Soldier’s Girlfriend Receives Beautiful Note of Appreciation & The Kind Gesture Goes Viral

Inspiring 5

letter from vetYou've heard about random acts of kindness, but did you know they actually exist? Samantha Ford was on a coffee run with her two kids when she came back to her car to find that there was a note on it. Normally, a note means you're missing a sideview mirror thanks to some apologetic biker, but in this case, the message held good news. The letter was from a veteran who had seen Samantha's bumper sticker that reads "Half My Heart Is in Afghanistan." Evidently inspired by her sentiment, the anonymous epistolarian wanted to give Samantha a gift.

The note read:

I noticed the sticker on the back of your car. Take your hero out to dinner when he comes home. Thank you both for serving. Him deployed and you for waiting. –United States veteran. God bless.

Inside the envelope was $40.

In tears, Samantha took a picture of the kind words (and the kind cash) and posted it to a Facebook group that supports families with deployed soldier -- as of now, the post has over 1.7 million likes.

What's more, the comments that were left on her post are equally uplifting (if you ignore the trolls, that is). Many military men and women took the time to share similar stories about strangers paying for their meals, or slipping gift cards under their hotel room doors, or giving up their first-class seat. Samantha's mysterious benefactor’s random act of kindness caused a ripple effect of appreciation.

Ms. Ford vows to pay it forward, but I do hope she keeps those two $20 bills as a reminder of the kindness, understanding, and generosity that still exist in our world until, that is, it's time for that date night with her boyfriend. No reason not to treat yourself to a nice meal together after months apart, and months of G.I. meals.

Ultimately, Samantha explains that she shared the letter on Facebook to give people hope, and from the looks of the likes, and the shares, and her emails with the Today show, she's succeeded.

Thank you to Samantha, and to the anonymous veteran with the kind heart and crisp 20s.

Have you ever helped out a stranger anonymously, or been anonymously helped by one?


Photo via Our Deployment 101/Facebook



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insei... inseineangel

I will never get tired of stories like these. It seems to be a growing trend, and I really hope it continues to grow.

I have never had anyone do a random act of kindness for me, unless you count holding a door open for me while I'm struggling with my daughter's car seat. To me, that's just common courtesy.

I do, however, make it a point to do what I can, when I can, if for no other reason than to make someone smile. I find that making someone smile is one of the absolute most rewarding things (to myself at least). 

Kelly Moser

beautiful story in a world in need of random acts of kindness god bless our military and the men and women at home supporting our troops


Alison Campbell Welles

When my husband was in the Air Force, he would stop at Dunking Donuts in his uniform on the way in to the base. More than once a wonderful American paid for his breakfast and thanked him for his service. I try very hard to pay it forward to those I see in uniform as well. :)

Kassi Mineer Bartlett

While my husband was deployed I had gone home to visit my mother. On my van I to had the " The other 1/2 of my heart is in Afghanistan" sticker. We went to Cracker Barrel to eat. The couple that stood in line behind us was seated at the table across from us. I have 5 rambunctious boys, so when the gentleman began to talk to me I was afraid he was going to ask me to keep my kids down. His words were simple "Your family is beautiful, thank you, and God Bless" Then they left. A few minutes later my server came with my bill, and note and tears in her eyes. They couple had paid our bill, which was high because of the size of our family, and on the note it said "My brother was killed over seas. We love and thank you for what you ALL have to endure. If you ever need anything, please let us know." I cried the whole way home. When my husband called the next day, I cried again as I told him.

nonmember avatar M Stephenson

My youngest brother Andrew was in the army and if he hasn't been medically discharged because of Mycemia Gravis he would have gone to Afganistan, my family are glad he didn't but if he had it would have been great if something like this had happened, such a great story.

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