This video taken at Raleigh-Durham International Airport is heartbreaking, but it shows something that those with loved ones in the armed forces have to deal with all too often.
While there are many problems in America, the majority of us live in relative peace and comfort. Sometimes, it's easy to forget that there are men and women abroad risking their lives every day for our freedom. Sadly, when some of them come home, it's inside a flag-draped casket.
35-year-old Green Beret Shawn Thomas recently lost his life in a car accident while serving in Niger, Africa. His obituary reads, in part, "Under his big beard, tattoos, and giant muscles there was a small town Oklahoma boy that was grounded by his faith, strong values, and family. He will be missed by everyone that had the opportunity to meet him."
When Thomas' widow, Tara, found out that plane passenger Lisa Williams had filmed her greeting his casket, she asked her to share the video with the public. Williams said, "She wanted people to realize that this goes on every day."