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Posted on Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 5:30 p.m.

Veterans visiting Ann Arbor impressed by the kindness of strangers

By Letters to the Editor

Recently while visiting Ann Arbor, my Marines veteran friend and I, an Air Force veteran, were having breakfast at a local Denny's restaurant. We had hats on that identified us as veterans.

There were three gentlemen sitting at the booth across from our table. One of them stated he also was an Air Force vet.

After they left the restaurant, our waitress came over and explained that the men had picked up our check as a way of thanking us for serving our country. They left no names and said nothing to us before leaving other than thanks for your service.

As Vietnam vets, we would like to thank them and tell them it really was unexpected, but very much appreciated.

Jim Gasaway, Air Force

Andy Sciackitano, Marines

Lowell, Indiana



Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 4:48 p.m.

Very nice, glad that you got a good reception and that someone bought your breakfast. Thanks for your service. It wasn't always that way...times have changed but I'm not sure why. There's a bumper sticker available on line that says. I WAS A VIETNAM VETERAN BEFORE IT BECAME POPULAR


Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 11:53 a.m.

woot woot! better than what the two army NCOs I met at planet rock told me, they were dressed in their BDUs and had just come from downtown, one lady came up to them yelling "baby killers..." Really??? she's lucky I wasnt there...


Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 10:04 p.m.

Bcar, i'm TOTALLY with you on that one, we could have tag-teamed her!

Dog Guy

Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 2:10 a.m.

Wearing a veteran's cap might be good for a free meal, but wearing an immigration officer's cap puts you next in line at the hospital emergency room.


Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 7:29 a.m.

@Dog Guy. You should be Ashamed of that post. Get a grip buddy!

sharma saith

Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 12:54 a.m.

...warms my heart ... REAL MEN still IN ACTION...


Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 11:41 p.m.

Thank you ! It is good to have all three of you back home among us..


Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 11:17 p.m.

I'd like to thank every American who wakes up on a daily basis and helps keep this country and its economy running. Hats off -


Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 10:52 p.m.

Random acts of kindness - wonderful! :D