November 9, 2021 by By Cathy Stack
When Frank first received Dashauna’s thank-you letter, it touched his heart. It meant the world to him that a young child would honor him in such a kind way. The letter featured a child’s drawing of an American flag and vibrant flowers growing out of the helmet. Frank said that nothing matters more to him than that letter, except his wife, Dolores. He prayed that before he closed his eyes to this life, he would have the opportunity to meet the young girl. “I have to find her,” he would say.
“When he has that letter with him, he has a feeling of faith, of trust and love,” explained Dolores.
Frank is currently living in a senior residences home, where the staff was aware of Frank’s quest to find the author of his cherished letter. They wanted to help him on his search. After some time sleuthing, they were able to track her down on social media. They discovered that the little girl was now a grown woman serving on active duty in the U.S. Army.
Dashauna excitedly accepted the staff’s invitation to visit Frank at the senior residences home located just an hour away from her. She vividly recalled sending the letter in third grade. She remembered feeling honored to send the card to a U.S. veteran as she had always admired those in uniform. Little did Frank know that Dashauna also had her own sentimental letter that she had kept under lock and key for many years. It was the very letter that Frank had written in response to hers, 12 years earlier.
On a warm summer day in 2021, the moment finally arrived. Frank’s dream was about to come true. Wanting to surprise Frank, the nursing staff told him that he would be meeting with an interviewer inquiring about his unique story. He and his wife waited in the residences’ conference room. In walked a young woman, proudly wearing her National Guard uniform and carrying a bouquet of flowers. Dolores immediately embraced her.
Initially, Frank was in shock. His wife later joked that she worried she would have to run for his heart pills. Frank was in disbelief that the moment he had been praying for had finally arrived. When Dashauna handed him the letter he’d sent her 12 years before, there was no denying it. With his hands shaking, he read the words he had once written to her. Frank was stunned to discover that she had held onto his letter all these years as he did hers.
“Don’t make me cry, please,” Frank exclaimed, overcome with emotion. He tightly held her hand. “Honest to God, I love you so much.”
He then showed Dashauna the letter she had written him as a third-grader, which brought her to tears. Her simple thank-you letter came to symbolize a life well served. Dashauna and Frank share a special bond and plan to always keep in touch. “She is like my third daughter,” Frank shared. He called the reunion a “miracle.”
PassItOn and The Foundation For a Better Life believe that Frank Grasberger and Dashauna Priest are true heroes. Dashauna’s act of kindness in sending a veteran a note of gratitude made such a powerful impact that it altered both of their lives. Her action of recognition demonstrates the value of saying thank you. Please help us honor these American heroes by sharing their heartwarming story.
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