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Homeless veteran receives surprise bus ticket to get to VA hospital

RICHMOND, Va. -- Joseph is a homeless military veteran who came to the Richmond Greyhound station to buy a one way ticket to Charlotte to get to the VA hospital there.

CBS 6 reporter Laura French, with the help of Union Bank and Trust, surprised Joseph and purchased his ticket in the latest edition of CBS 6 Gives.

“We want to buy your ticket today,” said Laura. “What do you think about that? Will you let us buy your ticket?”


“Yes mam. I wouldn’t mind that,” he said. “I can’t believe you’re doing this.”

The veteran said he was leaving town with no luggage and only the shirt on his back. He said he no longer had a place to stay here and everyone kept turning him away.

Laura also treated Joseph to some lunch before he boarded for Charlotte. He was very grateful.

"What will you be doing there?" Laura asked.


"I'm just trying to continue my life,” he said. “I'm grateful and happy."

“We are so grateful that we are helping you. If there was anyone that we could have helped in here you were the one,” said Laura. “Good luck in Charlotte, we’ll be thinking about you. I think this is a good sign of a fresh start.”