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LSU fan makes military vet's dream come true

For 80-year-old Stewart Chaplin, a chance meeting led to the opportunity of a lifetime. (FOX 8 Photo) For 80-year-old Stewart Chaplin, a chance meeting led to the opportunity of a lifetime. (FOX 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

What happens when you meet a couple of strangers in a New Orleans bar? For 80-year-old Stewart Chaplin, it led to the opportunity of a lifetime. Chaplin said he met an Arkansas couple here in July and something amazing happened.

"We just started talking and I mentioned something I'd never done and wanted to do was go to an LSU night game," he said. "She said there may be somebody that can hook you up."

Missy Carey and her husband knew a friend in Arkansas that could make his dream come true. Her name is Libby Thompson

"I have a soft spot for people who served our country, and he's 80 years old. I wanted him to check it off his bucket list," Thompson said.

Thompson's a nurse, the mother of two LSU graduates and - more importantly - a season ticket holder.

"Four or five days ago Libby called me and said, ‘I'm Missy's friend. I have four tickets for the game. Would you like to go?’"Chaplin said.

It was a no-brainer.

"I'm a sports nut. I've been an LSU fan since the 60s when I was in New York City. The coach back then was Paul Dietzel," Chaplin said.

Thompson not only gave him tickets, but hired a driver so he could get there.

Theron Everage with Posh Limosines got a free ticket, too. He said it will be his first time in LSU’s stadium.

"It's two dreams in one," Everage said.

Libby Thompson said it only takes a little to pass on a random act of kindness.

"I hope he has a wonderful time," she said.

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