Military service can have a lasting effect on those who choose to sign up, as well as their families. Of course, when a loved one is far away on active duty, their family members miss them terribly. But when some soldiers don’t come back home, it can be a traumatic experience with heartbreaking consequences.
William Jazwinski is from Somers, New York, and he went to Iraq while serving 15 months in the US Army as a heavy wheeled operator.
Later, he left the military and rejoined his family in the United States.
One day in April, Jazwinski was driving down the road, when he noticed a police car behind him. He pulled over, and the officer approached him.
“Good morning officer,” said Jazwinski, according to his Facebook post about the encounter. “Was I speeding?”
But the cop said he wasn’t speeding, and he said he didn’t have any reason to pull him over other than to thank him for his military service. Jazwinski thought he must have realized he was a veteran from a bumper sticker on his car.
“You’re welcome sir,” said Jazwinski. “My pleasure.”
But it turns out that wasn’t all. The officer shared that his son was also in the military, and he didn’t make it back home. He commented on the folded American flag on the dash of the car, which was just like the one he had at home.
Jazwinski expressed his condolences. He then he shared that he had just finished a program for those suffering with PTSD.
The traffic stop had turned into a very touching moment for the two strangers.
Then the officer said, “Can I ask a question?”
“Sure,” said Jazwinski.
The officer asked for a hug, as the young veteran reminded him of his son. Without hesitating, Jazwinski stepped out of the car and embraced the police officer. Both of them cried right there on the roadside. Both of them felt that heartwarming human connection that one can only find in shared experiences.
“I needed that,” said Jazwinski.
Read the full Facebook post below:
Me- Goodmorning officer. Was i speeding?
Officer- Goodmorning, no not speeding. Just wanted to stop ya and say thankyou for your service.
Me- oooh the bumper sticker, nice. Your welcome sir. My pleasure.
Officer- where did you serve?
Me- i went to Iraq. Did a 15 monther. Out of Ft Benning.
Officer- well alright. My son went to Iraq. He didnt make it home.
Me- man, im so sorry to hear that. I just finished a ptsd program.
Officer- i see you have a flag in the truck. The one we got for him! Well its at the house. Can i ask a question?
Officer- do you mind stepping out and receiving a hug. You remind me of my son. I pulled you over. I thought you were him. I still dont believe it most days hes gone.
With tears in both our eyes i got out and hugged that man. Im talking about for a minute or two crying. Down to our knees crying. I needed that.
To all the family and friends of soldiers, fighting or done fighting, God bless you. Your peace and your hearts. Its so hard without them, i know. This road is a tremendous one. Love to all.