WWII Veteran Celebrates 92nd Birthday Picking Up $1500 Tab For Military Members At Chick fil-A
WWII Veteran Ed Rusinek says he’s simply paying a favor forward
WWII Army veteran Ed Rusinek says he’ll never forget the nice thing a stranger did for him.
He was a young draftee in Little Rock, Arkansas.
A buddy and he left the base looking for some Southern food when they came across an elderly gentleman.
“He stepped up to us and asked, ‘Can you do me a favor? Will you let me buy your lunch? If you want to thank me, pass it down.’”
That single act of kindness never left Rusinek’s heart.
He’s continued to “pass it down” over the years, always using the same phrase that stranger said to him.
“Can you do me a favor? Can you let me buy your lunch?”
It makes him feel so good that he couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate his 92nd birthday this month.
So he headed to the Chick fil-A restaurant in Rossmoor, California this week and decided to go big.
Rusinek told the Orange County Register, “Fortunately, I live near an air base and a Navy base,” referring to the Joint Forces Training Base and the Naval Weapons Station. “There are lots of kids in the military around here.”
Rusinek chose Chick-fil-A because it offers discounts to active-duty service people and veterans.
This all went down last Friday when Rusinek dropped by the restaurant. He handed over a wad of cash and some flyers explaining his gift. When the cash was gone, he whipped out his credit card.
His gift? Hanging out at the restaurant for hours, shaking hands and taking pictures.
Sounds like he couldn’t imagine a better gift to give himself.
He told the OCR, “I’m not a rich man – but this, I can afford.”
Happy Birthday, Mr. Rucinek!
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