Hansen: A war vet, a stranger, and a simple act of gratitude
Nebraska National Guardsman Matt Rippenkroeger and his service dog, Ruckus, a Belgian Malinois.
Posted: Monday, December 23, 2013 12:00 am
Updated: 2:43 pm, Fri May 9, 2014.
Matt Rippenkroeger sat down next to the woman in the red-and-green sweater, not yet knowing that she would make his day, his week, his month.
Rippenkroeger was not in a particularly good mood. His black Jeep Grand Cherokee had rolled over a nail, and the left rear tire was leaking air. He pulled into the Jensen Tire & Auto near 108th and Fort, explained the problem to the mechanic and sank into a waiting room chair.
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Monday, December 23, 2013 12:00 am.
Updated: 2:43 pm.