Christopher Garrett served in our nation’s Armed Forces as the team leader of the army’s 10th Mountain Division. While deployed overseas in Afghanistan, Chris was shot in the lower abdomen. Fortunately he survived, but his injuries rendered him disabled, and as a result, he was forced to retire from the military.
But Chris hasn’t let his injury or disability hinder him from leading a wonderful life with his family. He still wakes up every morning and fulfills the daily tasks required of a husband. Chris insists on mowing the lawn and doing other chores, despite his wife Brittany’s insistence that he take it easy.
One morning, something incredible happened. Chris entered the house with tears in his eyes. Brittany was frightened and terrified. Did a loved one pass away? Did something bad happen? These questions raced through her head, but then she noticed Chris was holding a note in his hand. When she read it, Brittany also burst into tears.
The note reads,
“I hope this saves time for the things that matter most in your life. Thank you for service and for my freedom.”
Accompanied with the note was an expensive riding lawn mower that would make mowing the lawn more convenient for Chris.
Brittany was touched by the gesture that she rushed to write a status on herFacebook page.
Where do I begin? Something AMAZING happened today! As I was getting ready for my day, my husband appeared at the door with tears in his eyes holding our son. My heart sank and I thought someone we love took a trip to Heaven….He quickly assured me that no one had died, but someone had just given him a very expensive riding lawn mower! I don’t know who they are, but they have been watching my 100% combat disabled husband push mow our entire yard once or twice a week, and thought this would help make more time for the important things in life!!! THANK YOU WHOEVER YOU ARE!!! You don’t know how much pain this is going to save him from!!!
This gift has touched Chris and his family, and it’s warming hearts around the world.
“I would sacrifice [my] service to this country a million times over, knowing that I was protecting the caliber of human beings in the United States. Yes, you can find good people everywhere, but this country is so exceptional because of American heart and soul. The war that I have seen has hardened my perception of society… But after today, I truly understand that everyone has their place to be a hero.”
Our veterans deserve to be thanked for their service, and one “grateful American” honored Chris in a beautiful way.
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