A 21 year old woman helps a veteran in need
Fayettevile, Virginia – A story from the Daily Mail brought out a heart touching moment for both a veteran in need and the person who helped him.
Morgan Wheeler is a country girl from Virginia who saw someone in need on June 3 at a local Walmart and stepped up to help – that person happened to be a veteran. She was pulling out of the parking lot at Walmart when she had to wait for a man in a wheelchair in his 60’s or early 70’s to get out of her way. She patiently waited, but the man appeared to be taking a break. She noted that he was missing his right leg from the knee, and was wearing an old pair of combat boots.
Morgan Wheeler just wanted to help someone- great job, Morgan!
A special moment
As he waved apologetically and rolled forward, she pulled back into her parking spot and got out of her car. At that point, she asked him if she could assist him in getting his groceries.
As with most veterans, his pride made him seem a little gruff. He didn’t want to receive help from anyone. But she insisted, and just took off with his wheelchair, chit-chatting with him and pushing him on toward the door, and then into the grocery store as he kept telling her he didn’t need her help. She remarked that he was “quite grumpy.”
His grocery list was only 4 items long- peanut butter, soup, bread, and bananas. She continued to chat with him, finally asking if he was a veteran, and he responded that he was, but because he showed pain in his face at the thought, she changed the subject. She learned that he had recently lost his wife.
When she asked him if he need some essentials like milk and eggs, he replied that he was afraid they’d spoil before he could get them home. Apparently he had hitchhiked to the grocery store.
She added some essentials to his cart – milk, eggs, and paid for his groceries (against his wishes). The veteran began to cry.
I knelt down and asked him what was wrong and he replied, that I ‘was doing far too much for an old man that I barely knew.’ I told him that where I am from, and from the family I was raised in, we help one another, no matter the task and that I had never met a stranger. I also told him that he deserved everything I was doing for him because he fought for my freedom and sacrificed so much. We made it to the check out line and I paid for his groceries, against his request. When we got outside, we waited for the taxi together. He thanked me over and over again and appeared–to me–to have been in a much better mood than when I found him. Morgan Wheeler Facebook post
Then she called a taxi. She gave the taxi driver $44 and told him to take the veteran home and help him into the house with his groceries. She helped the driver load up the taxi with his wheelchair and groceries, and thanked the man for his service.
The man teared up again, and said “God bless you.”
When she got back to her car, she says she “couldn’t help but cry.”
Morgan Wheeler is a treasure. Obviously she grew up under the “Golden Rule” and understands that sometimes when someone doesn’t want help they really do want it, they just have trouble asking for it. She was careful not to pry or press too far into his life, just enough to give him the assistance he needed.
After people hounded her for information, she reminded them that trying to “find him” may not be the best thing for him. But she doesn’t want to be seen as a “hero.” She just wants to help people.
“Be observant, take action when you can, and help others when the opportunity arises.” Morgan Wheeler