Our military provides a great deal for us. Still, they are occasionally surprised when civilians perform acts of kindness for them. Here are eight examples of this.

#1 Soldier Keaton Tilson was looking forward to seeing his family in Granite City, Illinois, for a few days last Memorial Day weekend. On the other hand, Keaton had given the short airline notice and only had a standby ticket. He was losing hope of spending that time with his family as he watched several total flights depart without him.

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But, seemingly out of nowhere, Josh Rainey approached Keaton. He offered to buy him a $350 plane ticket so he could return to his family. Josh was a total stranger to me. Thanks to that stranger in the airport, Keaton was able to catch the next flight.

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#2 Like many other young people, Atlanta’s Kimberly Schintzius was out looking for those strange mythical creatures in the Pokemon Go game. Then Daniel Wise approached her and inquired about her activities. Daniel laughed as she explained it and said he could see why everyone was walking around with their phones in their hands. The two then began to converse.

Daniel served in the Vietnam War. He was frail and elderly…and he was homeless. He told Kimberly he didn’t like begging, but he asked if she could get him some food. As a result, she went to a nearby restaurant and ordered him some food. He asked her for one more thing after they had finished eating. A hug is in order. He then expressed his gratitude for her generosity. saying she was one of the few selfless people in a world that “often turns its back on old men like me and pretends we don’t exist.”

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Kimberly took a photo of the two of them together and shared it on Facebook, where it received thousands of likes and was shared over 800 times. She then began working with Atlanta’s veteran assistance programs to assist Daniel.

#3 As they boarded a plane, a woman walked behind a uniformed servicewoman. As they passed through the first-class seats on their way to coach, a man stood up and said to the servicewoman, “Sorry, ma’am… “I’ve taken your seat.”

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As he walked away and handed her his first-class seat, the servicewoman was taken aback. The woman in front of her proceeded to her seat and wrote a note with some money for the man who had given up his seat, which she gave to a flight attendant to give to him.

“Please accept a drink or snack on me,” the note said. The world would be a better place if everyone treated people the way you treated the servicewoman.”

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#4 A few years ago, two National Guard servicewomen stopped at a Ruby Tuesday’s restaurant in New Hampshire and told their waitress.  They needed a cheap meal because Ruby shut the government down, and they didn’t have any money.

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So waitress Sarah Hoidahl brought them their food and handed them a note that read instead of a bill.  ‘Due to the government shutdown, people like you who protect this country are not paid.’ But I’m still here. I’ll pay for lunch. I appreciate your dedication to the ladies! “Have a wonderful day!”

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#5 During a layover in Shannon, Ireland, Shlomo Rechnitz, an L.A. entrepreneur, came across a group of 400 soldiers preparing to eat their paper sack dinners. Rechnitz inquired if he could purchase a hot meal for all of them, but their commanding officer declined. He then gave each soldier $50 and told them to eat at any restaurant in the airport of their choice.

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“You guys risk your lives to protect my family and me,” he told them. I just wanted to express my gratitude from the depths of my heart.”

#6 On a flight from New York to Chicago, a passenger struck up a conversation with one of the many soldiers on board. The soldier informed the passenger that they were all going to Great Lakes Air Base for two weeks of intense training. They’d all be sent to Iraq after that.

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It was announced about an hour after the flight took off that all passengers would purchase $5 sack lunches. That passenger who struck up a conversation with one of the soldiers went out and bought sack lunches for all of the soldiers.

#7 Georgia resident Lisa Freeman’s son, Matthew, was killed in Afghanistan while serving in the military. It wasn’t easy, as any parent would expect. On the other hand, Lisa did her best to cope, and one day she decided to try something to help her cope with the pain of losing him.

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She made a teddy bear out of one of his uniforms, one that she could hug and keep with her at all times.

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She soon offered to do this for other families who had lost loved ones in the military, and she named the project Matthew Bears. She does this for free for families.

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#8 When Elizabeth Laird was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, she made it her mission to hug every soldier she could before they deployed.

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Before they left, she is said to have hugged an estimated 500,000 soldiers for good luck. Despite this, she was dubbed “The Hug Lady.”

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However, Elizabeth was admitted to the hospital in mid-November 2015, at the age of 83, after her breast cancer spread to her bones. When the soldiers learned, they began forming a line at her hospital door, each wanting to hug her. Hundreds of thousands of people attended.

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One of the soldiers she hugged years ago was retired Army Staff Sgt. Edmond Clark, who showed up in her hospital room to return the hug. As tears streamed down his cheek, he told her, “I love you so much.” “I just had to pay you a visit.”

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Elizabeth died a month later, on Christmas Eve, after a long battle with cancer.

There is a different story. Finally, here’s a bonus story. Cena is something I’d like to tell you about Cena, a 10-year-old black lab who served three tours in Afghanistan with the US Marines. He was a bomb-sniffing dog who became good friends with his owner, Lance Cpl, eight years ago. Jeff DeYoung.

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Cena would be carried across rivers and shielded from Taliban fire by DeYoung. Cena would show his love for DeYoung by keeping him warm on cold desert nights and consoling him when he lost seven military friends in three weeks.

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Cancer, on the other hand, found Cena and ravaged his body. There was nothing anyone could do about it. Cena’s owner dressed up his longtime canine companion in a blue Marine vest and took him euthanized in Michigan as a hero’s farewell.

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Several people turned out for Cena’s special ceremony, and servicemen and women saluted him as he was carried through the crowd.

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DeYoung’s canine companion was put to sleep, and his body was draped in an American flag when it was removed.

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