Our veterans are some of the most overlooked people in society today and it is truly a sad reality. Many of our war-fighters come home only to end up with no home, no family, no help, only to end up on the streets. Many people do what they can to reach out and help in any way possible, but it is often hard to do.
Recently however, a situation arose that saw things unfold in the opposite fashion. A homeless veteran was found to be giving his last dime to help a civilian out.
Kate McClure found herself the victim of an empty gas tank and a full sense of fear when she had to pull to the side of the road in an unfamiliar area. Johnny, a Marine veteran, quickly approached her and told her to get back into her car and lock the doors because it wasn’t safe to be out of her car.
The veteran disappeared for awhile, but soon returned with a small red gas can filled with gas. Johnny had used his last $20 to provide this woman with the means to get to a safe location to fill her tank at the expense of himself that night. The soldier in him must have come to the surface and he reacted accordingly. He risked himself to save another, and she vowed to pay him back as soon as possible.
What Johnny didn’t know was exactly what length this woman would go to to show her appreciation for his amazing act of kindness.
According to the Tribunist :
A woman has stepped up to help a homeless Marine Corps veteran after he used his last $20 to help her purchase gas when she became stranded along Interstate 95. Kate McClure was forced to pull over as her tank reached empty and she immediately began to worry until the veteran, who only identified himself as Johnny, approached her.
As reported by WHDH 7 News, Johnny told McClure, a New Jersey woman who was on her way to Philadelphia to visit a friend, that it wasn’t safe for her to be out of her vehicle. He told her to get back in her car and lock the doors, then he left.
When Johnny returned, he had a red gas can, which he had filled with fuel using his last $20.
McClure promised the Marine Corps veteran that she would return and pay him back. She brought him the $20 along with some food and clothing. When she handed Johnny a box of cereal bars, the first thing he did was ask if she wanted one.
Along the way, McClure discovered that Johnny was once a paramedic following his military service, as she was able to view photos from his Facebook page from before he was homeless.
After the incident, McClure along with her boyfriend Mark D’Amico launched a GoFundMe campaign to help get enough funds to get the veteran an apartment and also access to reliable transportation.
“I wish I could do more for this selfless man, who went out of his way just to help me that day. He is such a great guy, and talking to him each time I seem him makes me want to help him more and more,” McClure Wrote on the website.
Through the campaign, she hoped to raise enough money for the homeless veteran’s apartment, as well as 4-6 months of living expenses.
“He is very interested in finding a job, and I believe that with a place to be able to clean up every night and get a good night’s rest, his life can get back to normal,” she went on to say. “Truly believe that all Johnny needs is one little break. Hopefully with your help I can be the one to give it to him.”
She was absolutely shocked that after just 11 days, a whopping $36,000 cam pouring in.
It just goes to show that people on the streets shouldn’t be judged by their current situation but instead, we should see what their actions are first. Johnny is an amazing man and he is being rewarded the only way Kate could think of. By changing his life.
One small act of kindness can quite often turn into a snowball affect and become something truly amazing. God Bless Kate for helping this hero remember what it feels like to be loved! And God Bless this veteran for remembering what it is an American soldier is truly made out of.
May they both live long and happy lives!