January 2016 scroll article

Happy New Year 2016! A year filled with promise and opportunity is my fervent wish for all. This happy sentiment is tempered with the reality that men and women in uniform (military, police, and fire) are at the front lines of protecting all that we as a nation and community hold dear. Upon reading the following story, I felt it was worth sharing. Perhaps in 2016 each of us can follow the example of Shlomo Rechnitz when we encounter a person in uniform- even if it is only to thank them for their service. “An L.A. business man did quite the good deed when he spent $20,000 buying dinner for American soldiers at an airport in Ireland.” 44-year-old Shlomo Rechnitz is the owner of Brius Healthcare Services, the largest nursing home provider in the state of California. He was waiting for a flight at an Ireland airport, on his way to Israel with his family, where he came across 400 American soldiers eating dinner out of brown paper bags. He noticed that everyone around them was eating hot meals, and that just didn’t sit right with him. That’s when he approached their commanding officer and offered $50 to each soldier so that they could eat at any restaurant in the airport. When asked why he did it, Shlomo said, “ …you guys risk your lives to protect me and protect my family. If I get to go out and see a whole bunch of Army soldiers and Marines, it’s something that makes me proud. I’m on my way to Israel now, and you guys protect them too, and I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Neal David, President