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Posted on Fri, Apr 20, 2012 05:14

HI BEWELL.. Our Donned "QUEEN OF LOST AND FOUND!" Yes, I thought it was a touching story many would enjoy.. One simple act to turn that many hearts! :) (And apparently there are VETS who have had similar experiences which makes it all that more heart warming.. ) Hope you are doing well and enjoying the blogs.. I see we have a few more Super Heroes around! LOL *Giggles at ~~V~~ and blows a kiss! Bids everyone a GREAT DAY~~~ DON'T FORGET TO THANK A VET! ;)


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Posted on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 13:41

Hoping.... Nice story. Somebody emailed that same story to me not that long ago.


BeWell and wishing you only the best ! ..................;-D

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Posted on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 12:55

BEPOSITIVE... I LOVE your hair that way!! :)))) Always a pleasure lady!! Hope the scammers are keeping a distance! Wow! Just looked outside and I see SUNSHINE! How's that for B-Positive!! See what your good wishes brought me... And I love that that's my blood type! easy to remember! :) It's been ICKY for days in Atlanta.. Gets me all BLAH!! Atlanta sure isn't like Florida weather... I think it has something to do with positioning on the map... But don't hold me to it!! LOL I already confessed to not being a "History buff".. so might as well confess my "Geographic and Navigational Skills" are lacking as well! I'll just throw all of me under da bus!!! HaHa~~ Always great to see you BEPOSITIVE!!! God Bless and XOXO


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Posted on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 12:28

HI BT99340.... And THANKS for reading... Our VETS are definitely a topic I hold a passion about. It disheartens me so many do not appear to recognize WHY we have the rights we have today... Sad part is.. If things continue in the manner they are going.. they possibly never will... Years ago, during the "Tiger Woods" scandal.. I lived in Florida... I was flipping through channels and living only 30 miles from Tigers home... well... He was all over the television.. Oh... I should rephrase.. HE wasn't all over the tube... THE FILTHY MEDIA was all over the boob tube showing footage of his family and talking about his infidelity, broken windows, etc.. My issue was irritation at first.. Then, as I flipped through all the channels I saw something... This was Dec 7.. BTW.. for any history buffs.. I myself was clueless! Call me GUILTY. I paid no mind in school... My history teachers told me I would have made a great "Woodstock / wallflower" back in the day.. that I had been born too late, should have been in the "FREE LOVE, Pot smoking era!" LOL.. My how times and experience can change a person.. Well.. This channel (History.. really is pretty cool channel it turns out! LOL) This was THE ONLY CHANNEL TELEVISING ANYTHING about PEARL HARBOR!! I sat and watched this show and I was SICKENED by the fact that here I was... a "CARING, LOVING AMERICAN WOMAN" not the brightest, but certainly not a dummy... .. and I KNEW NOTHING of this! Of course I'd read and heard about PEARL HARBOR.. BUT DECEMBER 7TH MEANT SQUAT TO ME!! I was ASHAMED... Of the MEDIA, the people frozen in front of their televisions watching Tiger and his woes of life... and mostly.. I was DISGUSTED WITH MYSELF! I learned that day December 7, 1941... we were snuck up on... (That's SEALS premise BTW) and over 2000 people lost their lives and many others injured.. WE WERE SLAUGHTERED IN 2 HOURS!! We then went to war and this incident is basically what paved United States road to join in WWII... (Simplifying it of course.. in blonde terms!) Anyway... I was so disgusted I sat down and wrote about how pissed off I was that SO FEW REMEMBER.. OR EVEN CARED! (and I was a part of it!) Obviously, I was not alive during Pearl Harbor... But I was for Parts of Vietnam and I will NEVER FORGET 9-11.. So I wondered.. In 2041, the 40th marking of September 11, IS ANYONE GOING TO CARE? Or will my grandchildren be flipping through channels and be more concerned over which Kardshian's boob job busted, who got ill from lipo, or which sister slept with which husband? .... These are sisters right? I don't watch the crap.. But didn't these people come from the evil OJ SIMPSON atrocity? Anyway.. SORRY TO RAMBLE PEOPLE.. BUT SURELY SOMEONE GETS MY POINT!! So yes.. I try to remind myself every chance I get.. FREEDOM HAS IT'S PRICE AND FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVEN'T SACRIFICED FOR IT.. WE SHOULD SHOW A LITTLE MORE GRATITUDE AND RESPECT!! Thanks for listening.. if anyone is still reading... .. LOL

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Posted on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 06:08

Always enjoy reading your posts, Hoping.  This one is awesome, it does not surprise me that you would go that extra mile.  Hugs and God Bless you

 



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Posted on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 05:43

Wow ! I got all chocked up reading this. Its a nice way to start your day knowing that there are people who care about the soldiers fighting for our freedom!!!!very nice and God bless you for the nice thought for the day.



