When Army Veteran Bill Shephard, 43, from Woodbury, New Jersey came home from Iraq back in 2009, unsurprisingly, he found it difficult to find work.
He decided to return to his previous job as a salesman at Best Buy until the company decided to shut down his department. Shephard was left with minimal options to care for his family.
Shephard used his unemployment pay until that ran out leaving him to search for odd end jobs to care for his wife and kids. He came to a crossroads as to how he was going to financially take care of his family when he realized he had to make a painful last resort. Unsure of how he was going to make ends meet, Shephard took a leap of faith and decided to put his Army achievement award he had earned while in the Army up for grabs on eBay.
Shephard hoped he would make enough money to buy a lawnmower and develop his own landscaping company. He put his achievement medal on eBay along with the situation of why he was doing it and got an overwhelming response from eBay users. Word spread quickly and eBay users were so touched by his selflessness act, that the achievement medal ended up selling for $5,200 along with several other donations of clothes and job offers.
After seeing all of the kind responses and offerings, Shephard stated, “It was beyond anything I would have ever expected.”