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A Lancaster county man noticed a young homeless man on a bitter cold night. He gave him the spare change he had but decided that wasn’t enough.

After a day of work Eric Sola went to Sheetz to get dinner for his family. It`s there where he noticed a young homeless man buying a small coffee. Eric approached him and gave him the small amount of cash he had on him. But, after driving around the building he decided he wanted to do more. He turned around and  gave the young man the coat off his back.

“ I said is that the only jacket you have? And he said yes and put his head down. It tore my heart, this kid isn’t asking hey can you take me somewhere or can you give me a dollar? He didn`t ask for anything so I took my jacket off and said this will keep you warm,” says Sola

Eric says the young man thanked him and told him he just got back from serving in Afghanistan. He  hasn`t seen the man since but,  says the experience will always stay with him.


  • deb

    first of all kudos to the man for giving the young man his jacket goes to show there are still good people in this world. second i am saddened by the fact that a young man can go serve this country, in a foreign land and come back homeless and no where to go .shame on us as a nation that this is the best we can do for those that risk their lives for us.

  • montz1969

    As a Veteran I feel for this young man. Not one person who served their nation, wartime or peace should be shunned by our government the way this man, and thousands of others are. The government hands out welfare checks like candy, grants disability to those who don;t need it. Gives illegal immigrants more rights than most of us have. But when one of our veterans needs a hand to survive they are told there is no hope available and the door is practically slammed in their face.
    We need to recognize our heroes, and quit giving money to other nations but instead setting up charities to help these men and women.

  • Skynrd

    I'm a realist, so I'm going to say it the way i see it: 1. awesome job helping the man out and the generosity is beyond reproach; however, 2. Most everyone around Lancaster and Lebanon county knows there is a Veterans Hospital in Lebanon, so why not offer him a ride there. 3. If the man was indeed homeless and living in the cold, just a jacket will not suffice in these temps, more could've and should've been done, not just bby the man, but possibly by sheetz or local pd, ertc

  • Consider this

    YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE. This guy was definitely selfless, but unfortunately this story doesn't add up. As a veteran I can attest to how much any member of any service makes overseas regardless of rank. If he was active duty, 1 he either chose to get out knowing he had nowhere to go or 2 he was kicked out and for a reason. If he was reserves then it doesn't make sense that he couldn't come home to the same place he was before he left; unless he was homeless before he left. In which case the military offers any member assistance with emergency housing. Most importantly, if this individual was in fact a returning veteran, that is the last thing he would tell someone finding him in his present situation. Before we discuss how the Government is at fault because they don't care about combat vets, we should observe the possibility that this individual attempted to tug on the heart strings of another individual by taking credit for something he knew nothing about. The military has its downsides, but what it does not do is send its service members from Afghanistan, to the street. Let me end by saying this. For a true vet that serves honorably side by side next to brothers and sisters, there is always someone to call and somewhere to go.

    • Mark

      Not always true, he may have been married send his money home and wife dumped him on his return. In North Carolina, they get 19 ' weeks of unemployment ( those married and living off base) an North Carolina opted out of federal extension. Factor in child support I could easily see how this man could be broke. When I worked in public housing, I was blown away by the amount of homeless vets there were and how routinely were put to the bottom of the waiting list. Project managers don't want to deal with homeless vets as they have to much "baggage".

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