5 years ago, our band headed to Phoenix to sing the National Anthem at the NASCAR race. Because we had been traveling to the Middle East so much that year, we had Platinum status and almost always were upgraded. We always offered to give those seats up to troops when we were on the same flight and this morning was extra special. While we scanned the passengers waiting to board for a troop, we noticed an elderly man with a World War II Veteran hat on. He and his wife were in wheelchairs and moving slow. Zach Schauf and I took our first class seats up to the counter and asked them to switch our seats with theirs. I'll never forget the disbelief on that couple's faces when the Delta Rep went up and gave them their newly assigned First Class seats.
We owe our veterans a lot. More than we can repay. I don't post this to brag, but hopefully to inspire everyone who reads this, to give back in any way they can today and everyday.
Thank you to all who have served and protected this great nation.