This soldier sits down to talk to a stranger at the airport, then receives the biggest surprise of his life

No joy or happiness can compare to the reunion of a soldier and his family. Families with loved ones in the armed forces are no doubt proud of their sons and daughters. Just as we are proud of soldiers, so should we be proud of such families too for bearing up the emotional burden of a loved one serving their country.

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There is much one can do in showing their appreciation and gratitude to our soldiers serving in action abroad and every once in a while we are glad when hearing of incidents that encourage those in service. Glasscott an army soldier found out in the most beautiful way possible how his services were truly appreciated when a stranger paid for his vacation.

1 Returning home from Iraq for his son’s birthday

US soldier army man Glasscott was returning home from Iraq on leave to finally reunite with his family. It was his son’s birthday and he longed to meet him. He had arranged a celebration with a stay at the Great Wolf Lodge and would be joining the family there. It so happened that while waiting at the airport lounge in Atlanta GA he met a stranger named Brad. Making polite conversation, Glasscott revealed that he was home on leave for his son’s birthday and subsequently told Brad his plans to celebrate at the Great White Lodge where they would be meeting after a long time.

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Brad seemed to take a big interest in Glasscott’s story. When parting he took Glasscott’s address saying he wanted to send him a thank you card for his service to the country. Glasscott did so without much thought and continued on to meet his family. But he had a huge surprise in store for him.

US soldier talking to stranger

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2 A big surprise in store for him when checking in

When Glasscott checked in at the Lodge, imagine the look on his face when he found his trip had already been PAID IN FULL. That was Brad’s thank you note for Glasscott. The soldier was surprised at Brad’s generosity and couldn’t be more thankful in return. Here was a soldier finally encouraged by his nation’s gratitude. Little acts of kindness can touch hearts in a huge way. It was Brad;s act of kindness and gratitude that made Glascott’s entire trip all the more meaningful.

When a stranger paid for his vacation, it was the most profound act of giving. Brad’s story can also be found on I Like Giving which has influenced 31 million people in 170 countries today.

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A soldier with his kids

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