When this Vietnam War veteran returned to his car, he was surprised to find an unexpected note left on the windshield. And what was written on it moved him so deeply that he started to weep.
It was just another day for Mike Koma driving to Walmart in his black pickup truck with a customized front plate that reads, “Vietnam Veteran/Veteran United States Army.” And after parking the car, Mike headed inside the store as usual.
“I went inside to get my canning supplies because I do my hot peppers,” Mike told CBS Pittsburgh.
But when he returned to his car, he spotted a white piece of paper on the windshield. At first, Mike thought it was a ticket, but when he looked closer, it was a notecard.
The card had a picture of an American flag on it, and inside was a handwritten message.
The note was especially written by a stranger, Cindy Twigg, to thank him for his service in the United States Army.
“You, sir, are a hero in my eyes & the eyes of many Americans. Thank you & your family for your sacrifices, honor & courage. Thank you for my freedom,” Cindy wrote.
As soon as Mike finished reading the touching note, it brought tears to his eyes. The kind gesture was the complete opposite of what he experienced 47 years ago when he came back from the war. Mike recalled the greetings he met to be cold and harsh.
“We didn’t have a parade or anything,” Mike said. “When I came home from Vietnam, I flew into the state of Washington, and people were spitting at us and calling us baby killers.”
Mike’s wife, Mary, wanted to find Cindy Twigg, so she posted a message on Facebook.
“I put it on Facebook, hoping someone would know her,” Mary said. “[The note] made him feel good, and that’s what I want to see him do, to heal from that war.”
The Komas hope they can find Cindy Twigg so they can thank her for what she did.
“I’m going to thank her for that. I’m going to ask her how many times she does that,” Mike said.
There’s a chance Cindy herself may not want to be found though. When one really does a good deed for another, no reward or recognition is sought; it comes from the bottom of one’s heart to be kind.
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