Businessman Spends $20K to Give US Troops in the Airport a Hot...

Businessman Spends $20K to Give US Troops in the Airport a Hot Meal

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When a California businessman saw some U.S. troops eating field rations at an airport, he offered instead to buy them an expensive hot meal — all 400 of them.

Shlomo Rechnitz was on his way to Israel in mid-November when he met the soldiers during a layover at the Shannon airport in Ireland.

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Rechnitz asked their commander if he could treat them all to dinner at any of the airport’s trendy restaurants. He told them to spend as much as $50 each and put it on his credit card. That’s a total of $20,000.

Afterwards, the commander asked Rechnitz, who owns a chain of nursing homes, to tell his troops why he had been so generous.

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“You guys risk your lives to protect me and protect my family,” the businessman told the troops as they applauded him. “I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

(WATCH the YouTube video by Reggie H below) — Photos: Schlomo Rechnitz; U.S. Army

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