Pat Birmingham sent me an email containing a nice story about someone on a plane buying lunch for all of the soldiers who were also on the plane click here.
Reminded me of my Army days when I was coming home on leave from Fort Polk, Louisiana. My flight out of Louisiana was leaving from the Alexandria Airport and I had some time to kill so I wandered into a nearby bar room. I drank a couple of beers and when I went to leave and pay, the bartender said “Don’t worry about it, they’re taken care of.” I asked who had paid for them and the bartender said “I got the first one and the old guy at the end of the bar got your second one.” I thanked both of them and headed out to catch my plane home.
Back in Maryland, Buzzy picked me up at the airport and when I told him about the Louisiana bar room scene he said “That’s the way it used to be. Whenever you wore your uniform and went into a bar you’d always get free drinks.”
On the subject of soldiers on planes though here’s a little different take. The following is a scene from the movie Taking Chance. (If you haven’t seen this movie yet try and do so but have a box of Kleenex nearby when you do sit down to watch it.)