Every one of us holds our military men and women in the highest regard, knowing that it is because of their unwavering service that we can live in freedom. We find various ways to pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, from holding memorial services to raising monuments, or simply expressing our heartfelt gratitude.
Yet, let us not forget that many veterans who are still with us today struggle to make ends meet. That is why it warms our hearts when we hear stories of ordinary people lending a helping hand to these deserving individuals. Such acts of kindness restore our faith in humanity.
Larry Robeson, a Vietnam veteran, is one such individual who has faced financial difficulties. When he returned home from the war, he found himself at a loss for where to turn and how to move forward in life. However, fate had something extraordinary in store for him when he crossed paths with the Fox 5 Surprise Squad in a grocery store in Las Vegas.
Despite his own financial constraints, Larry did not hesitate to help his friend Stephanie, who is disabled and also struggling to make ends meet. Larry took her to the store so they could purchase the essential items they needed. Stephanie, down to her last $50, was uncertain about what the future held for her.
It was here that Dave Hall, the reporter leading the Surprise Squad, stepped in. He assured Stephanie that his team would take care of her groceries. As Hall glanced behind Stephanie, he noticed Larry, who happened to be a longtime friend of Stephanie’s husband. What Hall soon discovered was that Larry had founded the “Bones for Blankets” club many years ago. The club’s mission is to provide blankets to homeless veterans who find themselves abandoned on the streets after their service to the country. Larry established this club after three veterans tragically froze to death due to freezing weather conditions.
At this time, Larry was not only providing support to Stephanie, but also serving as a lifeline to other homeless veterans. Stephanie’s husband works as a truck driver and is often away from home, leaving her in dire circumstances. Larry firmly believes that no veteran should ever have to endure the challenges that Stephanie faces on a daily basis.
Moved and inspired by what he had learned about Larry and Stephanie, Hall made sure that Larry would not leave the store without his own groceries being taken care of. Larry had only intended to purchase a dish soap and a candy, but Hall insisted on providing him with everything he needed, including an abundance of food.
“You served us. It’s our turn to serve you now,” Hall told Larry.
With a total bill of $278, Larry could hardly hold back his tears as Dave and the rest of the team settled his payment. Overwhelmed by the incredible act of kindness, Larry remarked, “This is just overwhelming. I’ve been taking care of myself since I was 13.”
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