Good Samaritan buys ticket for soldier so he can get home in time for Memorial Day

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A soldier makes it back home to see his family for Memorial Day; thanks to a good Samaritan.

Keaton Tilson, after being stationed in Fort Hood, Texas, was given permission at the last minute to fly home to Illinois and see his family for Memorial Day weekend. But after spending two days at the airport attempting to wait for a seat on standby, Tilson’s chances of getting home were dwindling by the hour.

That’s when a stranger, Josh Rainey stepped in. The Missouri resident offered to give up his ticket but when he discovered that wasn’t allowed, Rainey and his wife decided to buy Tilson a ticket to St. Louis so he could get home.

The ticket, which was $341, was reportedly a very small price for the heartfelt hug that Rainey received in return.

“We agreed both that it was the right thing to do to go back and buy the ticket,” Rainey told Fox 2 News. “He walked away and came back and asked if he could hug me, and I think we both had to fight back the tears after that. It was pennies, pennies on the dollar compared to what I got back from that hug.”

Meanwhile, Tilson is so amazed that a stranger would do such an act of getting him an expensive plane ticket; saying he’s very appreciative because the generous gesture brought him right into the comfort of his home.

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Fox 2, BND, KWBE, Liftable

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