Stranger Buys Soldier a Ticket Home So He Can See His Family


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From Fox News, a story has just gone viral about a random stranger who paid it forward in a big way.  Soldier Keaton Tilson was stuck in Dallas, unable to see his family for Memorial Day.  That is, until Josh Rainey stepped in to make things right.  Take a look:

A local soldier was stuck in a Dallas airport this weekend but was able to make it home on leave, to see his family, thanks to a stranger.

Keaton Tilson is a U.S. Army mechanic from Granite City, IL.  He’s stationed at Ft. Hood in Texas and received last minute leave to come home.  He was stuck at a Dallas airport for two days; trying to fly standby and his chances of getting home were dwindling by the hour.

That’s when the stranger stepped in.  Glendale, Missouri resident, Josh Rainey, offered to give up his ticket.  When ticket agent explained that wasn’t allowed, Rainey became discouraged and he called his wife for advice.  They decided to buy Tilson a plane ticket to St. Louis so he could see his family on Memorial Day weekend.

“We agreed both that it was the right thing to do to go back and buy the ticket,” said Josh Rainey.

“I’m very appreciative because if it wasn’t for him, I probably wouldn’t be here right now,” said Tilson, from a family lake house in Illinois.  “Honestly I feel like I would still be at the airport because it’s Memorial Day weekend.”

Rainey said the decision to buy that ticket has given him a reward worth more than the $341 he spent.

“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,” said Rainey.  “It was pennies, pennies on the dollar compared to what I got back from that hug.”

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