Most Americans respect and adore our brave soldiers who risk their lives to defend our freedom.
U.S. Army mechanic Keaton Tilson, 19, was happy when he received last-minute leave from Fort Hood in Texas, but quickly found himself stuck at Fort Worth International Airport.
Unable to book a flight due to overcrowding, Tilson found himself running out of time.
Josh Rainey of Missouri heard about Tilson’s struggles and decided to offer him his ticket so that Tilson could visit his family.
“We agreed both that it was the right thing to do to go back and buy the ticket,” said Rainey.
Rainey said he didn’t care about the cost of the ticket.
“(Tilson) walked away and came back and asked if he could hug me, and I think we both had to fight back the tears after that. It was pennies, pennies on the dollar compared to what I got back from that hug.”
“I’m very appreciative, because if it wasn’t for him, I probably wouldn’t be here right now,” Tilson later said from his family’s lake house in Illinois. “Honestly I feel like I would still be at the airport because it’s Memorial Day weekend.”
According to reports, Rainey’s father used to work in the Army and was more than happy to help Tilson see his family.
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