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96-Year-Old WWII Veteran in Distress Drives Straight to Chick-fil-A for Help

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At times we have to wonder if a company ought to be credited for an employee’s actions. The truth is that if an employee does something while at work, whether positive or negative, it really becomes a reflection of that business.

That may not be an employee’s intention. If they do something not-so-praiseworthy maybe they’re simply having a bad day.

Then again, one must remember they’re representing their company when they wear that uniform or name badge and certain standards and behaviors ought to be upheld.

Renowned upstanding behavior is just one reason so many people love Chick-fil-A. Across the board — and the country — their employees are known to show kindness, consideration and compassion to anyone who walks through their doors (or drives through their lanes).

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No one is perfect, and no company is either — and yet Chick-fil-A continues to prove that they care about their guests beyond merely serving them a good meal.

In May 2019, a Tennessee Chick-fil-A made it their pleasure to change a flat tire in the drive-thru. It was only afterward they learned the driver of the car was a church worship leader.

On a separate occasion, a Chick-fil-A employee in Georgia jumped through the drive-thru window to save a boy who was choking.

Local customers have come to understand that if they need help and have no one to call, Chick-fil-A might save the day.

This is precisely what happened when a WWII veteran from Maryland ventured to his local Chick-fil-A after experiencing some car trouble.

The vet, only identified as “Mr. Lee,” is a regular at the Severn location, and employees know his order: a coffee and a chicken biscuit, according to CNN.

According to WJZ, Daryl Howard (manager of a Chick-fil-A in Severn, Maryland) changed the 96-year-old U.S. vet’s tire when he came looking for help. He didn’t know fellow employees were watching and taking pictures of his act of kindness.

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Another manager at that location, Rudy Somoza, explained that Mr. Lee had been “shaking” when he arrived. Somoza also noted the vet was “almost in tears.”

Somoza said Howard “jumped on into action without hesitation. His action of kindness was beautiful. Daryl has always been so helpful to anyone in need and deserves this recognition.”

Liftable, a section of The Western Journal, has reached out to Chick-fil-A manager Daryl Howard for comment but has not yet received a response. We will update this article if and when we do.

Do you eat at your local Chick-fil-A for more than just the good chicken and waffle fries? Something tells me there are plenty out there who also choose to eat there because they know they will find a kind smile and a warm welcome. It’s always a great day at Chick-fil-A!

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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Arizona
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English
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Entertainment, Faith




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