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Nine-year-old Myles Eckert didn’t expect his good deed to transform him into a social media sensation. But it did.

When Eckert found a $20 bill in the Cracker Barrel parking lot, he was overjoyed. He briefly began to think of a new video game he wanted but quickly switched gears as a military man exited the restaurant.


Eckert wrote a note to the soldier, with the $20 enclosed, saying:

Dear Soldier,

My dad was a soldier. He’s in heaven now. I found this $20 in the parking lot when we got here. We like to pay it forward in my family. It’s your lucky day. Thank you for your service.

Miles Eckert
A Gold-Star Kid

Just five weeks after Eckert was born, his father, Army Sergeant Andy Eckert, was killed in Iraq. He left his son with an undying passion for helping others and respecting all who wear the uniform.

When asked why Miles Eckert chose to give the military man $20, his answer was simple. “Because he was a soldier, and soldiers remind me of my dad,” Eckert said.

Lt. Col. Frank Dailey was touched after receiving Eckert’s gift, and he, too, decided to pay it forward.

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