It can be heartbreaking how cruel some people can be in this world—criminals often prey on the weak and take advantage of people who have no way of defending themselves. However, for every bad person, there is a good Samaritan ready to right the wrongs of others.
Homeless veteran James Dodge was unfortunately a recent victim of an attack in Kansas City.
The 71-year-old was struck from behind while he was on his way to the grocery store, according to Fox 4.
“I was walking to a store, and a guy just came up behind me and hit me in the back of my head and on top of my head with what felt to be a metal pipe or a hammer, and he was punching me in my face,” Dodge said.
Even after Dodge fell to the ground, the attacker still kicked him while he was down. The whole ordeal caused the veteran a great deal of pain.
“My head hurts, my tailbone hurts, and my eyes still hurt,” he said to Fox 4. “I have a laceration in my left eye that’s just now starting to heal to the point where it doesn’t feel like rocks are in my eye.”
After all of the trouble the attacker went through to hurt Dodge, he only got away with $25. The injured man said he would have given the attacker the cash if he had asked for it. Dodge knows his life is worth more than money.
“He put me through a lot and could have killed me over $25. People are so crazy today, and there’s just no compassion. They don’t care.”
While it’s true that some people don’t care, there are others who are willing to help those in need. Fox 4 alerted Chris Stout and the Veterans Community Project about the attack, and they are helping him get back on his feet. The organization works to provide veterans with housing and other services.
“We may not be his family, but we’re his military family, and we are here to help him,” Stout said.
Dodge has been put on the list for the next available housing unit, and he’s happy about the outcome of the situation. He knows he’s been fortunate to survive battlefields—and now this.
“Oh I love it. I think that’s great they want to help me,” Dodge said. “I do have angels around me, and I guess God has a good reason for me to be here.”