America's armed forces have a reputation of being the toughest fighting forces in the world. Just ask any evil doer about their encounter with any of our branches of the service and if they aren't dead, they will tell you America's fighting forces mean business.

You'd think with such a reputation for toughness that kindness would not be an attribute of our uniformed military. You would be oh so  wrong. Take for example the story of Lt. Robert Risdon.  Lt. Risdon besides being a military man is a football coach for the team based out of Fort Benning Georgia. He and a companion, Co-Coach Jason Gibson had traveled to Mobile Alabama over the weekend to watch the Senior Bowl football game. 

The two gentlemen made a stop in Greenville Alabama to get a bite to eat. While they were dining at the Taco Bell they were approached by two young boys. The boys were selling desserts as part of a benefit for their church. Unfortunately the two men did not have any cash on them, but Risdon did make an offer to buy the boys dinner.

They looked like they hadn’t eaten a meal in weeks and had been out in the rain selling their stuff for a while. I can’t even count the number of times I was cold, wet and hungry in the Army. To sit in warmth and eat some tacos is a big victory for them.

Risdon's comments were reported in a story published by

Gibson said in  the article that the boys showed the utmost respect.

Everything was 'yes sir, no sir. Whoever is raising them is doing a great job.

Risdon and Gibson then spoke on the phone with the two young boys' grandfather. They wanted them to assure their grandfather that they had not spent any of the church money on food for themselves.  Said Risdon of the situation,

My kids were running through my mind the whole time. The thought of my kids in their situation broke my heart, so it made me react and want to help the boys out and the least I could do was buy them some tacos.

Before leaving the two men made the boys promise to pay it forward. The two boys, now with full bellies agreed. Needless to say Lt. Risdon and Coach Gibson left with a full belly and a full heart.



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