Chances are, you know that sinking feeling in your stomach when you’re driving down the road and a cop pulls out behind you. Even if you haven’t done anything wrong, you can’t help but feel nervous.
When those blue lights come on and you have to pull over, it’s hard to know what to expect. When a local police officer turned on his lights and pulled over United States Army Veteran, William Jazwinski, the young man had no idea why. He looked at his speedometer and he wasn’t speeding. What could it be?
It turns out that the officer had noticed something on the veteran’s dashboard…
As a Heavy Wheeled Vehicle Operator for the United States Army, William Jazwinski bravely served his county, putting his life on the line during a 15-month deployment in Iraq. He was a dedicated soldier and did his job well, but the emotional scars from his service left him suffering from PTSD.
Determined to overcome his struggles, Jazwinski had recently completed a PTSD program when he was pulled over by a local policeman. Jazwinski always carries a properly folded American flag, placed carefully on the dashboard of his truck to remind himself of his service and the service of other military and veterans.
It was that flag that prompted an emotional encounter between the cop and the veteran, that day.
Jazwinski shared the interaction in a Facebook post. Here’s how their conversation went:
“Me: Good morning, Officer. Was I speeding?
Officer: Good morning, no not speeding. Just wanted to stop ya and say thank you for your service.
Me: Oooh the bumper sticker, nice. Your welcome, Sir. My pleasure.
Officer: Where did you serve?
Me: I went to Iraq. Did a 15 month [stint]. Out of Fort Benning.
Officer: Well, alright. My son went to Iraq. He didn’t make it home.”
“Me: Man, I’m so sorry to hear that. I just finished a PTSD program.
Officer: I see you have a flag in the truck. The one we got for him? Well it’s at the house. Can I ask a question?
Officer: Do you mind stepping out and receiving a hug? You remind me of my son. I pulled you over. I thought you were him. I still don’t believe it most days he’s gone.
With tears in both our eyes, I got out and hugged that man. I’m talking about for a minute or two crying. Down to our knees crying. I needed that.
To all the family and friends of soldiers, fighting or done fighting, God bless you. Your peace and your hearts. It’s so hard without them, I know. This road is a tremendous one. Love to all.”
When Jazwinski posted the story on Facebook, he had no idea that it would touch so many lives. Thousands have read and shared this story and his touched the hearts of people all over the country.
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