A man was on a flight with soldiers seated around him. When he overheard them commenting how expensive the snacks offered on board were, he decided to pay for them, not expecting his actions to be witnessed by other passengers.
When Denny Kukich boarded a plane to the East, he thought it was going to be a normal flight.
However, just before the plane was about to take off, ten soldiers walked down the aisle and “filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me,” recounted Beverly Brass from a story told by Kukich and posted by Love What Matters in January 2016.
Feeling curious, he struck up a conversation with them and learned that they were heading to Petawawa for two weeks of special training before being deployed to Afghanistan.
About an hour into the flight, the flight attendant announced that sack lunches would be available for $5.
Kukich was preparing to pay for his share when he heard a soldier asking another if he planned to buy one.
“No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn’t be worth five bucks. I’ll wait till we get to base,” the soldier said.
Kukich quickly noticed that none of the soldiers were buying lunches.
Seeing this, he went to the back of the plane and handed a $50 bill to the attendant for sack lunches for the soldiers.
The attendant was in tears as she told him, “My son was a soldier in Iraq; it’s almost like you are doing it for him.”
The attendant then thanked him with a dinner plate from first class.
After eating, Kukich went to the restroom and was stopped by a man who saw what he did earlier.
“I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this,” the man told Kukich, and handed him $25.
Next, he was thanked personally by the captain, who announced Kukich’s good deed to all passengers. Later, another two men each gave Kukich $25, which he decided to hand all $75 over to the soldiers after the plane landed for them to buy sandwiches. However, Kukich knew what he did was very little for the men.
“As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country. I could only give them a couple of meals. It seemed so little…” he recalled.
Who would have thought Kukich’s simple gesture would have a ripple effect on those on board the flight?
Soldiers are brave but don’t mean they can’t have fears as well