California businessman Shlomo Rechnitz owns a chain of nursing homes. Last November, during a flight to Israel, he had a lay-over at Shannon Airport in Ireland. In the terminal he spotted 400 GIs who were also waiting for connecting flights. They were eating field rations while they waited.
Rechnitz asked their commander if he could treat the troops to dinner at any of the airport's trendy restaurants. He encouraged them to each spend up to $50 and "put it on my tab." The total was about $20,000.
The commander asked him to tell the GIs why he was so generous. "You guys risk your lives to protect me and protect my family," Rechnitz said. "I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart."