Though many of our beloved troops make it home safely and uninjured, many don’t. Those returning from combat with injuries have long roads ahead of recovery and return back to “normal” life.
Christopher Garrett was deployed to Afghanistan in the U.S. Army as a combat engineer, 10th Mountain Division. His group fell under attack one day and Christopher received a gunshot wound to the stomach that also left his pelvis shattered. Soon after, Christopher was medically retired from the Army, and set about recovering from his injuries.
Happy to be returning to his family, there were still challenges. With a disability rating of 100%, Christopher tried his hardest to maintain normalcy in his home life, supported by his wife Brittany. For example, Christopher continued mowing his lawn with a manual push mower, working through the discomfort and pain.
One day Brittany came outside to find her husband in tears, holding their son. Her first reaction was sadness, as she thought maybe someone they loved had passed away. Brittany wrote on Facebook, “Where do I begin? Something AMAZING happened today! As I was getting ready for my day, my husband appeared at the door with tears in his eyes holding our son. My heart sank and I thought someone we love took a trip to Heaven….” her post said. But that wasn’t the case. What she saw shocked her.
In the yard was a brand new John Deere lawn mower. There was an accompanying note:
“I hope this saves time for the things that matter most in your life. Thank you for your service and for my freedom. Sincerely, A grateful American.”
The Garretts were thankful beyond words for the gift and the gratitude. Wrote Brittany, “I don’t know who they are, but they have been watching my 100% combat disabled husband push mow our entire yard once or twice a week, and thought this would help make more time for the important things in life!!! THANK YOU WHOEVER YOU ARE!!! You don’t know how much pain this is going to save him from!!!”
The identity of the mysterious lawn mower gifter is still unknown. That being said, he or she speaks for all of us in their gratitude for Christopher Garrett’s service and sacrifice.