“People started calling me and donating money to pay for it,” Arcidiacono told WXMI. “It's kind of a fun pay it forward story."
Thursday night, the family enjoyed their dinner and ended it with a dessert tray before Arcidiacono told the family that dinner was free.
"It's the most humbling feeling I can't even put into words," Baker told WXMI. “This is a job I signed up for. This is a job I do every day. It was my choice. I don't feel I need any special recognition from it; it's not what I did it for. I did it for my family back home and everybody else. I love my country. That's what I do it for. I don't expect any special recognition, but the support we receive is what keeps us going."
Baker is home for ten more days and then returns to Germany. He returns home in July for a wedding and then will return overseas for “quite a while,” Baker told WXMI.