Anonymous Marine Inspires Others to Pay It Forward, One Meal at a Time

When's the last time you did something good for someone else just because? Army National Guard sergeant Brian King is hoping to meet the former marine who graciously paid for his meal as a thank-you for serving in the military.


"Every time I think that no one cares that I'm a soldier or about my sacrifice, someone redeems my faith in society," King wrote on Instagram. The Washington serviceman still can't believe an anonymous marine paid for his and his friend's meals. "We weren't in our uniforms because of security reasons, but this veteran must have known from our haircuts," Brian told TODAY.

Brian was so touched by the kind act -- which took place at Uncle Buck's Fishbowl & Grill in Tacoma, Washington -- that he went to Applebees that same day and paid for the meals of others in service. "I saw the group of guys together and I wanted to pay it forward and hope this encourages others to do the same," said Brian.

I must admit, I am a complete fool every time I encounter someone in the military. I always find myself bowing my head and saying "thank you for your service" whenever I see a man or woman in uniform. Honestly, I don't know what to do (maybe they'd think I was less weird if I just smiled), but I want them to know their selfless actions don't go unnoticed.

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These days it's easier to give folks a piece of your mind instead of a helping hand. Now matter how big or small, a random act of kindness can help enrich the life of someone else.

It's good to give back and think of others. There have been times when I have paid for a stranger's meal because they were short on funds. Heck, I'm notorious for leaving clipped coupons I don't need on items in a store for others to use. With the high price of groceries, who wouldn't want to save a buck?

What are some ways you give back?

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