Everyone may go through difficult times and difficult times in their lives. Naturally, when we do, we should be showered with love and support from others in our local proximity to help us get back on our feet.
This is particularly true for the brave people who give their all to defend their nation.
Unfortunately, far too many veterans endure problems even after they have left the armed forces. Some troops arrive to Civvy Street wondering what to do, while others discover that their benefits are not enough to sustain them unless they have served for a predetermined amount of years.
Larry Robeson is all too familiar with this. It was said that Larry, a Vietnam veteran who could barely afford the bare necessities, was helpless and had nowhere to turn.
However, as luck would have it, he ran across a Fox 5 Surprise Squad member while walking to pay for people’s purchases at a grocery shop in Las Vegas.
Despite his financial difficulties, Larry had gone to the grocery store with his crippled friend Stephanie, a fellow soldier. Stephanie told a Fox 5 reporter that she was spending her last $50 on food for herself and her pets and that she didn’t know what to do.
Stephanie was really grateful for the kind offer, and Surprise Squad reporter Dave Hall was pleased to inform her that he and his colleagues had taken care of her groceries.
Before long, Dave saw Larry standing silently behind Stephanie. The Bones for Blankets organization was founded many years ago by Larry, a friend of Stephanie’s husband. What is the club’s objective? to provide blankets to veterans who have served their nation but are now homeless.
Larry founded the organization after three fellow servicemen died from hypothermia. He was determined to prevent any other veteran from experiencing the same fate.
He continued by saying that despite the difficulties Stephanie’s condition posed, he kept Stephane company and made finances meet because her husband operated a truck and was seldom home.
“No veteran should be going through what she’s going through,” Larry said to the Surprise Squad.
Even if that might have been the case, Dave Hall was certain that Larry wouldn’t leave the store without the Surprise Squad members paying for his groceries as well.
When Larry asked for merely some sweets and dish soap, Dave remarked, “You served us.” It is now our duty to assist you.
That left Larry free to browse the store and choose whatever he wanted. After Dave and the others paid Larry $278, they left him to wipe away his tears.
“I’ve been taking care of myself since I was 13, so this is just like overwhelming,” Larry went on.
Watch the video below to see Larry’s meeting with the Surprise Squad: