"I was in the U.S. Army," he told me with a smile. He was sitting on his small scooter (Hov-a-round) when I noticed him under the Jefferson Street bridge in Nashville. He rode it several blocks from his home near 8th Avenue to get groceries. If you did not know, The Bridge is a ministry program where they hand out food to those in need every Tuesday evening.
"My front tires need to be replaced, but the back ones are good," he said with a chuckle. I quizzed him about the front tires asking where he gets them, "Uncle Sam buys me the tires when these go bald - - SEE, Sam is good for something [laughing]!" He told me he rides his battery powered scooter all over Nashville, even to the VA.
As I turned to walk away I said, "It was good to see you tonight." He responded, "It's good to be seen, beats the alternative [laughter and a smile]!"