Last night I was called to an inside gas leak in Burbank. As I arrived I was greeted by an elderly gentleman saying he'd smelled gas in his living room. I discovered that his stove was leaking, and so I turn it off. This was his only way to heat food, but I couldn't leave it on for him. I asked him if he had a microwave, he didn't even know what that was. He then tried to persuade me to leave it on in a way that tugged at my heart. He said, "Son, I'm a lucky man. Let me tell you just how lucky I am. I'm 88 years old, I have fought and lived through three wars. WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam. I watched two ships with more friends than I'd like to remember go down right in front of me. Ships that I should have been on. But if you're telling me I have eat my chicken noodle soup cold, I guess I'll be alright." The man's wife had passed away three years ago, he was still lost. He made it sound like he didn't have anyone else. Driving home all I could think about was wishing I could help this man, and then I realized I could. So right after work I bought a microwave, drove out to his house, and spent the next few hours setting it up and showing him how to use it. It's so wrong that a man sacrificed the majority of his life in service of our country and he can't even afford to replace a stove. A man that was forced to eat so many cold meals throughout three wars, should never go without a hot meal here at home
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