Veterans have sacrificed the time in their youth to protect their country and government, but some of them struggle in old age without receiving any compensation for their service.
A video featuring a Korean veteran has been slowly gaining traction for the heartbreaking story of the veteran featured in it.
Park Rae Jung is an 88-year-old veteran who served in the Korean War. To make a living, he pulls a small cart filled with used boxes all day long. He works 11 hours a day in order to support his wife who cannot walk comfortably but only earns about 15,000 KRW (~13 US dollars) a day. He saves expenses by smoking discarded cigarette butts on the ground and eating 200 KRW (~17 US cents) meals for lunch.
However, Park Rae Jung is positive and even says he's ok with his dinners which are instant noodles because he likes them. He also says that there are people who are even worse off than he is. When the YouTuber 진용진 gave him money (1 million KRW / $866) to help pay for his living expenses, Park Rae Jung stated, "I don't know if I should take it because I haven't done anything" and expressed a sorry heart for accepting the money.
Check out the video below.