Having a loved one in the army who’s serving abroad is not easy. Anyone who has experienced this knows what it’s like.
Not being able to always know that your husband, son, brother, or any other loved one is safe is extremely distressing.
Sadly, not all families are reunited with their loved ones again. This is a harsh reality that we unfortunately need to accept but we should never stop remembering and honoring the brave people who have put their lives on the line to protect our country.
Sometimes, like in this story, families find solace from complete strangers.
William Jazwinski, from New York, is a former Heavy Wheeled Vehicle Operator for the US Army, who served in Iraq.
He was driving his car one day when he was pulled over by a police officer.
He later recounted the conversation he and the officer had‚ as well as the events that followed, on his Facebook page:
“Me- Goodmorning officer. Was I speeding?
Officer- Goodmorning, no not speeding. Just wanted to stop ya and say thank you for your service.
Me- Oooh the bumper sticker, nice. You’re welcome sir. My pleasure.
Officer- Where did you serve?
Me- I went to Iraq. Did a 15 monther. Out of Ft. Benning.
Officer- Well alright. My son went to Iraq. He didn’t make it home.
Me- Man, I’m so sorry to hear that. I just finished a PTSD program.
Officer- I see you have a flag in the truck. The one we got for him! Well it’s at the house. Can I ask a question?”
It’s at this point that the officer asks an unexpected question:
Officer- Do you mind stepping out and receiving a hug. You remind me of my son. I pulled you over. I thought you were him. I still dont believe it most days hes gone.”
“With tears in both our eyes I got out and hugged that man. Im talking about for a minute or two crying. Down to our knees crying. I needed that.”
“To all the family and friends of soldiers, fighting or done fighting, God bless you. Your peace and your hearts. It’s so hard without them, I know. This road is a tremendous one. Love to all.”
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What a heartwarming story of two perfect strangers coming together for unexpected reasons. It really reminded me of just how human we all are, no matter who we are or what we do for a living. Please share to honor all of those who are serving or have served their countries, as well as the families and loved ones who miss them every single day.