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Posted on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 04:21

Thank you Hoping, I as you and many others think and feel the same way you do. Thanks for caring.



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Posted on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 23:01

Hey V~~ Jeez. I hate how we non gold members are treated around here! Your post just popped up.. after I responded to "The Elite" Haha~~ No.. Not my story.. Guess I need to edit to clarify.. NOT THAT I WOULD NOT HAVE DONE THAT!! (And bet your bottom dollar.. If the occasion ever occurs .. I will be first in line to do this..) Ya know.. It simply is amazing how our actions of what we say or do can transform someones life.. if even for just a little bit! Going to go edit! But V.. You should know my "style" of Prolific Prose by now.. I'd have written 17 more paragraphs had it been MY story! Bwhahahaha! ;) But hope I can still be an "awesome chicky!" However, as of next month... (according to US census) ... I'll have to be an "Awesome MIDDLE AGED Chicky!" LOLOL

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Posted on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 21:42

SADDLEUP... First off.. THANK YOU for your patronage.. All too often people forget the sacrifices our Veterans make. Thank you for yours... Ironically you had @ least one moment as these soldiers... I could not find the author.. But it was sent to me in an email from someone who knows how much I admire and respect our military.. FREEDOM ISN'T FREE... And for me.. Regardless of whether ones believe in whatever war is being fought.. has NOTHING to do with the individuals out there sacrificing.. Many people tend to forget this.. and "Blame the Soldiers." That's what happened in Vietnam.. Our VETS came home and got spit on! DONTFIT.. THANK YOU as well.. You must have been one heck of a pilot! I witness the "zest" you have for life and your "artistic" side in reviewing your profile. I have serious concerns over our government.... esp now with the health and insurance issues adding to the mix... We don't care for every vet... This is documented... Men who risked their lives and have health and mental issues now sleeping on the streets? So I don't see how our government expects "taking over" and mandating anything is going to help. I see many people we will be feeding and housing in prison due to non-compliance. If the government can't or won't take care of the people who BACK OUR COUNTRY.. I don't see how it is possible they force care for the ones that don't! NCHV (National Coalition for Homeless Veterans) claims roughly 50% of homeless today were Vietnam Vets... and most homeless veterans are single males... with 5% being female. They also state most suffer from depression, alcohol abuse, mental issues, PTSD!! etc... THESE PEOPLE NEED OUR HELP! And they aren't getting it.. But I suppose that's ANOTHER blog! LOL The story touched me and I knew it might touch a few readers.. It is AMAZING to see how ONE SIMPLE ACT OF KINDNESS can spread so much LOVE and HONOR!! Just thought I'd share... Esp in a time when politically everyone is bickering.. Oddly... I doubt any soldier is caring who's Republican and who voted Democratically when they are out there in the night hearing gunfire and wondering if "today's the day my number is up!" THANK YOU TO ALL OUR VETERANS!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL~~

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Posted on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 19:56

When I was returning from Viet Nam I had a flight from LAX to Boston. I was sitting with a business man and we struck up a conversation. I was schooled in aviation  electronics and as we deplaned he gave me his business card and suggested I come see him when I got out.

Just so happened my cousin worked for the company the gentleman worked for. I went to the human resources office and they said they would get in touch  but they didnt have anything at the moment. I had the card in my wallet and produced it to the office worker. Just so happens he was one of the owners. He invented strobe-photography

I worked there with him for three years.

Give a man a fish and he eats for a day......teach him how to fish and he feeds his family for life


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Posted on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 09:59

As a veteran, that story brought a tear to my eye. When I flew to Japan years ago on a change of station I had someone buy me a couple of drinks on the long flight, this was in the 80’s and patriotism was not as noticeable as it is today, the feeling it left me with I still carry today.



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