Joining the army and leaving your family behind during long months of deployment is something only brave individuals can do. Being a soldier takes a lot of courage and strong love for the country and the nation.
This is why we should always treat soldiers with the ultimate respect they deserve. After all, we owe them our freedom, and you can never put price on being free.
A combat engineer with the U.S Army’s 10th Mountain Division named Christopher Garrett was serving in Afghanistan when he got shot in the stomach.
He suffered severe and life-threatening injuries but doctors were able to save his life. Unfortunately, he was left disabled and was forced to retire from the military.
Although Christopher felt devastated, he still had his loving wife Brittany and son in his life and knew they would help him accept the new reality.
No matter how hard things got, Christopher was determined to do all he could in order to leave a normal life.
However, simple tasks like mowing the lawn now required extra effort to be done and this brave soldier didn’t have it easy.
On a sunny day, Christopher was outside mowing the lawn with his old push lawnmower. His wife was watching him and her heart broke as he collapsed on the ground. She rushed to him, believing he either hurt himself or just broke down, but once she got out she realized he was crying tears of joy.
He looked at her and showed her a pair of keys. Unaware of what was going on, she recalls how Christopher asked her to look across the yard.
She was in complete disbelief when she noticed a brand new John Deere lawnmower. On it, there was a note that said:
“I hope this saves time for the things that matter most in your life. Thank you for your service and for my freedom. Sincerely, a grateful American.”
Someone very generous and compassionate from the neighborhood felt the urge to do something nice for Christopher and his family as a sign of thank you for the sacrifice he made for the country.
It’s truly amazing to know that people realize the importance of the soldiers for the well-being of the country and its people.
The gift they received made Christopher stay true to his goal of leading a normal life despite his condition.