WWII veteran picks up $1,500 tab at Chick-fil-A for military members

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ROSSMOOR, Calif. (WTHR) — World War II veteran, Edmund Rusinek, will be 92 years old on February 19.

To mark that milestone, he decided to do something for others.

Rusinek decided to honor others on his birthday by purchasing meals at Chick-fil-A for military members.

This wasn't Rusinek's first time sharing his generosity.

According to the Orange County Register, the tradition of "paying it forward" has been part of his routine for half a century.

“This tradition, so to speak, got started in 1945 when I was a draftee training in Little Rock, Arkansas,” Rusinek said. ...“At the restaurant, an elderly gentleman stepped up to us and asked, ‘Can you do me a favor? Will you let me buy your lunch? If you want to thank me, pass it down.’”

And since then he has.