8-Year-Old Son Of Deceased Iraq War Veteran Finds $20, Gives It To First Soldier He Sees (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

When an 8-year-old Ohio boy found $20 in the parking lot of a Toledo Crack Barrel this past February, he decided to "pay it forward."

Myles Eckert, who was just five weeks old when his father, Army Sgt. Andy Eckert, died in Iraq, didn’t want to spend the money on himself.

He found a soldier inside the restaurant and handed him the bill with a note.

"Dear soldier — my dad was a soldier. He's in heaven now,” Myles wrote. “I found this 20 dollars in the parking lot when we got here. We like to pay it forward in my family. It's your lucky day! Thank you for your service. Myles Eckert, a gold star kid."

Lt. Col. Frank Dailey was eating an early lunch on Feb. 7 when Myles approached him.

"It's incredible being recognized in such a manner. I look at it (the note) every day,” Dailey told CBS News.

Myles was too young to remember his father, but he told CBS, "I imagine him as a really nice person and somebody that would be really fun.”

After giving Dailey the money, Myles asked to visit his father’s grave.

"He wanted to go see his dad, and he wanted to go by himself that day,” said his mother, Tiffany Eckert, who stayed in the car while Myles visited his father's tombstone.

Dailey said Myles gave him a lot more than $20.

"A lifetime direction, for sure," he said.

Sources: New York Daily News, CBS News