A woman was stuck at a stoplight on a Friday afternoon in Kansas when she looked up from the wheel right in time to see a soldier sitting on a bench in the distance. With not many other drivers around, she pulled over and watched in amazement at what she caught him doing.
Tammra Bose said that she was driving alone through Topeka when the soldier caught her eye. Had she not been stuck at the light at that exact moment, she likely would have missed the scene, since she would have passed by the spot before the man dressed in fatigues made it his perch for a specific reason.
The witness told WIBW that she saw the soldier pull over on the ramp and quickly jump out of his car. Confused by why he took the sudden action, she waited to see where he was headed. That’s when he walked right up to a bench surrounded with all of one man’s possessions, and the soldier took a seat. Across from him was a homeless man, sitting alone on an upside-down bucket.
Time stopped for Bose, who decided that everything else could wait as she sat in awe of this roadside compassion. The soldier simply talked with the homeless man and made him feel like he had a friend after he had probably spent all day feeling anonymous to each passerby who was too busy to even look in his direction or acknowledge that he was there.
In 2011, the homeless population in Kansas consisted of roughly 2,570 people, and overcrowding at homeless shelters has been an issue in the state, LJ World reported. Homelessness is also an ongoing issue for veterans. Roughly 11 percent of the adult homeless population are veterans, according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. About 1.4 million other veterans are reportedly at risk for homelessness due to poverty, lack of support systems, and substandard living conditions in overcrowded housing. [Source: Opposing Views]
Feeling so moved by the good Samaritan, Bose snapped a picture of the heartwarming scene. It was important to her to share with the world that our fighters are not only fierce defenders of our freedom, but they hold a deep compassion for their fellow citizens of this great country, regardless of their social status.
“I would love for the world to see this picture because it is worth more than a thousand words. It is so heartwarming,” she told the news station. “I thought it was nice of the soldier to get out of his car and go talk to the man.”
The character of this unidentified hero is as strong as his grit. His actions are a reminder that we all can spare a few minutes in a day to show someone who needs it that you care. Nothing else mattered in that moment, except for this homeless man to the soldier, who has respect for Americans and knows that nobody should be left behind.