Day in and day out, children make a daily journey to school. Parents constantly teach their children to be an apprentice of the environment and aware of their surroundings. During these daily journeys, children face experiences and obstacles that leave life long memories and lessons for when they grow older. Similarly, as a child, I recall a distinct experience that left an adhering effect on me. On my way to grade school one day, I noticed an old man sitting on a step stool with dirty torn cloths, no shoes, an untrimmed yellow beard, and a pair of dirty old socks with a hole piercing through at the big toe. Thereon out for the next 3 years, I saw him nearly everyday. Each day I learned something new about this old shoeless man. That he had no family, no home, no food, no clothes, and not even a bed to rest on at night. Although my parents constantly drilled into me to never speak to strangers, one day I found the courage to approach to this man. “Who are you?” I asked. The man at this point reached behind his long yellow beard and pulled out an American flag cutout from his army uniform. He then proudly told me a story of the day he rescued six of his fellow soldiers from the Vietnam War. From that day on, I never looked at a homeless person or veteran the same way. I had a much found respect for this man.