Ed Roshitsh offered to pay for the flights of five service members so they could be with their families for the holidays. That gesture has now inspired others to step up.
“I’ll personally pay to fly five random service members home,” the post read. That was Saturday around noon. Ed waited and waited. Eighteen hours went by with nothing. Then Sunday, it took off.
Roshitsh explained 60 service members from around the world have applied for help. Perhaps what’s more surprising is people have been stepping up and offering to pay for their flights home. Ed and his team wrote names onto slips of paper and then picked the winners out of a hat. (watch original drawing) When the dust settled a week later, over 65 service members had tickets home for the holiday.
As the agency, MilitaryTravelAgent.com that supported Ed’s effort, my team of active-duty spouses and veterans were able to communicate directly with the majority of the winners and their families. And although a veteran myself, I was blown away from the gratitude offered by those receiving tickets. In many cases, it made the difference in spending Christmas alone or with their families.
When the dust settled Ed and his generous network of donors had funded over 64 tickets.
As a thanks to Ed a KUDOs board was created for the recipients to share their stories. Be prepared, as Ed would say, ‘your allergies to kick in’
To everyone donating to make this possible, thank you for being a huge blessing for us and all the others that you have been able to help! We were wondering how we were going to afford a plane ticket for my husband to come home from Germany for the delivery of our baby girl, but you guys made it possible! This is the best gift we have ever received, we’ll besides our new addition! Thanks to you, Athena will be able to meet her daddy in person! Many blessings to you and your family! Happy Holidays!!From Jennifer Delaune-Cain
If you are interested in supporting travel for military service members, let us know. Military members and their families travel year-round based on their deployment schedules. Also, there are over 70,000 graduating recruits every hear from basic training, and in many cases, their families can’t afford to attend this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Thanks to Ed. Thanks to Dude Solutions. And all those who gave their time and financial resources to make 65-holiday miracles. It was a true honor to play a part in this unbelievable and unexpected moment of kindness.