Edmund Rusinek, WWII Veteran, Pays $1500 in Lunches for Military Families
WWII Veteran Edmund Rusinek will turn 92 on February 19. He “paid it forward” over the weekend last week to military families at Chick-fil-A in Roosmoor, California by shelling out around $1,500 for food.
Back in 1945, he and his buddies who were training in Little Rock, Arkansas, went out to eat in order to get a break from military food.
” This tradition, so to speak, got started in 1945 when I was a draftee training in Little Rock, Arkansas. To take a break from the GI food, some of my buddies and I left base for some good ol’ Southern food. At the restaurant, an elderly gentleman stepped up to us and asked, ‘Can you do me a favor? Will you let me buy your lunch? If you want to thank me, pass it down.” Edmund Rusinek
He’s been doing it ever since. He even used the same words that gentleman used. It’s become a sort of tradition for him.
“Someone did it for me, and I want to do it for others.”
#WorldWarII veteran Edmund Rusinek marked his 92nd birthday by buying some $1,500 worth of meals for #militaryfamilies who happened into the #Rossmoor #ChickfilA last weekend. #JointForcesTrainingBase #NavalWeaponsStation. @ocregister https://t.co/Xm3Mi1igcn— Susan Goulding (@scgoulding) February 16, 2019
“Fortunately, I live near an air base and a Navy base. There are lots of kids in the military around here, and they all look so young to me.” Edmund Rusinek
Fortunate for the military troops that are nearby. He appears to thoroughly enjoy paying for their food.
The Orange County Register reported that he grew up near Detroit, MI. He was a freshman at the University of Michigan when he was drafted into the army. He had only been in training for 16 weeks when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. He ended up in Czechoslovakia for two years as a Staff Sergeant. After his service, he earned his degree in engineering and went to work at North American Aviation.
On February 8, Rusinek gave the manager at Chick-fil-A a “wad of cash” and then gave her permission to use his credit card. Mr. Rusinek was a little surprised when Chick-fil-A’s manager told him the total for the meals, but he simply said, “I’m not a rich man, but this I can afford.”