World War II vet picks up $1,500 Chick-fil-A tab for military families on his birthday

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A World War II in California turned his 92nd birthday party into a day of doing good. 

The Orange County Register reported Edmund Rusinek celebrated his birthday at a Rossmoor Chick-fil-A last weekend and bought more than $1,500 worth of meals for military families that were patrons of the restaurant. 

Rusinek, who turns 92 years old in a few days, told the newspaper he was trying to pay it forward.

“Someone did it for me, and I want to do it for others,” he said.

“This tradition, so to speak, got started in 1945 when I was a draftee training in Little Rock, Arkansas,” Rusinek said. “To take a break from the GI food, some of my buddies and I left base for some good ol’ Southern food.

“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.’”

Rusinek has been “passing it down” ever since and asks strangers the same question: “Can you do me a favor and let me buy you lunch?”

Rusinek said he chose the fast-food chain because  “A lot of military people and their families go there,” and he wants “them to know that someone cares.”

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