His shoes are old and worn
He bundles up in garbage bags
The shirt he wears is a streetside find
And underneath it, all are his dog tags
He holds up a cardboard sign
It reads, “Please help I’m hungry” & “God Bless”
Looks as if he hasn’t bathed in weeks
Still, no one insists he be their dinner guest
So the contents of a nearby dumpster
Becomes his supper tonight
He’s not dodging bullets or hand grenades
But rather a different war he fights
Shivering in shame he hides in the shadows
Escaping judgmental eyes of passersby’s
You may have noticed his cuts and bruises
But not the scars he hides inside
He warms himself by a garbage can fire
Then makes his bed on a near park bench
He pulls out an old crumpled photo
With near-frostbitten fingers he’ll tightly clench
The man who kept you safe in your home
Has no place to lay his head
The soldier who once fought for your freedom
Now fights hunger pains instead
As your family says Grace at the dinner table
A veteran goes hungry tonight
So say a prayer and befriend a stranger
Help him make what he did seem worth the fight
Society sees him as a worthless bum
But he saw you as a life to save
The absence of his right lower leg
Proves as one of the many sacrifices he made
Look closer at that old tattered coat
You might see a U.S. army patch
And with just one small act of kindness
You very well may save his life right back
So be careful with first glance judgments
And by what means a man you measure
He may be camouflaged as one man’s trash
When in fact, he’s our nation’s most cherished treasure
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