A Humbling Experience At Target Tonight

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    A Humbling Experience At Target Tonight

    I was out shopping for meds and chicken soup tonight for the family (the whole family) at Target. As I am walking past a Security Guard I hear, "Excuse me sir, sir excuse em a moment."

    I turn around and he asked me if I worked at Walter Reed AMC or something, since I was wearing a Ward 57, Walter Reed AMC T-shirt. I told him nope, nor was I ever there. I explained that I donate money to WRAMC annually and they send me a T-shirt for my donation. I explained that I was in the Army and lost a friend in Afghanistan, and I feel it is important to share my blessings with those who defend me.

    He then thanked me for my time and donations, then explained his Son was an amputee at WRAMC a couple of years ago. I thanked him and his Son's sacrifice and service.

    About 10 minutes later it hit me that his Son lost a limb in the military and he was thanking me, I honestly almost choked up right there on the soup aisle.
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    Thanks for sharing Paco. Sorry for your loss; thank you for your service. I think it is very noble you contribute to Walter Reed. The facility has provided a wonderful service for our service men and women over the years...
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    Thanks for posting the story Paco.
    Addition........

    For any forum members interested in buying a shirt/making a donation to Operation Ward 57 ~ Here you go: http://www.operationward57.org/

    A super worthwhile cause and they really put their donation dollars to direct good use.

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    Thanks QK.
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    Thanks for your service, Paco.
    And welcome home!
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    Thanks for posting Paco, as well as the Link QKshooter

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    For any forum members interested in buying a shirt/making a donation to Operation Ward 57 ~ Here you go: http://www.operationward57.org/
    Thank you for posting the link, I didn't think to add it to my OP.

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    Thanks for your service, Paco.
    And welcome home!
    I wasn't over in Afghanistan, but a childhood friend of mine was, sorry if I gave that impression. Brian died back in 2002 and I left the Army in '92.
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    Great post! I was stationed at WRAMC in '85; it is an outstanding medical facility and Operation Ward 57 is a great cause. Thanks!!
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    Good Post, 3rd generation Military myself and I love those kids; they keep humble all the time!

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